When you don’t want to commit to an office and sign a lease right away, or if you just need a space for meetings each month, you might consider a coworking space. Coworking spaces offer you the ability to rent a desk or private office and get things done while surrounding yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs and creatives (or the sweet sound of silence, if you prefer).
The best coworking spaces in California are scattered around the state, but for this post, we focused on spaces in the Santa Monica, San Jose, and San Francisco areas.
10 Best Coworking Spaces in California
1. NextSpace Coworking Union Square (San Francisco)
NextSpace Union Square is rated as a 5 star coworking space on Yelp, and if you take the time to read through the reviews, it’s easy to see why. Reviewers described the place as comfortable and spacious, never over-crowded or noisy.
The internet is ‘super fast,’ and there are phone booths available for private calls you don’t want anyone to overhear. Stay for Happy Hour on Fridays at precisely 3:58pm for free beer, and Member Lunches on Tuesdays.
2. Coloft (Santa Monica)
People love this coworking space because it inspires them to be productive. The staff is helpful and friendly. As one reviewer commented, “I didn’t have a charger but they had a new Macbook charger I could borrow. WHO DOES THAT? I was very impressed.”
The strong sense of community and exchanging of ideas is part of what makes Coloft appealing to its members. People described the vibe of the space as “synergy, collaboration, and shared vision,” making it one of the best coworking spaces in California.
3. Enerspace (Palo Alto)
Enerspace has 5 stars on Yelp, with lots of mentions of both the owner and General Manager (Jamie and Kyla) going above and beyond to make their clients happy. The entrepreneurs that work here are usually in their late 20s through 30s and 40s.
You’ll find lots of natural light, a “dreamsicle” color scheme of soft oranges and whites, a zen courtyard for members, and fun events like happy hours on Fridays at Enerspace.
4. Village Workspaces (Santa Monica)
Village Workspaces in Santa Monica has a 5 star rating. Reviewers liked the following perks and amenities: Fast internet, good cell reception, lots of outlets and working areas, and snacks provided from Cielo next door in the mornings and afternoons.
The complimentary strawberry water, available all day, is supposed to be very tasty and if you’re in the mood, borrow one of their beach cruisers and take a ride!
5. Bespoke Coworking (San Francisco)
San Francisco has tons of coworking spaces, so if it’s rated 5 stars, you know it’s really good. Bespoke is known for the number of semi-famous reporters, founders, and industry experts that wander in and out throughout the day. The owners and management are invested in making sure every person has an enjoyable experience at Bespoke.
One reviewer described it as “An innovative and hip space to work in, combined with wonderful people who are a blast to be around–I couldn’t ask for anything more!”
6. NextSpace Coworking (San Jose)
NextSpace boasts 5 stars on Yelp. They offer work space for freelancers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and teams on a monthly or daily basis. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and are closed on weekends.
Fast internet, open group working or private office space, and the chance to mingle with like-minded people make NextSpace San Jose one of the best coworking spaces in California.
7. Cross Campus (Santa Monica)
Cross Campus gets 4 1/2 stars on Yelp. It’s described as a clean and open space that offers tons of flexibility. It’s a bright, colorful space that looks energizing and fun to be in.
Depending on your mood, you can work from a table with others, a standup desk, or a comfortable couch or chair. For more privacy, there’s an annex that’s a little quieter than the main area or private offices available for an additional fee.
Perks you’ll enjoy at Cross Campus include:
A vintage vending machine (say that 5 times fast) in the back, a cool water fountain, and a very helpful staff. Pets are allowed, too!
8. Shared (San Francisco)
Shared gets great reviews on Yelp and has an average of 5 stars. Most of the reviews talk about the owner, Marilyn, and how willing she is to be flexible and accommodating to clients. Other reviews praise the building’s appearance and cleanliness, the low prices for coworking space, and a general “good vibe” that seems to put everyone at ease.
It’s a small space, and one that doesn’t really cater to startup teams–according to reviews, it’s a space for individuals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and artists.
9. Hacker Dojo (Mountain View)
4 1/2 stars on Yelp make Hacker Dojo one of the best coworking spaces in California. Members like the kitchen, fast internet, location, and ping pong table (which one reviewer notes, people are VERY good at around here!).
You can cowork in the main area for a monthly or weekly rate as well as rent a private office for an additional fee. The main area is very open, so if you’ll be making lots of phone calls or needing privacy, an office is a better option for you.
The space is colorful and bright. One reviewer described the offices as a great place for introverts who may want to work alone without being bothered.
10. BizHaus (Marina del Rey)
BizHaus gets great reviews on Yelp, with an average of 5 stars. People choose BizHaus when they’re looking for monthly rentals, fast internet, member synergy, and open working space. There are private offices and meeting rooms available, so if you need to host a meeting and look professional, it’s the perfect place.
Keith and Joe, who run BizHaus, are deeply invested in member happiness and satisfaction. Some reviewers warn that the space can be noisy, so a private office would be best for someone who needs a quiet working environment.
These are the 10 best coworking spaces in California, according to Yelp reviewers. Do you have different suggestions or know a space that should have made the list? Let us know!