A trip to Mexico is always a great idea and an unforgettable experience. The culture, the art, and the nature of this beautiful country are worth your time and enthusiasm. If it’s your first time in Mexico, you’ll probably hit the capital first. There are so many things to do and sights to see, so if you need to work while you’re staying there, you might feel like you’re missing out.
The life of a digital nomad is fantastic, but it does have its bad days. In a place such as Mexico City, where there are so many distractions, how can you keep your focus on your work? Add to that the massive number of great places to stay in Mexico beyond just for coworking, and deciding where to head can be tricky.
One of the ways to keep your head in the game is to find a coworking space that motivates you and helps you stay organized and productive. The environment can affect your ability to concentrate to a high degree, so functional coworking spaces make it much less challenging to work.
In the capital of Mexico, though, there are about 120 coworking spaces. How do you choose one that’s suitable to your needs and preferences? Don’t worry; we got you covered. Here are nine best—and one worst—coworking spaces in Mexico City.
Located in the heart of the Roma part of the city, U-Co Roma combines beauty and convenience. It is both a coworking and a co-living space. In a big city like Mexico City, this is a definite advantage, because you don’t have to waste any time getting from your accommodation to your workplace.
With its gorgeous murals and charming interior, U-Co is incredibly pretty. For many people, the visual aspect of a workplace can make or break their concentration. If you’re among them, there’s nothing to worry about—the space is elegant and appealing without feeling over the top. There is no cluster, and it’s clean enough to pass any inspection. The neat freak in you will be satisfied, and you’ll be able to focus on your work.
If there is one thing that every digital nomad needs above all else, that’s a good internet connection. In U-Co, Wi-Fi is super-fast. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to work without a glitch. There are ergonomic chairs, but no standing desks.
If you’re at all invested in preserving the environment, you’ll love U-Co. The co-living space provides shampoo, conditioner, and soap in little refillable bottles, so there’s not much waste there, which is more than awesome. If you’re going green, this is the place to be.
The community is great, as well. Digital nomads comprise most of the crowd that gathers there, so you’ll have plenty of like-minded people to hang out with. Marco—the owner—is devoted to his business and the people who stay in U-Co, and he’s also super friendly and helpful.
There is a kitchen you can use, and it’s probably the area in which most of the new friendships are made. Coffee and tea are tasty, free, and unlimited.
If U-Co is not to your liking, worry not—there are many other options. Here are eight other awesome coworking spaces in Mexico City.
- El 3er espacio
- IOS Offices
Source: Publico Trabajo
You can find Publico in no less than five of the city’s barrios:
- San Miguel Chapultepec
- Lomas de Chapultepec
All of their offices are different, and each has a distinctive charm, but they’re all equally pretty. In each one, you will have access to a high-speed internet connection, so you can work without any worries. All locations offer ergonomic chairs, as well as alternative forms of seating, such as couches, benches, and so on. There are no standing desks, though.
Three of the locations—the ones in Condesa, Lomas de Chapultepec, and San Miguel Chapultepec—host TEDx events, so you can use an opportunity to look for discounts if you’re interested and if you’re a member of the community.
All locations are dog-friendly, and some are cat-friendly as well, which is great for all of you who can’t bear to be apart from your furry monster.
They provide printing equipment and free coffee in all locations.
|Price||Per day||MXN 260|
|Per month||MXN 5,500|
Source: El 3er espacio
Located right next to Mexico Park and established in 2011, El 3er Espacio is the first coworking space in the city.
There is high-speed Wi-Fi, so you don’t have to get too stressed out because of the bad connection. They provide ergonomic chairs but no standing desks or bean bags, which limits your options a little bit.
The fact that they have existed for nine years now means that El 3er Espacio can boast a great community. There are plenty of events and workshops, and the members can stay in touch via their own Facebook group. If you need any help or just want to make new friends, this is a place for you.
You can use their printing equipment, projectors, and Chromecast. There are personal lockers members can use, and a kitchen is at your disposal. When you need to relax, you can just go to the cute lounge area and chat with people. Tea and coffee are tasty and free.
The location is excellent, and the atmosphere is even better, so try to check out this coworking space when you get to Mexico City.
|Price||Per month||MXN 2,365|
Colabora is happily situated in Condesa, within walking distance from Castillo de Chapultepec.
It provides fast Wi-Fi, which is great, but there are no ergonomic chairs or standing desks, which can be a bit of a problem. If you need to work for long hours, you’re more likely than not to end up with a stiff neck.
On the bright side, the community is fantastic. People don’t try to stick their noses into your business, but they are always kind and helpful when you need them. If you want to avoid bromads, Colabora is the place for you.
Coffee is free, and there is a library to browse through when you’re on a break. If you like longer breaks, take advantage of the great location and walk to the castle. The exercise and the sheer beauty of the palace and the grounds are bound to inspire you and make you more productive.
|Price||Per day||MXN 199|
|Per month||MXN 2,500|
IOS Offices holds exactly 20 locations in Mexico City. They are all set up in business parts of the city, and you can find them in:
- Santa Fe
- Insurgentes Sur
- Paseo de la Reforma
- Lomas de Chapultepec
All locations are well-equipped. They provide an excellent internet connection, so you can work peacefully. There are ergonomic chairs in every location, and standing desks can be found in some, but not all, of their offices.
Some offices—CAPITAL REFORMA, for example—host TEDx events, which can be fun and informative. If you’re an IOS member, you’re likely to get a discount, so why pass up the chance?
They offer Skype rooms, personal lockers, and a kitchen you can use. There are free beer and free coffee. If you’re in the mood for something fancier, don’t worry—most locations have an onsite café as well.
Some locations have fun little pastimes, such as ping pong tables, and all of them have incredibly relaxing lounge areas for taking a break from all the hard work you’ve been doing.
|Price||Per day||MXN 330|
|Per month||MXN 2,200|
Because it’s a co-living as well as a coworking space, Selina is highly convenient for cities as gargantuan as the capital of Mexico. If you live and work at the same place, you won’t have to waste time in traffic, so you’ll have more time to look around when you’re done working.
Selina is also a TEDx event host, so if TED talks are your cup of tea, the convenience increases even more.
They provide high-speed Wi-Fi, ergonomic chairs, and bean bags, so you have everything you need to work peacefully and comfortably. There are many other things to help you work, some of which are:
- Printing equipment
- Phone booths
- Skype rooms
Selina is pet-friendly, so you don’t have to be apart from your best buddy (or the creature that plagues your nightmares, destroys your property and awakens your inner Hulk, but you can’t help loving it—you know, your cat). Pets can help you stay productive, and more importantly, they can help you relax when you need to. There’s a pool table to help you unwind, too.
Coffee is free, but there are also an onsite restaurant and a café, in case you need more than a sandwich and a cup of plain coffee.
|Price||Per day||MXN 260|
|Per week||MXN 930|
|Per month||MXN 2,760|
Coffice is conveniently located in the center of the city. It is a pretty coworking space with great coffee and good food. Coffee and snacks are free, but you need to pay for any real meals you crave. There is plenty of choices, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, and halal menus. You also need to pay for alcoholic beverages.
They provide super-fast and reliable Wi-Fi, so you can work without interruptions and frustrations caused by a bad connection. There are some ergonomic chairs, but most of them are standard coffee shop chairs. Luckily, they offer standing desks, so there are options.
There are Skype rooms, which is excellent if you need privacy. You can use personal lockers if you don’t like carrying all your stuff around.
There are a yoga studio and a meditation room, and the place is dog-friendly, so you can relax and stretch or play with your four-legged pal when you need a break.
|Price||Per hour||MXN 35|
|Per day||MXN 180|
HomeworkMX has three locations in Mexico City:
It is an incredibly cheerful coworking space. The community is great, and everybody is happy to make friends, chat, and help—and still, the atmosphere stays productive and conducive to hard work. Instead of distracting others, the members encourage each other to stay focused and motivated.
Homework provides an excellent internet connection, and there are ergonomic chairs and standing desks. The place is comfortable to work at, and the color schemes tend to boost your mood and optimism.
There are Skype rooms for those who need privacy and personal lockers for those who don’t want to think about their stuff while they’re working.
|Price||Per day||MXN 290|
|Per month||MXN 2,900|
P3 is a great coworking space that would’ve made the top of our list if it wasn’t so inconveniently located on the outskirts of the city. They do offer free parking, so if you’re driving, the location doesn’t have to be a problem for you.
It provides super-speed Wi-Fi, so there’s no way you’ll have any problems in that regard while you work. There are plenty of seating options, including ergonomic chairs, bean bags, and standing desks.
The place is dog-friendly, it has a great lounge area, and coffee is free. You can use Skype rooms and personal lockers, and there is a kitchen at your disposal.
|Price||Per day||MXN 3,000|
Many of these coworking spaces offer a minimal range of seating options. In order to be productive, you need to be comfortable, so it’s always best to choose the coworking space that offers the seating option you like the best.
Still, if the only downside to a coworking space is the lack of seating options, that’s easily fixed—you can get a travel stand desk. They’re much lighter than the regular ones, and you can set them up in no time. A travel stand desk gives you the option of standing up once you start feeling stiff and stretching a bit without having to stop working. It keeps your back in good shape, so if you don’t like sitting down for too long, you should give it a go.
We thought that Regus is the least enjoyable coworking space in Mexico City. Admittedly, as it has about 20 locations around the city, it may seem quite convenient. It stands to reason that once you’ve paid for the membership, you’ll be able to work in all of them.
So why is it our least favorite? The main issues with Regus are:
- High staff turnover
- Non-transparent pricing
- Non-existent community
It seems like every time we visit, a few members of the staff are new. This may not be a problem in itself, especially if you don’t particularly enjoy chatting or don’t tend to form a connection with the staff. Still, it means that the people who work there are always in a kind or training phase. This can make your experience there anything from slightly unpleasant to downright abysmal.
The issue with pricing is a far more severe one, though. In every location, they have a different set of prices for their services, and they’re only available on request. This practice is already annoying and makes them seem untrustworthy, but there’s more—you may pay for the full membership and yet not get access to all the locations. So what’s the point of membership, then? Even though the pricing is not transparent, one thing is—Regus is one of the more expensive coworking spaces on this list. Before you part with your pesos, make sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
A community doesn’t exist in Regus. If you’re an outgoing, friendly sort of person, you might make a friend or two, but don’t count on the great nomad atmosphere in Regus.
For some more of the best coliving and coworking spaces outside Mexico City, check out this handy guide on alternative spots.