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The COVID-19 pandemic has halted many operations around the world, introducing us to a new norm we never thought would be our reality. Lockdowns have restricted us from socializing, dining out, gyming, traveling and much more. In Hong Kong, just when we thought we were out of the woods, several cluster cases brought us back into a third round of lockdowns with the city’s health ministry imposing the harshest rules to date.
For many of us, going into the office has also become a rare occasion. A survey conducted by BlueJeans showed that the working hours of the participants had seemingly increased. Among the 274 people who participated, over 40% of respondents stated that they felt more productive while working from home, whereas 34% felt equally productive and the remainder feeling less so.
For the crowd feeling more productive, an increased 4.5 hours of their day was dedicated toward work, while remote workers in general were reported working an additional 3.13 hours per day.
However, with the increased productivity distractions also multiplied. Respondents reported that the top three distractions pulling them away from work included having to take care of their kids, endlessly scrolling on social media and constantly reading the news.
Without the usual ambience of a workplace such as the office chatter, seeing your colleagues hustle, your boss, and all the other elements that amplify our motivation and productivity, it’s a bit difficult to get in the zone.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you. We’ve compiled a list of places to work at, both in and outdoors in Hong Kong for when you get tired of your desk at home.
Sip on some freshly roasted, rich coffee and satisfy your sweet tooth all the while working and getting things done. Coffee shops are perfect because they’re not too busy and blaring, neither are they as uncomfortably silent as a library. So, it’s the perfect place to take some work-related calls and enjoy the cafe’s elements.
With only two locations in Hong Kong, one in Sai Ying Pun and the other in Kennedy Town, Winston’s Coffee is a petite coffee shop with cozy vibes and an old-school cinema-esque appearance. Both branches have outdoor seating so you’ll be able to get work done while sitting in the sun during the day or enjoying a cool, light breeze during the evening.
Addresses: Winston’s Coffee addresses
Double Shot by Cupping Room
Unveiled in March, Double Shot is a contemporary style coffee shop located in the heart of Central. It’s the perfect place to grab your laptop and head over to work, while admiring the prominent Hollywood Road’s scenery through the cafe’s windows.
Address: 1/F, 49 Hollywood Road, Central Hong Kong
This hidden gem located in Sha Tin is only one of its kind in the entirety of Hong Kong. The coffee shop gives off a subtle yet refined feel with its clean spaces and pearly white architecture, hence the name. The cafe is a good escape from the usual hustle and bustle of the city. So, check things off your to-do list here and let the atmosphere wow you.
Address: Shop 207, 2/F, Kings Wing Plaza 1, 3 Kwan Street, Sha Tin, Hong Kong
What better way to work than with others around you doing the same? A coworking space is perfect because it consists of others who are also working remotely or teams from startup businesses, so you’ll feel the productive aura and fall into it as well.
This coworking space is located conveniently in Kennedy Town. A dedicated desk at the space costs HK$2400 per month, so you can head down there on days your workstation at home gets mundane.
Uptown has taken precautions such as temperature checking, sanitizing our hands before entering and submitting a health declaration form upon entry. The dedicated desk is also perfect if you’re a freelance or remote worker and comes with many amenities like Wi-Fi, coffee and tea, printing and scanning, charging stations and storage lockers. So you’ll feel fully equipped to tackle those work emails and deadlines.
Address: Block A, 2F, Hong Kong Industrial Building, 444-452 Des Voeux Road West, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Boo office is located in Sheung Wan, just a quick two minute walk from Sheung Wan MTR station. While the coworking space doesn’t offer a space by the day, they have plenty of monthly deals.
With an open floor plan consisting of 10 workspaces and 20 private offices, a coworking space starts at HK$1000/per month. Boo office guarantees a constructive environment by helping you with minimal cost setups, a warm environment and an unmatched location.
Address: FWD Financial Centre 308-320 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Located in one of the prime business districts in Hong Kong, The Wave has set up its coworking space in Kwun Tong. They have both daily and monthly plans, with a day pass priced at HK$50 an hour.
You can contact them via WhatsApp or call them, they’ll be able to prepare you a room, which they will sterilize so that you feel comfortable and safe working there. They have also taken other measures such as temperature checking, sanitizing hands and health declaration forms. The day pass comes with free Wi-Fi and complimentary drinks. Of course, these aren’t the only facilities they have to offer – the better the package, the better the perks.
Addresses: The Wave addresses
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