For a long time, coffee shops were the place to be for freelancers who at times find their home offices unfavorable to productivity. However, it wasn’t long before these cozy spaces became a little too cramped and distracting because of the high foot traffic and simultaneous chatters that are typical of coffee shops. Fortunately, co-working spaces came into the picture – making available an office where high-speed internet is at reach and coffee is free-flowing!
Although shared workplaces have been here for some time, it wasn’t only until recently when they have gained massive attention – a fame that can be credited to the rise in the number of young entrepreneurs and freelancers.
What is a Co-Working Space?
As Wikipedia puts it, co-working is a work style that involves a shared workplace with an independent activity. In contrast to a traditional office, those who co-work aren’t usually employed by the same organization. But, they share the same facilities and often, ideas and expertise as well.
If you ever find the need of a place to get some work done, we listed some of the best co-working spaces in Metro Manila you can head to.
A co-working space named after the celebrated Ernest Hemingway short story, the location literally offers a conducive place to get productive. Aside from the “I hope you get things done today” note on the front desk, there’s also the fast Internet, unlimited coffee and a common area to enjoy.
Rates start at P100/hour.
Address: 27/F Jollibee Plaza, F. Ortigas Jr. Rd, Ortigas Center, Pasig
Bullish, with its towering glass windows and wooden furniture, is a co-working space with a warm café feel. Although small in size, it is big on form and function. It offers a fully-equipped conference room and a concierge service for some secretarial assistance.
Rates start at P350/day.
Address: 2/F F7 Sct. Rallos St. Tomas Morato, Quezon City
Racket Room Collective is a shared space that fosters a dynamic and fun working environment. It has fixed and consumable rates - and regardless whether you have a subscription or consumable pass, you get to access its Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee and tea, scanning service and pantry.
Rates start at P600/day.
Address: 3G The Symphony Towers, Sgt. Esguerra Ave. Quezon City
It may sound bizarre but, STKD Zeppelin is actually an offshoot of the local sportswear brand Stoked Inc. Even with an eclectic design – surfboards lining the wall, steampunk sculptures everywhere and a pantry – the place is still shipshape and spacious.
Rates start at P300/half-day.
Address: 2/F 11 Brixton St. Kapitolyo, Pasig
Warehouse Eight has a spacious floor plan and high ceilings that will make you feel everything except being confined. The tables are strategically far apart to ensure that you get the privacy and space you need. There are also cubicles available if further seclusion is required.
Rates start at P500/hours.
Address: Warehouse 8-A, La Fuerza Plaza, 2241 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati
WorkWith has everything you need for a productive workday: a hip space with an industrial minimalist design, a well-supplied conference room, a reliable Internet connection and full staff services. It also has its own coffee shop but without the frustrating noise.
Rates start at P13,000/month for 8 pax
Address: The Penthouse Cocolight Bldg. 39th St. Cor. 11th Ave, BGC Taguig
The proximity of WIP PH to universities allows it to cater not only to entrepreneurs but also to students in equal need of a place to study and hold meetings. But, what sets it apart is that it holds a variety of events that range from workshops to weekend flea markets.
Rates start at P40/hour.
Address: 91 Maginhawa St. Teacher’s Village, Quezon City
XState is a relatively new space that opened in August. As run by startup owners themselves, you can be confident it has everything you will need: a conducive space, high-speed internet and coffee at the most cost-effective prices.
Rates start at P400/day.
Address: Unit 3D Cypress Garden, 112 VA Rufino Avenue, Makati
25D stands as the budget brand of the no-frill co-working space brand, MyOffice. Although it isn’t as grand as the others, it still is pet-friendly, and a mix of traditionalists and millennials frequent the place for its laidback atmosphere.
Rates can go as low as P1000/month.
Address: 2/F ZETA Bldg. 191 Salcedo, Legazpi Village, Makati
10. 47 East
47 East – with its Wi-Fi, unlimited coffee and tea – knows exactly how to inspire you to up your game. But, what truly sets it apart is its membership system that offers discounts and promos to members. It also has walk-in promos for non-members.
Rates start at P5000/month for one member.
Address: 47 Esteban Abada St. Quezon City
The next time you’ll need an office, you can be confident that a coffee shop isn’t your only option. Check out these co-working spaces to inspire productivity and get your daily dose of caffeine!
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