Near-perfect weather, plenty of green space, and iconic landmarks have all combined to make America’s technology capital, San Francisco, a favorite place to live and work. Businesses looking to launch or expand in this city will have access to a large talent pool from which to recruit. Entrepreneurs can enjoy a range of tax incentives at both the local and state level.
San Francisco is a famously expensive place to live in, but it’s also a famously affordable place to find a coworking space. The annual cost per employee of renting a traditional office space is much higher than renting a more flexible coworking space.
During the first wave of coworking in San Francisco more than a decade ago, coworking spaces catered mostly to freelance workers looking for single desks and some camaraderie. Today, companies that began in San Francisco as scrappy startups are major household names, and coworking has expanded to include all kinds of workers and companies, from small organizations to enterprise companies. The camaraderie is still there, but with the added bonus of flexibility for all types of businesses.
Click here for the full San Francisco city guide. Whether you’re a leader in tech, finance, or tourism, here is a list of coworking spaces in San Francisco that are guaranteed to foster productivity and drive innovation.
1460 Mission St
Nearby Transit: Van Ness (Muni station)
Cross Streets: Mission St & 11th St
Position yourself for success by moving into a coworking space right next door to the headquarters of Uber and Square and the corporate offices of Twitter and Microsoft. 1460 Mission St offers art-filled lounges, well-connected conference rooms, and private offices for teams of all sizes.
Transportation options are plentiful, and getting together after work with friends or colleagues is easy: See a show just a few blocks away, or get a cocktail at Oddjob, an offbeat local spot.
Golden Gate Theatre
Nearby Transit: Powell Street (BART station), Civic Center (BART station)
Cross Streets: Golden Gate Ave & Taylor St
Built in 1922, the Golden Gate Theatre is full of huge, arched windows and elegant original cornices. Up top, the building features sun-filled private offices, expansive lounges, and connected meeting rooms. Downstairs, the fully functional theater is perfect for entertaining clients after work or relaxing with friends at a show.
The location of Golden Gate Theatre—downtown and near lots of transportation—is highly desirable for its easy commute to and from the rest of the city. Dogs are welcome and, with a fully decked-out event room, so are your meetups and company celebrations.
600 California St
Nearby Transit: Embarcadero (BART station), Montgomery Street (BART station)
Cross Streets: California St & Kearny St
Position yourself in the bustling, always-on Financial District and harness that energy to move your business forward. 600 California St offers seven floors of tranquil, focus-fueling workspace, which is a nice counterpoint to the neighborhood’s hubbub.
At lunchtime, grab a bite in Chinatown, or head there after work for a drink with colleagues and friends. Public transportation is a short walk away, and bike storage is available for those who travel on two wheels.
Two Embarcadero Center
Nearby Transit: Embarcadero (BART station)
Cross Streets: Sacramento St & Front St
Close enough to the pier for a walk to the farmers’ market yet nestled in one of the city’s busiest commercial districts, it doesn’t get much more San Francisco than Two Embarcadero Center. Visiting investors and clients will love the Center, which spans four blocks and features layered promenades, more than 100 shops and restaurants, and a five-screen cinema.
WeWork’s five-story coworking space also offers everything from light-filled lounges to private corner offices. When you need a break between meetings, hit reset with a little shuffleboard in the games arcade or a meditation session in the wellness room.
Nearby Transit: The Embarcadero & Sansome Street (Muni station)
Cross Streets: Francisco St & Kearny St
Even though the city is surrounded by water, it can be surprisingly difficult to catch those fresh ocean breezes. But they’re a serious draw at Waterfront Plaza, a gorgeous coworking space on the waterfront in North Beach—not to mention the art-filled lounges, modern meeting rooms, and productivity-fueling private offices.
Commuting is simple with buses, the Muni, and shared bikes nearby; a shuttle also runs to and from the Montgomery BART station. After work, entertain or celebrate at upscale Coi, or get a cocktail and some local snacks at Park Tavern.
535 Mission St
Nearby Transit: Montgomery Street (BART station)
Cross Streets: Mission St & 1st St
Share the block—and the building—with finance giants in this 27-story glass high-rise with one of the most desirable addresses in San Francisco. You’ll also share the seven floors of coworking space at 535 Mission St with folks working in healthcare tech, law, the nonprofit space, and media.
Amenities abound, including an event space, wellness room, and bike storage. The common spaces and private offices at this location are flooded with natural light, and most conference rooms overlook the downtown skyline.
From the waterfront at North Beach to the heart of the Financial District, WeWork’s coworking spaces in San Francisco have all the amenities you and your team need, in the most desirable locations. To find yours, check out all of our San Francisco WeWork locations.
Steve Hogarty is a writer and journalist based in London. He is the travel editor of City AM newspaper and the deputy editor of City AM Magazine, where his work focuses on technology, travel, and entertainment.
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