June 18, 2014
5 Creative Co-working spaces in Cape Town, the 2014 World Design Capital
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
Being a busy freelance creative in inspirational Cape Town, the World Design Capital 2014 is an amazing thing: you’re surrounded by endless beauty guaranteed to stimulate you.
All play and no suitable workplace does have its limitations, though, like limited office space, non-working equipment and dodgy wifi connections. Then, there’s the loneliness to think about…
The Mother City is nothing, if not innovative, and thankfully a few of her more business-minded residents have created some impressive co-working spaces, just waiting to help you create your next genius project while appeasing your need for social interaction with fellow-minded folk:
Inner City Ideas Cartel
The perfect blend of mind-blowing views of the city and speedy productivity (and did I mention their divine coffee bar?!), the Inner City Ideas Cartel makes co-working a functional and pleasurable experience.
Formerly known as the Freeworld Design Centre, the Cartel has retained its brilliant edge, offering a platform for young entrepreneurs, freethinkers and start-ups with everything you can think of (desks, projectors etc. ), right at your fingertips.
Situated along the Fan Walk, and in walking distance of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, vibrant Long Street and some of the Mother City’s tastiest restaurants; the Cartel is the ideal co-working space.
Great for: Working on that-sure-to-impress ad pitch or hosting dazzling creative launches.
Cost: from R 2000 per month
Location: 71 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
The White Room
Quite literally a blank space for you to fill with all of your amazing ideas, the White Room is an inspirational oasis in the City Centre.
Boasting full conference facilities, this stylish venue can seat up to 40 people.
Need a drink after all of your brainstorming? Head upstairs to Tjing Tjing, voted. This rooftop bar is such a hot spot; it attracts movies stars like Orlando Bloom and Idris Elba and creative whizzes alike.
Great for: That all important business-models-for-the-next-financial-year brainstorms with your clients.
Cost: R800 (half day) - R1, 200 (full day)
Location: 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Leave it to our left-brained brethren to turn a brewery in Woodstock into a workspace of an inspirational nature… now a thriving shared working environment, Hubspace doesn’t just offer you a place to work, it provides advisory services, nurtures think tanks and .
Community spirit is important to the Hubspace team so you’ll soon find yourself joining your “office mates” for the Thursday communal lunch or attending.
Great for: Hiring venues for workshops, conferences, labs, parties and more.
Location: Old Castle Brewery, Beach Road, Woodstock
So, being a City freelancer is just way too hipster for you and you prefer to laidback vibe of the Southern Suburbs? Then Santilabs in Mowbray is for you!
Your choice of working independently includes hot desks in the communal area or rocking of three not-so-corner-offices. Impress your clients with your mad business acumen using the uber speedy WiFi, 12 seater boardroom and gorgeous views at your disposal.
Great for: Being minutes away from your clients as Santilabs is close to the CBD, the N2, N1 and M5 highways.
Cost: R 1,320 - R 3,800
Location: Waverley Business Park, Mowbray
And you thought Somerset West was all about the wine and looking pretty… At Growth Space, you’ll meet and work with smart, whimsical folk who are not only experts in drinking wine, but know how to wax lyrical and market it for all its worth too.
Come and be amazing alongside writers, journalists, bloggers, graphic designers, marketing professionals, photographers, web designers and more and be part of a thriving free-spirited, highly productive community.
Great for: The commitment-phobes amongst you who can’t stand long-term office leases. The shortest Growth Space rental is three months – easy in, easy out.
Cost: R 1000 - R 2150
Location: Somerset Links Office Park, Somerset West
Co-working spaces still too structured for you? Why not get your caffeine fix and your work mojo on at these coffee shops with wifi?