Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Cebu

Best (and worst) coworking spaces in Cebu

Cebu is an island province of the Philippines Central Visayas region. The island has a long history of settlers from different parts of the world, all of whom have left an influence on the culture. Plenty of travelers that go there to live and work will find everything they need in Cebu City. 

As it stands, it’s the only place where you’ll find reliable internet and coworking places. The island may not be the #1 place to set up your long term business plan, but it’s definitely a top pick for those who enjoy working and traveling. Remote workers who enjoy being close to nature will particularly like it. The island’s main city will be your working headquarters, while on the weekends, you can enjoy the amazing nature preserves out of town. You can also check out our local guide to Cebu to find things to see and do while staying there.

With more and more jobs moving out of corporate offices and into personal space, people no longer need to be permanently situated for work. This opened up pretty much the entire world to digital nomads and gave rise to a new work culture globally. Major tourist destinations, like Cebu, are now catering to this new age of travelers and settlers. As a result, Cebu City is full of amazing coworking spaces. Here’s the list of nine great and two bad coworking spaces:

Check out:

  1. ASPACE Crossroads
  2. The Company IT Park
  3. KMC Flexible Workspace
  4. Openmind Coworking Space
  5. Altspace Cafe
  6. ACX Outsourcing Hub
  7. Nomads Hub
  8. Avant Offices Inc
  9. Workplace Cafe

Avoid:

  1. Desko
  2. iioffice

Our favorite coworking space in Cebu is ASPACE Crossroads

Source: ASPACE Facebook

ASPACE Crossroads is highly praised for its focus on community building. It heavily invests in social gatherings, celebrating popular holidays, themed events, etc. This approach makes it a place where people come and stay for a long while. It also has a dedicated TEDx host space with some special events. The workspace interior is mostly in elegant black, white, and gray, with splashes of color from different types of artwork. It’s pet-friendly and has cozy relaxing areas where you can take a break. 

A drawback could be that it might seem a bit unprofessional since the rooms have empty concrete walls and an open ceiling, making it look unfinished. That being said, it’s among the most highly praised coworking spaces in Cebu, and the prices are also competitive.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $40 (PHP 2,000)

Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)
Private office, five people, one month: $990 (PHP 50,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Here are the other coworking spaces in Cebu we liked

The Company Cebu

Source: The Company Facebook

The Company Cebu coworking space is located in the city center in the area known as IT Park. The list of perks and amenities this space offers is great, but what really makes it stand out is their focus on building a community. They offer so many out-of-work activities, such as drink and lunch evenings, workshops, and even TEDx events. They also connect all the members through a Facebook group and a community app. This makes meeting new people and finding new business and other connections easy. Although it doesn’t offer its own coliving space, there are plenty of affordable Airbnb’s nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $8 (PHP 400)

Dedicated desk per month: $180 (PHP 9,000)

Private office, two people, one month: $515 (PHP 26,000)
Private office, four people, one month: $871 (PHP 44,000) 
Private office, six people, one month: $1,190 (PHP 60,000) 
Private office, eight people, one month: $1,700 (PHP 86,000)
Private office, ten people, one month: $1,980 (PHP 100,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

KMC Flexible Workspace

Source: KMC Solutions

The Flexible Workspace is part of the KMC Skyrise 4 building—an 18 story rentable office space spanning over 13,000 square meters. The state-of-the-art building is equipped with 24/7 IT support staff, backup power generators, and multiple internet connections. Among the coworking spaces in Cebu, this office building is definitely one of, if not the most modern. The prices are surprisingly fair, all things considered. There are also plenty of community events, workshops, and social gatherings to take part in. Other useful facilities in the space include:

  • Childcare
  • Full kitchen
  • Showers
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio
  • Meditation room

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $300 (PHP 15,000)
Private offices per month: Many options, contact for negotiations

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Openmind Coworking Space

Source: Openmind Facebook

Located in the IT Park of Cebu City, what immediately sets Openmind apart is that it’s open 24/7 and has rates to accommodate early birds and night owls. This feature is a favorite among young workers who enjoy flexible working hours. The space is more oriented towards freelancers and small groups. They have a set of fixed prices, but you can ask about additional discounts depending on the time you aim to be there. Usually, they’ll offer lower prices for evening and night shifts. There are a few private offices that you have to book in advance— bear in mind that they get rented out quickly. The furnishing is modern, and there’s plenty of equipment to use. Openmind also has free parking on the premises. The only downside is that most desks are somewhat clumped up.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $60 (PHP 3,000)

Hot desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Hot desk, six months: $190 (PHP 9,700)/Month

Hot desk, one year: $188 (PHP 9,500)/Month

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No (Airbnb nearby)

Altspace Cafe

Source: Instagram @Altspace.ph

Altspace is a minimalistic cafe offering food and drinks and a great place to work or study. Owned and operated by a local couple, the place is small and able to fit 25 people tops. It’s clean and cozy and maintains a family atmosphere. The drink and food choices are good, and there are usually promotional prices on workspace packages. When you get tired, you can relax in the lounge area and grab a bite to eat or have a hot drink. The only drawback, like with other coworking cafes, is that it’s walk-in only. The cafe is also rentable for larger events.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 00:00 am
  • Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

ACX Outsourcing Hub

Source: ACX Hub Facebook

ACX Hub is an IT and digital marketing agency based in Cebu. Within their offices, they offer a small coworking space. It is noteworthy because it’s exceptionally affordable and has plenty of rates to choose from. It’s quiet, making it ideal for students to study or work on projects. The furniture is not as great as in some other places, but having in mind the more-than-reasonable price, it’s definitely not bad. 

Individual freelancers might like their simple cubicles, while small groups can use the big tables.  Unfortunately, it’s not equipped to hold entire teams of people. Still, within this relatively small space, they manage to organize community gatherings, workshops, and events you can attend. The internet speeds are crazy good, easily going over 300 Mbps. While not offering a lot, ACX is definitely worth mentioning.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.50 (PHP 30)

Hot desk per day: $5 (PHP 250)

Hot desk per week: $20 (PHP 1,000)

Hot desk month: $70 (PHP 3,500)

Dedicated desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 300+ megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
    • Saturday: Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere, though)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Nomads Hub

Source: Nomadshub.ph Facebook

Nomads Hub is one of the few coworking and coliving spaces in Cebu. Apart from getting work done, guests can rent hostel beds, use the laundromat, and get food and drinks while they stay. The location is also nice and central, with plenty of things to see and do around the motel. The drawback is that there aren’t dedicated workstations, so it tends to fill up quite fast, and you could end up without space. Members enjoy being part of a tight community that holds events like:

  • Social gatherings
  • Workshops
  • Mentorship programs

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.70 (PHP 35)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk month: $90 (PHP 4,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes

Workplace Cafe

Source: Facebook Workplace Cafe

As the name suggests, the Workplace Cafe is aimed towards those that enjoy working under the coziness of a cafe but need the reliability of an office. The atmosphere will be casual, but the furniture looks classy. There are a total of three Workplaces Cafes around Cebu:

  1. Ramos, Cebu City
  2. Banawa, Cebu City
  3. Tipolo, Mandaue City

Feel free to visit any of their branches. The cafes are all good at what they offer to the individual workers but definitely aren’t for group projects. They’re worth checking out, though.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk der week: $31 (PHP 1,600)

Hot desk month: $100 (PHP 5,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 2 am
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Avant Offices Inc

Source: Avant Offices Facebook

Avant Offices is a gorgeous office setting where less means more. The interior design is simplistic but not monotone. This does leave visitors with a slightly more corporate and serious vibe. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all Avant Offices offers. 

The space doesn’t exactly offer any reason to pick it over the others. It’s more of a “get in, get work done, and leave” type of setting. This reminds people too much of regular jobs, which freelancers and remote workers tend to run away from. The private offices are great, though. Because of this, we recommend this place much more to groups than to individuals. Smaller businesses and startups might find a home in this space.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per month: $160 (PHP 8,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $200 (PHP 10,000)

Private office, Six people, one month: $1,485 (PHP 75,000)

Private office, 12 people, one month: $1,680 (PHP 85,000)

Private office, 20 people, one month: $3,170 (PHP 160,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
    • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 7:30 pm
    • Saturday: closed
    • Sunday: closed
  • Members have access 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

These are the two coworking spaces we would not recommend

Desko Cebu

Source: Facebook Desko

Desko is a 24/7 coworking space with an onsite restaurant and cafe, and plenty of free drinks. And that’s all the positives summed up. The space offers no private office or dedicated desks, meaning you have to find your own space. That won’t be an issue, though, as it’s been quite empty recently. Users have reported issues such as:

  1. Water shortage
  2. Internet losing connection or slowing down
  3. Unavailable or uninterested staff

To make things worse, the prices are quite high for what it offers. There are just too many better options, even nearby.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1 (PHP 50)

Hot desk per day: $10 (PHP 500)

Hot desk per week: $50 (PHP 2,500) 

Hot desk per month: $150 (PHP 7,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 24/7
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

iioffice Cebu

Source: iioffice Facebook

At first glance, there’s nothing wrong with iioffice. The interior is nice, and it seems well equipped. So, what’s the issue? Every desk, office space, and conference room are on a first-come, first-served basis. You can’t rent your spot in advance and be sure you’ll have it. This makes it practically impossible for groups of people to coordinate, much less work in private. You may even end up without a place to sit if you come in too late. There are some ergonomic chairs, but not enough of them. Some are reported to be overused and in dire need of replacing. This leaves some people sitting on plastic chairs or armchairs. 

The positive note about iioffice is that it is noticeably cheaper. Other than that, the company doesn’t offer us good enough reason to choose it over other spaces.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6 (PHP 300)

Hot desk per month: $80 (PHP 4,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes (not everywhere)
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Where to stay in Cebu

Where to stay in Cebu, Philippines? We asked locals working in tourism

Cebu is an island province of the Philippines, located in the Central Visayas region.

The island has a great mix of local culture, nature, and with its long history it has plenty of stories to tell to tell.

This article will help you decide where to stay in Cebu, Philippines.

You’ll likely be arriving by plane through the Mactan-Cebu International Airport or by ferry through Cebu International Port.

There’s a lot of things to do and places to explore on the island, so we’re going to give you a couple of recommended areas and reasons why to pick them.

This way you can choose the best location, based on your vacation preferences.

Best area for first-timers Cebu City
Best area for longterm stay Mandaue City
Best area for nature/bohemian Oslob

Transportation, Getting around Cebu

  • Uber and similar services do exist in the metropolitan areas of Cebu, but drivers may be reluctant to dive you outside the city if you wish to see something else.
  • Renting a bike is always a good option, although officially you’d need an international drivers license, locals won’t mind renting it to you even if you don’t, just remember that you don’t have insurance this way
  • Taxi is available both in and out of cities, just remember to ask the driver to use a taximeter, or try to bargain if you’re covering longer distances or going to tourist landmarks – where they can pick up another passenger
  • Motorbike Taxi aka Habal-Habal is a fast, cheap and widely available service in Cebu
  • Jeepney is a form of a bus that can be caught throughout residential areas – it’s cheap, stops at popular areas and recognizable by crazy colors, but also known to be overcrowded

    Jeepney in Legazpi City.JPG
    Source: Wikipedia

The best area to stay for first-timers – Cebu City

The most developed part of the island is usually the best for tourists on their first visit to any destination, and Cebu is no exception.

Cebu City itself has many attractions, and its central location allows for the best navigation to the rest of the island.

Where to go and what to see in Cebu City?

Magellan’s Cross

One of the most important historic landmarks on the island. It’s a Christian cross, that was planted by the colonizers by Ferdinand Magellan, after arriving in Cebu in March of 1521. The cross is sitting in a small chapel next to the Basilica Menor del Santo Nino – the oldest Catholic church in the Philippines – on the famous Magallanes Street. The sign inside states that the original cross is encased in the wooden one that can be seen on display, and some local legends say the original cross had miraculous powers.

Source: Flickr rweisswald

Sky Experience Adventure

The rooftop of the Crown Regency hotel holds more than just great views of the city. It houses a unique theme park that’s all about fully experiencing the thrill of being at nearly 500 feet (150 meters) off the ground. What you’ll find are things such as building-to-building zip lines, a rollercoaster around the roof, a climbing wall on top of the building, as well as an observatory among other things.

Source: Instagram @Sky Experience Adventure

Casa Gorordo Museum

Built in the 19th century, the house used to belong to the very first Cebuano bishop, Juan Gorordo. Inside the house, you will be able to see how a typical 18-19 century household in Cebu looked like. Regular items like furniture, paintings, clothing, wooden tables and cabinets, cutlery, religious symbols and similar. The museum also has a cafe in which you can try some local specialties, such as Sikwate – a type of bittersweet hot chocolate – as well as a souvenir shop.

 

 

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Source: Facebook @Casa Gorordo Museum

Where to stay in Cebu City, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: The Modern Renaissance – great looking apartment in a central location

Moderate price range: Double-Balcony Apartment – fully furnished with pool and gym in the condo

Luxury price range: Designer’s Corner Crib – very spacious amazing interior with lots of commodities

The best area for long term stay – Mandaue City

Right next to Cebu City is the prosperous Mandaue city. We chose this area as the best option for those who want a long term stay for a couple of reasons:

  • Central location
  • Access to both Cebu City and Mactan (airport)
  • Residential areas typical to cities
  • Modern entertainment

Where to go and what to see in Mandaue City?

Upside Down World

This unique attraction consists of multiple rooms made to appear upside down. Explore the different rooms and make use of the optical illusion to take some goofy pictures.

Source: Facebook @Upside Down World Cebu

Marcelo Fernan Bridge

The bridge connects Mandaue City to neighboring Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island. It is around 4 000 feet (1 200 meters) long and has pedestrian sidewalks on both sides, so you can take a walk or ride a bike over it. Once you pass to the Mactan side, you can take a rest in the Millenium Park, located underneath the bridge. Apart from enjoying the view pier and sitting on the benches, you can relax in some of the cafes available in the park.

Source: Instagram @davidansagario

Skywater Park Cebu

If you search up this attraction and think it looks like a place made for children, think again. This waterpark on top of JCenter Mall not only contains slides and pools, but also things like jacuzzies, sunbeds, spa, cafe and dining area, and more. At night, the rooftop becomes a place for nightlife. It houses things such as live performances, night swimming, and foam parties.

Source: Facebook @Skywaterpark Cebu

Where to stay in Mandaue, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Apple One Banawa Heights – nice apartment with lots of commodities in the condo area

Medium price range: Yellow House – beautiful apartment completely verified by AirBnB

Luxury price range: Copenhagen Residence Luxury Loft2 – super-modern residential area, apartment on 2 stories and amazingly furnished

Where to stay in Cebu, nature/bohemian – Oslob

Down south on the island of Cebu is the area of Oslob, a popular tourist destination for nature lovers and those looking to escape the busy city streets.

The area is completely covered by forest on one side and is open to the ocean on the other, offering plenty of hiking and swimming spots.

Where to go and what to see in Oslob?

Tumalog Falls

The Tumalog waterfall, also known as Toslob falls in a known tourist attraction. The place is surrounded by dense forest, which makes for some beautiful green scenery. The bottom of the waterfall creates a wading pool in which you can take a swim. The best way to get to the area, unless you’ve rented a bike, is motor taxis. Be warned that there is an entry fee of 20 pesos.

Source: Instagram @Hoanslife

Diving with Whale Sharks

The most popular tourist attraction in Oslob has got to be diving (or snorkeling) with whale sharks just off the coast. These friendly giants are completely harmless to people, as they feed on planktons and small species of fish and squid, and similar. Younger whale sharks are also known for being playful, so they will “invite” you to tag along with them for a swim. Although this is a unique way to interact with nature, humans are still an unknown species to whale sharks, so intentionally bothering them can be frightening. We recommend observing and only coming in close and touching if you notice they don’t mind your presence.

Source: Instagram @haleybubz

Sumilon Island

Off the coast of Oslob is a privately owned island and resort of Sumilon, as such there is a small entry fee, usually around 50 pesos. But what you get for it is one of the best and unique beach experiences in Cebu. The small beach gets narrower throughout the day due to tides, until it gets completely submerged, so it’s best to come early in the morning and watch as it happens. The water is sparkling clear and offers some great underwater coral landscapes to explore. If you want, you can visit the Bluewater Sumilon resort for a drink or dipping into their waterpark.

Source: Instagram @fang.pch

Where to stay in Oslob, our top AirBnB’s

Affordable price range: Sunny Apartment – close to the beach and has a small pool outside

Moderate price range: Balai ni Sonia – entire bungalow close to main attractions

 

Luxury price range: Beachhouse near Whalesharks – luxury house with ocean view and beach in front, location close to main attractions