Best (and Worst) Coworking Spaces in Taipei

Coworking spaces in Taipei you’ll love (and one you’ll hate)

Taipei is a unique metropolis where cultural heritage and urban infrastructure coexist in peace. Impressive old temples and buzzing night markets stand shoulder to shoulder with state-of-the-art buildings. The tall Taipei 101 overlooks them all. This bamboo-shaped skyscraper is the perfect symbol of the city. You can explore it all using their popular Youbike rental system. If this is your first time visiting Taipei, check out this travel vlog:

Luckily for all of you who’d like to experience this first-hand, Taipei is warming up to digital nomads. There are now coworking spaces all over the city. Here are some of them.

FutureWard is our favorite place to cowork in Taipei

 

Image source: FutureWard Facebook

FutureWard is a coworking space in the central area of Taipei, or more precisely, in the Songshan District. It is five minutes away from Nanjing Fuxing MRT station. You can easily hop on the metro to explore the city. This coworking space is nestled inside a huge basement. Before you sound the alarm, take a look at the picture above. The space is bright and luminous thanks to the skylight. Their ventilation system is flawless, and the air is always fresh.

The friendly staff will make you feel at home. You can choose from a variety of office and desk options where free snacks and coffee will await you. Feel free to bring Fido with you as furry companions are welcome here. If you want to loosen up and mingle after hours at a desk, there are foosball and ping pong tables available. Their laid-back community gathers for various events there too and community drinks. Fun fact: they even hosted TED talks!

Basics
Pricing
  • TWD 500 per day
  • TWD 5,000 per month
High-Speed Internet Yes
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 8:30 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 No

Workis is our least favorite place to cowork in Taipei

Image source: Workis

Workis is a small, intimate working space located in the Da’an District of Taipei. This part of the city is its educational core and home to National Taiwan University. Workis happened when a freelance designer decided to make his studio into a coworking space.

We can’t say that this place is bad. It is a warm, hospitable venue that nurtures a close-knit community. As an effort of a single man, Workis is a great space for creatives to work together and exchange ideas. It’s just that there is a great number of coworking spaces in Taipei which are better organized. The Wi-Fi is not as reliable as in some bigger venues. Because of its laid-back atmosphere, the desks can get a bit messy and cluttered. The chairs are not exactly back-friendly. You can solve this issue by attaching a travel stand desk to the surface. Work standing up and store your stuff beneath. If you are a social and creative soul, we still recommend it. They even have a cat!

Basics
Pricing
  • $300 per day
  • $5,000 per month
High-Speed Internet No
Open Hours
  • Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 19 pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed
Ergonomics
Comfortable Chairs No
Standing Desk No
Workspaces
Dedicated Desks Yes
Conference Rooms Yes
Private Offices Yes
Phone booths No
Coliving No

4 coworking spaces in Taipei we also love

Here are more Taipei coworking spaces to check out:

  1. The Hive
  2. Connect
  3. ImpactHub
  4. Kafnu

The Hive in Zhongzheng District

Image source: The Hive (Taipei) Facebook

The Hive is placed in a beautiful centenary building in the center of the city. It’s within walking distance of Taipei main station and minutes away from two metro stations. An excellent location in the heart of Taipei. The Hive has coworking spaces all across the Asia-Pacific region. It enjoys a great reputation among digital nomads and other remote workers.

This coworking hub has a great mix of locals and non-locals in their community. The social events there are a blast — check out their Halloween party photos. Trendy, vast spaces attract everyone who needs to get some work done. All of their offices are fully equipped, from printers to microphones, and they even have a handy community app. The Hive is also praised for being environmentally conscious. Different cans for separating recyclable materials and reusable coffee cups are some examples.

Connect in Da’an District

Image source: Connect

Another gem in Da’an District, Connect coworking space lives up to its name. It sits just outside the exit of an MRT station. Indeed a well-connected location! If you’re coming by car, there are several parking lots in the area. You won’t have to worry about finding a spot for your car.

This place also connects people of different professions and ethnicities. They come together in a vast open area or seek privacy in one of several smaller offices. A stylish meeting room is available, as well as a library and personal lockers. Bright, airy spaces with lots of seating options will help make your work more enjoyable. The venue also hosts different networking events for professionals in various fields. If you’ve come to Taipei to connect, this is the right place!

Impact Hub in Da’an District

Image source: Impact Hub

Impact Hub is an inspiring space in Da’an District, accessible both by bus and metro. The Technology Building Station is right next to it. It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood, perfect for work.

Furnished in pale yellow wooden desks, the space is reminiscent of neat classrooms. Don’t be surprised if you encounter many university students hard at work here as this is the Taipei University area. The space in the picture might look a bit dark, but don’t worry — they have adjustable lighting. There’s even a room called The Art Corner, which serves as an experimental gallery. They exhibit art by students and Hubbers, established and new artists. If you’re a designer or any kind of a young digital nomad, you’ll like this place. Startups also love meeting at Impact Hub. With friendly and bilingual staff, you’ll feel at ease here.

Kafnu in Songshan District

Image source: Kafnu

Kafnu is not an ordinary coworking space. It is a whole urban village where all of your needs will be met. Its central location makes it easily accessible, and it’s even close to the airport. This is good to know as Kafnu also offers accommodation in the form of private rooms and capsules.

They pride themselves on catering to all aspects of your life. From shared workspaces and rooms for rest to fitness studios and green rooms, they have plenty to offer. Photographers will love this place as it features professional studios and lighting equipment. You can even pass the time playing board games while waiting for that important email. They serve all kinds of coffee and snacks. At the on-premise restaurant, you’ll be blinded by all your options. There are even a whole Paleo menu and a spectrum of vegetarian dishes. The design of their spaces is clean and contemporary, almost futuristic. Kafnu takes coworking to another level!

Honorable mentions

If you want to explore beyond this list, check out these coworking spaces:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Taipei Astronomical Museum

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

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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.