These are the 7 Best Coworking Spaces in Cape Town
Are you planning to work remotely from Cape Town? Then here´s some good news: there is a wide variety of great coworking spaces to be found all around the city. Whether you’re looking for hotdesks, private offices, a freelance community or just simply great internet, Cape Town offers plenty of options to suit your needs. In this article, I will share my 7 favourite coworking spaces and provide tips for other laptop-friendly locations around the city.
Why you’ll want to work in a coworking space in Cape Town
There are some great benefits to using a coworking space, whether you’re a remote worker from another country or someone who works from home. Besides the fact that you’ll be guaranteed a stable and fast internet connection, a proper office setup, and decent coffee, the social aspect is an important factor for many. Working from a coworking space is a great way to meet new people, exchange ideas and do a bit of networking. One of the biggest reasons to get yourself to a coworking in Cape Town specifically though, is a situation called Load Shedding.
About Load Shedding in South Africa
For some time now, South Africa’s national energy supplier has been struggling to keep up with the country’s electricity demand. This has resulted in load shedding: regular electricity outings that occur 3 to 4 times a day, each lasting between 2 to 4 hours. Among all the other things that are disrupted by load shedding, work is, of course, one of them. Luckily most of the coworking spaces in Cape Town offer backup generators and uninterrupted power supplies to keep you working throughout the day.
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The 7 best coworking spaces in Cape Town
1. Neighbourgood Coworking
V&A Waterfront & CBD
Neighbourgood is a rapidly growing coworking & coliving concept in Cape Town, with multiple locations in the CBD and Waterfront areas. Offering flexible membership options, private offices, hotdesks and dedicated desks, Neighbourgood is a great option if you´re looking for a professional workplace while enjoying inspiring surroundings. Personally, I’ve had great experiences working from Neighbourgood’s Cape Quarter location. The Bree Street Branch also deserves a shout-out, as it's known for its beautiful setting, a cosy courtyard and various community events and workshops.
V&A Waterfront & CBD
Even if you haven’t visited Cape Town before, you might have heard about Spaces. This coworking chain is popular worldwide, thanks to its convenient business memberships that cater - specifically well - to digital nomads travelling the world. Spaces is a great option for those looking for a corporate look and feel, a wide range of amenities and various parking options.
Latitude is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning coworking spaces I have ever worked from. Located on the 9th floor of the Latitude Hotel, this coworking in Sea Point offers views of Lion’s Head that will leave you speechless. Whether you need a hot desk, a meeting room, or simply a sunny terrace with a fantastic pool, Latitude has got everything you need to get your work done in style. Do note: prices here may be slightly higher than you’re used to, as outside food and drinks aren’t allowed and you’ll have to order from the restaurant.
4. Workshop 17
V&A Waterfront & Gardens
Workshop 17 is a popular coworking space that offers a big selection of hot desks, private offices, meeting rooms, boardrooms and a lovely coffee shop/cafe. The space is beautifully decorated and its locations are very convenient. Should you be travelling out of town, Workshop 17 can also be found in Paarl, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
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5. Create Space
During the 3 months that I lived in Sea Point, I had a hard time finding a coworking space close by. That’s when I discovered Create Space, an easygoing and tugged-away location rented out by the printshop attached. Besides unlimited tea, coffee, snacks and friendly staff, you’ll be able to use their printing facilities as well, making this the ideal place for graphic designers and other creatives.
The days of settling for dull and lifeless cubicles are long gone, and more and more gorgeous-looking offices are popping up. Take Craft + Graft for example. Located in Gardens, this coworking space offers a homey feel and includes lots of plants, lively colours, natural light and a delicious coffee shop. Whether you prefer a hot desk, private office, dedicated desk or meeting room, Craft+Graft offers plenty of options to suit your needs.
7. Cube Workspace
V&A Waterfront, CBD & Rondebosch
Cube Workspace currently hosts 6 different locations around Cape Town and Johannesburg, making it a popular choice for digital nomads. The vibe is slightly more corporate, the interior industrial and the coffee delicious. As a member, you get access to all of Cube’s branches around the country.
Other laptop-friendly places in Cape Town
Cape Town has a thriving coffee shop - culture, making it easy to find plenty of places, other than co-workings, to work from. In general, almost all coffee shops or bars will be happy to accommodate you and your laptop, provided that you order food and drinks. If you’re looking for specific locations that host digital nomads and you don’t know where to start, here are a few to look out for:
Bootlegger Coffee Company
Bootlegger is one of the most well-known coffee shops in Cape Town and Johannesburg and currently has over 30 locations in Cape Town alone. The coffee is good, the menu is varied and in general, there is lots of space to plug in your laptop and work the morning or afternoon away.
While Schoon may not have as many locations as Bootlegger, this cute and cosy coffee shop is still worth the mention for those living in Sea Point or CBD. I’ve always loved the look and feel of the place, the very friendly staff and the delicious food and coffee. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.
Origin Coffee Roasting
Origin Coffee Roasting was one of the first artisanal coffee roasters in South Africa, and it's renowned for its relaxed ambiance, exceptional setting, and, of course, its coffee. The cafe and barista school are located on Hudson Street in De Waterkant, making it a fantastic spot to blend work and pleasure over some delicious coffee.
These were my top picks for coworking spaces and coffee shops in Cape Town, South Africa. Do you miss one on the list? Or do you have any other questions about working remotely in Cape Town? Drop me a message down below, follow me on Instagram or subscribe to my mailing list for more remote work inspiration!