Are you a freelancer or a digital nomad that has picked Hong Kong as their (temporary) base? While Hong Kong is an amazing city for many things, finding space isn’t one of them. There are plenty of co-working spaces in the city, but if you’ve just set up your startup and want to save money, or are only here for a week or 2 and would love to have full flexibility these coffee shops come to the rescue!
1). NOC Coffee
One of the hardest part of working in a coffee shop in Hong Kong is that you’re often simply asked to leave after a while or the staff will make you feel so uncomfortable that you don’t want to stay beyond 30 minutes. This is definitely not true for NOC. In their light and spacious Sai Ying Pun branch, as well as in their smaller central branches, there is always a good mix between friends socializing and freelancers working on their laptops. An added bonus: one of the best coffees in town.
2). The Study
The Study is café that prides itself in providing a serene oasis in the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city. It specializes in healthy food like home made granola and avo toast. Being the newest place on this list, it’s not yet well known with the masses, so enjoy the quiet while you can!
3). Café Recharge
If you’d like to come to the hub of entrepreneurship, here’s a coffee shop for you to visit. Located in one of the biggest co-working spaces in town, Recharge doesn’t require you to be an office tenant. There is unlimited free wifi, plenty of space and great coffees to top it off. It’s a bus ride away from the city, but consider it an adventure and enjoy the outdoor space and sea views!
4). Coffee Academics
With locations all over town, Coffee Academics provides a convenient place for working. Their food menu is more extensive than most other coffee shops and also includes full-on dinners and cocktails (check out the special coffee cocktails!). In addition, they have the best twister fries in town, so you won’t have to go hungry while you’re grinding away at your startup. A WiFi time limit applies.
Why50 is an independent coffee shop in Sheung Wan with friendly baristas and plenty of chargers. They do great all-day breakfasts, sandwiches and specialty coffees and the place is always filled with freelancers getting work done.
6). Day Pass
If you do want to opt for a co-working space, but remain fully flexible, there are plenty of co-working spaces that offer a day pass. Check out The Hive (HK$300 per day), The Work Project (HK$350 per day) or Solo (HK$200 per day), amongst others.
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