Cape Town is renowned for its strong entrepreneurial streak. And with our increasing respect for networking – and the inspiration to be 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 took a look into some of the best options in Cape Town and surrounds.
Born from a passion for adventure and the outdoors, Trail Station opened its doors in January 2018 with the desire to share its passion with like-minded people.
Providing a casual yet creative and professional space to work, Trail Station offers good coffee, high-speed internet and a variety of working spaces, from the light and airy open-plan, café-style collaborative working space, to the partitioned co-working space upstairs, and the private offices and meeting room. There’s even a space dedicated to comfortable couches and hanging hammocks.
By night, Trail Station doubles as an event venue and has hosted a variety of events including adventure photo exhibitions, race launches, adventure talks and presentations, as well as various film evenings, making this particular co-working space not only a great place to work, but a great place to play.
Shared Workspace: R150 / day incl. vat (half day rates available)
Semi-private Cubicles: R180 / day incl. vat (half day rates available)
Monthly Membership: R1 360 / month | Access to either workspace | Parking available at extra cost
Private Boardroom / Meeting Room: R2 750 / month (6 month lease) | Parking available at extra cost
Address: 3 The Space, 4-8 Stibitz St, Westlake, 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 two 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, 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 from R273/hr: incl. everything from audiovisual equipment and whiteboards to food and beverage service. Open to members and non-members.
Business Club Memberships from R750 per month: Available on a full-time basis or 5 days or 10 days per month.
Dedicated Desks from R1890 per month: incl. specific workstation, locker storage and all business club benefits
Private offices from R5190 per month: Contract terms tailored to the client’s specific needs.
Utilities and cleaning are included. Extra conveniences (such as photocopying and coffee) are pay-as-you-go.
Greenpoint Coworking is an uncapped serviced desking solution in Cape Town. It offers spacious desks, an 8-seater boardroom, a break room, a kitchen and a literature-stuffed mini library, all in a modern, professional setting.
It is a proudly “productivity first” space and, with a number of international workers in the office, it deliberately limits the number of events it hosts to those supportive of the local community: a few entrepreneur-focused networking events, and a free coding workshop for junior programmers to gain access to mentors, every second Saturday of the month.
In addition to working hard, the members of Greenpoint Coworking also play hard, regularly stopping over at the local pub for a chat or quiz night.
Full members have premium desks with a private locker. General facilities include 24/7 access, rooms for private skype/phone calls and ad-hoc meetings, air conditioning, unlimited printing (within reason), an Xbox One for downtime, and unlimited coffee. Parking is available in the buiding at R1500 per month (ex VAT).
Hot desking: 1 day at R250 (9am to 5pm only) | 5 days at R900 | 10 days at R1550
Full Membership (24/7 access) at R3300 per month
Private Office at R8 500 per month: Comfortably seat two and can be locked after hours
Address: Unit 327, Foyer A, Sovereign Quay, 40 Somerset Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
Inner City | Ideas Cartel is on a mission to provide exceptional everyday workday experiences. It is, they say, what gets them out of bed in the morning.
Offering scalable, productive workspace for the urban entrepreneur Inner City | Ideas Cartel describes itself as “a member network, working together for a better quality of life and work, for a better result, and ultimately, a better world”.
The promise is to inspire, encourage and enable members by giving them the tools they need to create a daily work experiences that brings them happiness, opportunity, increased income and meaning. The website even states that, “as an IC | IC Coworking Member, if we do not generate business for you through Coworking Cape Town your next month is free.”
The elegant office space ranges from open coworking spaces, via shared offices, private offices, boardroom and meeting room facilities, to communal breakaway areas and relaxation lounges. All spaces have been immaculately designed with a fine eye and attention to detail.
Inner City | Ideas Cartel is particularly proud of its in-house services available via the ‘Cartel House’ mobile app, including in-house breakfast, lunch and coffee delivered straight to the individual’s desk with the click of a button. In-house events include Flapjack Fridays on which flapjacks are served to members only.
General facilities include a shared reception, 24/7 access and security, on-site IT support.
Day Pass R350 per day: incl. discounted internet & preference for daily pool pass
Coworking from R3000 per month
Cartel House membership from R4000 per month: incl access to rooftops, pools, gyms, lounges and bars
Shared office from R5000 per month: lockable office space with dedicated desk | Parking option
Address: First Floor, 71 Waterkant St, CBD, Cape Town | Cartel House, 113 Loop St, CBD, Cape Town
Fintec Spaces offers a flexible office and desk space for creative entrepreneurs in the heart of Stellenbosch. With high-speed 200 Mbps uncapped internet and generous space to work, collaborate or network, have a stand-up or a video conference, it has everything covered, including wheelchair accessibility.
Facilities include two bookable 8-seater boardrooms, 2 smaller break-out rooms and an impromptu-meet space, as well as coworking desks, private offices, VIP offices and a kitchen. Fintec Spaces also offers services including printing facilities, personal assistance and concierge services, a personal business telephone number and a Dorp Street business address with postal reception.
Membership options run on an hourly, daily or dedicated basis, with customisable packages to suit individual needs. All options include unlimited Fibre internet, access to meeting rooms, access to phone booths, team stand-up area, and complimentary still water. Dedicated offices have 24/7 access.
Fintec Spaces also has a convenient App, available from the App store, that allows members to book their space, set up meetings and connect to other users.
Co-working desk at R75/hr | R300 per day | R3500 per month
Private office at R125/hr | R500 per day | R4500 per month
VIP office at R225/hr | R750 per day | R7500 per month
Address: 97 Dorp St, 1B Ground floor, La Gratitude, Stellenbosch