The days of punch-in, punch-out office culture are numbered thanks to the rise of digital nomadism; especially in San Francisco, where many of us bailed on cubicles and even open office plans ages ago.
But let's be honest: Working from home sometimes lacks luster (it's 2pm and you're still in your pajamas), and there are only so many hours you can hole up in a cafe before going absolutely mental. What you need is the pro design of the office with the freedom of home and the coffee and snacks of said cafe.
Enter the coworking space, which no doubt you already have given the number that are flourishing here. But there's more than just WeWork. Whether you're new at this or old hat, check out our favorite coworking spots in the city, including some very stylish newcomers.
Opened in January 2018, The Assembly is a kind of sacred space for women entrepreneurs. In a remodeled 1900s church now kitted out with the work of local It artists, The Assembly's on a mission here to cultivate community with a wellness twist. Come for fitness classes, motivational talks, and networking events, as well as to drink Lady Falcon coffee and get some work done. Rumor has it they have a killer Sunday brunch. // Membership ($250/month or $2,700/year) offer access to communal work areas from 8am to 8pm Monday through Friday, and 9am to 6pm on weekends; 449 14th St. (Mission), theassembly.com.
Situated in a repurposed industrial office, Covo is all West Elm furnishings, meditation and yoga spaces, and full-service cafe open to the public as well as to members. Of course, there is also plenty seating and communal desks for getting shit done. Skylights let in buckets of sunlight, and there's cool art throughout. On the fence about joining? Free trial days will give you access to a desk, plus a complimentary coffee and a glass of wine or beer. // Membership ($4/hour or starting at $419/month) offer 24/7 access; 981 Mission St. (SoMa), sf.hellocovo.com
Eco-Systm is a seamless, multi-functional hub for creatives from all walks of life. In partnership with the Mirus Gallery and Temple Nightclub, members are treated to an airy, earth-toned communal workspace with a rotating display of fine art—plus, a fully-stocked kitchen with complementary coffee. // Membership (starting at $400/month) offer 24/7 access; 540 Howard St., 2nd Floor (SoMa), eco-systm.com
Fans of industrial design star Yves Béhar will happily settle into their Herman Miller chairs at Canopy, a vibrant, modern coworking space with locations in Jackson Square and Pac Heights, and a FiDi address coming soon. There's a seriousness in the design here not seen at the others on this list, not to mention stylish brand partnerships with the likes of Blue Bottle Coffee, Aesop, and Jane. In other words, you may find yourself working among the particular friends of Béhar and the art- and tech-world elite. // Memberships start as low as $100/month for a simple address and mail service and range all the way up to $1,835 for a private office, and offer 24/7 access; 2193 Fillmore St. (Pacific Heights), 595 Pacific Avenue (Jackson Square), canopy.space
Westfield San Francisco Centre is home to more than just half-baked bites of cheesecake. On the fourth floor, Bespoke is a playful coworking space, complete with a bocce ball court and a bouldering wall, where members can access a plethora of networking events, many of them focused on the burgeoning retail-tech sector. // Memberships ($35/day or starting at $404/month) offer 24/7 access; 845 Market St. (Mid-Market), bespokesf.co.
AvantSpace blends San Francisco's high-tech atmosphere with upscale, boutique amenities in a warm, indoor/outdoor space equipped with high-speed WiFi, concierge services, and bottomless Blue Bottle Coffee in the fully tricked out kitchen—plus a slew of cultural and networking events. // Memberships (starting at $550/month for a solo floating desk) includes 24/7 access; 2181 Greenwich St. (Cow Hollow), avant.space.com.
WeWork is basically synonymous with coworking no matter where you live—with locations around the world, you can think of it as the Uber of office space. SF currently has 10 WeWork locations (plus two more on the way including a big space at Salesforce Tower), each offering shared and dedicated desk spaces, dog-friendly lounges, and full kitchens with complimentary coffee from a rotating selection of local vendors. // Memberships (starting t $375/month) include 24/7 access; multiple locations, wework.com.
What is essentially an elevated cafe with comfortable decor and strong WiFi, The Laundry is a mecca for the freelance creative who sucks down caffeine like air. During the day, stop in and grab your drip coffee of choice while you pound through those emails. Come nighttime, the Laundry doubles as a social venue, often hosting art shows and events of networking, philanthropic, and political varieties. // No membership needed to access the cafe and common areas; 8am to 4pm Monday through Saturday, 6pm to 10pm Wednesday through Saturday; 3359 26th (Noe Valley), thelaundrysf.com.
With roots planted around the globe, Roam's central mantra is the epitome of working on the road: "Make this one life a wild adventure." The company's SF location overlooks Alamo Square from the historic 1904 Archbishop's Mansion and is a coliving and working situation. You'll feel right at home with private rooms and baths for meditation and bathing, communal working and chilling spaces, a chef's kitchen, and gorgeous dining room. // Rates (starting at $130/night) include 24/7 access plus a private room; 100 Fulton St. (Alamo Square), roam.co.
Power women in New York City and Washington D.C. are already flocking to The Wing, which is set to land in SF (location TBA) in October 2018. The 8,000 square-foot, women-only club will house a stylish library curated by Strand Books, beauty and shower rooms, a lactation space, art gallery, retail shop, food and drink, and various events and talks. 7x7 got an exclusive sneak peek. // Memberships (starting at $250/month) will include access 8am to 9pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 6pm on weekends; the-wing.com.
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