As the digital nomad’s hub in South East Asia, Bali has many infrastructures to help digital nomads work, network, and play. It has abundant cafes with fast internet service, thriving nomads & business communities, and seemingly endless entertainment and adventure selections. But the one thing that will actually help digital nomads to be productive and find a balance between work and fun is coworking space. I tried working in a few coworking spaces in Bali to know which coworking space Bali is the best and can support me to be productive, meet like-minded digital nomads from around the world, and have fun.
There are 2 main digital nomads spots in Bali: Canggu and Ubud, but I will only review the coworking space in Bali in the Canggu area since I am based in Canggu and work in a coworking space in Canggu as well. The review will be based on the facilities coworking space Bali has, the events, and the community they offer for digital nomads.
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- B Work
B Work is arguably the most happening coworking space in Bali right now. It’s not just a place to work, but also a community place where digital nomads from around the world can socialize, collaborate, and develop global skills through various events, workshops, and programs prepared for members to choose and enjoy.
I got curious about B Work since I’ve heard a lot of digital nomads who moved to work there from another coworking space in Bali. I’ve been working at 2 other coworking spaces in Canggu but have never been in B Work. So let’s give it a try. I went there the first time to join a content creation workshop hosted by Uptin, a content creator that I’ve been following on social media for quite a long. I also went there on two different occasions to work.
B work consists of 2 floors of coworking space, divided into several types of workspaces adjusted to the needs of the members. The front area is B Work Cafe where members and non-members can dine & work in the space provided. The area has a modern interior style yet maintain its comfy vibe. At a glance, the multi-story mini library opposite the cafe reminds me of the famous Starfield library in Seoul, South Korea. It might not just be a coincidence since B Work is owned by a South Korean company. Behind the closed doors, it’s a members-only area. There are several types of workspaces that you can choose from on depending what you need such as a big working space, a podcast studio, a concentration zone or a no chit-chat/ silent area, a meeting room, a focus zone, an outdoor zone, and their latest innovation the smart pod. It’s a portable office where you can have a one-on-one meeting with your coworker or can be used as a call booth.
On top of its various facilities, B Work also facilitates its member to connect with each other, grow the community and develop new skills through several interesting events such as workshops, sports classes, member day out, picnics, and many more. You can even join a yoga class in the yoga space on the rooftop.
Meanwhile, I also find some downsides to the coworking space in Bali. There is no dedicated desk in B Work, it has a first come first serve policy, so you gotta come earlier to get the desk you wanted. Furthermore, internet access is pretty limited for non-members who want to work in B Cafe. You can only access it for 1,5 hours although you can stay longer than that. The last time I worked there, my internet was cut off before 1,5 hours.
Unlimited membership: Rp. 3.550.000/ $229/ 235 Euro per month. Check also B Work Instagram for full pricelist & events updates.
B Work Bali. Jl. Nelayan No.9C, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
2. Tropical Nomad
As its name suggests, Tropical Nomad has a tropical vibe in almost every corner of its coworking space in Bali located in the heart of the famous Canggu Shortcut. It has the perfect image of the idea of working on a tropical island as you’ve imagined. The rattan shack with a thatched roof, an open-air working space, a juice bar, and a laid-back vibe. But as one of the most talked about coworking spaces in Bali, Tropical Nomad also has proper working rooms and facilities to stimulate productivity, creativity and community.
Tropical Nomad is actually the coworking space in Bali I am familiar with the most. I often go there to join Adrien working or just to pick him up after work. On a nice sunny day, I like to sit in their open-air area to work, contemplating/ daydreaming to search for ideas while staring at its tropical garden and sipping a cup of cappuccino. Meanwhile, when the weather in Bali gets too hot and humid, I prefer to work in their air-conditioned quiet area. Similar to B Work, Tropical Nomad also has a variety of events and programs for its members. But one event I always find myself intrigued by is their Speak Up Monday, a talk show focused on entrepreneurs & social impact held in the Tropical Nomad open-air area every Monday evening.
The coworking space Bali founded by 2 Japanese ex-pats, Ichi Yamada and Teruki Uchise has mixed public and private areas to serve everyone’s needs. The main coworking space on the ground floor is the non-AC public working space. For you who are looking for privacy and quietness, you can opt to use the quiet rooms, meeting room, or one of the skype booths provided. Besides that, Tropical Nomad also offers a private office for those who love privacy but still want to be part of the community and also a virtual office.
Other things I love about Tropical Nomad coworking space in Bali is they regularly host several meet-ups and conferences to help entrepreneurs, creatives, and artists build a network, mingle with like-minded people, and collaborate. This month, they host female entrepreneurs meet up, a running business in Bali seminar, a members dinner out, a members’ BBQ night, and a painting workshop.
Membership : Unlimited Rp.2.700.000/ $175/ 178 Euro and Dedicated Rp.3.000.000/ $194/ 197 Euro per month. Check also Tropical Nomad Instagram for a full pricelist and events updates.
Tropical Nomad Coworking Space. Jl. Subak Canggu No.2, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
The first coworking space in Bali I joined. Back in 2021, I wanted to try living in Bali as a digital nomad. One of my Bali friends suggested Outpost as the perfect choice to work and live in Canggu. She’s not wrong tho, I got a very good deal from Outpost consisting of a coliving space (or a room in their homestay in Canggu) that is very close to Berawa beach also unlimited access to work in all Outpost coworking spaces in Bali (they have 3 in Bali. Canggu, Ubud, and Ubud Penestanan) for just Rp. 3.500.000 or equivalent to $ 227/ 230 Euro per month. But since I worked there in the middle of the pandemic, there were so fewer people who worked in the Outpost coworking space in Bali, let alone the events and workshop, none. I ended up working from my room and was reluctant to use its facilities.
But my story happened during the pandemic when Bali was nearly empty. To be fair, let’s talk about Outpost post-pandemic.
Much like other coworking spaces in Bali, Outpost has public and private workspaces, quiet rooms, and a private office. It also hosts several programs and events for its members such as workshops and members’ dinners out. The benefit of working in Outpost is you can use all of their coworking space in Bali, so it’s great if you plan to stay some time in Canggu and also in Ubud.
Membership: Unlimited Rp.2.708.000/ $175/ 178 Euro per month. Check also Outpost Instagram for a full pricelist and events updates.
Outpost Canggu Coworking: Jl. Raya Semat, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
For me, the best coworking space in Bali is the one that not only offers a comfy working space but also has programs and events for the digital nomad community. With that being said, my choice for coworking space Bali is Tropical Nomad and B Work. What about you? Share your experience working in a coworking space Bali in 2022 down below…
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