Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Lombok

The rundown of the 10 best coworking places in Lombok

Lombok is an Indonesian island located between the islands of Sumbawa and its more famous cousin, Bali. While Bali is so exquisite that it has become a household name, trust us that Lombok isn’t lagging behind. Not only is it of approximately the same size and population density, but it also has the same cultural heritage. Lombok also abounds in lush, green forests, turquoise lagoons, sandy beaches, and lava rock formations characteristic of this region. It is surrounded by numerous islets, the most well-known of which are the three Gili Islands — Trawangan, Meno, and Air — located off its northwest coast.

There is another similarity between Lombok and Bali — both are staples on digital nomads’ to-visit lists! Modern remote workers and freelancers are exploring new places from which they can most successfully live up to their “work hard, play hard” reputation, and tropical paradises, such as this one, are the ideal choices!

If you are interested in jumping on the digital nomad bandwagon, we’re here to help. Hop over to Lombok and check out the best coworking spaces that we could find there. While you’re at it, make sure you also see our selection of coworking-friendly cafes there. The dedicated coworking spaces that are available on Lombok and the surrounding isles are:

  1. South Lombok Cowork
  2. Salon de nomad Gili T.
  3. Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space

South Lombok Cowork is our top coworking space pick on this awe-inspiring island!

Source: southlombokcowork

South Lombok Cowork is the first coworking space that opened on this island. It has a beachfront position with a fantastic view of the ocean. That is one of the perks of working from a tropical island — you can get your tasks done from the comfort of an air-conditioned room while listening to relaxing sounds of waves hitting the shore.

This coworking space has a lot of natural light, super-fast Wi-Fi, a backup generator, and a barista coffee service. In terms of workspaces, it has hot and dedicated desks, a meeting room suitable for brainstorming and conferencing, and a comfy chill-out zone on offer. This one is also the only place in this corner of the world where you will find a 24/7 keycard member access, should your work schedule demand so. There is no need to worry about parking either as the space is located in the Segara Anak hotel with ample on-site parking spots.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: IDR 150,000
  • Per week: IDR 650,000
  • Per month: IDR 1,800,000
  • Three months: IDR 5,100,000
  • Aquarium meeting room (six people): IDR 200,000 an hour
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
  • Saturday: 8.30 am – 12.30 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: Yes
Address Segara Anak Hotel
Jl. Pariwisata Pantai Kuta,
Pujut, Kabupaten Lombok Tengah,
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Event rooms Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

Salon de nomad Gili T. is the runner-up in the race for the best coworking spaces in Lombok!

Source: Salon de nomad Gili T. : Coworking space

Salon de nomad Gili T. is a part of Coco Hub Gili Air, which is a community of digital nomads living and working together within a 1,500 m radius. Although there isn’t a coliving space operated by this community, the Trawangan island offers a good deal of Airbnbs for you to stay — you could even share a space with another nomad!

The coworking space itself is the only dedicated coworking hub on the Gili islands of Lombok. You can make use of the communal working area, the outdoor terrace, or a private office — whatever best suits your needs. The internet signal is fast and stable, which is a feat in itself on tiny tropical islands such as Trawangan. During your downtime, you can stream Netflix without a glitch.

Basics
Pricing
  • Per day: IDR 130,000
  • Per week: IDR 820,000
  • Per month: IDR 2,500,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday:  8 am – 8 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Gili Trawangan
Gili IndahPemenang,
North Lombok Regency
Lombok
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Event rooms No
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving Nearby Airbnb

Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space is a star on the rise among Lombok coworking spaces!

Source: Acibara Coffee & Co-Working Space

Acibara Coffee prides itself on serving the delicious, locally-grown Sembalun Arabica coffee. It has a mouth-watering nutty flavor that its visitors simply cannot get enough of.

This coffee shop is also a laptop-friendly coworking cafe that has been on the local freelancers’ radar for quite some time. The foreign visitors are also starting to catch up, and Acibara has seriously upped its game. There are several membership packages available that you can accommodate to your needs. There are also indoor and outdoor spaces for hosting meetings, presentations, workshops, and other business gatherings for up to 50 people.

Basics
Pricing Coworking space:

  • Per hour: IDR 15,000
  • Per day: IDR 35,000
  • Per week: IDR 200,000
  • Per month: IDR 650,000

Meeting room & event space, per hour:

  • Talkshow indoor A: IDR 250,000
  • Talkshow indoor B: IDR 300,000
  • Talkshow outdoor A: IDR 200,000
  • Talkshow outdoor B: IDR 250,000
  • Block indoor: IDR 500,000
  • Block outdoor: IDR 400,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 10 am – midnight
  • Saturday: 10 am – midnight
  • Sunday: 10 am – midnight
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Parking Area Lesehan Mimi Asri
Jendral Sudirman St, no 76
Rembiga
Mataram
Indonesia
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices Yes
Event room Yes
Phone booths / Skype rooms No
Coliving No

There are also some pretty amazing coworking-friendly cafes and restaurants in Lombok! Check them out!

Although this picturesque Indonesian island doesn’t have many dedicated coworking spaces, there are still numerous cafes and restaurants you can work from. If you don’t need a private office, a conference room, or an event space, you may as well make a coffee shop table your own hot desk! Here are some coworking space alternatives that you should explore while in Lombok:

  1. Kenza Cafe
  2. Basecamp Lombok
  3. Rock Gilis Coffee
  4. Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge
  5. Warpindo
  6. TERRA — Food That Loves You Back
  7. La Chill Bar & Restaurant

Kenza Cafe is our coffee shop crush!

Source: My Lombok Magazine

Kenza is a restaurant, resort, and yoga retreat located in the center of Kuta, Lombok, and also on the Gili Air. Both locations are coworking-friendly and offer scrumptious meals and terrific coffee. There are also power outlets next to every table, and the setting is genuinely beautifully designed. You can settle in for the full day of work and never lack a thing!

The Gili Air location also offers accommodation options, so it is suitable for those looking for a coliving arrangement as well. It is at a beachfront resort with rooms and cottages overlooking the sea, ideal for both families and individuals. While you are there, you can make use of the on-site yoga studio. What better way to stretch after hours of sitting at a desk?

The cafe is suitable for working, but it does have moderate background noise. If you need absolute quiet while you work, it may not be the best option for you. Another disadvantage may be that the place doesn’t have AC. If fans don’t provide enough ventilation for you, you won’t feel comfortable working from here.

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 7.30 am – 10 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jl. Raya Kuta No.5, Kuta
Pujut, Kuta Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat 83573

Basecamp Lombok is the right spot for those looking to work from and explore the island too!

Source: Basecamp Lombok

Basecamp Lombok is a place where you will instantly feel at home. The staff is extremely hospitable, and the service is exceptional. There is a wide array of organic dishes available and some great local coffee. You can also rent outdoor gear if you want to explore the rich natural landscape that Lombok prides itself on.

During the day, Basecamp is a quiet cafe bar you can efficiently work from without disturbance. In the evenings, it becomes a packed spot with live music, frequented by people from all four corners of the globe.

Basecamp Lombok also has 16 dormitories on offer, so if you are a digital nomad looking for an affordable place to stay, give this one a go. You can also explore the surroundings with their guide, as they offer several tour packages, such as Climbing Mount Rinjani and Exploring Three Gilis.

Basics
Pricing
  • Beverages: IDR 7,000
  • Appetizers: IDR 10,000 
  • Dinner: IDR 15,000 
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 4 am – 11.30 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jalan Koperasi No.177B
Dayan Peken
Kota Mataram
Nusa Tenggara Barat 83113
Indonesia

Rock Gilis Coffee has the widest array of coffees in Lombok!

Source: Rock Gilis Coffee — Senggigi

What we loved about the Rock Gilis Coffee is the assortment of coffee-based drinks that they have! Coffee is an essential component of a proper coworking spot, so this one definitely ticks that box on our list. With so many different brews, you are sure to get your caffeine kick and start the workday on the right note. You will also find a variety of dishes, including pizza, pasta, snacks, and desserts.

The downside is that, although you could work from here without a problem, you won’t be able to do it for very long. We believe anyone would feel uncomfortable sitting on wooden chairs and benches for extended periods.

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 8 am – midnight
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jalan Langko no. 23 F & 23 G,
Mataram
Lombok
Indonesia

Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge is the obvious choice for those who want to be both active and productive!

Source: Loka Lombok

Loka Surf and Fitness Lodge is located on the south coast of Kuta, enveloped in the unspoiled nature from one side and the crystal clear water from the other. This place is all about a healthy lifestyle. There is a cafe with healthy snacks and beverages, accommodation with non-smoking rooms, a fitness center, and a gorgeous garden on the premises.

We believe that you will thrive working from their bar. Not only will you get your job done but also have many different activities during your stay here. Work out a sweat at the gym to shake off the sedentary lifestyle, munch delicious healthy salads, and even learn how to surf with Loka’s certified surfing coach!

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 7 am – 11 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Jl Raya Pariwisata
Kuta, Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

Warpindo is a cozy and affordable place to set up camp for the day

Source: Warpindo

Warpindo is a cafe bar with the best and most affordable local food. Not only can you eat your fill but also treat your taste buds to some rather unconventional yet still delish coffee mixes. Our recommendations are:

  • Strawberry Field Coffee
  • Rex Orange Coffee
  • Monster Milo
  • Ice Charcoal Latte

Warpindo is a quiet, air-conditioned place during the day, so you can rest assured that you can focus on your work without an issue. In the evenings, there are frequent live gigs, so you can stick around after your work is done and have some fun, too. 

Basics
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Saturday: 10 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 4 am – 11 pm
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address  Jln. Panji Tilar Negara no. 35, Mataram,
Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

TERRA — Food That Loves You Back is ideal for those who appreciate gastronomic surprises!

Source: TERRA — Food That Loves You Back

TERRA has a front entrance takeaway bar, an air-conditioned lounge, and an outdoor terrace. You can choose whether to set up your workstation for the day on the breezy balcony or in the cozy lounge, and even take some delicious food and beverages with you when you leave for the day.

What makes TERRA unique in the Lombok area is that its menu is 100% plant-based. The food is 51% raw and also gluten- and dairy-free. You can be sure that their nutritious dishes will quench your hunger and soothe your palate. They also have the food lab for the more experimental diners and offer cooking classes as well.

Basics
Pricing
  • Hot drinks: IDR 25,000–45,000
  • Cold-pressed juices: IDR 45,000 
  • Smoothies: IDR 45,000
  • Bottled drinks: IDR 80,000
  • Salad combos: IDR 75,000
  • Raw black pizza: IDR 85,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Every day: 8 am – 9 pm
  • Thursday: Closed
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address Raya, Jl. Kuta Lombok No.83582
Kuta, Pujut
Nusa Tenggara Bar.
83582
Indonesia

La Chill Bar & Restaurant is not for the frail-hearted!

Source: La Chill Bar & Restaurant — Senggigi, Lombok

La Chill Bar & Restaurant attracts a young and crazy crowd. If you are looking to meet seasoned professionals, this is not the place for you. This beach hangout is a favorite of youngsters and freelancers who travel to Lombok and anyone who can work in a crowded place with ease. 

It is an idyllic spot to work from, as the tables are set right on the beach. The downside is that it is always packed and that on the most faraway tables, the Wi-Fi signal can get a bit unstable. 

If you are looking for some ideas on what to do on a Saturday night, at La Chill, there are awesome live gigs that often last until the break of day!

Basics
Pricing
  • Fresh teas: from IDR 20,000
  • Juices: IDR 40,000 
  • Cocktails: from IDR 75,000
  • Salads: from IDR 50,000
  • Burgers: IDR 70,000
  • Pizzas: from IDR 70,000
  • Local dishes: from IDR 45,000
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 8 am – 1 am
  • Saturday: 8 am – 1 am
  • Sunday: 8 am – 1 am
  • 24-hour member access: No
Address JL. Raya Senggigi KM8 Batu Bolong Senggigi
Beach Front Transit Hotel
Lombok
Nusa Tenggara Barat
Indonesia

How do you like our picks of coworking places in Lombok? Hopefully, you can find a spot on our list that will be to your liking. Just in case you feel that it is high time something new was introduced to Lombok’s coworking scene, we have some great news. PuraWorka has partnered up with Dome Lombok to open a brand new coworking space here in 2020. We can’t wait to check it out when it is ready!

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Goa

Eleven coworking spaces in Goa to try and one to avoid

India has turned into a real treat for digital nomads, with coworking places blooming all over the country, especially during the last few years. Besides Mumbai and New Delhi, Goa is right there on the list of favorite destinations for nomads and expats. This is an eco-friendly region that offers a peaceful working environment and relaxing activities, like yoga and meditation, to eliminate work-related stress. If this is your first time in Goa, here is a little help to get to know it better:        

As a southwestern state in India, Goa has coworking spaces in several cities. Unlike cafés and restaurants, where the quality of the Internet is not a guarantee, most coworking spaces offer everything for working comfortably, including fast and reliable Wi-Fi. We suggest you try the following coworking spaces in Goa, and also one to steer clear of unless there isn’t anything better in the vicinity.

MeWo is the greatest coworking space in Goa

Image source: MeWo website

MeWo coworking space is designed to fulfill your every wish. This modern and well-organized space is relatively new and already attracting a lot of attention in Goa. The Internet here is fast and even has a backup in case of a blackout, although MeWo’s generator kicks in if electricity is down.

If you come here with your team, you will like the private offices. Each is equipped with a whiteboard, an air-conditioner, and monitors, if requested. Dedicated desks are arranged in the open area full of artificial plants dropping from above, while desk separators ensure that there is sufficient privacy. Everyone at MeWo gets an ergonomic chair and a personal locker located above the desk, so your belongings will be safe when you take a breather.  

Coffee and snacks are available in the kitchen, and you can have them at the in-house café whose ceiling emulates a clear, blue sky, with vintage street lamps by the walls. The café is also everyone’s favorite meeting spot, although MeWo has excellent conference rooms with full AV equipment.

Every member receives biometric keycards to access MeWo, and the whole place is monitored with CCTV. If you have any problems or need help with anything, a receptionist is there to take care of any potential issues.

During breaks, you can borrow a book from the library and read on the comfortable couch in the lounge area. If you want something more exciting, MeWo has an impressive game zone where you can do some networking while playing with the other members.      

Basics
Pricing
  • INR800 per hour
High-Speed Internet 150 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 8 am–8 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am–8 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

 Blue Lotus is the coworking space to skip in Goa

Image source: Blue Lotus website

Blue Lotus is part of the concept that promotes coliving and coworking for digital nomads. This extremely small coworking space is located within a 140-year-old property in the village of Ucassaim.

The biggest problem we had with Blue Lotus is that it’s the least dedicated to coworking, and the most to community building. There are one proper desk and two chairs in their area intended for coworking, with a couple of beanbags on the side. Some rooms have desks, but you need to make that request when booking to make sure you get one.

Since we didn’t feel comfortable working in the small coworking area, we were able to work in the common room, thanks to our travel stand desk. The Internet was great, but in the evenings, when everyone was back inside and online, it tended to slow down.

Blue Lotus is far from being a bad place to stay, but it’s not even close to being a great coworking spot, especially because of all the available activities. The staff takes guests for regular hikes in nature to the surrounding forest and hills. You can take yoga lessons at the studio outside, and also participate in a group meditation. 

Since the place is an international hub, you will meet great people and fellow digital nomads here. Even if you don’t get a lot of work done, you will have fun networking and relaxing.

Basics
Pricing
  • INR100 per hour
  • INR600 per day
  • INR2,000 per week
  • INR8,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday–Friday: 9 am–6 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms No
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

 Three coworking spaces in Goa not to miss

Here are more coworking spaces that deserve your attention:

  1. 91SPRINGBOARD
  2. NomadGao
  3. Ignite EDC Innovation Hub

91SPRINGBOARD

Image source: 91SPRINGBOARD website

91SPRINGBOARD is a coworking space in Panjim occupying two floors, available 24/7 to its members. It has an open floor plan for hot desks and separate areas for private offices, conference rooms, and dedicated workstations.

If you prefer to work on your feet, you can use one of the standing desks by the windows. Ergonomic chairs are available for all members, except for those at the hot desks, although they can work on the couch or beanbags in the lounge. If you want to play foosball or read in the library, you can leave your things in a personal locker, available for all members.

The space is pet-friendly, so you are welcome to bring your doggo or kitten to keep you company while you work. The free coffee and tea at the in-house café will keep you focused on your work. If you want to grab something to eat, you will have to go for lunch at one of the eateries nearby.       

NomadGao

Image source: NomadGao website

NomadGao is located in a quiet neighborhood, Assagao, offering rooms as well as one of the fastest Internet connections in Goa. If you decide to rent a room, you will get 24/7 access to the coworking space, which is otherwise available only on workdays. 

Wood and potted plants dominate the interior design of this coworking space and make it homey and cozy. Ergonomic chairs are available at every hot desk, so you don’t have to worry about the back pain or stiff neck.  

This coworking space is all about building a community of digital nomads, so you will have excellent networking opportunities. NomadGao often hosts events aimed at bringing Goa’s coworking community together and helping local startups.         

You will always have a company for coffee and tea, since everyone is nice and friendly, including the staff. The in-house café also serves amazing food, and you can have lunch in the lounge area outside, or inside on a comfy couch and beanbags.     

Ignite EDC Innovation Hub

Image source: Ignite EDC Innovation Hub Facebook

Ignite EDC Innovation Hub is a big enough space to fit almost 100 people and is completely equipped with private offices, conference rooms, and individual workstations. Ergonomic chairs are everywhere, but if you need a standing desk, you will find them only in the dining area.

Space is more dedicated to collaborative work and building startups, so it can be a little bit loud when teams gather to discuss a project. Ignite EDC Innovation Hub often organizes workshops and events for the local community, so you can meet a lot of interesting people and maybe start new collaborations. Thankfully, phone booths and Skype rooms are isolated, so you can make calls without any interruptions or surrounding noises.  

The staff is friendly and will gladly show you around when you come here for the first time. Coffee and tea are free of charge, although you will have to pay for snacks in the kitchen, or you can bring your food and keep it in the refrigerator until lunch.

Other coworking spaces in Goa:

Where to stay in Taipei

Where to stay in Taipei, the city of fireworks

Located in the northern part of Taiwan, Taipei is the capital and the largest city. Divided into 12 districts, Taipei represents the cultural, educational, political, and economic center of Taiwan. Originally, there were 16 districts but during the 90s they were merged into 12. 

These are the 12 districts of Taiwan:

  1. Songshan
  2. Xinyi
  3. Beitou
  4. Nangang
  5. Neihu
  6. Datong
  7. Shilin
  8. Wanhua
  9. Daan
  10. Zhongshan
  11. Wenshan
  12. Zhongzheng

Image source: Taipei City Government

 

Nowadays, Taipei is gaining traction among tourists from all over the world thanks to its numerous attractions, shopping malls and stores, delicious food, and rich history. 

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Taipei

Before you head out to explore and enjoy Taipei and its numerous attractions, here are some tips and tricks to help you navigate your journey.

Exchange your currency

Make sure to have some New Taiwan Dollar in your pocket in order to be able to buy things since most places accept cash only. Only banks can exchange your money. Banks in Taipei typically work until 4 PM and are closed on weekends, so that’s good to keep in mind.

Transportation

Taipei has one of the best transportation systems in the world. There are two airports: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport. The best way to get around the city is by metro and train.

For more information check out this website.

Here are our suggestions for the 5 best neighborhoods to visit.

Zhongzheng This district is the cultural center of Taipei. Here you will be able to find an abundance of museums, theaters, cinemas, as well as the national library.
Xinyi This district is home to the world-famous Taipei 101 and Taipei World Trade Center. An excellent place for first-time visitors, with its numerous shopping malls, department stores, and restaurants.
Shilin The home to numerous expats from all over the world. Shilin has a strong international feel to it. Here you will also be able to visit numerous parks and museums.
Songshan Great for travelers on a budget. It’s close to the Taipei Songshan Airport, and there are a lot of great attractions and parks to visit.
Daan Best known for being the cultural and commercial center of Taipei. In this district, you will be able to find a great number of bars and clubs.

Where to stay in Taipei — bohemian edition

The Zhongzheng district, being one of the most important cultural centers in Taipei, has to offer some of the most interesting places for those who like to immerse themselves in different cultures and learn about them in the process of doing so. In Zhongzheng, you can visit numerous art galleries, bookstores, museums, and other cultural sites.

Things to see and do in Zhongzheng

  • Visit an art gallery
  • Visit the National Library
  • Visit the Taiwan Film Institute

Visit a contemporary art gallery

Nunu Fine Art is an art gallery in the Zhongzheng district which exhibits art from contemporary artists from the whole world. Spend a fun and relaxing day enjoying beautiful and interesting art.

Image source: nunufineart

Visit the National Central Library

The National Central Library is the only national library in Taiwan. Here you can see various publications of Chinese literature that have been preserved. You can also find publications from famous international writers. An ideal spot for a quiet, introverted person.

Image source: marcxu

Visit the Taiwan Film Institute

Opened in the late 70s, the goal of this institute is to preserve Taiwanese and Chinese films. This is a great place to visit for cinema enthusiasts.

Image source: poli_huikangli

Where to stay in Taipei for the first time — Xinyi

The Xinyi district is known as one of the best and biggest shopping areas in Taipei. However, it is maybe known even better for the amazing feat of architecture that is Taipei 101, as well as the imposing Miramar Entertainment Park.

Things to see and do in Xinyi

  • Shop at the Miramar Entertainment Park
  • Visit Taipei 101
  • Visit the Fengtian Temple

Miramar Entertainment Park

The easiest way to recognize and find this shopping mall is to just search for an enormous Ferris wheel. During night time this huge shopping mall and the giant Ferris wheel come to life thanks to the bright colors.

Image source: es90_lee

Taipei 101

Head to the observatory deck of Taipei 101 and enjoy the breathtaking view of the entire city.

Image source: dar.kadosh

Fengtian Temple

Pay a visit to this magnificent temple that has stood the test of time. Throughout its several-century history, it had to be rebuilt a few times. Today it stands proud at the foot of the Tiger Mountain.

Image source: p.pattareekarn

Where to stay in Xinyi

When it comes to finding an entire house or apartment to stay in during your visit you may face some difficulties, however, you shouldn’t be discouraged because of that. The average price for a night is around $80.

Here are some of our suggestions:

 

Affordable: Star Hostel Taipei EastStraightforward dorms & private rooms, plus a shared kitchen, a lounge & free Wi-Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: this 3-bed, 2-bath studio is at an amazing location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: a bright, spacious and luxurious apartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Taipei long term

Shilin has been a consistently popular district with expats and that is thanks to a large number of foreigners living there, the beautiful and soothing nature, and a lot of international schools. Thanks to these factors, it has become very popular to move to Taipei and start a new life there. Another factor that gives reassurance to freshly-arrived expats is how safe Taipei is. Taipei has one of the lowest crime rates in Asia.

Things to see and do in Shilin

This district has a large number of parks, several museums, an amusement park, and great street food. The place that is most often associated with the Shilin district is the most famous market in Taiwan — the Shilin Night Market.

Here are some suggestions for things to do and places to see:

  • Visit the Shilin Shennong Temple
  • Visit Yangmingshan National Park
  • Visit the Taipei Astronomical Museum

Shilin Shennong Temple

Visit this splendid temple during your time in Shilin. Some even suggest to do it at night in order to experience a more magical ambiance.

Image source: hyumanrhythm

Yangmingshan National Park

Take a relaxing stroll through this enchanting park. One of the best times to visit is during spring — that’s when you witness the beautiful cherry blossom.

Image source: giosaoit

Taipei Astronomical Museum

A recognizable landmark thanks to its large golden dome made out of identical geometrical pieces.

Image source: sifin70

Where to stay in Shilin

On average, the price per night for an entire apartment or house is around $80. Of course, you can find places for a lower, or higher price.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Affordable: Star Hostel Taipei Main Station – streamlined private rooms & dorms in a modern hostel with free breakfast & a restaurant/bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mid-range: an apartment located close to all the shops and restaurants.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury: Hotel Royal-Nikko Taipei – Refined hotel with a casual cafe, a sushi venue & an upscale Cantonese restaurant, plus a bar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai

Where to stay in Shanghai, the magic city of China

One of the most popular travel destinations in China is the magic city of Shanghai. This growing metropolis is a tourist paradise thanks to the amazing mix of modern and traditional. The economic growth and contemporary comfort that Shanghai offers pairs great with the remnants of the city’s colonial past. Shanghai is a huge city, which is why looking where to stay can easily get overwhelming. To make things more manageable for you, we have picked out the top 5 neighborhoods that will allow you to experience Shanghai to the fullest without breaking your bank.

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Transportation in Shanghai

Even though Shanghai is one of the largest cities in China, the transportation system is well developed and efficient, allowing you to get from one area to another without much issues and delays. There are public buses and bus tours, as well as the Maglev Train and 12 subway lines. You can also get a taxi just by calling out for it on the street. Ferry boats offer transport across the Huangpu River. It would be best to purchase the Shanghai Jiaotong Card, which is useful for taxis, metros, and buses. Learn more about transport in Shanghai here.

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Five best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai

Shanghai can easily be called the most modern city in China. It’s located on the East China Sea coast. The city is divided into many neighborhoods, with something for everyone, from modern buildings and tall skyscrapers to traditional houses, great nightlife, and lovely museums. When looking where to stay in Shanghai you really can’t go wrong with choosing any neighborhood, but we decided to round things up for you to make things less challenging. These are the factors we considered for our top five neighborhood picks:

  1. Neighborhood vibe and atmosphere
  2. The cultural and historical importance
  3. Interesting things to do and see
  4. Neighborhood safety
  5. Cost of accommodation
  6. Ease of transport
Best neighborhoods to stay in Shanghai
Xujiahui For first-time visitors
Jing’an For a budget-friendly stay
People’s Square For nightlife fun
Former French Concession For the cool and boho vibe
Pudong For families/long-term stay

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Where to stay in Shanghai for your first visit – Xujiahui

Xujiahui is located at the very center of Shanghai, which makes it well connected to all other areas you could be interested in visiting. This is one of the main reasons that makes Xujiahui ideal for first-time visitors looking for where to stay in Shanghai. It’s also a great shopping area, with plenty of international and Chinese brands to enjoy your shopping fun.

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Where to go in Xujiahui

From shopping to outdoor fun, Xujiahui has got you covered.

  • Xujiahui Park to relax and get away from the urban craze
  • The Shanghai stadium for sports enthusiasts

Best for outdoor lovers: Xujiahui Park

If you need a break from Shanghai’s urban hustle and bustle, take a stroll through the Xujiahui Park or relax on one of the benches. Beautiful greenery with an artificial lake and black swans will leave you breathless. And there’s a nearby Starbucks for all your caffeine needs.

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Best for sports lovers: The Shanghai stadium

The Shanghai Stadium is the third-largest sports stadium in China. You can watch many football matches here as Shanghai’s SPIG football team plays on this stadium regularly. This is also the stadium that will host League of Legends World Championship in 2020, so if you’re planning a visit soon and love gaming, you might want to check it out.  

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Where to stay in Xujiahui

It’s possible to find proper accommodation in Xujiahui from $24, but the average price per night is usually around $70. These are our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely mid-range place

 

 

 

 

 

This amazing lux home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai on a budget – Jing’an

Named after the Buddhist temple in the area, Jing’an is a great budget-friendly option for tourists interested in experiencing both the modern and traditional aspects of Shanghai. This is a great neighborhood to enjoy a cool vibe and nightlife as well but without the higher prices common for Former French Concession. Kerry Centre also provides great shopping fun, especially if you’re into high fashion brands.

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Where to go in Jing’an

Colonial architecture and natural beauty will make your stay in Jing’an truly enjoyable.

  • Jing’an temple to learn more about ancient China
  • Jing’an Park to relax and admire sculptural art

Best for history buffs: Jing’an temple

Jing’an temple is one of the most famous temples in Shanghai. It has three main halls: The Mahavira Hall, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the ThreeSage Hall. Take a tour around the temple to see painting and calligraphy by Yangzhou’s Eight Eccentric Painters, a bronze bell from the Ming Dynasty, and many other historical and cultural Chinese treasures.

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Best for outdoor and art lovers: Jing’an Park

The Jing’an Park is located at the former Bubbling Well Road Cemetery. If you want to enjoy beautiful nature and take a break from the modern vibe of the city, don’t miss your chance to take a stroll or relax at Jing’an Park. In Jing’an Sculpture Park, you can also admire Chinese modern art.

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Where to stay in Jing’an

You can find great places in Jing’an for as low as $14, with the average price per night of around $50. Check out our favorites:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This chic mid-range condo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lux hotel – The PuLi Hotel and Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for nightlife – People’s Square

Tourists looking where to stay in Shanghai to experience the best nightlife should definitely check out People’s Square. This neighborhood is centrally located in the city and well connected to other areas and main attractions with efficient metro lines. The iconic riverfront called the Bund is close to People’s Square, so don’t miss your chance to take a nice walk along it. There are plenty of food stalls and shops along the Nanjing East Road, too.

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Where to go in People’s Square

Aside from many bars, clubs, and restaurants that make People’s Square a hotspot for nightlife fun, you can also make the most out of your days during your stay in this neighborhood.

  • Learn more about the city’s history at the Shanghai History Museum
  • Work on your fitness and mindfulness at tai chi practice on People’s Square

Best for people interested in history: Shanghai History Museum

If you want to learn more about Shanghai and its rich history, you should stop by the Shanghai History Museum. Their oldest relics are around 6000 years old. You’ll get a sense of the city up to the communist take-over in 1949. There are plenty of other exhibits focusing on art, culture, and industrialization, too.

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Best for fans of fitness and spiritual growth: tai chi practice

Every morning on People’s Square you can watch and even join the tai chi practice. This is a great way to experience such an important part of Chinese culture yourself. It’s also a beneficial exercise to help you connect with your inner self.

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Where to stay in People’s Square

You can book great apartments in People’s Square, going as cheap as $14 per night, but the average price is around $60. See our favorite picks:

This budget-friendly apartment – Hao Du Hotel Shanghai – a 10-minute walk from People’s Square.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cozy mid-range house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This lovely luxurious apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai for bohemian fun – Former French Concession

Former French Concession was a French colonial area until 1943 and is known as one of the coolest neighborhoods in the entire Shanghai. Due to its popularity, this is also one of the most expensive areas in the city. The European feel is still very much present, with tree-lined streets and small colonial houses. A lot of these houses have been transformed into cool bars and cafes, art shops and unique restaurants, making Former French Concession a true hotspot for bohemian souls.

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Where to go in Former French Concession

Fashion, art, shopping, charm, breathtaking natural scenery, and much more await you in the coolest neighborhood in Shanghai.

  • Check out Maoist propaganda at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
  • Suit up at Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

Best for art lovers: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is a museum that features propaganda posters from the Maoist period of communist China. The two rooms of the apartment building have plenty of collections, especially from the Cultural Revolution period.

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Best for fashion enthusiasts: Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market

There aren’t many opportunities to get handmade tailored suits for a bargain price these days. By heading over to the Shanghai Soft Spinning Fabric Market, you can get yourself a custom-made suit you can brag about. Tian Ze Fang alleys are also great for shopping.

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Where to stay in Former French Concession

There are many options in Former French Concession, with an average price per night around $50. Check out our top picks:

This budget-friendly home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This cute mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This luxurious option

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to stay in Shanghai long-term – Pudong

Pudong is a great neighborhood for people looking where to stay in Shanghai for a long time or those traveling with their families. The most popular area is closest to the Huangpu river and full of modern buildings and skyscrapers. This is the location of Shanghai’s huge attraction that consists of four towers: the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai Tower (the second tallest in the world), the Shanghai World Financial Centre, and the Oriental Pearl Tower.

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Where to go in Pudong

Even though it’s family-friendly, Pudong won’t leave you wishing for more fun and adventure.

  • Climb the towers for a unique experience
  • Enjoy a fun day in Disneyland

Best for unforgettable sights and experience: Pudong towers

If you want to see the whole city of Shanghai from the bird’s point of view, definitely head to the Shanghai Tower and climb to the 118th floor. The Oriental Pearl Tower Observatory will amaze you with its glass walkway. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a refreshing drink at Grand Hyatt Cloud 9 bar by climbing to the 87th floor of the Jin Mao Tower.

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Best for families and Disney fans: Shanghai Disneyland

The first Disneyland theme park in mainland China is located in Pudong, Shanghai, and will let you experience some great Disney fun with amazing rides and cool recreational facilities. The park is the biggest in China (three times bigger than the one in Hong Kong), which allows for a full day of entertainment. You can learn more about it here.

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Where to stay in Pudong

Pudong offers some amazing options with an average price of $50 per night. These are our favorite places:

This stylish budget option

 

 

 

 

 

 

This modern mid-range apartment

 

 

 

 

This lux art hotel – Hotel Westin Bund Center

 

 

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Shanghai

15 terrific (and one bad) coworking spaces in Shanghai

Shanghai, also known as the New York of Asia, is the biggest city in China. Digital nomads love to start their exploration of China in Shanghai because of its colonial history and international culture. A popular expat destination, Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city where almost everyone speaks English. March to May is the best period to be a digital nomad here since the weather is pleasant compared to the cold winters and rainy summers. If it’s your first time in Shanghai, take a look at this travel vlog:         

With over 100 coworking spaces in Shanghai, you will have no trouble finding the one that suits your needs. Here are our suggestions of spaces to try and to avoid.

Agora Space is our favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

Image source: Agora Space Facebook

Agora Space is located in the Xuhui District, 15 minutes from Hongqiao, one of the four major stations in Shanghai.

We love that instead of open space, Agora Space has several rooms with 10–20 desks and private offices on three floors. The underground area used to be a bomb shelter, and now it’s full of gorgeous paintings, bean bags, and ergonomic furniture. Agora Space also offers a daycare area for children and an outdoor terrace perfect for brainstorming and lunch. 

All their routers have built-in VPN, so the Internet is fast and works without a glitch. The space also has rooms for monthly rent, with prices depending on whether you want a private bathroom and a kitchen.    

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,160 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

 

Linckia is our least favorite place to cowork in Shanghai

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Linckia is in the Yangpu District, a Shanghai area full of universities and residential buildings. There are a lot of eateries around, while the Tiantian Changba Tea Garden is barely 20 minutes away. 

While this coworking space has private offices and conference rooms, it lacks some basic things like ergonomic chairs. It can get crowded surprisingly fast, as students from the local universities come here to study, so make sure to bring your earphones. Linckia may not be a great place for individual work, but it’s a big space perfect for events and presentations. A Skype room and phone booths give it extra points, but not enough to spend all your working hours there.

Basics
Pricing
  • CNY 1,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 11:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: 9 am – 9 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Five coworking spaces in Shanghai we also love

If you are in Shanghai, make sure to check these coworking spaces:

  1.  XNODE
  2. WeWork
  3. MIXPACE Wonderwall
  4. KrSpace
  5. Arcc Offices

XNODE 

Image source: XNODE Website

XNODE is in the Jing’An District, one of the central districts in Shanghai. 

If you are looking to make friends in the startup community, XNODE is the right place. This coworking space gathers people, innovators, and startups in one place and helps them team up on projects. Lots of natural light and café on-site will help you stay awake and focused on your work. Conference rooms and private offices are also available, and dedicated desks are wide enough to offer privacy in large spaces. Pay attention to events if you are looking for new business opportunities.      

WeWork 

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WeWork is located in the Huangpu District and has coworking spaces all over Shanghai. 

Being in the city’s central districts attracts a lot of foreigners, which is what makes WeWork an ideal place for networking. Besides offering private offices and dedicated desks, this space also has hot desks in the nooks. Although ergonomic chairs are scarce. Luckily, if you bring your travel stand desk, you can work standing up. This coworking space has a ping pong table, and the lounge area is perfect to have free beer or coffee.      

MIXPACE Wonderwall 

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MIXPACE Wonderwall is on the West Nanjing Road in the Wonderwall, a historical building in Shanghai. Metro lines 2, 12, and 13 stop near Wonderwall.

The first thing you notice in this coworking space is the modern design full of wood. This space has several perks, including standing desks, a nursing room, and a shower room. With CNY 2,700 for a desk per month, this is among pricier coworking spaces in Shanghai, but the quiet and comfortable atmosphere is worth it. MIXPACE is pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friend with you to keep you company.  

KrSpace 

Image source: KrSpace website

KrSpace is located in the quiet Changning District, close to metro lines 2, 3, and 4.  

With bike storage and 24/7 access, KrSpace is popular among digital nomads and locals. The staff will welcome you with complimentary coffee and tea, and you can buy snacks at the café. Private offices are equipped with ergonomic chairs, while hot desks have regular ones that are a bit uncomfortable. Projectors are available in conference rooms and upon request for the common area during events and workshops.

Arcc Offices

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Arcc Offices occupies the 12th floor of the Platinum Tower in Shanghai’s Xintiandi District. It is a couple of minutes away from the Huangpi South metro station, and it has a great view over the Taipingqiao Park and the lake. 

The staff is friendly, and the lounge area is perfect to meet new people. This space offers dedicated server space with data security protocols in place, for a fee. If you want to impress your clients or partners, Arcc Offices’ modern design will certainly win you a few points.      

Here are other coworking spaces in Shanghai:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Beijing

Top 15 coworking spaces in Beijing to visit (and some to avoid)

Beijing is the third most populated city in the world and the capital of China. The home of the Forbidden City, the Ming Tombs, and parts of the Great Wall, it is known for its many landmarks, rich history, and a growing international community. Take a look at this vlog to learn more about Beijing and what to expect there:

 

Over the years, Beijing has become the leading startup hub in the country with ZhongGuancun Street, which is the Chinese version of Silicon Valley. Despite high pollution and cold winters, this city is extremely popular with digital nomads because of the great infrastructure and many coworking spaces. Here are the ones we suggest.

WeWork is the place we loved to cowork in Beijing

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WeWork is a coworking giant with 24 buildings in Beijing, and it doesn’t seem it will stop growing any time soon. All their locations are strategically positioned in the districts bustling with activity, so they are close to public transportation. Several of them are located in the Chaoyang District, the central part of Beijing, where you will also find foreign embassies and CBD (Beijing central business district). 

Besides covering the necessities to keep you comfortable, such as ergonomic chairs and standing desks, WeWork offers many amenities, including phone booths, a lounge, and a relaxation area. There is also an area for new mothers, as well as an arcade room. Another great thing is that they serve free locally brewed beer. If you don’t want to mix alcohol and work, they serve free coffee and tea as well. The space is pet-friendly, so your pooch or tabby can keep you company while working. WeWork often hosts events and happy hours that are intended to bring people together and build the community.

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 2,000 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday: 24 hours
  • Sunday: 24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

 

Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is our least favorite place to cowork in Beijing

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Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page is part of the Hotel Jen in the CBD neighborhood of Beijing, offering a large open space with nooks and tables.

Prototype is not a comfortable place to spend the whole day. The chairs are fine for a couple of hours, but for longer periods, consider making some adjustments to your working space, like using a travel stand desk to protect your back. On the bright side, the environment is pleasant, and you can do some quick work when taking a lunch break at the hotel. 

Prototype doesn’t have private offices, but it offers meeting rooms with AV gear for no additional charge. Happy hour is on Thursdays when the beer is free, and everything else, including food, is 20% off. While being in the Beijing central district does have its perks, there are other, more comfortable and better-equipped coworking spaces in the area.   

Basics
Pricing
  • RMB 150 per day
  • RMB 3,500 per month
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 7 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 7 am – 11 pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices No
Phone booths No
Coliving Yes

Four coworking spaces in Beijing we also love

When in Beijing, stop by some of these other coworking spaces:

  1. KrSpace
  2. Ucommune
  3. Tech Temple
  4. Day Day Up

KrSpace 

Image Source: KrSpace Website

KrSpace is in the Chaoyang District, a part of Beijing that is home to some of the most interesting neighborhoods in Beijing like 798 Art Zone and Sanlitun. Besides in Beijing, KrSpace has coworking spaces in Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, and Suzhou, with plans for even more.

Open 24 hours every day, this coworking space offers a common area, phone booths, meeting booths, and a reading corner. Standing desks and ergonomic chairs are also available, and there is an event space perfect for presentations. Rooms are bright and create a positive working environment. If you need privacy, you can book a seat in the nook or a private office. All areas use purified air filters, which is great considering the level of pollution in Beijing. The coffee bar is onsite, but you will also get a complimentary beverage of your choice when you take your spot at the desk.

Ucommune 

Image Source: Uncommune Facebook

Ucommune is located in the Dongcheng District, known for food stalls, architecture, and history. Besides Beijing, Ucommune has offices in Shanghai and Singapore, with over 100 locations in all three cities.

The décor is all about minimalism and promoting ecological values. Coffee and water are free, although using the activity area is limited so that everyone can have their turn. The book bar is a great place to take a break, and you can keep your things in the locker while resting.The infant room and the dining bar are also available, while those with a car are free to use the parking lot on site.  

Day Day Up

Image source: DayDayUp Facebook

DayDayUp is nestled in the CBD area of the Chaoyang District, and has another coworking space in the Dongcheng District. 

What we liked the most about Day Day Up is the Free Day Pass they offer to new members, so you can see if this is the space for you without paying a monthly fee. Standing desks are by the windows, so you can rest your eyes on the view of the Beijing center. This space also hosts TEDx and company events. Day Day Up is also known as a place good for networking, especially if you want to connect with startups from China.    

Tech Temple 

Image source: Tech Temple Website

Also known as Beixinqiao, Tech Temple is located in the Dongcheng District, close to the Metro line 5 and the Confucius Temple. 

Tech Temple offers legal and accounting services to its members, which is great if you want to do business on the Chinese market. Its startup events are an excellent opportunity to meet other coworkers, exchange ideas, and find business partners. This coworking space is available 24 hours every day of the week. The only downside is that it doesn’t have private offices, so you can end up in a noisy common area. 

More coworking spaces in Beijing to check out:

Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Koh Samui

The 7 best coworking spaces in Koh Samui

Traveling to Koh Samui is high up on digital nomads’ bucket lists. And for a good reason, if we may add. This Thai island is an absolute heaven on earth! Lush forests, rich wildlife, and seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches would make everyone want to make this place their home permanently. The bravest and luckiest of remote workers actually do. We reviewed the best coworking spaces on the island so that you can take the plunge and work from Koh Samui without any worries.

These are the places that caught our eye:

  1. Mantra Work Lounge
  2. WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe
  3. Jungle Club
  4. Horizon Cafe Samui

Mantra Work Lounge is the place we’d most like to cowork in Koh Samui!

Source: Mantra Work Lounge

Mantra Work | Lounge is the first dedicated coworking space in Koh Samui, Thailand. It is located at 9/123–124 Moo1, Tumbon Maenam (Surat Thani province) in Koh Samui. The beach is in its immediate vicinity, which makes for some truly spectacular views that’ll make your workload an easier burden to bear.

The original concept behind Mantra Work | Lounge was to create an inviting, invigorating, and community-building coworking space both for local entrepreneurs and foreigners. It caters to tourists looking to catch up on work correspondence as well as business-owners wanting to organize events and make new connections.

What we love the most about it is the flexibility it offers. The place was designed to meet the needs of individuals having a working holiday and locals looking to spice up their work environment alike. It is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, a pantry with a selection of drinks and snacks, a printer, a scanner, and a photocopier. There is even a pool table in case you need to take some time out or enjoy a stimulating team-building activity. But what really left us speechless was that you can choose whether to work from a cozy, air-conditioned lounge or from an outdoor terrace overlooking the ocean. 

Still, that is not to say that we weren’t able to identify a weak spot. Although Mantra Work | Lounge is an extension of a renowned hotel complex, the Mantra Samui Resort, it may prove rather hard to find for out-of-towners. Not only are there no street signs on the main road to point you in the right direction, but the street corner is quite easy to miss. If you know what you are looking for beforehand, you can always rely on the locals to point you in the right direction!

Basics
Pricing Per day: 600 THB

Per week: 3,500 THB

Per month: 12,000 THB

High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 9am – 9pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 9pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 9pm
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is the runner-up for Koh Samui coworking spaces

Source: TripAdvisor 

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe is located at 209 / 1–2 Moo 2, Koh Samui, Thailand. It is a coworking lounge of the COSI Hotel. Its location is conveniently accessible. Not only is it a part of a well-known hotel, but it is also right next to the Central Festival in Koh Samui, which gives its users access to all of the shops and restaurants this shopping mall can provide.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe was envisioned as the place to get things done in Koh Samui. It is usually teeming with visitors, so you are bound to make a connection or two and expand your business community.

There is no entrance fee, and upon purchasing an item from the Cafe, you are granted unlimited access to a high-speed Wi-Fi connection. You have two stories at your disposal — the lower level is the cafe, while the upper level gives off a more relaxed, lounge-like vibe.

What we liked about this place for coworking is the fact that it is exceptionally well equipped for that purpose. There is direct access to a printer, and you’ll have several Mac computers at your disposal. It is also open 24/7, a variety of food and drinks is available at the lobby, and the whole area is air-conditioned.

WYSIWYG Coworking Space & Cafe failed to be our top pick due to several factors. The music from the lower chill-out area is a tad bit too loud, and it may prove distracting for those of you who are most productive when you have some peace and quiet. The whole place is a bit too noisy, in general, as there are always a lot of people coming and going. If a busy environment is not stimulating for you, you may want to skip this one.

Basics
Pricing Per day: 30 THB
High-Speed Internet 100 megabit fiber
Open Hours
  • Monday — Friday: 24 hours
  • Saturday:  24 hours
  • Sunday:  24 hours
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks No
Conference Rooms No
Private Office No
Conference Room No
Phone Booths No
Coliving No

Two other coworking spaces that caught our eye in Koh Samui, Thailand

Unfortunately, dedicated coworking spaces are in rather short supply in Koh Samui. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any alternative options where you can set up shop for the day. We like several cafes and clubs that have great service and can double up as coworking spaces.

Jungle Club — Chaweng Noi Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: The Jungle Club Samui

The Jungle Club Samui is located at 44/11 Koh Samui Surat Thani 84320, Thailand. This is a true jewel of the area and a must-see place in Koh Samui. Nestled in the natural landscape in the midst of the leafy hillside overlooking the Gulf of Siam, this resort is the perfect solution for travelers looking to unwind and disconnect.

The Jungle Club may be an exceptional choice for accommodation, but what landed it on our list is primarily the versatility of its outdoor area. The resort boasts an exquisite cascading terrace with an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Chaweng Bay and an infinity pool. Surrounded by natural lushness, it exudes tranquility and freshness, making it an excellent setting for getting some work done. On top of that, the terrace is the outdoor setting of a note-worthy restaurant that has you covered with delectable food and drink for the day!

Horizon Cafe Samui — Choengmon area, Koh Samui, Thailand

Source: Tripadvisor

You can find Horizon Cafe Samui at 41/1 M.3 T, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand. What we loved about this place is that it is the ultimate locally-owned small business with a soul. Horizon cafe is a go-to place for those looking to sit down and have a chatter. The staff is lauded for their hospitality and kindness, and their vegan delicacies are the best on the island!

This heartwarming place is welcoming to coworkers as it has a stable internet connection, a pleasant, non-distracting atmosphere, and plenty of delicious, organic food and beverages to fuel your work endeavors. You are also able to choose whether to attend to your business matters from the air-conditioned indoor area or a secluded, enclosed backyard garden.

Even more coworking spaces in Koh Samui, Thailand

In case you haven’t found exactly what you were looking for, and you feel like you need more ideas, make sure you check out our following choices:

  1. zone6 Coworking Beach Apartment — it may suit you in case you are looking for rentable apartments for your coworkers in the tropical paradise that is Koh Samui. In case you are not satisfied with the desk arrangements here, you could try out a travel stand desk
  2. Bao Bao Cafe and Eatery — another viable solution that successfully mixes coworking in a relaxing setting with delicious Asian food and freshly ground coffee to help you stay focused
  3. Kapuhala Koh Samui — an eco-friendly and vegan vacation retreat that includes a coworking space and also hosts events and workshops

Hopefully, this article has helped you find the perfect coworking space for your needs. To round the article up, we suggest you take a look at this video about what it is like to be a digital nomad in Koh Samui. It will help you grasp the advantages that such a lifestyle has to offer. Enjoy!

 

Where to Stay in Koh Samui

Where to stay in Koh Samui – our guide to this city-like island 

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Both an island and a city, Koh Samui is an attractive travel destination in Thailand. It is well-known for numerous sandy beaches, palm trees, and crystal clear sea. Once a Thai fishing community, Thailand’s second-largest island has quickly developed and now has to offer something for every type of tourist. 

Whether you are interested in snorkeling, fishing, diving, visiting cultural and historical landmarks, or just laying on the beach and enjoying the sun, Koh Samui is the perfect island paradise for any of those activities. On your arrival to this stunning island, the first, and the most prominent, landmark you will see from the plane is the gigantic gilded statue of Buddha at Wat Phra Yai. This is not the only site worth visiting during your stay on Koh Samui since this island-city has many landmarks and activities to engage yourself in and make your visit to this heaven on earth an unforgettable one. 

Koh Samui Image source: pocastreet

Safety alert!

Like in other cities in Thailand, the greatest concert of the visitors to Koh Samui are the scams. Whenever you decide to take a cab to drive you somewhere, make sure that the taximeter is turned on from the very start of the ride, and if possible, discuss the fare beforehand with the driver. Also, think twice before you rent a jet ski as the owners like to trick you into paying large amount of money to fix the supposed damage that you have done to the vehicle during your ride. To prevent this from happening, simply resist your urge and don’t rent the jet ski in the first place.

Five fantastic neighborhoods to stay in Koh Samui 

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Koh Samui has plenty to offer to thousands of tourists from all over the world. However, you should always carefully select the area for your base according to your interests. You don’t want to come to Koh Samui for wild parties and then accidentally base yourself in a family-oriented area and ruin your long-awaited holiday. 

Koh Samui Image source: adenrehan

No matter what your interests may be, Koh Samui has got you covered. Every area offers something different and unique whether you are looking for wild nightlife, complete isolation and relaxation on the beach, or exciting adventure. Also, there is no need for you to worry about accommodation either since there are plenty of options available for every budget. We recommend the following neighborhoods: 

  1. Big Buddha
  2. Chaweng
  3. Maenam
  4. Lamai
  5. Bophut

Although these areas contain plenty of activities, they may not suit everyone’s taste so we have prepared a list organized according to the general interests of the tourists who visit Koh Samui:

Area Ideal for: Why?
Big Buddha  First-timers Close to main attractions and activities
Chaweng  Nightlife Most lively area with wild nightlife, restaurants, shops, and bars
Maenam  On a budget A cheerful atmosphere with cheap accommodation and activities 
Lamai  Bohemians Less crowded with many things to do and see 
Bophut Long-term stay  Village community feel 

Where to stay in Koh Samui for the first time – Big Buddha 

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If you are visiting Koh Samui for the very first time, then you should consider finding a place to stay in the Big Buddha area. It is conveniently located near the Koh Samui Airport and the ferry to Koh Phangan. Many cultural and historical landmarks, as well as restaurants and shops, are situated in this area so if you decide to stay here then you will experience the best Koh Samui has to offer. The beach is usually less crowded than the others, and the water is very clean. 

Big Buddha District Image source:jdiegoboch

Things to see and do in Big Buddha 

This area is rather a peaceful one and not as hectic as Chaweng Beach. Still, there are some activities and attractions you should visit such as:

  • Wat Phra Yai temple/Big Buddha statue
  • Wat Plai Laem temple
  • Big Buddha Pier
  • Ang Thong Marine National Park

Wat Phra Yai Temple

This beautiful Buddhist temple is home to the largest statue on the island, and its main symbol as well, the Big Buddha. This 12 meters high statue is the favorite sight of the tourists so the steps leading to it are usually crowded.

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Big Buddha Image source: bambii._x

Wat Plai Laem 

This temple was built in 2004 and today represents one of the most majestic temples in Koh Samui. It is widely popular among tourists who like to take pictures of the temple’s most iconic statues ‘’fat’’ Chinese Buddha and Kuan Yin with 18 arms. A huge lake with fish and turtles is surrounding this temple complex. 

Statue Image source: hallal.ramon

18 Arms Image source: dutko_mariana

Big Buddha Pier

Although most tourists visit this pier to catch a ferry to nearby islands, it is the perfect spot for watching the sunset over Koh Samui. 

Pier Image source: pong_pongsiri11

Ang Thong Marine National Park

The tour of the Ang Thong Marine National Park starts at the Big Buddha Pier. A day trip to this park will allow you to discover the other side of Koh Samui, with amazing beaches and great diving spots. 

National Park Image source: nxnxnx1570

Where to stay in Big Buddha 

Big Buddha area offers plenty of accommodation options since this area is the typical choice of the tourists who visit Koh Samui for the first time.

Our top recommendations are:

Affordable option – This simple hostel

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Moderate price –  This Serviced apartment with beautiful sea view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis high-end heavenly hotel

Where to stay in Koh Samui for nightlife – Chaweng 

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Chaweng is Koh Samui’s the place to go for nightlife. The most prominent place is Chaweng Beach where most tourists seek relaxation during the day, and as the night falls, they are moving to the streets along the Beach Road in search of the ideal bar or pub to party. Aside from many beach bars and modern clubs, this area is also home to various restaurants and the huge shopping complex on the whole island. 

Chaweng Image source: jrmhui

Things to see and do in Chaweng

As Koh Samui’s Party Central, Chaweng has numerous restaurants and bars to suit every tourist’s taste. Whether you prefer some relaxing beach bar or a modern dance club, Chaweng has plenty of options to choose from. 

Here are our recommendations: 

  1. Soi Green Mango 
  2. Soi Reggae 
  3. Ark Bar
  4. Bar Solo 
  5. Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Soi Green Mango 

This is the most prominent street in Chaweng and home to the city’s nightlife symbol The Green Mango Club, the most iconic club of Koh Samui. 

Street Image source: road.to.knowhere

Party Image source: vishalzala1

Soi Reggae

Similarly to Soi Green Mango, Soi Reggae is a place where many pubs and bars are aligned one after another with Reggae Pub as the highlight. 

Bar Image source: ms.viktorrriya

Ark Bar

An energetic beach bar/restaurant has been one of the coolest places for partying on the beach for a couple of years now. 

DJ Image source: barkoviz

Solo Bar 

A quite modern place for starting the night out or watching major sporting events shown on the six plasma screens.

Solo Bar Image source: kaew_kapi

Cha Cha Moon Beach Club

Located at Chaweng Beach, this multifunctional place will leave you speechless since it is a great combination of the sandy beach and disco party. 

Night Out Image source: matthiasseibert

Where to stay in Chaweng 

Although Chaweng offers a wide range of accommodation options, it can be hard finding the perfect place to stay since the area can be quite crowded and packed with tourists. 

The most popular are: 

 

Affordable option – This Stylish and modern hostel with the private beach 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Moderate priceThis Corner Lake View Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luxury optionThis lux hotel

Where to Stay in Hakone

Where to stay in Hakone – a guide to ideal places for relaxation

Map of Hakone

Less than one hundred kilometers from Tokyo, in Kanagawa Prefecture, the small resort town Hakone is located. This town is becoming more popular among tourists owing to the abundance of hot springs, natural beauty which can be enjoyed all through the year, and the amazing view of the nearby Mount Fuji. As a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, this town will leave you breathless with the stunning landscape and diverse events. 

Safety alert!

Towards the end of the last year, there was a severe volcanic activity near Owakudani, the area located around the crater formed during the last eruption of Mount Hakone. As many tourists decide to visit Hakone by train, it is useful to know that as a result of this event, a part of the route Hakone Tozan Railway linking Sounzan and Togendai had been restricted as they pass near Owakudani. Consequently, these restrictions had then been lowered to Level One, with expectations of being removed in the near future. From late October, Hakone Ropeway has been operating along its full length. Still, if you are planning on visiting Hakone anytime soon, make sure to double-check whether this route is still safe to travel.

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Hakone

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As a popular travel destination, Hakone is rapidly developing and expanding, aiming to satisfy the needs of the quickly increasing number of tourists that decide to visit this resort. As a relatively small town, it is neatly divided into neighborhoods where everyone can find some activities for everyone’s liking. Finding accommodation in Hakone is not an easy endeavor since the prices tend to be high sometimes. Based on the cultural and historical values, outdoor activities, and the budget, we have made a list of areas where you can find a place to stay and get to experience the best of Hakone such as:

  1. Hakone-Yumoto
  2. Gora
  3. Miyanoshita
  4. Motohakone
  5. Tonosawa 

To find out more details about why we recommend these particular areas, check out our table breakdown below.

Area

Ideal for: 

Why? 

Hakone-Yumoto

First visit to Hakone

Beautiful hot springs, many museums, and historical landmarks

Gora

Nightlife

Numerous restaurants, cafes, shops are located in this area

Miyanoshita

Travel on a budget 

Cheap accommodation

Motohakone

Bohemians 

Hakone’s most famous sights

Tonosawa 

Long-term stay

Traditional Japan, peaceful and secluded

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Where to stay in Hakone for the first time – Hakone-Yumoto 

Map Image source: hakonenavi.jp

The Hakone-Yumoto area can be easily reached from Tokyo via Romancecar. This area is full of landmarks and interesting activities. There are numerous shops, hotels, museums, and restaurants to keep you entertained. Also, you can find the well known hot springs of Hakone in this area. 

Water stream Image source: rururaa

Things to see and do in Hakone-Yumoto

As there are many things you can see and do in this area,  we have made a careful selection and these are our recommendations: 

  • Tenzan Onsen 
  • Hakone Open-Air Museum
  • Kumano Shrine
  • Glass Art Experience Workshop
  • Old Tokaido Road and Hakone Checkpoint
  • Hydrangea Train 

Tenzan Onsen 

Tenzan Onsen is a huge complex with many bath-onsens, courtyards, restaurants, cafes and tatami areas used for resting. 

Onsen Image source: ashionpathfinder.tokyo_kazu

Water stream Image source: gabrielanachos

Hakone Open-Air Museum 

This is Japan’s first museum of this kind. It spreads across 70 000 square meters with many collections of artworks and sculptures of famous Japanese as well as international artists. For instance, Picasso Exhibition hall occupies the central place where more than 300 his artworks are located. 

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Picasso Image source: acquireatdesign

Kumano Shrine

Kumano Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in the Hakone-Yumoto area with multiple smaller shrines, gates, and the main shrine as well where you can pay your respects. 

Shrine Image source: natulflower

Glass Art Experience Workshop

One of the most popular hands-on activities in Hakone is glass blowing which you can learn in this workshop, later apply what you have learned, and produce your glass blown souvenir.

Glass Image source: afan_62

Old Tokaido Road and Hakone Checkpoint

Old Tokaido Road was the famous road linking Tokyo and Kyoto during the Edo Period. During that period, Hakone was a significant checkpoint on that road. Today, the section leading to Hakone has been reconstructed as well as the Hakone Checkpoint so tourists can acquaint themselves with the rich history of Hakone.

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Checkpoint Image source: japonismo

Landscape Image source: retroboyastro

Hydrangea Train

From the middle of June to late July, you can take a ride on this train which passes along the hydrangea flowers. Also, you can also see the illuminated flowers in the nighttime since this train operates during the night.

Train Image source: mamikoooo_yo

Where to stay in Hakone-Yumoto 

Since this area is at a convenient location, there are plenty of accommodation options, although they can be quite expensive. The most traditional place to stay in is the onsen ryokan or the Japanese style inns. However, you can find some Airbnbs where the average nightly price is $119.

Our top 3 picks are the following ones:

Affordable optionPrivate Onsen Designer House 

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Moderate price Lakeside Villa with Mt.Fuji View

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Luxury optionOnsen modern guest house in mountains

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For more Airbnbs in Hakone-Yumoto area, click here

Where to stay in Hakone -foodie edition – Gora

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Since Hakone is a resort town where locals and travelers come to relax after the crowded Tokyo, nightlife as such doesn’t exist here. Still, there is an area in Hakone with many dining and shopping options. Gora is an attractive onset neighborhood which apart from beautiful hot springs and stunning landscape, you can find shops, restaurants, and cafes if you are in search of the more vivid side of Hakone. Arriving in this area is a real adventure since you can take a ride on the Hakone Ropeway and enjoy the view of Mount Fuji from afar. 

Fuji Image source: panina_84

Things to see and do in Gora

In this area, you can enjoy the countryside and the beautiful landscape but also relax and try some local food or traditional tea. Take a look at our favorites:

  1. Visit Hakone Gora Park 
  2. Gora Brewery & grill
  3. Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei
  4. Cafe de Meissen
  5. ISSHIKIDO

Hakone Gora Park

This park with amazing nature is located above Gora Station. It is a great place for relaxing and unwinding. 

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Autumn Image source: pedrojuan81

Gora Brewery & grill 

This is a great place where you can try some of the most famous Japanese dishes such as sushi or grilled steaks.

Restaurant Image source: brutal_wolfgal

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Tamura Ginkatsu-Tei

One of the most attractive restaurants in Gora where you can try the famous dish called Tofu Katsuni.

Dish Image source: justonecookbook

Cafe de Meissen

A wonderful and cozy cafe near Gora Station where you can enjoy some freshly baked pizza or soft and fluffy pancake along with freshly brewed coffee. 

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ISSHIKIDO

This restaurant is located near Gora Park and it is most famous for a wide array of different sandwiches. They pride themselves in selecting only the best and freshest ingredients for their dishes. 

Sandwiches Image source: maki_mouse0827

Where to stay in Gora

Gora is quite an attractive area for tourists and the hotels are usually booked well in advance. However, it is possible to find other accommodations such as Airbnbs where the average price for a night is the pricey $212. 

Our top 3 picks are:

Affordable option – Twin room near Gora Station

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Moderate pricePrivate hot-spring in the Japanese tatami room

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Luxury optionHakone Villa with Private Onsen

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Find more Airbnbs in Gora here

Where to Stay in Osaka

Where to Stay in Osaka – a vibrant city with superb cuisine

Map of Osaka

Osaka is the second-largest city of Japan after its capital Tokyo. As a significant financial and economic center, this metropolitan area is located in the Kansai region on the island of Honshu. The city is quite popular among tourists who praise its citizens for being spontaneous, friendly and approachable, unlike their compatriots in Tokyo and Kyoto. 

Okonomiyaki Image source: Pinterest 

Apart from the people, Osaka stands out for its food and history as well. With its special culinary style, the food found in this city is characterized as delicious, savory but above all, very affordable. It is the home to okonomiyaki, a mouth-watering type of a pancake, and takoyaki, a snack in the form of small batter balls containing octopus chunks. 

The highlight of Osaka’s history is certainly Osaka Castle built in 1583 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who intended it to be the center of the government of unified Japan. Unfortunately, his plan fell through but the castle still represents one of the most majestic buildings in Japan. Tourists love to visit this place in the early spring as it is one of the most famous hanami spots when the beautiful cherry blossoms.

Osaka Castle Image source: Pexels

Five best neighborhoods to stay in Osaka

Map of Osaka

Osaka is roughly divided into two large areas known as Kita, downtown, and Minami, uptown. These areas are further subdivided into a large number of districts. The most popular neighborhoods among the tourists are:

  1. Umeda
  2. Shinsekai
  3. Dotonbori
  4. Tennoji
  5. and Abeno owing to the abundance of historically significant and attractive places to visit.

Depending on your preferences, you can choose to stay in or visit one of these districts.

Neighborhood Ideal for: Why?
Uptown Osaka (Kita) 
Umeda  First-timers Home to Osaka Station and Umeda Sky Building among many other landmarks. Very well connected to other areas.
Downtown Osaka (Minami)
Dotonbori  Nightlife  The busiest and most crowded area famous for energetic nightlife
Honmachi  On a budget  Great location and affordable accommodation
Shinsekai  Bohemians Lively area with numerous activities 
Tennoji  Long-term stay  Far from the crowd

Where to stay in Osaka for the first time – Kita (Uptown Osaka/Umeda) Map of Umeda

If you are visiting Osaka for the very first time, look for a place to stay in Kita, or the uptown Osaka, and its Umeda district. This district is a great place for the people who have never been to Osaka before because JR Osaka Station is its central hub. This allows you to move around the city easily and without any fear of getting lost because you can catch any train from the Midosudji subway line. Also, you can visit other cities nearby such as Kyoto and Nara as well.

Umeda district Image source: jntonn

Umeda district is a peaceful and uncongested one as opposed to other districts, which will allow you to rest and relax after spending a day outside walking and exploring the city. Being a famous shopping, dining, and entertainment district, it has a lot to offer, and even the most demanding tourists will manage to find something here to suit their taste. For those who are planning to visit Osaka with their family and small children, you will be relieved to know that this neighborhood is family-oriented, given the fact that there are wide and clean sidewalks, and it is one of the safest districts in Osaka.

Things to see and do in Umeda

If you decide to seek accommodation in this district during your visit, there are some important places you need to visit, such as:

  1. Osaka Station 
  2. Umeda Sky Building
  3. HEP
  4. Nakanoshima Museum of Art
  5. Techno Bar D floor
  6. Pokemon center 

Osaka station 

One of the most attractive buildings in this part of Japan is the newly renovated railway station with its adjacent large shopping and dining areas.

Osaka Station Image source: Pixabay

Umeda Sky Building

Only a 10-minute walk away from the Station is this majestic skyscraper found. If you are not afraid of heights, then you should not miss a chance to visit this building as it has a floating observatory on the 39th floor. You will be amazed by the view.

Umeda Sky Building Image source: umeda_skybuilding

HEP (Hankuyu Entertainment Park) 

Despite being an immense multipurpose complex, it is not the main reason why people visit this park. The large HEP 5 Ferris Wheel is found on the roof of this complex and if you decide to hop and take a ride, you will get a view of the Osaka skyline.

HEP 5 Ferris Wheel Image source: Pixabay

Nakanoshima Museum of Art 

If you are an art lover and want to see what the art scene of Osaka has to offer, then do not miss visiting this museum which contains 5,700 famous pieces.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art Image source: hakoohakoohakoo

Techno bar Dfloor 

At the very heart of the Umeda district, there is a well-known bar in which only techno music is played. Everything from the design of the bar to the drinks served was arranged to match this type of music.

Techno D bar Image source: shintanisaki

Pokemon Center

If you find yourself wandering around the Umeda Department Store, you will stumble upon the land of the Pokemon. Here you can find everything with that Pokemon swag such as toys, school supplies and even unique pieces of clothing that you can buy and take home to remind you of your favorite anime. Moreover, you can participate in numerous video-games and win yourself a rare Pokemon.

Pokemon Image source: tamyamspam

Where to stay in Umeda

In contrast to other districts in Osaka, hotels in Umeda are a bit pricier but they offer much better service and accommodation. Selecting a place to stay mostly depends on your budget. The average price in Airbnbs is $53 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs:

Affordable optionThis apartment in Umeda with luxury bath

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Moderate price – This apartment 3 min from Juso station and 1station from Umeda

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Luxury optionThis apartment at Umeda Station

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For more Airbnbs in Umeda districts, check here

Where to stay in Osaka for nightlife – Dotonbori 

Map of Dotonbori

Dotonbori is the most vibrant and energetic part of Osaka. Home to many symbols of Osaka such as the giant Glico Running Man, moving Kani Doraku Crab sign and bright neon lights, Dotonbori is the nightlife tourist attraction with many restaurants, bars, clubs, and markets where you can enjoy the true atmosphere of the city at any time during the day or night.  The best about this area is that when the hunger calls after the whole night partying, there are numerous awesome places with great local food to satisfy it. 

Dotonbori Image sourcing: Pexels

Things to do and see in Dotonbori 

As such a cool place and popular among travelers, Dotonbori sure has plenty to offer. Check out our recommendations: 

  • Chinese Cafe 8
  • Konamon Museum 
  • Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
  • Club BAMBI
  • Club Cheval 

Chinese Cafe 8

This place serves the most delicious Chinese food but the decor of this restaurant is simply amazing since there are red lanterns on the ceilings and the giant statue of Buddha in the corner. The menu of this restaurant has more than 300 entries. 

Cafe 8 Image source: ccafe8

Konamon Museum 

A place where you can learn how to make great takoyaki, and eat it afterward. 

Konamon Museum Image source: linapiwat

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

The most famous street in the whole Dotonbori where many bars and pubs are located. It is called the ‘’Drinking Street’’.

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley Image source: saktak_jp

Club BAMBI

One of the most popular clubs among tourists with great music and parties that last all night long. 

Bambi Image source: bambi_monster_club

Club Cheval 

Very glamorous club providing unique mature clubbing experience. 

Cheval Image source: nobafoods

Where to stay in Dotonbori 

Dotonbori offers accommodation for every budget. Also, since tourists love this area, the prices are slightly higher than in Umeda. The average price in Airbnbs is $65 per night. 

Here are our top 3 Airbnbs: 

Affordable optionThis apartment close to Dotonbori and Namba 

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Moderate price – This apartment 2mins away from Dotonbori 

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Luxury option – This studio 30sec away from Dotonbori 

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Find more Airbnbs in Dotonbori here