Cape Town is renowned for its vibrant entrepreneurial streak. And with our increasing respect for networking – and the inspiration gained by creative surroundings – the demand for shared office space is growing. Each person needs something different in their work life, whether it be a ‘proper’ office address and access to meeting rooms, or security and professional equipment, or simply to satisfy a craving for great coffee and flapjacks. Benn van der Westhuizen takes a look at some of the best and coolest co-working options in Cape Town and surrounds.
Craft+Graft is an inspiring space for inspiring people. It offers a collaborative workspace for co-working, meetings, events, and exhibitions in a sleekly designed building. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, NGOs and freelancers have access to flexible desks and private offices in a fully serviced space.
Conveniently located in Gardens, the space is just around the corner from popular Dunkley Square, with a plethora of restaurants, bars, and yoga studios within walking distance. Craft+Graft regularly hosts networking events for members and non-members, including happy hours, product launches, art exhibitions, workshops and private functions.
The atmosphere is relaxed with an abundance of flattering natural light and greenery. All spaces have been immaculately designed with a fine eye and attention to detail.
General facilities include 24/7 access, phone room, meeting rooms, an in-house coffee shop and unlimited printing, coffee, tea and sparkling water. Board rooms and event venue are open to members and non-members.
Hot Desks from R150 for half a day: incl. 5-day, 10-day or monthly membership
Dedicated Desks starting from R1750 per month: incl. boardroom bookings and all membership benefits
Private Offices from R12 000 / month: customized to customer’s needs, incl. on-site parking
Meeting Rooms from R250 / hour: incl. LED screen, whiteboard, flip-chart, food and beverage service
Event Space from R500 / hour or R3 400 / day: incl. furniture, technical equipment, and on-site events manager
Address: 2 Gordon Street, Gardens, Cape Town
we are work, a new collaborative workspace for creative coworkers has put down roots in the heart of trendy Woodstock. The concept is spearheaded by the folks from we are creative, one of the country’s top video production agencies. Naturally, artists, photographers, graphic designers or anyone with artistic leanings will feel right at home.
Other than a laundry list of amenities such a high-powered WiFi, hot drinks, safe and secure 24/7 access, and the use of boardroom facilities, we are work doubles as a networking platform for local and visiting creatives to innovate and collaborate on fresh and vibrant ideas. They’ve fine-tuned the industrial and airy atmosphere with floating greenery, functional lighting, and uncluttered decor for a touch of contemporary zen-like cool. The perfect setting to get those creative juices flowing.
Members can expect flexible package deals, boosted by uber-competitive price points. A dedicated desk in the serviced shared office, complete with all the trimmings, will set you back R2500 per month.
Address: 403 The Hills, Buchanan Square, 160 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces was built on the idea that success breeds more success. It has since spread to over 100 locations worldwide, including four in Cape Town, five in Joburg and one in each of Durban and Pretoria.
Based on a philosophy that ‘work is about people and ideas’, Spaces attracts forward-thinkers, innovators and game changers who are confident in achieving their goal of creating an energetic community of positive and open-minded business thinkers who love to meet new people. A full programme of professional events brings a focus to the buzz and energy, while the numerous hospitality services give further opportunity for the small business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate intrapreneurs to mingle and to expand their horizons.
Spaces offers a service where members pay for what they use, whether by day, month, year, or whatever is suitable to the individual’s needs. Members have 24-hour worldwide access to all Spaces business clubs, while on a more day-to-day practical level, lockers are available to store bags and valuables throughout the day, as well as phone booths, in which members can take calls privately and avoid disturbing others. And for those wanting a little more space to stretch out, the meeting room can be booked for a few hours or the whole day. The non-negotiables are great coffee, plants, beautiful artwork on the walls, and a place where members can feel comfortable.
Meeting rooms: incl. everything from audiovisual equipment and whiteboards to food and beverage service. Open to members and non-members.
Business Club Memberships: Available on a full-time basis or 5 days or 10 days per month.
Dedicated Desks: incl. specific workstation, locker storage and all business club benefits
Private offices: Contract terms tailored to the client’s specific needs.
Utilities and cleaning services are included. Extra conveniences (such as photocopying and coffee) are pay-as-you-go.
In a nutshell, Miteri Coworking is all about creativity, cross-pollination and collaboration. This cool kid on Cape Town’s coworking block proudly refers to themselves as ‘a tribe of misfits, innovators and creatives.’ And their community is packed with vibey creatives, tech entrepreneurs, and everyone in between. The secure Salt River space is renovated into a light and contemporary open-plan office with speedy WiFi, bean bags, writable walls and Table Tennis for casual appeal.
Miteri Coworking thrives on a mission to expand the success of South Africa’s startups. By pairing teams and networks together, the group underscores the art of collaborating for personal and collective goals. And to further that ethos, Miteri Coworking ups their game with unique yet forward-thinking events. Past get-togethers include WimbleGin, where tennis met gin for a laid-back bonding session while spotlighting local gin distillers, or partnering with a global player such as WordPress to bring their members up to speed with the latest tech developments.
All the plans come complete with speedy WiFi, access to the meeting rooms, and free coffee.
Nomad: A flexible, hotdesk space at R2000 per month
Tipi: Dedicated desk from R2500 per month, provides your own desk to decorate as you please
Wigwam: Private office with enough room for 3-8 people, starting from R5500 per month
Opening times: 7am-7pm
Address: 17 Shelley Rd, Salt River, Cape Town
“Co-Working inspired by Creatives” is the slogan for Kelvin Corner – a beautifully designed workspace in Woodstock geared towards creators, designers, filmmakers, start-ups and content creators.
Offering daily, monthly and yearly membership packages for communal hot-desks, private offices, gear storage and equipped with an in-house coffee shop and comfortable interiors, the sprawling space is inviting as much as it is flexible.
As one of Cape Town’s top creative co-working spaces, Kelvin Corner offers a Video Editing Suite, Podcast Recording Room and Gear Servicing Lab with a cohesive style echoing its dynamic ethos. These facilities make this particular co-working space a great environment to cultivate your creativity and rub shoulders with other rising artists in the Mother City.
Hot Desk: 1 day at R150 | A special winter promo for 1 month at R1000, currently running until 31 August 2019
Office: Small for 1 month at R5000 | Large for 1 month at R8000 | incl. sun deck & access to workshop
Meeting Room from R3000 (or R1500 daily): 2 to 6 people at R300 per hour | Large meeting room at R2000 for half a day, and R4000 for a full day
Opening times: 7am-5pm
Address: 170 Victoria Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town
Cube Workspace is the bigwig of coworking spaces in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Launched in 2013, this premium office provider offers corporate workspaces at the V&A Waterfront, Rondebosch and in the CBD. The options range from open virtual offices, shared offices, private offices to boardroom and meeting room facilities.
More importantly, they’re geared for serious business with a virtual office for entrepreneurs working from home or constantly traveling. This package comes with a business address and professional call answering service for all business communication, without occupying any physical office space.
Boardrooms and meeting rooms feature audiovisual equipment, range from 4 to 16 seaters and provide a professional environment to host meetings, workshops, interviews and training. Cube Workspace also boasts an in-house café at all three of their venues, with beverages, muffins, snacks and healthy lunch options to indulge in. General services include printing, cleaning, on-site IT support, 24-hour security & biometric access and parking facilities. Each of their three venues is conveniently located close to accessible highways, schools, malls, golf clubs, hotels and entertainment facilities.
Virtual Office: various packages available, from R590 per month
Co-space: from R2100 per month: incl. access to “lock & go” storage facilities & business address receiving of post and courier parcels
Dedicated Desk: from R2500 per month: incl. the use of meeting rooms and boardrooms
Private Office: Tailored office solutions from small offices to large offices
Boardroom Hire: from R300 per hour: incl. half day & full day options
Locations: V&A Waterfront | Rondebosch | Long Street
Venture Workspace is a self-titled fully serviced office rental and co-working space located in the heart of the Southern Suburbs. Based in Claremont, the space offers convenient access to the M3 and M5 as well as public transport routes.
It is a proudly “productivity first” space as shown by their many informative blog posts on productivity, coworking and business, making their model accessible to both startups, freelancers and operating small businesses.
Venture Workspace’s virtual office packages grant members a solid operating infrastructure with a formal business address which allows post and mail to be delivered and kept for collection.
Membership options run on an hourly, daily or dedicated basis, with customisable packages to suit individual needs. All options include capped data,, mail and reception, support staff, an equipped communal kitchen and access to copiers, printers, fax machines and scanners.
Venture Workspace will soon be expanding their operations to a second location in Constantia.
Virtual Office from R750 per month: incl. a professional receptionist for call answering & 20% discount on day offices and meeting rooms
Rent A Desk: 1 day at R150 | 10 days at R1000 | 1 month at R1800
Dedicated Desk: 1 month at R3000 | incl. 24-hour security, a dedicated phone, reception area and fibre
Day Office: 1 day at R600 | Private, fully serviced office featuring a dedicated phone, reception area and immediate fibre Internet and phone connectivity
Private Office: Contract terms tailored to the client’s specific needs | Private, fully serviced office featuring a dedicated phone, reception area and immediate fibre Internet, phone connectivity and 24/7 access
Meeting Room: 2 to 6 people at R200 per hour | Large meeting room at R800 per hour
Opening times: 8am-5pm
Address: Ground Floor, Brookside Office Park, 11 Imam Haron Road, Claremont
The Loft Collection is the first full-service coworking space in the South Peninsula, otherwise known as the ‘Deep South’ of Cape Town. This Sunnydale space offers a safe and collaborative platform to freelancers, small business teams and charitable organisations.
Their aim is to promote a ‘Be Happy at Work!’ environment by encouraging members to share ideas and build relationships amongst themselves in order to #supportlocalbusinesses.
The Loft Collection offers customisable packages to suit individual needs. For example, if a member only needs the space for 10 x ½ days per month and has a monthly budget of R1,500, a plan that fits into that criteria will be negotiated.
As part of their ‘healthy work-life’ ethos, members receive health food discounts at the nearby DS Fitness Studio and their in-house coffee shop, The Studio Café. The coworking space also doubles as an event venue which is available to hire on an hourly or daily basis – accommodating up to 70 guests.
Hot Seats at R200 per day
Shared Desk from R250 per day
Private Office from R450 per day
Boardroom from R300 per hour
General services include a BizHub (scan, copy, fax, print), high-speed uncapped internet access, and on-site parking for extended working hours.
Address: Unit 2, Solaris 2 Business Park, 3 Lekkerwater Road, Sunnydale, 7975
Stoep Startup Coworking Space is a female-founded small business located just a few minutes away from the picturesque Constantia Winelands. Both founders work in the social entrepreneurship sector which has contributed to creating a well-connected, interesting and diverse group of professionals at their coworking space.
Unlike your typical modern age work space, Stoep Startup Coworking Space is set in a classic Victorian manor which has been restored, room by room, for the past thirty years. The space is a secret pocket of thick greenery and garden with Koi ponds, a bird aviary, frog ponds and weavers to keep you in touch in nature. This unique environment creates a calm, home-like and tranquil work space.
One of the biggest benefits for freelancers and startups to get involved with coworking spaces is the networking opportunities. Stoep Startup Coworking Space prides itself in connecting its members to each other and to surrounding Cape Town through regular community get-togethers such as Happy Hour every Friday, and film evenings. If you’re looking to beat the traffic, avoid parking nightmares, be part of something bigger and experience a wonderful change of scenery, visit this beautiful space.
Flexi Hot Desk Options: Daily at R150 | Monthly from R1500
Designated Desk: R2200 per month
Various Private & Semi-Private Offices: From R2700 per month
Boardroom & Training Room Hire: with various budget-friendly catering options
Garden Cafe: With delicious coffee, smoothies and treats on offer
Monthly members receive a locker, uncapped WiFi, access to meeting spaces and printing facilities
Opening times: 7.30am – 7pm
Address: 3 Tiverton Road, Plumstead, Cape Town
Create Space is a secure professional coworking space designed in a polished, minimalist industrial aesthetic. It is situated just off Ottery Road, making it easily accessible to freeway & public transport. This corporate rental space is attractive to both suburban startups and small businesses with an operating network in the Southern Suburbs area. The office space is functional, uncluttered and inviting with a great pricing structure and all the resources to meet your needs.
Create Space’s keeps their finger on the pulse by fine-tuning their standard services such as networking events and cross-company opportunities. A full-time membership to the community will give you access to a parking bay, meeting rooms, chill areas, and coffee stations. Private offices are also available.
Hot Seats at R200 per day
Communal Workspace from R1500 per month
Private Office from R4350 per month
Boardro The hills, om from R200 per hour
Address: 274 Ottery Road, Ottery, Cape Town
Opening times: 8am-5pm