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

Image source: Linckia Website

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 

Image source: WeWork Website

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 

Image Source: Mixpace Wonderwall Website

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

Image source: Arcc Offices Website

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

Image source: WeWork Website

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

Image source: Prototype Co-Working Lounge Page

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: