TLDR? The best coworking spot in Laureles is the Factory Lofts coworking space.
My Airbnb in Medellín severely misled me. Apparently “dedicated workspace” means a bar not even two feet long with a stool to sit on.
I had to find a place to work.
Lucky for me, there’s a vibrant Medellín coworking culture with a number of establishments in Laureles catering to ex-pats and the wave of digital nomads that’s descended upon the city.
So, if you’re looking for a coworking space in Laureles, this is your guide. Keep reading for the five best coworking spots in the neighborhood.
What I Look for in a Coworking Spot
Before we start talking about the best coworking spots, let’s start by talking about what I look for. I usually have a few key things on my radar in terms of what makes up a good coworking spot.
Fast and reliable internet is a must-have for a coworking. Otherwise, why would you pay for it when you can just stay home or go to the cafe down the street?
Even as a writer who mostly just uses WordPress and email, a bad internet connection or a low wifi signal prevents me from getting into a rhythm and decreases my productivity.
If you’re using more intensive applications, it’s made or break situation.
Atmosphere and Surroundings
The coworking’s surroundings are one of the biggest factors that determine whether I enjoy my time there or not.
This is partly the atmosphere inside, things like a comfortable lounge and eating area, and a non-disruptive work environment, but it’s also the coworking’s location.
I like working close to other amenities like cafes and restaurants so that I can slip out for coffee or lunch if I want. Being near nightlife and transportation is helpful as well.
Versatility is very important to me in a coworking. This means the ability to reserve different lengths of time (day, week, month) and different types of spaces (single desk, full office, conference room).
I also like coworking spaces that have a wide availability of equipment, whether that comes at an extra cost or not. Important equipment includes:
Extra monitors or screens
Peripherals like mice and keyboards
Printers, scanners, and fax machines
Cables (HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, etc.)
Sound-proof call rooms
Dry-erase boards and markers
Dishes and silverware in the kitchen
Who doesn’t like free stuff? Almost all coworking spaces offer free coffee, but some also have snacks, energy drinks, etc. It’s not the most important thing on my list, but it is a nice perk.
The Best Coworking Places in Medellin
I want to quickly mention an important aspect of coworking in Medellín. There seems to be a divide between coworking spaces frequented by ex-pats and those used primarily by natives. These two groups have different needs, so the coworking places cater to each.
For example, ex-pats are usually digital nomads who only need a few weeks or months in the coworking space and primarily want a single desk and an environment where they can socialize with other ex-pats and access cafes and restaurants.
Meanwhile, natives are more often small startups that need professional office space free from interruption.
The following are my favorite coworking spaces in Laureles. Since I’m an ex-pat myself, these mostly fall into that camp.
You can go to the Smash Cafe for lunch and up to the rooftop terrace if you need to clear your head, not to mention hit the strip after a hard day’s work. It’s extra convenient if you’re actually staying in the Lofts.
The Factory Lofts Coworking space is new, so they’re still building it up, increasing features, and hopefully getting more desks.
For now, though, you get fast internet and an environment where you can meet a lot of other ex-pats all for one of the best prices in Medellín.
Besides being located across the street from Cafe Zeppelin, one of my favorites in Laureles, what I love about Kamado Coworking is the homey atmosphere. In fact, I’m pretty sure it used to be a house. As a result, it has a full kitchen, so feel free to bring your lunch.
The staff is also flexible and accommodating, and you have a lot of options for seating from open desks to more enclosed offices. There’s a balcony as well. When I went, the internet was good, but the upload speed specifically was strangely low at just 8.45 Mbps.
Of all the coworking spaces on my list, Circular, formerly La Casa Redonda, is the one that caters most to native clientele.
It’s several floors up in an office building in south Laureles and bustling with individual coworkers and startup teams networking and making connections. It’s a great place if you want to get plugged into Medellín.
Circular is big, too, with two floors, balconies with beautiful views of the city and a lot of different office choices. There’s also a full kitchen with a lounge area where you can hang out with the new connections you make.