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, as well as a range of tax incentives for entrepreneurs at both the local and state level.
San Francisco is a famously expensive place to live, but it’s also a famously affordable place to find a coworking space. That’s because the annual cost per employee of renting a traditional office space is much higher than renting a more flexible coworking space. And with rents rising to record highs, now is the perfect time to lock in a coworking space in San Francisco.
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 started 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-level companies. The camaraderie is still there, but with the added bonus of flexibility for all types of businesses.
Whether you’re a leader in tech, finance, or tourism, we pulled together a list of coworking spaces in San Francisco that are guaranteed to foster productivity and drive innovation.
A 1922 theater, a modern-day workspace
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 WeWork Golden Gate Theater—right downtown, 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 meet-ups and company celebrations.
At the heart of the city’s Financial District
Position yourself in the bustling, always-on Financial District and harness that energy to move your business forward. WeWork 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.
A quintessentially San Francisco location
Close enough to the pier for a walk to the farmer’s market yet nestled in one of the city’s busiest commercial districts, it doesn’t get much more San Francisco than WeWork 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.
Dog-friendly and an easy commute
If you don’t want to leave your furry friend at home—or are hoping to meet some pups you can pet—this mid-market hot spot is for you. WeWork 1161 Mission St is just steps from regal City Hall, the San Francisco Public Library, and several transportation hubs.
Five floors of prime coworking space, including cozy lounges, dedicated desks, and stylish private offices fill this architecturally striking building from the 1920s. An event space, wellness room, and onsite bike storage round out the unique amenities at this prime location.
Drenched in sea breeze and brimming with amenities
For a city surrounded by water, it can be surprisingly difficult to catch those fresh ocean breezes. But that’s a serious draw at WeWork Waterfront Plaza, a gorgeous coworking space right on the waterfront in North Beach—so are 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.
Buzzing with networking opportunities
Share the block—and the building—with some 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 WeWork 535 Mission St with folks working in tech (especially 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.
Surrounded by dining and entertainment options
Right across the street from historic Jackson Square, WeWork 655 Montgomery St occupies three floors of a 19-story postmodern building perfect for teams of all styles and sizes. Right on the borders of North Beach, Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, and the Financial District, there’s no shortage of places to entertain the most discerning colleagues and clients.
High-end restaurants like Kokkari Estiatorio and Kusakabe are right around the corner, and The Battery, a members-only club, is also a great spot for impressing potential investors and partners.
Within a community of tech disruptors
Position yourself for success: Move into a coworking space right next door to the headquarters of Uber and Square and the corporate offices of Twitter and Microsoft. WeWork 1460 Mission St offers art-filled lounges, well-connected conference rooms, and private offices for teams of all sizes.
Transportation is 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.
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.
Rachel Miller is a writer based in New York. She specializes in both editorial and UX copy, and her work has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, The Guardian, The Awl, and more.