10 best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Panama City, Panama
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With its rich history and culture combined with breathtaking sights, Panama City is a truly magical place to visit.
While walking along the Casco Viejo, Panama’s cobblestone-paved historical center, it’s easy to forget the rues and woes of your daily life, cast aside your worries and responsibilities, and just let yourself enjoy.
If you’re a digital nomad and you’ve chosen Panama City as your home for the next few months, you won’t regret it—the city will sweep you off your feet. Make sure you keep your head in the game, though—you need to stay focused on your work even in a place like Panama, no matter how many distractions try to undermine you.
One of the best ways to keep up with your work is to find a motivating coworking space. A good enough space with a productive community can be enough to boost your creativity and determination. It can keep you efficient and productive, and help you do more in less time.
Unfortunately, sometimes it can be hard to take a pick, especially if you’re new in town. To help you find what you need, we have compiled a list of ten best—and one worst—coworking spaces in Panama City.
Source: My Office Panama
If you’re looking for a space that’s beautiful, conducive to hard work, and passionate about building a strong community, look no further. My Office is all that and more.
It is located in Obarrio, by the Calle 50, right across the street from the Japanese Embassy.
My Office prides itself on building a strong community. It organizes a lot of different workshops, lectures, and events. The members often have community lunches and drinks. The space also hosts TedX talks, and the members get a discount if they want to attend.
The Wi-Fi they provide is fast and reliable, so this is a great space if your work demands a high flow of data. You can easily give or attend a Skype-based lesson without fear of the internet causing you troubles in the middle of it.
My Office provides air conditioning, standing desks, and ergonomic chairs, so it is comfortable to work in. There is plenty of extra equipment, including sound and video recording tools, projectors, microphones, Chromecast, and printing equipment. They come at a little extra or no charge. Depending on the work you do, this can be a crucial benefit. For example, if you’re a travel vlogger, you might need a high-quality video recording system, so it’s great that your coworking space can provide it for you.
There are Skype and podcast rooms, personal lockers, and phone booths. The onsite restaurant is pretty good, so that’s convenient if you don’t want to go out of your way to eat, or you tend to get too immersed in your work. There are no other restaurants in the immediate surroundings, but there is a kitchen you can use.
You can get tea and coffee free of charge, but if you want something more elaborate than a simple cup of coffee, you have to pay extra. There is a Starbucks just around the block, so that’s great if you start feeling a bit homesick.
When you want to chill out, you can play table tennis with other nomads, browse through the library, or just enjoy a beer or a glass of wine, free of charge!
My Office is wheelchair accessible, so it can accommodate all of its visitors.
All in all, this is a fantastic coworking space with plenty of perks, so if you’re looking for a place to work in Panama City, make sure to give it a go!
My Office is our favorite, but it doesn’t have to be yours. Your accommodation might be too far away, or the space may be unappealing to you for any other reason. If that’s the case, worry not, because we have your back. Here are nine other beautiful coworking spaces in Panama City.
- Panama Coworking Center
- Workings Obarrio
- Workings Punta Pacifica
- Workings Costa del Este
- The Cube Workspace
- Be Productive Workspaces
- Raw Workspace & Gallery
- Innova 109
Source: Panama Coworking
Located in Obarrio, Panama Coworking Center is close to the Embassy of Mexico and within walking distance from the Italian Embassy.
This is another coworking space that puts a lot of emphasis on building a strong community. The members can get a lot of benefits, such as:
- Incubator programs
- Mentorship programs
- Facebook group for members
- Community app
- Community lunches and drinks
- Pitching events
- Accelerator programs
The Wi-Fi is fast and reasonably stable, and the space is air-conditioned, with standing desks and hammocks for extra comfort. There are phone booths and podcasting rooms, as well as personal lockers. You can use the kitchen if you want, but they provide free snacks as well, and it is possible to order food from a restaurant to be brought to your desk. Coworking Center even has a catering kitchen, so you can take advantage of the discount that members get.
If you need extra equipment, Coworking Center can offer you plenty. You can get access to sound and video recording equipment, printing tools, projectors, and microphones. There is a recording studio, and they even have a drone.
The space is dog-friendly, so you can take your furry friend to work with you. It is also wheelchair accessible.
When you want to chill out after a long day of work, you can always visit the library or play table tennis and board games with other people who need a break. There is an art gallery you can visit, and you can even get a massage, all without leaving the premises. Beer and wine are free as well, so you can just relax with a glass of whichever of the two you prefer.
|Price||Per day||USD 25|
|Per week||USD 90|
|Per month||USD 300|
Workings has three locations in Panama City, and all three are excellent. The open hours and the price are the same for each location.
|Price||Per day||USD 25|
|Per week||USD 150|
|Per month||USD 250|
They all provide fast Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and printing equipment. Membership works for all three locations. Here are the individual characteristics.
The first location, which is in Obarrio, is a few minutes’ walk from the park Harry Strunz and Obarrio metro station. There are plenty of restaurants in the area.
It has an excellent chill-out area, and it provides free coffee, beer, and snacks. There are a kitchen, Skype rooms, personal lockers, and an onsite café.
The second location, Punta Pacifica, is a block away from the Punta Pacifica Hospital. There is a Starbucks a minute away and, if you drive, you’ll appreciate the large parking.
You can get free coffee and beer. Onsite café is excellent, and so is the lounge area.
The third location, Costa del Este, is close to the Pan-American highway, and it’s almost at the beach.
They also provide free beer and coffee and have an incredibly relaxing chill-out area.
This is the only wheelchair-friendly location in Workings.
Source: The Cube
The Cube is located in Via Espana right next to El Carmen metro station. They offer high-speed Wi-Fi and comfortable, air-conditioned space with ergonomic chairs.
They offer plenty of content for their members, including workshops, events, mentorship programs, and community drinks and lunches.
There are phone boots, personal lockers, and a kitchen you are welcome to use. Free coffee and tea are available, but there is an onsite restaurant in case you start craving something fancier than sandwiches and plain coffee.
When you get fed up with work, you can play board games or arcade games with your fellow nomads.
There is free parking, which should make your life much easier if you’re driving.
|Price||Per day||USD 20|
|Per month||USD 99|
Source: Be Productive Workspaces
If you’re trying to Be Productive, you’re at the right place. Located in El Dorado, this coworking space is within spitting distance of a Pizza Hut on one side and a McDonalds on the other, so you have where to go when you get hungry, or when the nostalgia strikes.
This is a pretty awesome coworking space with high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and standing desks. Even though they are not as passionate about building a community as some other coworking spaces, they still provide plenty of things to do—they organize fun events and workshops, as well as mentorship programs.
Be Productive offers a plethora of extra equipment, including sound and video recording, printing equipment, photo and recording studios, professional lighting, green screen, and much more. If your job requires more than just a laptop, you can rest assured that you’ll have everything you need at this coworking space.
You can access Be Productive in a wheelchair.
There are Skype rooms, phone booths, and podcasting rooms. Coffee and tea are free, but there is also an onsite café.
|Price||Per month||USD 79|
Raw Workspace is one of the more artistic coworking spaces in Panama. It is excellent for all of you who do creative work and appreciate the artwork hanging from the walls.
This coworking space puts a lot of effort into forming and maintaining a community. Workshops, events, and mentorship programs are organized to help individual members improve. The community members go for lunches and drinks. Raw Workspace members have their own Slack channel to keep in touch.
Raw provides printers, projectors, sound and video recording equipment, microphones, a 3D printer, and a drone. No matter what type of business you’re in, you are likely to find everything you need right here.
You can use Skype rooms, personal lockers, and a kitchen. Raw Workspace is a coworking and a co-living space, so you can save some time on commuting if you live there as well.
The place offers free tea, coffee, and beer, as well as plenty of entertainment. You can play board games with other people who could use a break, browse through the library, or look around the art gallery.
|Price||Per hour||USD 4.75|
|Per day||USD 18|
|Per week||USD 75|
|Per month||USD 169.99|
Spaces is located at the corner of Calle 50 and Marbella. This is a superb coworking space that often hosts TedX talks.
They take good care of their community. Mentorship programs, pitching events, and various workshops are just three out of many benefits that Spaces provides for its members.
The equipment is top-notch, with sound and video recording tools, AR and VR equipment, as well as green screens, projectors, and printers.
This is a co-living as well, which is convenient if you don’t want to waste time going to and from the workplace.
Spaces provides free parking for the members, and it offers plenty of entertainment options, including foosball, a library, and an art gallery.
This coworking space is dog-friendly, and the onsite restaurant offers many diet-specific menus, including paleo, vegan, and halal.
|Price||Per day||USD 14.20|
|Per month||USD 99|
Innova 109 is located in the City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber), which, funnily enough, used to be a military base. It is a beautiful, chill coworking space with many bean bags scattered around the place, giving it the air of relaxation. The pastel green and orange tones make it truly pleasant to spend time in, and cause you to feel more content and at ease.
If you don’t like bean bags, that’s okay—there are incredibly comfortable ergo chairs for you to use. If you need them, there are also Skype rooms and phone booths.
If community meals, events, and programs weren’t enough, Innova 109 takes member involvement to the next level—it even has a sports team. It provides a pool table to entertain you during your break, and the space is dog-friendly, so your four-legged weirdo doesn’t have to feel lonely while you’re at work. If you start feeling a bit stiff from sitting for too long, you can always have a splash in their swimming pool.
There is free tea, coffee, and beer, but there is also an onsite café. Sometimes a simple coffee just doesn’t do the trick, and we’ve all felt the urge to get an extra-large Mochaccino from time to time, so a barista is there to make your wishes come true.
|Price||Per day||USD 15|
|Per week||USD 50|
|Per month||USD 135|
While CoworkingPTY is far from terrible, it is our least favorite coworking space in Panama City. The most significant downsides to this space are
- Uncomfortable seating
- Cramped space
- Bad lighting
The chairs are pretty decent, but you won’t be comfortable for an entire 6+ hours session. There are no standing desks or bean bags, so you can’t shift your position from time to time, which would be tough on your back even if the chairs were of supreme quality.
The space feels too cramped up. Small rooms contain too many desks to be comfortable, and if you’re claustrophobic, you won’t feel pleasant.
The biggest issue, though, is the lighting. The space doesn’t get enough natural light. The artificial light is bright enough, but a bit glaring as well. If you’re in any degree sensitive to light, you’re likely to suffer from a headache at the end of your session.