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7 Unique Cape Town Co-Working Spaces and Hot Desk Spots You Should Know About
Claim your spot at these cool co-working spaces around Cape Town, each offering something different to maximise productivity
CapeTownMagazine.com recently moved into new offices, which also happens to be a co-working space, because we always love being in the centre of creativity and ambition – the kind that gets the best out of you. Co-working spaces are the future of office work in Cape Town, so we’ve put together a list of the city’s coolest shared working spots.
1. Rooftop bar, gym and free flapjacks on Fridays with your desk in the CBD
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Wouldn’t work be a dream if you had access to high speed, uncapped fibre and WiFi (available in the entire building) with on-site IT support, with a choice of using either a “hot desk”, a shared suite or serviced private office? That, plus access to boardrooms, air-con and an in-house app to order coffee and food right to your desk. And 25% off your first month with the 'capetownmag' code? Well, daydream no more.
Inner City Ideas Cartel creates innovative shared working and meeting spaces, where everyone from creatives to corporates can work and play. Their flagship location is Cartel House at number 113 Loop Street.
Speaking of play, you’ll also be able to grab a coffee from their resident baristas, hit the books in the library, work out at the gym on the second floor, keep your look fresh at the inhouse barber and tailor, see the week off with drinks at the rooftop bar (which can also be booked for functions) and, every Friday morning, you can indulge in a stack of decadent flapjacks – complete with strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream, blueberries and sticky syrup – for breakfast, for free.
You can get all this and great neighbours (read: us at CapeTownMagazine.com), by applying for a membership with Inner City Ideas Cartel.
BONUS: download the free Cartel House app and use the 'capetownmag' code for 25% off your first month.
Cost: Choose from purchasing a day pass for R350*, a co-working space starting at R3000pm* or get a co-working package which includes complete lifestyle access (gym, lounges, rooftops, bars – the works) for an additional R1000pm* on top of your co-working space deal. *All prices exclude VAT.
2. Easy access to highways and public transport in the Southern Suburbs
If the Southern Suburbs is closer to where you call home, this shared Claremont workspace is one to note. Offering easy access to both the M3 and M5 as well as public transport, an office at Venture Workspace includes the use of the communal kitchen, fibre internet, 24-hour security and the other extra admin that would normally slip your mind, like mail service and reception. Find it at Venture Workspace.
Cost: Offers range according to your needs in three different options. Rent an office for the day or enjoy unlimited monthly access as a workspace member from R150 a per day and from R1800 for monthly access. Private, fully serviced office rates are provided on request.
3. From virtual offices to pet-friendly working spaces in Woodstock
Let the inspiration flow in one of the most creative and artsy suburbs in Cape Town. This Woodstock working hub offers ‘flexible work habitats’ for entrepreneurs and professionals and offers all the goods, from uncapped internet to virtual offices (providing address services but without the physical space). But The Bureaux does more than that, like offering digital marketing as part of the package. Some offices are pet-friendly too!
Cost: Enjoy a personal desk space on a monthly rental contract from R1850 a month, and private, secure office suites from R5500 a month.
4. ‘Quiet rooms’ and on-site IT in Rondebosch
Offering communal workspaces as well as private offices with built-in WiFi, storage facilities, and free tea and coffee, members of this cool co-working spot can also enjoy the perks of easy-breezy on-site IT support, and a ‘quiet room’ – a silent space to take a breather when Monday isn’t going as smoothly as you’d planned. Find it at Cube Working Space.
Cost: Enjoy a communal workspace from R2100 a month. Private offices range in size and price and start at R6000 a month.
5. Undercover parking and free coffee in Pinelands
This sharing work hub in Pinelands offers something most shared working spaces lack – secure undercover parking. Members pay an extra R275 a month for parking and will be able to enjoy unlimited broadband WiFi, a lounge and chill area, free coffee and tea, meeting rooms and flexible rental options as part of the package. Find them in the Howard Centre at The Cowork Space.
Cost: Options vary from daily desk rental to a full permanent desk, from R160 a day and from R2100 a month.
6. This Century City workspace gives you access to a global hot desk network
Spaces is a co-working setup in Century City that caters for the world traveller. Members have access to ‘global clubs’ so you can work from anywhere in the world and get invited to exclusive member-only networking events. Barista coffee, an in-house app, reception and mail services all come along your membership. Rental contracts can be tailored to your specific requirements too at this workspace.
Cost: Meeting rooms, dedicated desks, and private offices range from R273 a month, R1890 a month and R5190 a month.
7. Desks for charity: something different in Khayelitsha
Hubspace in Khayelitsha does things a little differently. First and foremost, they invite you to sponsor a Khayelitsha entrepreneur with a working space in their building. Your sponsorship provides an entrepreneur with a business plan and unlimited access to Hubspace – which gives them high-speed WiFi, as well as the use of the meeting rooms, reception services, chill-out areas, a fully equipped kitchen, secure parking, as well as additional event space in the courtyard and on the rooftop. The initiative hopes to assist entrepreneurs in escaping the cycle of poverty by empowering them to make a difference and, by doing so, make a difference in their community too.
On the other hand, if you’re an entrepreneur in need of some assistance, contact Hubspace to find out how to apply for someone sponsoring your workspace.
Cost: R2500 to sponsor an entrepreneur.
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