Co working spaces are becoming more and more relevant with the rise of start-ups, small businesses and flexible work hours. Whether you only need a desk for five days a mont,h or you just enjoy being in a room filled with people instead of alone at home, a co-work environment might be the answer you’re looking for. From super-fast Wifi to unlimited free coffee, we take a look at five of Cape Town’s best co-working spaces and the things that makes them special.
Where: 27 Caledon Street, Zonnebloem
Chips is a co-working space in the heart of the historic East City, an exciting and active area in Cape Town. Chips is conveniently close to MyCiti bus stations, a Virgin Active gym, a rock climbing gym, Crossfit, MMA and even a pole dancing gym. The area is also home to a number of restaurants and coffee houses, so your caffeine needs will always be met. Chips has a range of different pricing options, with short-term options available.
Where: Cnr Spine Road and Mew Way, Ilitha Park, Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha
The focus of the Bandwidth Barn is people and small businesses that don’t easily have access to financial assistance or social capital, and the programmes in place help by offering them support in developing tech and business skills. The barn offers 32 dedicated desks for tenants, an eventing space and a 20mbps metroLAN line. It is also a 100% black-owned business.
Where: Unit 327, Foyer A, Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Road, Green Point
Greenpoint Coworking is a space that comes with a range of different options: hot desking includes free coffee and unlimited internet in the traditional 9-5, Monday-Friday office hours. But premium memberships give you 24/7 access to either a desk with a lockable storage unit, or a private room that comfortably seats two.
The space also includes a mini library for leisure reading, and Xbox One for break time, cleaning services and optional paid parking space.
Where: Seapoint, Mouille Point, Foreshore and Woodstock
The Bureaux is a co-working space designed to provide opportunity through collaboration. Along with the general basic services (desk space, super-fast internet, coffee) they also have a coworking directory, which allows you to connect with other small businesses and share ideas and resources.
The Bureax has four locations in and around cape town and offer a range of business services to all Bureaux members: you can hire a COO, business team, sales director or business fundraiser, along with other tailored service options.
Workshop 17 Cape Town
Where: The Watershed, V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Road
Workshop 17 is as conveniently located as it gets in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. The space offers a boardroom, an “ideas lounge” when you need downtime to fuel the creative juices, a cafe and a variety of workspaces.
Workshop 17 is host to 240 entrepreneurs, innovators and professionals and 80 companies, and works as a great event space: it can hold up to 240 people and has a large public area for showcases and exhibitions. The location also ensures that you have access to the crowds that regularly visit the waterfront.