As almost any digital nomad who’s ever stayed and worked there will tell you, Cape Town is one of the most amazing cities for remote workers – not just in South Africa, but in the world. Cape Town offers mountains, oceans, amazing food, local markets, a hopping night scene, breweries, gin distilleries, and of course, the African wildlife in national parks just a few short hours drive away. It’s not surprising that our WiFi Tribe members love it here so much that we stay for at least a couple of months each year.
And, yes, it’s super easy to be a digital nomad in Cape Town, too. Not only do most cafes in Cape Town offer free wifi, but coworking spaces all around the city have exploded over the last few years. Let’s take a closer look at the best coworking spaces in Cape Town’s most popular areas.
You may also want to consider the best places to stay in Cape Town before you decide where you want to work from.
The Victoria & Albert Waterfront, V&A Waterfront for short, is located at the foot of Signal Hill, with Table Mountain in the background, and the deep blue waters of Table Bay surrounding it. There are a myriad of ways to spend time at the V&A Waterfront, from eating, drinking, shopping, helicopter and sailing tours, and watching local concerts or theater productions. The Waterfront is definitely Cape Town’s tourist showpiece – but remote workers also come to work, for there are a couple of great coworking spaces here.
Workshop 17 Watershed offers over 150 hot desks, standing desks, and dedicated seats. Members can make use of meeting rooms and board rooms for private meetings, or sit down together at the Pure Good Cafe in the public space, which seats over 80 people.
There’s even an incubator called Ideas Lounge for brainstorming new ideas together or just holding more unofficial meetings, with small meeting tables and writable walls.
There are also private offices and office suites with dedicated work areas in a shared workspace for startups or small teams looking for privacy. They all feature lock-up-and-go facilities, cleaning services, and access to the amenities. Currently, more than 470 entrepreneurs and 100 companies work there.
Besides Watershed on the Waterfront, Workshop 17 has multiple other locations around Cape Town.
Pricing at Workshop 17 varies depending on what level membership you commit to and how long you commit at a time.
Cube Workspace is one of the best coworking spaces in Cape Town and offers several different customizable packages in various locations across the city. From a shared “Co-Space”, over small and large offices, as well as meeting room and board rooms for hire, you can’t just choose where you and your team would like to set up their office; you can also assemble a variety of different services to suit your specific business needs. Check out the various services and pricing offered for the different office spaces:
Cube Workspace also has a unique “virtual office” feature, where you get a business address and professional call answering service for all your business communication, without occupying a physical office space. You’re able to choose from different custom-made services to suit your requirements. If at some point you do need physical office space, you’re able to upgrade to one of the co-spaces or a private office. Check out the features and pricing for virtual offices.
These are the other two Cube Workspace locations in Cape Town:
And there are locations in Johannesburg as well.
Pricing at Cube Workspace varies depending on which office solution and service package you go for.
Spaces has multiple coworking locations in Cape Town, including one at the V&A Waterfront. With its stunning views of Table Mountain, Spaces V&A Waterfront is a creative hub for modern professionals. The renovated dockside building has taken on an exciting new life as coworking space. And if you’re looking to work in stylish surroundings too? There’s designer office spaces across seven floors that will suit your needs just right (especially for those who require more than just working).
Spaces offers the following options:
- Office Space
- Coworking Membership
- Dedicated Desk
- Virtual Offices
- Meeting Rooms
Depending on your term of commitment and services, different pricing tiers are available.
Ideas Cartel has multiple locations across Cape Town including its location at the V&A Waterfront, The Old Foundry. This location has over 100 coworking desks, 32 private offices and four meeting rooms. Other locations are in Cape Town city center, Claremont, and Muizenburg with a Stellenbosh location opening soon.
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Central Business District (CBD)
Cape Town’s CBD is the city’s core, where all business ventures, social outings, and nightly excursions evolve out of a diverse range of coffee shops, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, museums, craft markets, theaters, shopping malls, and hotels. This makes the CBD the perfect base from which to explore the city – and a great place to work from, with the numerous coworking spaces located there.
Located on super central Bree Street, Africa Works Cape Town @ CPD offers an innovative, flexible and ambitious collaborative workspace. The self-proclaimed “accelerator” is set in a beautiful designer space equipped with everything you need to inspire productivity and innovation. Africa Works offers coworking spaces in other African cities, also.
If you’re interested in working at Africa Works, you’ll need to apply for membership. Different membership tiers are available.
Situated on Cape Town’s iconic Bree Street, and as part of a growing cultural node filled with some of the best brands, cafes and eateries that this city has offer; Neighbourgood coworking is centered around an beautiful outdoor courtyards which accentuates its uniqueness. The open layout allows light into every workroom through glass walls or lofty ceilings while also creating private nooks for deeper concentration.
Woodstock is an edgy, evolving neighborhood in Cape Town. Hipster cafes, quirky stores, veggie eateries, the famous (and yummy) Neighbourgoods Market, and galleries occupy old factories that are covered with vivid murals.
Woodstock Office Space’s central Bree Street location boasts the multicultural vibrancy of Cape Town. Offices range from private suites and coworking areas to meeting rooms that provide chill zones for your workers’ lunch breaks—all thoughtfully designed so you can focus on getting those tasks done. You’ll find warm colors like brown or red con temps in here which will make it feel more home-like while also being able to appreciate modern black & white style when needed too.
This popular leisure district is dominated by the park of the same name, lined with lakes, jogging trails, a hedge maze, and a biodiversity garden with indigenous flora. Cape Town Stadium is also located in the park, while espresso bars, Italian restaurants, and burger joints line the main road, and joggers and bikers run along the city’s popular promenade.
8. Hustle House
Reserve a hot desk for the day or go monthly with a dedicated desk, each offer lightning fast internet to set up quickly and crush your workday. The culture at Hustle House is “always casual and vibey” with an in-house barista and snack bar ready to fuel your productivity. You can even order lunch at the snack bar via WhatsApp so you can get in the zone at your desk all day long.
Reserve your workspace at current pricing.
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In the heart of Cape Town lies a hidden gem – Gardens. This vibrant community is home to a diverse range of people, businesses and cultures. The neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s most beautiful gardens. From the colorful displays at the Company’s Gardens to the tranquil setting of the Japanese Garden, there is something to delight everyone. Gardens is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in nature.
We all want to work in an environment that makes us feel productive and creative—That’s the idea behind Craft+Graft. Craft+Graft offers flexible spaces for freelancers or teams that are looking for a place where they can meet up during business hours without having any other meetings booked on top of them; it’s also dog friendly (on select days)—perfect if you have your own furry friend, but perhaps even better if you want to love on someone else’s. Craft+Graft’s modern Cape Town offices provide a gathering place filled with inspiration from fellow creatives and entrepreneurs around town while still providing a private office so each person has their own space when needed.
East City is an up-and-coming neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. The area is known for its vibrant nightlife and creative community. East City is home to art galleries, music venues, and restaurants and is also close to the city center, making it a convenient place to live and cowork. East City is an ideal place for young professionals who want to be close to the action.
10. Cape Town Office
Cape Town Office (CTO) is the coworking space in town because of its members. Over the past decade CTO has evolved from a small group to an international community with strong ties between members across countries and cultures—all here sharing our passion for creativity! CTO offers a free guest day to anyone who wants to try it out before committing to a longer plan.
Roamwork provides a unique, serviced workspace for entrepreneurs and freelancers to work productively. With private offices as well as common areas that can be used by teams of any size or shape, from small startups all the way up through international corporations with branches across South Africa, Roamwork’s combination of flexible amenities makes it easy not only get work done but also enjoy yourself while doing so.
12. CHIPS Coworking
Coworking doesn’t have to be about meeting new people or working late hours. CHIPS Coworking is a comfortable, friendly space that helps you achieve your goals with respect and accountability from other members in the community of entrepreneurs like yourself. They offer all sorts of amenities for work done at home including solar backup power for lights and internet, which can be a lifesaver during Cape Town’s load shedding.
Chain Coworking Spaces in Cape Town
Like many major cities, you’ll also find Regus and WeWork locations throughout Cape Town. We think there are better, more local options, but it’s good to know that these options are are also available for coworking in Cape Town.
Other Important Things to Know About Coworking in Cape Town
Before you commit to a coworking location in Cape Town (or before you book your flights there, even), you should be aware that load shedding happens from time to time when the demands to the electrical grid are higher than supply. You should be prepared for this ahead of time.
To check the load shedding schedule, download EskomSePush and note when power will be off in different parts of the city. Some coworking spaces in Cape Town have generators or the ability to run lights and internet off of solar power. If you don’t have a flexible work schedule, this is something you should be well aware of ahead of time.
While it won’t solve the problem of power, you can also consider getting either a local SIM card or an eSIM from a provider like Airalo to solve your internet needs in a pinch.
It’s no wonder that Cape Town is one of the best places to work remotely.