Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Sao Paulo

Eight best (and one worst) coworking spaces in Sao Paulo

Latin America is always worth a visit. Every single country in this part of the world boasts incredible history, rich culture, and breathtaking art and landscapes.

Brazil, though, takes everything to the next level. The beauty and the atmosphere of the country are undeniably attractive. Sao Paulo, in its different parts, perfectly encapsulates the spirit and the grandeur of the country.

With many distractions in Sao Paulo, it isn’t so easy to stay focused. For digital nomads, this problem is even worse. Their ability to travel and experience other cultures directly depends on their ability to work even when the surroundings are so attractive.

So, how to get any job done in Sao Paulo? Here’s an easy answer—find a functional coworking space to keep you grounded. A productive and motivating environment will help you keep your head in the game, and finish your daily tasks much faster and more efficiently.

There are about 120 coworking spaces in Sao Paulo, though. How do you pick the best one? Don’t worry; we’ve narrowed it down for you. Here are our top picks for a coworking space in Sao Paulo.

oWork is our favorite place to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: oWork.space

Our favorite coworking space in Sao Paulo is located in Cidade Vargas, close to the zoo and the botanical garden. Sao Paulo Expo is nearby as well, which is convenient when you need to shop.

oWork is a co-living space, as well. The combination of co-living and coworking space is a great way to save time because you don’t have to commute.

If you’re a digital nomad, you know how important it is to have a reliable connection. The glitches in the web coverage affect the focus, cause frustration, and slow down the work. oWork provides excellent Wi-Fi to keep you productive and motivated.

They also provide standing desks, bean bags, and ergonomic chairs. The seating options ensure you’ll be comfortable because wiggling on an uncomfortable chair breaks your concentration and wastes your energy. Standing desks help you keep working even when you can’t bear to sit down for another moment, but you don’t want a break just yet. Bean bags are great if you like working while almost-laying down.

The community in oWork is nothing short of amazing. The people are optimistic, hardworking, and always willing to help. oWork organizes workshops, events, and community lunches and drinks to help the members make friends and help them develop in their field and skills.

There is printing equipment you can use if you need it. If you don’t feel like bringing our laptop with you, you can use one of the available PCs.

There are phone booths and personal lockers you can use. The kitchen is at your disposal if you want to prepare a snack or heat up a meal, but you can also buy snacks onsite.

Coffee is free, but there is an onsite cafe if you crave something more elaborate than a simple cup of coffee. If you can’t start your day properly without an extra-large caramel Mochaccino, you can breathe a sigh of relief because you have everything you need here.

When you need a break, you can chill out in the lounge area, or you can grab another nomad and play ping pong!

Basics
Pricing
  • Per hour: BRL 29
  • Per day: BRL 99
  • Per week: BRL 199
  • Per month: BRL 699
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk Yes
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving Yes

Seven coworking spaces in Sao Paulo we also loved

It takes all sorts to build a world, and not everybody likes the same things. If oWork doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, don’t despair; there are plenty of other options. Here are seven more coworking spaces in Sao Paulo that we enjoyed.

  1. Colab
  2. Blocktime
  3. Pixels
  4. Josefin
  5. Sharing E.C.
  6. Wit.Working
  7. Mako Coworking

CoLab

Source:  CoLab

Located in Pinheiros, CoLab is less than 200m from Butanta and Fradique Coutinho subways. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the neighborhood, in case snack food and plain coffee don’t work for you.

The atmosphere is conducive to work, and the crowd is helpful and optimistic. There is excellent Wi-Fi, which can help you get some work done efficiently, and CoLab provides ergonomic chairs and standing desks, so there are options for those who don’t enjoy sitting down too much. You can use the printing equipment.

There is a pretty outdoor terrace where you can go to chill out, and coffee is free. The space is wheelchair accessible, which is great.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 650

Blocktime

Source: Blocktime Coworking

Blocktime is one block away from the Sumare subway station, in Pinheiros. They provide excellent internet connection and ergonomic chairs, which makes working there stress-free and comfortable. There are no standing desks, though, so you might want to take a few short breaks to stretch and walk around.

The community there is cheerful and happy to help with everything you need.  Blocktime organizes workshops and events, and it hosts TEDx events. The members often meet for drinks and stay in touch.

If you need extra equipment, you can use printers, projectors, and microphones that are available in Blocktime. There are Skype rooms if you need some privacy and personal lockers if you don’t like dragging your stuff around. You can use the kitchen for brewing some coffee or whipping up a quick snack.

The place is cat and dog-friendly, so you and your four-legged monster don’t have to be apart longer than you want. When you get tired, you can grab a cup of coffee, or you can find some other nomads and organize a karaoke contest!

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 8 am – 6 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 15
Per day BRL 60
Per month BRL 500

Pixels

Source: Pixels

Set up in the district of Moema, Pixels is close to Bike Sampa bicycle station and many bus stops.

They offer high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’d be able to do your work and finish it on time. There are ergonomic chairs and bean bags, so you can choose your seating option according to your preference. There is even a hammock if you like to be a bit more comfortable while you work.

You can use the printer, scanner, and personal lockers. There is a kitchen at your disposal in case you need a snack or a cup of coffee. Coffee is free and unlimited.

When you need a break, you can browse through their little library or simply chill out in their great lounge area.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 79
Per week BRL 349
Per month BRL 799

Josefin

Source: Josefin Coworking

Josefin has two locations:

  • Garden
  • Villa Mariana

The place is comfortable to work at because they provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, as well as ergonomic chairs and standing desks. It’s great for all of you who don’t want your time at work to take a toll on your back.

If you and your pet suffer from separation anxiety, worry not—Josefin is cat and dog-friendly, so you don’t have to leave your four-legged pal all alone in a room somewhere while you work. There is a library for the times when you need a break and entertainment. There is also an impressive outdoor terrace, so you don’t have to stay inside during your breaks.

The community is fantastic and very cheerful. Josefin organizes many events to keep its members together and help them develop their talents and skills and improve their knowledge.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 80
Per month BRL 900

Sharing E.C.

Source:  Coworker.com

Located in Pinheiros, Sharing E.C. is surrounded by different restaurants, pastry shops, and other food options, which is great for the picky eaters who can’t live on sandwiches.

There is a kitchen with a fridge and a microwave, though, so you can always bring your own lunch and heat it when you want. There is also free coffee and at least eight flavors of tea. The lounge area is large and comfortable, so you can recharge our batteries when you take a break.

Wi-Fi is lightning fast, and there is backup internet as well, so you can rest assured that you won’t be left offline in a critical moment. They provide ergonomic chairs, which are very comfy, but they’re the only seating option. You might want to take frequent breaks to preserve your back. The space is well-lit, even during the hours when there’s little natural light. The interior is cluster-free, and the whole place makes it easy to focus and get some work done.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per month BRL 499

Wit.Working

Source: Wit.Working

Wit.Working is located in Sao Jose do Rio Preto. It is a coworking and a co-living space, which can be a great time-saver since you don’t have to travel to and from the workspace.

They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, which should make your work a bit less stressful, and standing desks and ergonomic chairs, which should help you retain the health of your back.

You can use their printing equipment, and there is a kitchen, too, if you’re feeling peckish and want a quick bite. Coffee is free, and you can buy alcohol if you wish.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 10 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 1 pm
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per hour BRL 10
Per day BRL 60
Per week BRL 255

Mako Coworking

Source: Coworker.com

Mako Coworking is located in Vila Mariana, within walking distance from the Museum of contemporary art and the Afro Brazil Museum.

They provide fast and reliable Wi-Fi, and there are cables as well if you need your connection to be rock-solid. The internet is functional enough for virtually anything you might need, from reading a blog post to uploading a video or video conferencing.

There are printing equipment and a kitchen you can use if you want to. The lounge area is comfy enough to take a rest, have some coffee, and recharge before going back to work. Coffee is free.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and Meko organizes events for its members once a month.

Open hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8 am – 8 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Price Per day BRL 899

Honorable mentions

If you need more choice, here are some other fantastic coworking options in Sao Paulo.

  1. Osmose
  2. Terracota
  3. Work Lounge
  4. Serotonina Lab
  5. OpportunityWork
  6. Coletivo 47
  7. Trampolim
  8. Office&Co.
  9. Go Up
  10. Urban Cowork
  11. BUCC Workspaces
  12. Smart Place
  13. Eureka
  14. Salamandra
  15. 2Work
  16. Garden Coworking
  17. E.C. Coworking
  18. Organico Creative Coworking
  19. CoPro Coworking
  20. We Work

Pro tip

Many of these coworking spaces don’t offer standing desks. If you like a coworking space, but would also like to be able to stand up when you get too tired of sitting, you might want to consider getting a travel stand desk. It’s a much lighter option, and it’s a breeze to set up. It might be a good idea if you tend to suffer from back pains, and it’s definitely much healthier than just sitting down all the time. Here’s an added plus: you can set it up in your room when you’re feeling too lazy to go out!

Regus is our least favorite space to cowork in Sao Paulo

Source: Regus

In our opinion, Regus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Sao Paulo. Of course, it holds over 30 locations in the area, so it may seem highly convenient. You’d think that, once you get the membership, you’d be able to use all the premises, depending on which one suits your needs at the given moment.

So why didn’t we like it? There are several reasons, but the main problems with Regus are:

  • Poorly trained staff
  • Unclear pricing system
  • No community

Regus has a high staff turnover, which is always a red flag. The people who work there are, for the most part, inexperienced and untrained, which means that they usually don’t even know the system they’re supposed to work in. They’ll be unsure of which benefits you get with each package, and sometimes they won’t know if a membership is valid outside of their original location or not. Regus is a big company, so its workers tend to be cold and detached—completely the opposite of what you’d expect in a regular coworking place.

The problem with pricing is far more severe than the thing with the staff.  Every location has a different set of prices they charge for their services, and you can only get them on request. In the age of the internet, this practice is terribly frustrating, and it may even seem untrustworthy. If that wasn’t enough, here’s more—you never know what you’re paying for. Regus simply lacks a reliable pricing system, which means that you are always unsure of what you’re paying for. Obviously, you’ll get a seat and a desk, but all the other benefits, including coffee, are up for debate. In one of their offices, it will be included in the price; in the other, it’ll be charged extra

It gets even worse. It makes sense that the membership will allow you to use all of their locations. In practice, you don’t know which locations—if any—you’d be able to use. You may very well be restricted to your original offices, in which case the essential benefit of Regus—the convenience—will be completely wasted.

Since Regus is an office rental service and coworking is not its main area of business, it’s not really all that nomad-friendly. It doesn’t attract the startup crowd, so there is zero community to talk about. You may make a friend or two if you’re really outgoing and friendly, but don’t expect the atmosphere you’d get in a regular coworking space.

All in all, Regus is fine if you’re a company representative who needs offices for its staff. If you’re a digital, though, you’ll probably want to find something else. If Regus is the most convenient for you, make sure you do your homework and check what is included in the price before you pay it.

Basics
Pricing
  • On request
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs Yes
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths Yes
Coliving No

Where to stay in São Paulo

Where to stay in Sao Paulo

Where to stay in São Paulo, the city of drizzle and street carnivals

Long overshadowed by its sister city Rio De Janeiro, the city of São Paulo slowly overtook the spotlight to become the megacity it is today. One of Brazil’s most vibrant cities, it is known for its crazy weather, mixed culture, commitment to art, and diverse architecture. It also happens to be the most populated city on the South American continent. You could spend weeks exploring it, and you’ll still have plenty left to see and do.

With a city this large, it’s difficult to decide where to stay in São Paulo. To help you out, we will list the best areas and give you reasons why to pick them. Here are some top areas to consider:

  1. Centro Histórico
  2. Republica
  3. Bela Vista

We made our picks after careful consideration, based on the following factors:

  • The overall vibe of the neighborhood
  • Fun things to do and see
  • How connected the area is
  • Accommodation options
  • Safety

Where to stay in São Paulo

Best for first-timers Centro Histórico The historical center of the city with plenty of sightseeing options
Best for the nightlife Republica The most vibrant part of the city packed with clubs and bars
Best long term Bela Vista A peaceful neighborhood with all the amenities you could wish for

São Paulo transportation system

São Paulo metro map. Photo credit: Wikimedia

There are several ways you can get around São Paulo:

  1. Metro: There is a total of 15 subway and suburban railway lines run through São Paulo and connect pretty much all the important districts. São Paulo metro is fast and reliable since it plays a major part in the city’s tourist economy and connects many business sectors.
  2. Bus: Buses are plenty throughout the city, and they are frequent and reliable since the majority of citizens commute with them to work. They’re good for short distance hopping and are color-coded for the areas they pass through, making them easy to memorize.
  3. Taxi: Taxis are relatively cheap and reliable. A usual starting fee is around 4.5 reals ($1), and the price of one kilometer is about the same. Just make sure the driver uses a taximeter to avoid any unwanted “tourist taxes”.
  4. Uber: As in most modern cities, rental car services, such as Uber, are present in São Paulo. Although not necessarily cheaper than a regular taxi, they still provide the comfort and safety that attract customers to these types of services.
  5. Helicopter: Here’s a transportation method unique to São Paulo. The city has the largest fleet of helicopters in the world. The Voom service, for example, is similar to Uber and other vehicle renting services, charging passengers based on the distance traveled and weight carried. Although it’s obviously more expensive than ground transport, it’s worth checking out, if at least once for the experience. 
  6. Biking: The city has constructed over 400km (250 miles) of bicycle routes to battle its high traffic. Make use of them for short distance traveling to avoid getting stuck.

Where to stay for first-timers in São Paulo — Centro Histórico

There is no better place to start your journey through São Paulo than where it all originated from. Centro Histórico (city center) is the city’s core that brings all the pieces together. It’s a diverse combination of economic prosperity and cultural development. The district has plenty to offer for everyone.

What to see and do in Centro Histórico?

São Paulo Cathedral

The land upon which the cathedral stands has been a place of worship since early settlements in the then village of São Paulo. Construction began in 1913 under the guidance of Duarte Leopoldo e Silva, the first archbishop of São Paulo. The project was handed to German architect Maximilian Emil Hehl, who was renowned for his architectural work in Brazil.

This Neo-Gothic style megachurch stands at 111 meters (364 feet) tall and serves as a reminder of the city’s European roots and the strong spirituality among Brazilian people.

Photo credit: assembleiasp

Mercado Municipal de São Paulo

There’s no better place to experience the Brazilian taste and smell (literally) than the Marketplace of São Paulo. This legendary marketplace consists of two floors, the first floor being the shopping area and the second a restaurant. The stands are full of homegrown fruits and vegetables, coffee, spices, meat, and similar delicacies ready to intrigue your taste buds.

Although the historic building the market is housed in was built for the purpose it serves, looking at its architectural style, it reminds of elements typically found in cathedrals, such as large stained windows, pillars, tall ceiling, and a dome.

Photo credit: lubelingieri

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

Ancient Greek and Roman picture galleries called pinacothecas served as inspiration for the São Paulo Pinacoteca. It was founded in 1905 and established as a state museum in 1911.

Focused mainly on Brazilian art pieces from the 19th century, the museum also houses a department of European works. Most notably, you will see the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who inspired many Brazilian artists. The part of Pinacoteca devoted to his art is considered to be one of the most important art displays in Brazil.

Photo credit: lariduarteoficial

Where to stay for the nightlife in São Paulo — Republica

Republica is the area located around the Praça da República (Republic Park) and the metro station of the same name. You will find it right next to the historic city center.

Its large concentration of skyscrapers is broken by the parks and historic buildings that can be found in the area. This modern neighborhood offers plenty of things to do throughout the day and well into the night, and isn’t shy of its cultural significance either.

What to see and do in Republica

Theatro Municipal de São Paulo

The municipal theater of São Paulo was built in 1911 as a tribute to the city’s increasing presence and importance on the international stage. Architecture connoisseurs will recognize its Renaissance style and notice that its designers took inspiration from the Paris Opera House.

Home to the São Paulo Symphonic Orchestra and the city’s official ballet ensemble, its stage was graced by both the local and internationally acclaimed actors, orchestras, and opera singers.

Photo credit: theatromunicipal

Museu do Futebol

Brazilians are world-famous for their passion for football (soccer). The sport plays one of the largest cultural roles in the country. Located in the area of Estádio do Pacaembu, the most important stadium in the region of São Paulo is a museum dedicated to that passion. 

The exhibits are just as much dedicated to the players and their amazing achievements as they are to the fans without whom none of it would be possible.

One of the most beloved exhibits is the World Cup Room (Sala das Copas do Mundo) which hosts modern displays of each World Cup, from its inception in 1930 to the present day.

Photo credit: museudofutebol

Love Story Club

Known as “the house of all houses” and one of the best nightlife venues in São Paulo, Love Story Club has achieved world-famous status in the world of EDM (electronic dance music). The parties hosted in the club are known for lasting up to ten hours straight, usually starting before midnight and ending around 9 a.m. the next day. This makes the club absolutely unmissable. Whether you’ve just started your night or looking for a killer after-party, you’re bound to love this club.

In 2002, the legendary British duo Layo & Bushwacka created a song called “Love Story” to celebrate their time in São Paulo and the club.

Photo credit: Love Story

Where to stay long term in São Paulo — Bela Vista

The district of Bela Vista is the ideal location to base yourself long term for many reasons. It’s close to the city’s historic center, well-connected with public transportation, and has plenty of entertainment options to offer. What makes it ideal for living is that you can find everything you may need within the neighborhood, which makes it completely independent from other areas. Schools, shopping centers, hospitals, and similar necessities are within walking distance, and it’s a generally safe area.

What to see and do in Bela Vista?

Ibirapuera Park

Just a few blocks from Bela Vista you will find the Ibirapuera — the most visited park in South America, averaging jaw-dropping 40,000 visitors per day. While the park itself offers plenty of escape from the concrete jungle with its lakes and greenery, the real gems inside it are the many cultural and historical monuments. They include, but are not limited to:

  • São Paulo Modern Arts Museum (Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo)
  • Ibirapuera Auditorium
  • Afro-Brazilian Museum (Museu Afro Brasil)
  • Japanese Pavilion (Pavilhao Japones)

Photo credit: paulosilva087

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

The São Paulo Museum of Art is located on Paulista Avenue, one of the most recognizable streets in the city. The building was designed by Lina Bo Bardi, a famous Brazilian-Italian architect. In her effort to conserve as much of the public space as possible, she created a design that elevated the building above ground using four pillars.

Although the museum itself is a private non-profit, its founders went to great lengths to secure the best collection available. Because of their efforts, the museum now holds a priceless collection of recognizable European art, considered the finest one south of the equator.

Photo credit: masp

Some of the notable artists and paintings include, but are not limited to:

  • Portrait of a Young Man with a Golden Chain; Rembrandt, 1635
  • Portrait of Suzanne Bloch; Picasso, 1904
  • The resurrection of Christ; Raffaello, 1502
  • Virgin and Child with the Infant St. John the Baptist; Botticelli, 1490
  • The Student; Van Gogh, 1888

Livraria Cultura National Assembly

Just down the street from the Museum of Art sits the largest bookstore in all of South America: Livraria Cultura Conjunto Nacional. It is part of the Livraria Cultura bookstore chain and located in a renovated movie theater space inside the Conjunto Nacional building.

The incredible selection of books is tourist-friendly, as most of them can have the English edition as well. Apart from books, the store also houses music records, trading cards, board games, and more. It is also home to plenty of cultural events from the world of literature.

Photo credit: livraria_cultura