Tired of cafe-hopping for work? Kuala Lumpur has a selection of stylish co-working spaces for the digital nomad, so you won’t have to bring your work to the beans.
Located inside a repurposed commercial printing factory, Uppercase is a spacious, open-plan expanse — up to 6,000 sq. feet (557 sq. meters) — outlined with re-purposed wood, concrete, and steel. Natural light and indoor plants are features here, which go a long way in keeping your mind ever-green with ideas.
Get collaborative with your own community of freelancers and entrepreneurs at The Co. in Bangsar. This converted bungalow in KL’s trendiest neighborhood boasts 6,000 sq. feet of work desks, breakout areas for casual get-togethers and brainstorming sessions, as well as a prayer room.
Have your own artists’ colony at the Colony in KLCC. This epic place looks like a hotel (with a sky gym and a swimming pool), feels like a hotel (super upscale furniture), and even smells like a hotel, but actually isn’t a hotel. Intrigued? This is where you get down to work feeling like you’ve already made it.
If you prefer communes to colonies, you’ll feel right at home here at Komune, the new co-working space spanning 18,000 square feet (yes, you read that right). Located within the MSC Malaysia Cybercentre at Bangsar South City, this place features a games arcade and private phone booths where you can talk up your clients in perfect privacy.
The Lower Penthouse
If you enjoy Chinese takeaways for lunch, there’s no better place to hit the work stack than at The Lower Penthouse. Located in KL’s young, hip Chinatown, this minimalist, loft-style space features open ceilings, no-frills furniture, a bar and pool table (if that’s your thing), and an outside covered terrace where you can read the morning paper and talk politics with fellow co-workers.
Colorful, contemporary, and charming, Sandbox is the work box for KL’s modern, suburban workforce. The spacious layout means that you’ll be spoiled for desk choices, and if you’re looking for a meeting space, get this: rooms are equipped with large HDTVs, whiteboards, flip charts, and high-speed WiFi. Oh, yeah.
Here’s where the wealthy come to make their millions. Located in the heart of KL’s central business district and entertainment hub, Common Ground boasts three floors of stylish urban space with a 360° panoramic view of the metropolis. The community is also big on weekly in-house events and activities, so if you’re sick of being a lone freelancing wolf in random cafes, be sure to check it out.
Welcome to the KL’s most affordable — but no less inspiring — co-working space. At RM 0.18 per minute and a maximum rate of RM 16.20/day ($4.19/day), Herserlef is particularly attractive to remote workers who enjoy free-flowing coffee and snacks (including ice cream!) without having to pay through the teeth. Get cosy with artisan-roasted coffee beans, farm-fresh milk, and a homey space with comfy sofas and fairy lights.
Co3 Social Office
This place has a slide, so you can literally play while you work. It’s like working for Google, but without having to learn coding. At 22,400 sq. feet (2,081 sq. meters), Co3 is KL’s largest co-working space, replete with pool tables, sleeping pods, arcade games, and Nintendo Switch. Like it? So do we.
With sleeping pods, an exercise room, a game room, and plentiful desks and bean bags, you’ll be wanting to live here — which is perhaps the best incentive to work. If you’re looking to check out the space, be sure to make an appointment first.