Best coworking spaces in KL
Coworking spaces offer start-up geeks and independent workers office facilities to work, mingle and exchange ideas. Kong Wai Yeng ranks the best four spaces. Photography by Amir Rashid
PAPER + TOAST (pictured above)
Comfort They’ve been around for a long time but the private cubicles and communal tables are still well-kept. The atmosphere resembles that of a community library, only dimmer. You might be tempted by the roar of the coffee machine and the smell of fresh toast wafting up the stairs.
Amenities The walls of the private cubicles also function as chalkboards – they can be folded away to make space for events. Free UniFi, printing services, individual plug points and large meeting rooms are available. If you’re setting up a virtual office, PAPER + TOAST offers business address and mailbox handling/forwarding services.
Perks Free flow of coffee and tea; 15 percent discount off café orders.
The radio plays background jazz or pop songs. Music is soft enough to ignore. Recharge with their all-day breakfasts and freshly-pulled latte. Their café boasts some of the best sandwiches in town, spaghetti meatballs, beef stew, nasi lemak and dark chocolate brownies.
Coworkers Solo entrepreneurs and freelancers who want to escape from bouts of loneliness.
Fee RM8.50 per hour, RM30 per day; RM300 for 12 days, RM600 per month. Meeting room, RM10 per person, per hour.
A-0-5 One Residency, 1 Jalan Nagasari, KL (03 2141 6752/paperandtoast.com). Mon–Fri, 7am–7pm; Sat–Sun, 10am–4pm.
Comfort It feels just like home. The workspace takes up the second floor of the Malay-style bungalow while the lower floor extends to the parking area for events, flea markets and mini bazaars (Tun Mahathir, Mukhriz and Marina have organised talks and interviews here). Spread your stuff however you want or lie on the wooden floor for a siesta.
Amenities Free UniFi as well as scanning and printing services, although the TV can be a distraction. They also rent out spaces as music, video and photography studios.
Perks Free parking, and there’s a dorm with two bunk beds (RM30 per night) if you need to pull an all-nighter. Urban Village is only ten minutes’ walk from the Bangsar LRT station.
The radio plays whatever your neighbour’s laptop is playing. It’s usually rock. Recharge with Karipop and pop burger – both are Urban Village’s own creation of fusion curry puffs and burgers respectively. Their ‘Mooger Madness’ is a double-beef-patty goodness with egg, cheese and apple slices.
Coworkers Comic artist Zid and Eisu, Drug Free Youth Association as well as voice talents community Dubbers Inc. The co-founder, Zul, also has his T-shirt printing room downstairs.
Fee Permanent rental, RM800 per month with six month contract; member's rental, RM200 per week.
25 Jalan Abdullah, off Jalan Bangsar, KL (03 2201 0306/urbanvillage.my). Open daily, 10am–7pm.
Comfort Their best feature is the lockable workstation so you can put away your belongings and continue working the day after. Open cubicles are available but move to the café area for comfier sofas. The height of their desks is somewhat disproportionate to the chairs – expect to crane your neck a little. Lights may be a tad dim to work.
Amenities Free UniFi, as well as scanning, printing and projector services. There’s also an in-house café and a smoking terrace.
Perks One free drink (except bottled) for two-hour rental; two free drinks and one snack for full day rental.
The radio plays Glee, Rihanna and unfortunately, Justin Bieber. Noisecancelling headphones are mandatory if you want to work quietly. Recharge with Homemade carrot cake, scones, mocktails and smoothies. For proper meals, alt.space can help you place a phone order for food delivery from the nearby Frontera restaurant.
Coworkers Students from IACT College, Jaya One shoppers and folks from the VenusBuzz.com office. alt.space basically acts like an incubator for start-up companies.
Fee Individual workstations for two hours, RM15; full day package, RM50. Group workstations for two hours, RM40; full day package, RM150. Venue rental for seminars, workshops and parties, POA.
27-G, Block J, Jaya One, 72 Jalan Universiti, Section 13, PJ (03 7931 8181/www.altspacekl.com). Mon–Thu, 10am–10pm; Fri–Sat, 10am–12midnight.
Comfort Simple décor with a few sleek IKEA pieces thrown in – the minimalist-meets-chic layout at Nook is a modernist’s manifesto. The individual work spaces, lounge area and sun-drenched patio overlooking Bangsar’s verdant side all give off the vibe of a designer’s apartment. Every nook and cranny is decked out with cutesy paraphernalia by Oh&Ah (one of Nook’s tenants), eliminating a sterile and drab working environment.
Amenities Free UniFi, storage locker for each coworker, fully equipped private meeting rooms, photocopy machine and a kitchen (fridge and micro-oven included).
Perks Free parking, pool table as well as a bunk bed to steal a nap. The owners of Nook also run Fitology gym and Crazy Monkey Defence Malaysia in the same walk-up building. For permanent residents, you get a once-aweek complimentary Fizfit/Kettlebells workout at Crazy Monkey Defence. Both Bangsar Village and the Bangsar LRT Station are just seven minutes’ walk away.
The radio plays nothing. Everyone is pleased with the sound of tapping keyboards and chirping birds.
Recharge with all-you-can-drink espresso and tea. Snacks and soft drinks are available with a small fee.
Coworkers Designers Oh&Ah, web technology consultant Mongo Press developer Mark Smalley, online marketplace Culture Run, and Winnie Then, an accountant who also extends her services to the rest of the coworkers.
Fee Permanent resident, RM850 per month with six month contract; permanent resident, RM700 per month with 24-hour access (hot desking); daily drop-in, RM60; ten-day pass, RM500; virtual office, RM80 per month (handles mail, fax and packages).
9 Jalan Riong, off Jalan Maarof, Bangsar (03 2201 5781/nook.my). Mon–Fri, 9am –7pm. Closed on public holidays.