14 Apr Co-working in Cape Town: An updated list of the best spots to set up shop
Since we last checked, a few new co-working spaces have opened in Cape Town. As home of the forever freelancer or town where foreigners wonder if creatives ever do anything besides frequent coffee shops with the best wi-fi deals, we thought it time for an update on where to find the comfiest, most invigorating and best co-working spaces.
“We don’t think 9-5, we are 24/7” is the flexible work habit philosophy The Bureaux prides itself on. Desks, power, lighting, internet, security, 24/7 access, a kitchen and meeting facilities is what’s on offer if you choose to work here. The best part is that they have three locations to select from, so you could work from Woodstock at The Exchange, in Seapoint at the Sea Point Centre, or at The North Wharf Building in the city centre. If you’re at the point where you’re desiring something with a formal feel then opt for their exclusive penthouse work suites.
Find The Bureaux at 66 Albert Rd, 76 Regent Rd and 1 Bree Street. Visit their site to view what’s on offer.
Work & Co
Ideal for small and medium sized entrepreneurs or remote teams and freelancers, Work & Co is situated in an A-grade office building called Touchstone House. Kitted out with free coffee, lockers, printers, copiers, scanners, wi-fi and to top it off, the ease that comes when a parking bay is included. You can choose between a hot desk or private office, and can book meeting rooms if need be.
Work & Co is at the Cnr of Mechau and Bree Street. Click here for more.
Above the popular Watershed at the V&A Waterfront is Workshop 17; a collaborative hub where academics, foreigners and locals can mingle and work in bright and airy environment. Their workspace options range from being the occasional visitor to a full membership. Free wi-fi, access to large rooms with a capacity to hold conferences of 90 people, and catering are just some of the possible perks depending on your membership choice.
Find Workshop 17 at 17 Dock Road. Go here for more.
This co-working space provides resources needed for fledgling entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground. Hot desks, telephones, wi-fi, advisory services, workshops and mentorship programmes are on offer, allowing you to work in a focused environment and exchange ideas with like-minded individuals.
The Hubspace is at 5 Phatha Close. Find more info here.
The Maker Library
This hands-on creative hub is in the same space as the Maker Library Network project. Situated in the east city precinct, it’s equipped with a coffee bar, feel-good food from Chop Chop and strong sense of eco-friendly practices such as bringing your own mug and receiving discounts off your flat whites. It’s the perfect way to get work done and incorporate small practices on a daily basis that impact positively on the environment.
Visit the Maker Library at 75 Harrington Street. See their site for more.
№80 Hout Street
№80 Hout Street is an open-plan co-working studio for creative professionals. This quad-volume loft is light and spacious, with a roof terrace and a neat contemporary art collection. Membership includes internet, electricity, cleaning, fax, scanner and printer, a shared kitchen and lockers.
Find this co-working space at 80 Hout Street. Visit their website for details.
The Extension studio hot desks
Offering an alternative to traditional long lease offices, The Extension’s hot desk packages are tailored to both the individual and small businesses. They’re centrally located with fast internet, IT support, kitchen, cleaning and printing facilities.
The Extension is at 8 Kloof Street. See their website for package options.
La Macchina Workspace
Located on top of The House of Machines, La Macchina Workspace is a flexible open plan office for creatives. With dedicated workspace, a meeting room and a lounge, the layout encourages collaborations and enables free flowing creativity as much as it does productivity.
La Macchina is at 84 Shortmarket Street. For more information contact them via Facebook.
Cape Town Office
Established in 2011, Cape Town Office was one of the first co-working spaces in the Mother City. They’ve grown quite a lot since and now occupy 2 floors in their building. This spacious, affordable and collaborative co-working space is ideal for entrepreneurs, freelancers, small teams and students who simply can’t work from home. They offer flexible short-term leases, solid internet, a meeting room you book online and dedicated desk space in the heart of the Fringe district.
Find Cape Town Office at 62 Roeland Street. Visit their website for more.
The Cape Town Garage
The Cape Town Garage is an open plan co-working space for startups, techies, entrepreneurs and new economy businesses. The space consists of open plan desks, meeting pods, a boardroom and Youtube studio. Aiming to create an environment for young businesses to build networks, share ideas and collaborate on new projects, the Garage is the go-to place for entrepreneurship, investment and tech in Africa.
The Garage is at 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock. Find out about their packages on their website.
The Bandwidth Barn
Bandwidth Barn’s objective is to fast track the pace of business growth in the ICT sector. Being more than just a co-working space, their broader business support system offers accounting services, business planning, consulting and client networking. Membership includes internet and telephone, printing/copying/scanning, conference and networking rooms, parking, short term lease options and bandwidth aggregation – all aiming to support and encourage a community of ICT business owners.
The Bandwidth Barn is at 66-68 Albert Road, Woodstock. Check out their website.
Spin Street House
Spin Street House is a membership-based clubhouse for culture and commerce. Having recently moved to a bigger and better location, Twenty Fifty is now broken up into 3 floors, including the gallery (an exhibition, event, and workshop space), the clubhouse (for more flexible co-working members), and the studio (for more permanent individuals and teams with their own desks). Their growing community is at close to 60 members and includes journalists, filmmakers, web developers, designers, entrepreneurs and academics.
Visit the space at 8 Spin Street. For more details go to their website.
Check out our Out of Office series if you don’t need a co-working space but still enjoy taking a break from the daily office grind.