Finding a balance between work and play as a digital nomad in Bali can be hard if you don’t set yourself up early with a productive work environment. We have found that the thriving hub for co-working is in ‘The GU’ – a.k.a. Canggu. Now, choosing the perfect co-working space is more than just finding Wi-Fi, coffee and some tables and chairs. It’s about connecting with the space, joining a community and leaving at the end of the day completing what you set out to achieve. Whether you are looking for a quiet corner in a cafe or an ergonomic soundproof Skype booth – we have scoured Canggu’s co-working scene and shortlisted our recommended hubs you can try.
Co-Working… What is it?
Co-Working is a social gathering of a group of people that share a working environment for independent activity. Co-working spaces are often not your typical office environment, as they are frequented by digital nomads a.k.a. people who travel frequently and work remotely – mostly in isolation. It is the answer to solving the problem of isolation felt by many freelancers who want a productive environment, filled with like-minded people with the same values for working independently.
More than just a co-working space – Dojo Bali is known for its community atmosphere and transient individuals that complete their inspiring space. Digital Nomads from all over the globe flock to Dojo for their regular community events including masterminds, workshops, social barbecues, skill sharing sessions and social meetups for networking. The co-working space itself is a two-storey venue that boasts air-conditioned conference rooms, sound-proof Skype booths, 6 business grade load balanced fibre optic lines, a tropical swimming pool, with both breezy outdoor workspaces and quiet nooks for collaborative or individual work.
Hmmm… What if I’m feeling hungry?
You will be more than satisfied with their scrumptious menu options from their onsite café or a freshly blended smoothie bowl from well-known Nalu Bowl’s.
Outpost is the go-to hub for entrepreneurs, creatives and independent freelancers that all want super-reliable internet, ergonomic chairs and productive workspaces. Whether you are looking for collaborative work areas, bookable meeting rooms or private Skype booths – Outpost checks all of the boxes. We especially love their multilingual friendly staff who host weekly events, community meals and skill-sharing workshops. If you are looking to transform your side hustle for your startup business or to develop new skills for your chosen career path, Outpost hosts curated training programs for its members.
Tropical Nomad Canggu
Aimed at providing the perfect work-life balance with a centrally located co-working location just behind Pretty Poison off the Canggu shortcut. Just a 10-minute scooter ride and you will hit the waves of Canggu Beach and many hipster cafes. Their space checks all of the typical co-working requirements of Skype booths, meeting rooms, printer and scanning facilities, high-speed WiFi, hot desk work areas and mail service. If you are looking for a space that is thriving with nomads wanting to network with one another to gain inspiration, socialise or simply gain new skills – Tropical Nomad Co-Working Space is the newest and most desirable in Canggu.
Lounge at Crate Cafe
Lounge at Crate Cafe is a relatively new, enclosed chill-out area that overlooks lush green rice fields. Offering chilled vibes with comfortable lounge style seating, air-conditioning and WiFi, this is a great new alternative to your typical co-working space. Their affordable dining menu is well known for being super tasty and just a stone’s throw from Batu Bolong Beach.
This trendy cafe on Jalan Pantai Berawa, attracts Canggu’s hungry crowds for their fruity smoothie bowls and hearty salads. We love this cafe-style space for their airconditioned room that has become a firm favourite for digital nomads wanting to escape the heat and whilst grabbing a bite to eat and connecting to solid WiFi. We recommend trying one of their salads for lunch with a refreshing juice and settling in for an afternoon of co-working.
This Mexican restaurant is not your typical co-working space, however, it is a secret spot for local expats who want to enjoy the open-air cross breeze of the Canggu Shortcut whilst munching on some great gourmet tacos. Their wide table seating, relatively good priced menu and strong WiFi all contribute to comfortable co-working space by day. We wouldn’t recommend trying this space at night as it does get busy with diners enjoying dinner.
If you are looking for an outdoor space to enjoy chilled music, an open-air pool, with multiple seating options like lounge beds, seated bench tables and poolside bean bags, this could be the answer as an alternative to your typical nomad workspace. They do offer free WiFi, great food and tantalising drinks, a spa and fitness studio. The multiple social spaces have become a new hood that digital nomads are flocking to when making new connections, relaxing with likeminded people and shooting new product campaigns in their picturesque space.
Finns Recreational Business Centre
This is Canggu’s answer to an ultimate recreational facility, decked out with not only a versatile working space but also; a gym, tennis centre, splash water park for the kids and cafe. Offering a fantastic environment to encourage a work-life balance where you can leave the fancy business suits at home whilst still having a productive workday in one of the many meeting rooms or private library.
If you are feeling peckish, their onsite cafe is fabulous for a bacon and eggs breakfast or refreshing afternoon smoothie.
Located above C’ugh is a cafe style dedicated co-working space that is ideal for those wanting to feel like they are within arms reach of the hustle and bustle of Canggu, whilst still enjoying the fast fibre optic internet speeds needed to stay connected as a digital nomad. Their layout of seating options is a diverse mix of adjustable standing desks, normal seating and low relaxed areas for comfort. If you want a bite to eat, all you need to do is order from the nutritious cafe downstairs offering natural fitness foods, smoothies and juices.
Genesis Creative Centre
This creative hub for freelance travellers, entrepreneurs and digital nomads promotes a healthy lifestyle and welcoming vibe as soon as you step in the door. If you are looking for a wholistic co-working environment that offers mentoring and guidance in business strategy, marketing, finance, accounting; workshops and seminars; flexible meeting rooms; strong speed WiFi; Skype facilities and some of the healthiest food and drinks – this is the place for you.
ROU Coffee & Co-Working
If your idea of co-working is in a quiet corner of a coffee shop where you can get your caffeine fix over a cup of coffee and a small sweet bite to eat in peace, ROU is the place for you. Located on the outskirts of Canggu in neighbouring Umalas, this minimalist cafe is fantastic for productive quiet work whilst you hook into their speedy WiFi. They are open from 9:00am until 5:00pm and thus are only a daylight escape, but well worth a change of scenery.
Matra Bali Co-Living and Co-Working
For the ultra-dedicated digital nomad who wants to utilsed 24-hour access to a comfortable working space, use of meeting rooms and free 24-hour WiFi. A stay here will have you meeting inspiring people, working in a great atmosphere and access to enjoy the rooftop view whilst sipping on good coffee and food. Located in the quieter area of Berawa, just a short walk from Milk & Madu and Splash Water Park.
Created to encourage calmness and quietude and just 2-minutes from the nearby ocean. This brand new space has just opened with a dedicated second-floor co-working concept space that is free to use with no time limit and unlimited wifi. If that is not enticing enough their world-class coffee and yummy meals are a sure-fire hit.
If you are considering if co-working is for you or you are already a well-versed digital nomad, we have heard that Canggu, Bali is known for being the pinnacle for co-working locations in Asia. We suggest packing your bikinis, selecting your ideal co-working space from above and charging your tech devices – as Canggu’s co-working spaces are sure to impress even the most well-travelled nomad.
** Some co-working venues charge for single and multiple monthly visits as well as offer membership options. These change seasonally so it is best to inquire directly with each venue for updated pricing.