Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Kathmandu

6 of the best (and 2 worst) coworking spaces in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital of the Republic of Nepal—the country famous for being home to eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. Although the nation’s total population is over 30 million, the city of Kathmandu barely has over one million residents. That’s rather small compared to neighboring countries and their capital megacities. This is because the Nepalese mostly live in rural areas and rely on agriculture and tourism to make a living.

That being said, the capital city is following global trends and offers rare, but meaningful opportunities in fields such as IT, finance, marketing, and similar, typically office-based jobs. If you’re planning a business trip or long term work stay in Kathmandu, we strongly encourage you to check out our local guide to the city. It will show you the best neighborhoods to stay in, as well as things to do in your spare time.

For small businesses without corporate offices, and those who work remotely, there’s a handful of excellent coworking spaces in Kathmandu. Some of them belong to multinational chains, while others have appeared because local communities recognized a need for them. They may not all be state-of-the-art, as we’ve seen in some other major cities, but they will get the job done. 

What really makes Kathmandu attractive is the prices. They’re extremely low by global standards, especially for expats from the western hemisphere, that like to work and travel. Here are the six coworking spaces you should visit, as well as two to avoid:

  1. Innovation Hive
  2. Rem.Work HQ
  3. Regus Kathmandu Trade Tower
  4. Rem.Work@Fairfield by Marriott
  5. Work Around
  6. Rem.Work@Vivanta Hotel
  7. (AVOID) Mero Office
  8. (AVOID) Lindu

Our Favorite Coworking Space in Kathmandu is Innovation Hive!

Source: Innovation Hive Website

Innovation Hive sets up very high standards and is the most well-rounded coworking space in Kathmandu. The offices are located in the Movers and Shakers corporate tower, which is a standout building in the city. Apart from the workspace packages, the facility offers great amenities such as:

  1. Parking on-site in a secure, enclosed parking lot or on the building’s premise
  2. An on-site restaurant/canteen where you can grab fresh, local food at a reasonable price
  3. Meditation and lounge rooms located throughout the building
  4. A rooftop terrace with an open bar, where you can grab a drink
  5. 24/7 access to the facility

The interior design is professional, with splashes of color and contemporary artworks making sure it’s not monotone. Innovation Hive is truly great, even by global standards.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per month: $76 (NPR 9,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $100 (NPR 12,000)
Small private office per month: $295 (NPR 35,000)

For larger offices, you’ll have to inquire based on your needs

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Open 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 (Airbbnb’s nearby)

Other coworking spaces in Kathmandu we also recommend

Rem.Work HQ

Source: Rem.Work Facebook

Rem.Work HQ is one of the three current coworking spaces in Kathmandu under the Rem.Work brand. The founders, Nirvaan and Nirakaar, clearly understood what they were doing when they made this space. It’s fully equipped and provides vital support to freelancers, startups, and small businesses. 

The place provides social and educational programs, such as the member Facebook group, Slack channel, workshops, and event pitching. The workspace is equipped to provide vital support to freelancers, startups, and small businesses. Many loyal customers cite that Rem.Work HQ was integral in kick-starting or advancing their careers.

When not working, help yourself to the reading area, full kitchen, grab some free tea or coffee, and play some board games or table tennis. The level of focus on community building and growing with its users makes this coworking space a “Top 3” in Kathmandu, for sure. To top things off, the prices are great.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $1.7 (NPR 200)

Hot desk per day: $4.25 (NPR 500)

Hot desk per week: $25.50 (NPR 3,000)

Hot desk per month: $51 (NPR 6,000)

Dedicated desk per month: $51 (NPR 6,000)
Private office, two people, per month: $203 (NPR 24,000)

Private office, three people, per month: $254 (NPR 30,000)

Private office, four people, per month: $296 (NPR 35,000)

Private office, six people, per month: $440 (NPR 52,000)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day 8 am–8 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Private Offices Yes
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving No

Regus Kathmandu Trade Tower

Source: Regus Website

Regus is a global chain of office rental spaces with over 3000 locations worldwide. One of them is located in the Kathmandu Trade Tower business center. Registered Regus members have access to and can use credits for all of their office spaces across the globe. 

Among other services, Regus offers a “Virtual Office” service, starting at $0.75 (NPR 90) per day. This means that, apart from a full-time working space, your startup or company may find its new permanent address at the Regus facility. Members also enjoy worldwide connections through private channels, such as the Regus community app. This is why Regus is our top pick for registering or relocating your business.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $5.30 (NPR 630)

Private office per day: starting at $7.82 (NPR 930)

Virtual office: $0.75 (NPR 90)

Regus offers many offices and additional services, but you’ll have to inquire about them with the company

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

Rem.Work@Fairfield by Marriott

Source: Rem Facebook

Opened on February 5th, 2020, Rem.Work@Fairfield by Marriott is the newest coworking space from the Rem.Work brand. These office spaces are luxurious, with premium furniture and lots of natural light coming in. As it stands, they only offer walk-in, daily options for rent. Long term, private office solutions will have to be discussed separately, as the 3-star Fairfield Hotel owns them all and leases to Rem.Work for rent. On-site you’ll find amenities such as:

  • Showers
  • Nap rooms
  • Cafe and restaurant
  • Lounge areas
  • Gym

Most of them, however, will have to be paid out of your pocket. This is also one of the few office spaces in Kathmandu that offers standing desks. Those who are looking for a high-class work and travel experience should look no further.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $7.15 (NPR 850)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 8 am–8 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes (Hotel)

Work Around

Source: Work Around Facebook 

Work Around is a coworking space that self-describes as a “startup for startups”. It may not be as visually impressive or full of perks as some of the other spaces, but it has a big following (10,000 Facebook likes) for good reasons.

Firstly, not only does it have the lowest prices in the city, but we’re talking way lower than competitors. That being said, the only work station you can get is a hot desk. The entire venue can only fit up to 30 people. There is no private working space, and it only works on a “first come, first served” basis.

Secondly, they have a membership program that allows monthly members to declare a beneficiary to their subscription. It allows two people to split time for a single price. This feature is especially popular among students looking for a quiet place to study a few days per week. The vast internet following has allowed Work Around to become a place for frequent learning and social events as well. I would not recommend it for groups of people, though, as the space is limited.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per hour: $0.40 (NPR 50)

Hot desk per day: $2.12 (NPR 250)

Hot desk per week: $11 (NPR 1,300)

Hot desk per month: $38 (NPR 4,500)

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day 9 am–6 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Rem.Work@Vivanta Hotel

Source: Rem Facebook

Another extension of the Rem.Work coworking spaces, located inside the Vivanta, a 4-star hotel. These office spaces offer typical coworking amenities, such as ergonomic chairs, printers, phone booths, and free refreshments. At your own expense, you may also enjoy the hotel’s perks, such as:

  • On-site cafe and restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Outdoor terraces
  • Lounge room

These spaces are also used for many community and learning events. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated desks, and those looking for private office spaces will have to inquire with the hotel. Individuals who enjoy work-and-travel and aren’t afraid of spending a little more will love this place.

Basics
Pricing Hot desk per day: $6.50 (NPR 767)
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 10 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: 10 am–6 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Private Offices No
Conference room / Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms Yes
Coliving Yes (Hotel)

These are the two coworking spaces we would not recommend!

Mero Office

Mero Office is a single office space in an otherwise residential building that offers nothing noteworthy. The interior is ugly, the lighting is terrible, and the furniture is old and dusty. The office is also hard to reach since it’s located all the way down south in the city. The single table only has room for six people. Even worse, the prices are just ridiculous. For the same price—$4.25 (NPR 500) per day—you can get a space in Rem.Work HQ, or go to Work Around for half as much. Don’t waste your time with this one—it’s just plain bad.

Lindu

Lindu is a coworking cafe that’s an extension of the hostel in the same building. The only positive thing about it is that it offers backpackers a place to sleep on-site. Other than that, there are many things wrong with it. First of all, it’s an open-air cafe, meaning it’s heavily weather dependent. Nobody wants to work around exposed electric sockets and risk their equipment being damaged from the possibility of wind and rain. To top it off, many users have reported the cafe is used casually as well. This means that distractions like music, laughter, and conversation are all present while you try to work. The place is much more suited for backpackers to grab a drink, recharge their electronics, check their emails, catch up on social media, etc.

Where to stay in Kathmandu

Where to stay in Kathmandu – The city of temples

Once an isolated place, Kathmandu–as well as Nepal, has opened its doors to tourists, sometime in the late 1950s. Kathmandu has been aptly named the city of temples – there are a plethora of both big and small temples dedicated to various deities in the Hindu religion, as well as Buddhism. 

Kathmandu has an impressive number of World Heritage Sites – seven, to be exact, which are the following: Patan Durbar Square, Changu Narayan, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Syambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath.

Image source: tourismkathmandu

5 best neighborhoods to stay in Kathmandu

Each neighborhood has a great variety of options for accommodation, tourist sights and attractions, shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs, monuments, temples, and other things. These are our top 5 picks for the best neighborhoods in Kathmandu:

  1. Chabahil 
  2. Maru 
  3. Lazimpat 
  4. Thamel 
  5. Gyaneshwor 

 

Neighborhoods in Kathmandu
Chabahil Chabahil can be considered one of the more spiritual neighborhoods in Kathmandu, largely thanks to two big temples, a number of smaller ones, as well as a number of monasteries.
Maru Maru can be seen as the melting pot of the long and rich history, culture, and tradition of Kathmandu, as well as Nepal overall. This is the place where you can experience the culture and history of Kathmandu to the fullest.
Lazimpat Lazimpat is a delightful residential area, just 20 minutes away from downtown Kathmandu. In this area, you can find a large number of schools, organizations, shops, restaurants, embassies, etc. Due to the residential vibe of this area, Lazimpat is our pick for a neighborhood to stay in for a longer period of time.
Thamel Thamel is the most commercial out of all the areas in Kathmandu. Here you can find streets and alleys lined with street vendors and shops selling a variety of things. This area is also the hotspot when it comes to Kathmandu nightlife. The liveliest and most energetic neighborhood, great for party lovers.
Gyaneshwor Gyaneshwor is one of the more central neighborhoods with a mix of multiple cultures. This area is also home to some really beautiful sights, such as the Garden of Dreams, Pashupatinath Temple, Bhandarkhal Jungle, among many others. A wonderful area to visit for tourists who are on a budget.

Transportation in Kathmandu

There are several options when it comes to getting around Kathmandu, namely by rickshaw, by bus, and by taxi.

In order to get the full local experience, we recommend renting a rickshaw because it’s one of the best ways to explore the city and soak up its charms.

Taxis are another option, you can recognize them by their black registration plates, and a taxi sign on top of the vehicle. 

Buses in Kathmandu are known as Sajha Yatayat, they are green buses that run along a designated route.

If you want to learn more about the public transportation system in Kathmandu make sure to check out the official tourism website.

Where to stay in Kathmandu for the first time – Chabahil

Walk around this ancient neighborhood and observe the stunning and admiration-worthy landmarks, sights, monuments, and temples. As previously mentioned, this neighborhood has a very spiritual vibe and feel to it.

Things to see and do in Chabahil

Here are some suggestions for places to visit while in Chabahil:

  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Mrigasthali
  • Pashupatinath Temple

Boudhanath Stupa

A stupa is an important structure in Buddhism used for the preservation of important relics and remains of Buddhist monks and nuns. Stupas are closely related to Buddha and his teaching, and besides being used as a burial spot and preservation of religious objects, it also serves for meditation. Boudhanath Stupa is one of the most recognizable structures in Kathmandu, and those who are visiting for the first time should definitely come here.

Image source: sumayatara

Mrigasthali

During your exploration of Chabahil make sure to pay a visit to Mrigasthali, which is a peaceful and relaxing park surrounded by a lot of greenery. Beware of the monkeys wandering about the place. You can also see the Pashupatinath Temple from this park.

Image source: iamnidus

Pashupatinath Temple

A sacred Hindu temple, and one of the World Heritage Sites – along with Boudhanath Stupa. A remarkable and beautiful structure in the heart of Kathmandu.

Image source: arlesh.maharjan

Where to stay in Chabahil

Here are some suggestions for places to rent:

Affordable: a modern studio apartment that comes equipped with everything you need.

Mid-range: a spacious condo with an outdoor area and modern amenities.

Luxury: an extravagant and lavish villa that combines modern amenities with traditional designs and decorations.

For other options in this area check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Kathmandu – culture and tradition edition – Maru

Immerse yourself into the culture by exploring and visiting the culturally significant landmarks, structures, temples, as well as the local market and street vendors who sell interesting stuff.

Things to see and do in Maru

These are our suggestions for places to visit in Maru:

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
  • Ashok Binayak Temple
  • The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum

Kathmandu Durbar Square

One of the most popular and most visited attractions in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in front of the old royal palace. The square stands as a testament of time and the long and rich history of Kathmandu and Nepal.

Image source: phoebs_walks

Ashok Binayak Temple

Located on the eastern side of Kathmandu Durbar Square, this temple serves as a place of worship for the god of luck.

Image source: wikipedia.org

The Hanuman Dhoka Palace Museum

A museum dedicated to the various dynasties that ruled over Nepal throughout history, as well as preserving the long history of this country.

Image source: bikhuu

Where to stay in Maru

These are some of our ideas for places to rent while in Maru:

Affordable: a spacious apartment with quirky and interesting decorations.

Mid-range: a contemporary apartment with a rustic feel.

Luxury: a large apartment with an excellent view of Kathmandu.

For other options check out Airbnb.

Where to stay in Kathmandu long term – Lazimpat

Lazimpat has become quite popular with expats due to it being an upscale residential area, with a great selection of shops, bars, restaurants. There are also schools, large organizations, companies, and embassies.

Things to see and do in Lazimpat

Here are some suggestions for things to do or places to visit:

  • National Museum of Nepal
  • Nepali Chulo Authentic Restaurant and Banquet
  • Mela Restaurant & Bar

National Museum of Nepal

A museum that has three buildings, each one preserving important artifacts and relics from the tradition, culture, and history of Nepal.

Image source: nepshots

Nepali Chulo Authentic Restaurant and Banquet

Have a go at the national cuisine of Nepal. Treat yourself to some delicious local delicacies.

Image source: grgkt87

Mela Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy at a night out with the locals at this charming bar and restaurant. This restaurant and bar also have a very vibrant design.

Image source: photographer_and_writer

Where to stay in Lazimpat

Here are some suggestions for accommodation options in Lazimpat:

Affordable: a cute and cozy apartment, with a bright, minimalistic design, in a great location.

Mid-range: a spacious villa close to public transport, attractions, shops, in an excellent location.

Luxury: a stunning 5 bedroom villa, with beautiful interior design, close to all the tourist sights and attractions, but still offers privacy, as well as peace and quiet.

If you want to see the other options available in this area check out Airbnb.