Best Co-Working Spaces in Hong Kong
In a city where the flats are cramped and space is scarce, co-working spots are a godsend. Quit plugging away on your tiny coffee table, or spending endless hours in noisy cafes, and get in on some of the best co-working spots in Hong Kong. They’re not just for writers – these prime picks also cater to those toting aprons and tool belts who need room to work.
Recommended Co-Working Spaces
Some of our favourite co-working spots in Hong Kong include:
Fairly fresh to the local co-working space scene, BLOOM opened this year with a bit of a twist: a female-friendly co-working space with workshops, pitching nights and other events tailored to female entrepreneurs. Of course, all are welcome to the bright and welcoming location designed for startups, SMEs and MNCs and those looking for an area to boost productivity, network and even have some fun. Choose from four different membership types (private studio, dedicated desk, full or part time hot desk) and start flexing those creative muscles.
Where: 905-6, 9/F, Silvercord Tower 2, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 7.00pm
Contact: 2961 4225 or [email protected]
With several locations in China, Vietnam and Hong Kong, hooking up with naked Hub means you can work away at any of their sites, from Beijing to Hanoi. Particularly deal for travelling entrepreneurs and freelancers, or for people who just need something local, there are Hubs in Sai Ying Pun and Sheung Wan, the latter boasting 16 floors of space. There are the usual hot desks, open offices and private rooms, but also a relaxing living room, bar area, breakout space and various meeting rooms. The aesthetics and amenities are pleasing, particularly at the New Street location, with a coffee bar, art gallery space, ping pong table and bicycle chairs to greet you. Plus, free-flow coffee, soft drinks, tea and beer are available at either site, making this all seem like more play than work.
Where: L7, 40 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan; G/F, 5-13 New Street, Sai Ying Pun
Opening Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Contact: 3890 2628 or [email protected]
Where have you been, BiteUnite, ask the many enterprising HK cooks and bakers fed up with small counter top ovens that can barely roast a chicken and only churn out six muffins at a time?! This kitchen co-working space is great for aspiring and practising chefs who want to perfect their craft and/or run a professional food business. The large, fully equipped kitchen area allows for hosting cooking classes, private meals and has generous room for culinary creativity, with business support and food delivery services too for food business owners.
Where: G/F, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm; Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Contact: 2366 3231 or [email protected]
If you’re packing tools instead of a Mac, MakerBay is your next new home. This unique maker group has two locations in Hong Kong providing spaces, tools and a community with the aim of using innovation for social and environmental impact. They host plenty of events and workshops where inventive folk (members include scientists, engineers, designers and artists of all levels) can learn new skills, develop their inventions and grow their businesses. Kids can even get in on it, spending some fruitful hours at the “Junior MakerBench” and getting their hands dirty with wood and other materials under safe supervision.
Where: 16 Sze Shan Street, C1 Yau Tong Industrial Building Block 2, Yau Tong, Kowloon; PMQ
Unit H-508, Block B, Hollywood Side, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am – 7.00pm; Saturday 2.00pm – 8.00pm; Sunday and public holidays closed to public, open 24/7 to studio members (Yau Tong); Wednesday to Sunday 2.00pm – 8.00pm (PMQ)
Contact: 9610 8167 or [email protected] (either location)
The mammoth WeWork has a network of co-working spaces across the globe, and two very cool spots here in Hong Kong. Both locations in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay rival some of the city’s hippest cafes, with cosy desks in booth settings and inviting sofas and chairs when you need to take a break. Some of the meeting rooms at the Causeway Bay site have amazing views of Victoria Harbour to give that extra boost of inspiration between brainstorming, and there’s all the usual amenities, including non-stop micro roasted coffee to keep you perky and focused on your work all day.
Where: 10/F, Mass Mutual Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai; 20/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 6.00pm (both locations)
A newcomer to the Hong Kong co-working space scene, YoofHex is conveniently located on Leighton Road in bustling Causeway Bay and is easily accessible via public transportation. They offer a variety of packages to meet any professional’s needs included dedicated workspace, drop-in style “hot desks” and multi-person offices. When you need a break from working on that deadline, there’s plenty of refreshments available including free-flow coffee, soft drinks and tea or you can connect and network with others in their bright and comfortable common areas.
Where: Levels 14, 15 & 20, East Exchange Tower, 28-40 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
Opening Hours: 24-hour access for members
Contact: 9862 8284 or [email protected]
A dedicated space in Hong Kong for startups, Paperclip caters to innovative entrepreneurs and those not just needing a spot to work, but some mentoring and education too. Think of it as a startup academy and work space. The spacious Sheung Wan site offers an 8,000 square feet setting for meetings, classrooms or events, and certain memberships will get you 24/7 access to a dedicated desk or shared office. They’re also big on workshops and events, where everyone from aspiring coders to small business owners network and exchange ideas.
Where: 3/F, Nam Wo Hong Building, 148 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am – 7.30pm
Contact: 3586 2888 or [email protected]
The Hive has so much going on, from accessible city locations in Central, Wan Chai and Kennedy Town, to a tranquil riverside setting in Sai Kung with inspiring mountain views to get the wheels turning. Add to this three inventive offshoots – MakerHive, a combined workshop/workspace, Hive Studios, a work space/professional fashion photography studio, and Hive Co Farm, a community garden/farm – and there’s something for every productive type. Each location has its allure, with stylish open plan workspaces, hot desks, dedicated workstations, private offices and appealing outdoor terraces for a lovely change of pace.
Where: Hive Central – 14/F, Manning House, 38-48 Queen’s Road Central, Central; Hive Wan Chai – 21/F, The Phoenix Building, 23 Luard Road, Wan Chai; Hive Kennedy Town – 6/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town; Hive Sai Kung – 5 Tai Mong Tsai Road, Sai Kung; MakerHive – 10/F, Cheung Hing Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town; Hive Studios – 8/F, Cheung Hing Industrial Building, 12P Smithfield Road, Kennedy Town; Hive Co Farm – Lau Fau Shan, Yeun Long, New Territories
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.00am – 8.00pm
Contact: 3584 7869 or [email protected] (Central); 3568 6343 or [email protected] (Wan Chai); 2448 9830 or [email protected] (Kennedy Town); 2780 5844 or [email protected] (Sai Kung); 2448 9033 or [email protected] (MakerHive); 2817 8199 or [email protected] (Hive Studios); 2448 9033 or [email protected] (Hive Co Farm)
Trendy and attractive, with cheery furniture and a breezy outdoor terrace for networking among the skyscrapers, Garage Society’s four co-working spaces throughout the city are top for serious workers with many tasks to tackle, or part-timers needing to meet a deadline now and again. Different membership packages give you 24/7 access (full time hot-desking), five days per month access (light hot-desking), and there’s even a handy day pass. Keep an eye on their exclusive weekly events, which run the gamut from fireside chats to workshops.
Where: Garage Society Central – 8/F & 9/F, 33 Des Voeux Road, Central; Garage Society Sheung Wan – 19/F, 299 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan; Garage Society Sai Ying Pun – Shop 4-7, No. 158A, Connaught Road West, Sai Ying Pun; Garage Society Wan Chai – 1/F, 2/F & 4/F, Beverly House, 93-107 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 7.30pm (Central, Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun); 8.30am – 6.00pm (Wan Chai); all locations closed Saturday, Sunday
Ooosh was founded by “entrepreneurial enthusiasts” in a bid to connect business and tech talents in a productive and engaging co-working space. The co-working community here comprises a host of talent, including web/app developers, consultants, data architects, digital marketers and social media specialists. You never know whose elbows you may rub in either bright location, with blooming greenery for a mental boost. If your idea well has run dry, their services can assist you with writing copy to designing logos too.
Where: Room 803, 8/F, Lai Cheong Factory Building, 479-479A Castle Peak Road, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon; Unit 2002-04, 20/F, 9 Chong Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.30am – 7.00pm; closed Saturday, Sunday and public holidays (both locations)
Contact: 2785 8588 or [email protected]
Nancy Matos is a lifestyle and culture writer from Vancouver, Canada currently based in Hong Kong and London.