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Coworking Copenhagen 101: The Definitive Guide to Choosing the Perfect Space [2018]

Over the past several years, Danes have been topping the World Happiness Report. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the best places to live in the world. It’s also an amazing place to work, innovate and do business. Denmark has whole package, you may say. Danes are very open to new ways of working, which is how coworking in Copenhagen has gained so much traction recently.

For newcomers, the coworking scene in Copenhagen can be somewhat intimidating to navigate. There are just so many options. That is why we put together this comprehensive guide to choosing the perfect coworking space for you in this wonderful city, including a list of the best coworking spaces in the city right now. If you prefer to read more about coworking spaces in Danish head here for a guide on “kontorfællesskaber”

In this guide for coworking Copenhagen you will be able to find the answer for:

  • What is coworking?

  • What is happening with coworking spaces going forward?

  • What are the different types?

  • Who are using it?

  • What are the best district in Copenhagen for you?

  • What are the best coworking space options in Copenhagen for you?

What is coworking and who can benefit from it?

The word coworking itself goes back hundreds of years. Of course, in 1628, when the word first appeared in print, it referred to working together, or coworking, with God. These days, it has come to refer to spaces in which individuals gather to work individually. In other words, any space or activity where people are working independently together. That may seem like a bit of a conundrum, but it makes a lot of sense really. Freelancers, digital nomads, entrepreneurs, startups, tech companies and even corporations chose coworking for a number of reasons. It may be because it is cheaper, more productive or provides access to talent and opportunity. Collectively they are helping the coworking business grow at an impressive pace, which this illustration from Deskmag shows. 

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Coworking, as we know it now, definitely has its roots in computer programming and hacking communities. Although most coworking histories tend to focus on some of the first American coworking spaces, the first ones actually opened in Europe. More than two decades ago, in 1995, a hackerspace opened up in Berlin called C-base. Here, hackers gathered to work together, but they also worked on building the community and other projects like providing free wifi to closeby residents. Spaces like c-base are considered to be some of the earliest coworking prototypes.

Coworking spaces vary widely, and what makes sense for you may not make so much sense for someone else. In Copenhagen, you’re in luck. Not only is Copenhagen the sight of some of the earliest coworking spaces on the planet, there are so many to choose from. You are sure to find the right fit.


How Did Coworking Get its Start?

Some four years later, a space called 42 West 24 sprang up in New York City. Although 42 West 24 now operates as a fairly standard coworking space, at the time it was run by a software company pioneering how we think about work. The space offered a flexible desk situation for both individuals and teams. No one needed to sign a lease. Although the software company has since significantly scaled down its operations following the tech bubble pop in 2001, the space is still going strong to this day.

What happens next is interesting. Most histories about coworking actually begin by calling American entrepreneur Brad Neuberg the founder of coworking in San Francisco in 2005. However, coworking in Denmark got its start back in 2002. That year, LYNfabrikken opened in an old factory in Aarhus December of 2002. The space combined a coffee shop with a space dedicated to working only. LYNfabrikken is still open, and guests can rent meeting rooms, join their workspace or just have a coffee. As you can see, coworking in Denmark has deep roots.

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It was as much as three years later, in 2005, that Neuberg opened Spiral Muse in San Francisco’s Mission District. This coworking space was influenced heavily by life in the city and offered meditation breaks, community lunches, and bike tours. It offered only up to eight desks two days a week and closed at exactly 5:45 p.m.

Coworking gained ground quickly after 2005. In fact, by the end of 2006, there were as many as 75 coworking spaces across the globe. By 2010, this number grew to 600 and stands at over 10,000 right now. Coworking’s exponential growth was supported by a number of changes in the world of work. Advances in technology meant more and more people could work remotely or as freelancers. In turn, the key tenants of coworking – like community, freedom and structure – meant that this workplace phenomenon was applicable to a whole new generation of workers. In the ensuing years, coworking spaces would cater for every industry from tech to the arts whilst maintaining those values that made it so appealing in the first place. New coworking spaces are opening up every day. Coworking in Copenhagen is leading the way with some of the most exciting new ideas about coworking.

Coworking Copenhagen: The Culture

Like we already mentioned, Denmark was one of the first countries in the world where coworking took off. The idea quickly spread from Aarhus in 2002 to the country’s capital, Copenhagen.

It is no secret that Copenhagen is one of the most livable cities in the world. What sets it apart from so many other capitals across the globe is not its to-die-for economic backdrop or the fact that local government supports innovation and actively works towards helping small operations take off. It is actually its sense of community. 

Tommy Dejbjerg Pedersen, founder of the former coworking space Startup City Denmark, says that Danes have a long history of banding together, which has helped coworking spread widely in the country and Copenhagen more specifically: “People in Denmark are really, really good at establishing fellowships around lots of things like railway modelling, sports, collecting stamps, learning languages. We have a good tradition for this and it’s backed by public channels. We grew up with this and have it in our veins, so it’s natural for us to join together with other people, with the same interest. We like sharing and know it benefits everyone in the end.”

Right now, there are too many coworking spaces to count in Copenhagen. Each is unique in its own right. Individuals, startups, entrepreneurs, or digital nomads looking for coworking space in Copenhagen have plenty to choose from. There are heavens for programmers, spaces that encourage entrepreneurship, funky, bohemian locations, and just about everything else in between. Furthermore you see a lot of office hotels trying to tap into the coworking space market. 

So, What’s Next? Emerging Trends

The face of coworking is changing. For the better. The 2018 Complete Coworking Forecast was published recently and has some exciting new insights.

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Let’s take a look at some of the insights more closely:

  • This year, we will see a rise in the number of coworking spaces across the world. There will not only be more of these coworking spaces, they will be bigger than their predecessors.

  • Niche spaces are popping up everywhere. These spaces cater to a specific type of company, freelancer, entrepreneur, startup or whoever else is attracted to the idea of coworking. Spaces that offer childcare are expected to be the hot new thing this year.

  • As coworking continues gaining traction across the globe, spaces will start focusing on building community more. Sustainable communities are the backbone of strong coworking operations.

  • On a similar note, community events held by coworking spaces are expected to increase.

  • Corporations are catching on. More and more corporations will either open coworking areas for their employees or move to coworking spaces that tailor to their type of enterprise. Some will also open coworking spaces for external people inside their premises.

  • People are learning about coworking on a massive scale. As coworking gains popularity, more and more individuals and ventures are considering how they could benefit from it.

  • Coworking is not just for big cities anymore. Alternative working spaces are expected to open up in suburbs and rural areas across the globe. Villages and smaller towns provide a perfectly serene setting for recharging while still getting all your work down.

  • More coworking spaces means  more competition. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. A competitive environment is sure to bring further innovations in coworking. A good example of this is how hotels and restaurants are starting to incorporate coworking. Coworking in Copenhagen is seeing a lot of this right now.  

  • Coworking is part of a larger trend of rethinking how we work in general. Another part of this trend is more remote workers and digital nomads. Some estimates show that more than 30% of the workforce across the globe will be freelance by 2020. We’re already seeing these changes.

There Are Many Different Types of Coworking Spaces in Copenhagen

As we mentioned above, Denmark has been a leader in coworking for over 15 years now. Although this way of working got its start in Aarhus, coworking in Copenhagen has flourished in its own right. Choosing the right space in Copenhagen for you starts with understanding what is available.

Specialized

More often than not, specialized coworking spaces focus on technological innovation. The situation is no different in Copenhagen. They do not rent out their space to just anyone that comes knocking on their door. Instead, they carefully vette applicants. Why do they do this? They want to make sure they gather the most cutting edge tenants in order to spark innovation. These spaces are highly competitive because they also double as seedbeds for venture capitalists.

Upscale

Upscale coworking spaces usually come with pretty steep membership fees and are reality much more office hotels. The offices are outfitted with incredible design, meant to design a more high-end crowd – operations like law offices and accounting firms. They have all the amenities traditional offices spaces do, but they take them to another level. These spaces may feature extravagant lobbies and meeting rooms, high-end lunch options, spaces to wind down, and even swimming pools and gyms. If you are looking to impress your clients and shower yourself in luxury as you work, this may be the right choice for you or your operation.

Traditional

Traditional coworking spaces in Copenhagen, and across the globe for that matter, are less competitive than their specialized counterparts. They have all the amenities a traditional office space would have and tenants are more often than not startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and freelancers. Anybody, from any field can rent space to work here. The benefit of renting a space like this one is that you get everything you need to work without having to invest a large sum of money from the get go. Generally speaking, most traditional coworking spaces can be rented on a month-to-month basis and do not require a deposit. Traditional coworking spaces have meeting rooms, offices, desks, high-speed internet, copiers, printers, solutions for lunches, kitchens and coffee and tea. Just about anything anyone may need to get to work.

Corporate

Corporations in Denmark and everywhere else are catching on to the coworking trend. What sets corporate coworking spaces apart from the rest is their focus on utilitarianism. Corporate coworking spaces will have all the works traditional coworking spaces do like meeting rooms, office equipment, and coffee stations, but the focus here is much more utilitarian. More often than not, corporate spaces will not have lounges or places for employees to wind down or recharge. Instead, space is used to provide an efficient way to work, often in very large, open space areas.

Restaurants and Hotels transformed

This is the latest in coworking trends and it takes the sharing economy a step further. This type of coworking places an emphasis on rethinking how we use certain spaces and how we can utilize them to their full potential. Sp8ces in Copenhagen is at the forefront of this trend. Sp8ces takes restaurant and hotel spaces that are not used during a certain time of the day and turns them into bustling and energetic coworking environments. What’s great about this type of repurposing is that it comes with loads of benefits. For example, a meeting with a client can quickly turn into a catered celebration when your office is located in a restaurant or hotel. This works particularly great for sales representatives and other workers who have a very flexible work schedule that does not tie them to an office per say. Many coworking spaces of this sort offer members perks like being able to use hotel amenities like the pool, gym and spa for free or at a reduced price with a membership. An amazing way to merge the best of two seemingly unrelated worlds.

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(Sp8ces location in Copenhagen at Tapas Huset.)

There Are Many Different Types of Coworking Spaces in Copenhagen

Oh, coworking is more than definitely here for the long haul! As we move towards an increasingly more flexible working culture, with more and more individuals freelancing or working from home, coworking will be a great way to keep a routine, stay motivated and socialize with like-minded individuals. At the same time, we have all heard stories of how small startups propelled themselves onto the global stage through their work in coworking spaces. Coworking is enabling people in Copenhagen and across the world to work more freely and create with more fluidity, and it is not going anywhere.

Co-founder of Gangplank, a coworking space in Virginia, Ontario, Canada, Derek Neighbors had this to say about this new way of working:

“We believe that the 21st century economy will be largely fueled by capital other than monetary capital… Meaning influence capital or social capital, human capital—we believe that those are going to be much more powerful as we shift from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy. … I think that this movement is teaching not only individual freelancers a lot but is teaching corporate America a lot about how people interact, what makes them effective at creation and is really defining the future of how companies interact with each other on a deeper level.”

The Space Itself

There is no foolproof, simple equation for choosing the right coworking space for you or your operation, but you can get yourself on the right track by thinking critically about what you need out of your office space. Are you a freelancer stuck in a rut, looking for ways to motivate yourself? A more social, traditional coworking environment may be the right choice for you. If you are a tech startup that needs a large investment to make your vision come true, you will probably be much better off in a specialized coworking space which doubles as a seedbed for venture capitalists. Think about what it is that you need to get out of coworking.

Amazing workspace

(Photo Credit: iwan.com)

Event and Marketing Manager at Copenhagen-based Sp8ces Saskia Beazley spoke to us about how Sp8ces users chose the right location for them: “Some of our members love working at BOB Bistro on Vesterbro because it is a bright, energetic, busy atmosphere and in a very central location. Others like to work in our new Quiet Zone in Tapas Huset, where they can focus with no distractions.”

Also, which amenities do you need? Some operations need all the perks that traditionally come with office spaces like printers, fax machines, dedicated office space or desk, etc., while others are more concerned with flexibility, price and location or simply prefer hot-desking. Maybe you want to work closely with other businesses. It is important to consider things like privacy as well or easy access to conference rooms.

Location plays a huge role as well. How important is location to you or your operation? It may also be important for you to think about having access to multiple locations in Copenhagen and even Denmark. In Copenhagen, Sp8ces is unique in that it provides members with access to several locations across Copenhagen. They even have locations for coworking in Aarhus.  The following are some of the most common coworking space features. Before choosing a space, consider which of these features are vital to your operation and which you could do without:

  • Desk space: What is the desk situation like? Does the coworking space operate on a hot desking policy or can you rent a dedicated desk area?

  • The rest of the furniture: Furniture plays a major role in the overall feel of a space. Make sure you understand the sort of vibe you want to be giving off to clients. At the same time, chairs, couches, and other furniture can contribute greatly to how comfortable you feel in a certain space.

  • Power outlet access: You will be surprised at how important this can be. Make sure you chose a space with plenty of access.

  • Bathrooms: This is probably one of the last things that will come to mind when choosing office space, but it happens to be one of the most important. The state of a facility’s bathrooms can make or break a space. No one can work well if they are avoiding going to the bathroom.

  • Kitchen space: Do you or your operation need or want access to coffee makers, refrigerators, microwaves, stoves and general food storage space?

  • Internet: It goes without saying that any coworking space has to have the highest quality internet. You do not just need to get online, you need work-grade level internet.

  • Storage space: Does your operation require you having access to storage space. How much space? Storage space may not be so important for freelancers and sales representatives, but it may be a good idea to ask about the lockers and storage space situation. If you are considering a facility that provides dedicated work spaces, storage space is likely to be included. With hot desking situations, not so much.

  • Mailboxes: It may seem like a bit of an anachronism, but people do still get snail mail!

  • Location: For some freelancers, startups and entrepreneurs, location is irrelevant. Others may need to be closer to public transportation or in a particular part of Copenhagen, closer to other businesses they work closely with. Parking is an issue as well. In Copenhagen, there are three parking zones. The closer you are to the city center, the more expensive parking is.

  • One location or multiple locations: Do you prefer to just have access to one location or do you need the flexibility and the inspiration gained from having access to many coworking spaces.

  • Conference rooms and quiet spaces: Some locations offer dedicated areas that can be rented for meetings with clients or collaborators. Quiet spaces are important as well and play a crucial role in the creative process for some individuals. Spaces set aside for distraction may be a good idea for startups with a more relaxed company culture.

  • Design: Denmark is known for its design and it can be an incredible source of inspiration for many individuals. Working in a space you consider beautiful can inspire you to create and work beyond what you thought was possible. In Copenhagen, there are plenty of inspiring coworking spaces. Find one that best suits your aesthetic sensibilities. Design is important when it comes to clients as well. Operations like law offices and accounting firms may need to choose a more upscale place.

  • The culture: The culture and people of coworking spaces are often really the core of the space. Nothing is as important as the individuals you will spend a large chunk of your day with. It is crucial to consider how much of a part of a community you would like to become. Next, understand the sort of community you need. Maybe you’d like to collaborate closely with some of your neighbors. Copenhagen has a long history of coworking and Danes love the sharing economy. You’re sure to become a part of any community you chose to become a part of.

How Do You Know If You Are a Good Culture Fit?

We have stressed the importance of culture in coworking. Each coworking location has a culture of its own. There is no one coworking culture that prevails in all coworking offices across the globe. What this means for you or your operation is that you will have to chose the space that works best for you.

By far the best way to do this is to visit as many coworking spaces in Copenhagen as you can. Spend some time there. Start by speaking with the staff. Ask as many questions as you can think of about their tenants. Next, speak with the actual people working there on a regular basis. There is no one formula for choosing the right space, but if it seems like you are clicking with the people you have been talking to, then you are probably in the right place. It is incredibly important to be inspired by your surroundings. Ask yourself whether or not you are impressed by the stories you have heard. Do you like their product? Do you find their life story exciting? If so, you are on the right track. The take a free trial period. Most locations should be able to offer that, whether it being a day, week or month.

Alex Hillman, founder of one of the oldest and longest running coworking spaces in the world, Indy Hall, has been quoted as saying that “the word coworking is like the word restaurant.” What this means essentially is that coworking is a catch-all word for a lot of different situations and what does or does not constitute a restaurant or coworking space is largely open for interpretation. It is a great way to think about coworking because we are all familiar with how taste in food varies. Fitting into a coworking space’s culture does so as well.

Not All Coworking Spaces Work for Everyone

That being said, it goes without saying that all coworking spaces are like little ecosystems. You and your operation are not likely to thrive in each and every one. Your mission is to choose a place that improves upon how you work. Let’s take a look at how to do just that when choosing a space in Copenhagen.

Tech Startups

There are several great coworking options for tech startups in Copenhagen. What sets them apart from the rest is how they impact a tech startups operation. For tech startups, maximizing one’s road to success is of critical importance, which is why a tech startup is best off operating in a specialized office space. Coworking spaces can help do just that. Tech startups can take advantage of curated niche communities in several ways. The most important is by networking and collaborating with their neighbors. This has a positive impact on their creativity, but it can also help them get to where they want to be going more quickly. Niche coworking spaces also provide a lot of learning opportunities, often holding lectures and workshops, helping keep tenants in touch with advancements in the field. But, besides all of this, by far the most important aspect of working in a specialized space is that venture capitalists and corporations are always keeping an eye on them. A tech startup can even end up getting all the funding they need without lifting a finger to look for it.

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(Photo Credit: Jesper Larsen)

Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs, cost effectiveness is an absolute must, particularly when it comes to office space and equipment. Both office space and equipment can end up costing hundreds of thousands of dollars that they simply do not have. To help them get their feet off the ground, traditional coworking spaces are the best option for entrepreneurs. This is because they have absolutely all the amenities that traditional offices do, but at a fraction of the cost. Entrepreneurs do not need to buy expensive furniture, renovate a space and worry about how to best organize their office – traditional coworking spaces have already done all that. At the same time, entrepreneurs do not need to sign harsh contracts when it comes to coworking, because often they are rented on a month-to-month basis. This helps entrepreneurs deal further with cash flow issues they may be experiencing.

Freelancers

When it comes to choosing a space, freelancers have the most options by far. This is because, most often, freelancers do not need much more than desk space and a good cup of coffee to get their work done. Freelancers can work in traditional, upscale or hotel and restaurant coworking spaces. What makes or breaks an office space for a freelancer will largely depend on the overall vibe of a place. Most freelancers go into coworking to socialize more and to be inspired by their surroundings. Nothing beats working in a space with energetic, positive, like-minded individuals. Choosing the right spaces as a freelancer may take a bit of trial-and-error, but thankfully, there are plenty of coworking options all over Copenhagen.

Digital Nomads

There are more and more digital nomads every day. The way we approach work is changing and it has completely revolutionized the lives of certain individuals. One of the biggest problems digital nomads face, however, is not being able to focus with so many new things to see and experience available each day. Coworking spaces provide the perfect environment to dig in and focus. Like freelancers, most digital nomads do not need much to get their work done. A desk and a chair will do. However, they do need flexible options so coworking spaces in restaurants and hotels are the best option for them. These coworking spaces offer desk space for as little as a few hours even while providing a productive atmosphere for digital nomads from all walks of life. However, this does not mean that these types of coworking spaces do not have a regular residents. They can help digital nomads feel grounded and have a sense of community when so many things may be changing in their lives on a daily basis.

Small Businesses

The needs of particular small businesses naturally vary, but they are most often best served by traditional coworking spaces. This is because most businesses need all the amenities a traditional office space offers, but do not have the money to build it all from scratch. Coworking spaces are an affordable alternative that comes with flexibility. An added benefit of traditional coworking spaces for small businesses is that they will have a professional-looking space to meet clients right away. At the same time, as a business grows, they will have access to a huge talent pool working right alongside them. Being around so much talent has an added benefit: your motivation will skyrocket being around so much positive energy.

Corporations

As we already discussed above, coworking for corporations is very particular. When building or choosing a coworking space, corporations focus on utility first. As corporations are large by their very nature, coworking spaces built for them are on the bigger side as well. At the same time, corporate coworking spaces in Copenhagen and across the globe focuses on utility first. This means large, purpose-built spaces, streamlined for efficiency. With the increase in the agile worker and employee expectations around work location flexibility most companies should consider leveraging coworking spaces or work clubs with multiple locations in addition to their main office to provide their workforce with a range of opportunities to work and meet. 

Sales Representatives

Sales representatives have benefited hugely from the spread of coworking. Although sales representatives do not usually spend a lot of time at the office – they are usually off meeting clients – they do need them. Because of the nature of their work, coworking in hotels and restaurants works out best. This is because coworking operations of this sort usually offer very affordable places to work on an hourly basis and they are available in multiple locations across a city. This allows sales representatives to get some work done in between clients without having to spend a large amount of time trekking across the city to get to their space. They can just pop in to whichever location happens to be the closest. Sales representatives can also easily take clients to lunch or dinner if they work out of a hotel or restaurant. We have actually written about the benefits of coworking for sales representatives before. 

Consider All Potential Hidden Costs

Although coworking spaces are most definitely significantly more affordable than their traditional office space counterparts, you can come across some hidden costs. Inquire about what exactly it is that a membership entails and which additional features a space offers that are not included in the membership. A good example is meeting and conference rooms. Many startups and entrepreneurs need ready access to conference rooms but coworking spaces usually charge extra for this service. Find out how much exactly and then decide if this is a deal breaker.

Many coworking places in Copenhagen also ask for a deposit. This deposit could go as high as multiple months’ rent, and would not be given back to you if you cancel your membership outside of the acceptable termination period. Consider choosing spaces with no or very little deposit, and a very short termination period if any.

Choosing the right district for you for coworking in Copenhagen

Indre By

Indre By is the centre of Copenhagen. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the city, this is the place to be. Locals refer to Indre By simply as the City, and it is home to the capital’s historical district. Although tourists do flock to this part of the city, it has not lost its charm. In fact, it is where most of Copenhagen’s nightlife happen. Housing prices are very steep in this part of town, so, most of Copenhagen’s residents actually live in other districts. Besides tourists attractions and historical landmarks, Indre By is home to a wide range of businesses, just about any you can think of. As this is the city’s center, the vast majority of bus, train and Metro lines run through it. When it comes to choosing a coworking space in Copenhagen, tech startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers, digital nomads, small businesses and corporations alike can not go wrong by choosing a location in this part of the city. Sales representatives may be best served, particularly if they already have multiple clients in the area.

Christianshavn

Christianshavn is located a bit east of the inner city of Copenhagen. This part of this city was once home to working-class families, but has recently become very trendy. In the northern part of Christianshavn, an old naval area, Holmen, has been dramatically overhauled in recent times and is now home to one of the largest creative clusters in Copenhagen. Not only does Holmen house a design school, a film school, a conservatory and a contemporary dance school, 32 former Gunboat Sheds have been converted into offices for advertising agencies, media houses and architects. Public transportation is widely available in all parts of Christianshavn, with busses going every few minutes in some areas. The Metro is available as well. There are of affordable plenty of restaurants throughout the district. Christianshavn has its share of upscale restaurants as well. In fact, what some consider to be the best restaurant in the world, noma, is located in the district as well. Creative entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers and digital nomads would do well to choose a coworking space here.

Christianshavn coworking

Nørrebro

Nørrebro is bike central. It is home to the busiest cycling street in Europe – Nørrebrogade – which really does say a lot. The Danes love their bikes, but in this district they take it to another level. Public transportation is readily available in all parts of Nørrebrogade. There are also many restaurants offering all kinds of yummy eats. Colorful coffee shops are all over the place in Nørrebro as well as hip small shops. It is a multi-cultural area with influences from all over the world. 

Østerbro

Østerbro is one of the most upscale districts in the city. Østerbro is often associated with young, well educated, liberals and academics and mainly members of the upper middle class live in the area. There are plenty of grocery stores, and many bus, train and Metro lines run through this part of the city. As far as coworking goes, this area would best serve entrepreneurs, freelancers and small businesses that need to impress clients.

Frederiksberg

Frederiksberg is probably the most posh area we will cover. Technically it is not really a part of Copenhagen, as it has its own municipality. It is the most expensive area to live in. It is considered by many to be a haven for foodies, with a food street called Værnedamsvej. There are plenty of things to do in Frederiksberg and public transportation is widely available.

Vesterbro

Vesterbro is one of the hippest areas of the city. The district is known for being cosmopolitan and divers; cool in some parts, rough in others. Affordable eats are all over the place here, and the incredible Værnedamsvej street is a great place to start. It is definitely more of a residential area, but there are still plenty of businesses around. It is home to both the Copenhagen Central Station and the Vesterport station. Public transportation is widely available as well. Vesterbro is an amazing location for digital nomads and freelancers looking to explore how the locals really live. 

The Top 15 Copenhagen Coworking Spaces in 2018

The Camp

The Camp is based in the outskirts of Copenhagen in Ballerup. It is based inside Tryg, which is a large insurance company. The Camp is managed by Rainmaking, a leading facilitator of Entrepreneurship. It has a strong focus on entrepreneurs and startups.

5te Sted

5te Sted is located in the city center. They have a broad client base and a cosy atmosphere. They have existed since 2011 with both open space areas as well as closed offices.

Symbion

Symbion is one of the largest coworking spaces in Copenhagen. It has its base in science and innovation, host entrepreneurs and startups and is closely connected to university and business school environment. The full Symbion network also consists of Creators Floor and Univate.

Greencubator

Greencubator is one of the few coworking spaces located in the Nørrebro area. It is a non-profit space with a strong focus on entrepreneurs working with sustainability. 

La Oficina

Situated nicely on Frederiksberg, La Oficina is a cosy open space location with focus on self-employed people and freelancers. 

Singularity U Innovation Campus

World famous Singularity University have established a strong presence in the Nordics and in particular in Copenhagen. At their location in outer Nørrebro, they offer coworking spaces and private offices for startups using exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. By application only. 

Pier 47

Pier 47 is also run by Rainmaking. It is located on the water front in Østerbro and is focused on scale-ups and corporate innovation departments and corporate startups. Higher end price level. 

Sp8ces

Sp8ces is a new coworking space concept in Copenhagen and the rest of Denmark. They transform hotels and restaurants not used during into coworking spaces and has a focus on becoming a platform for startups, freelancers, creative minds and innovative companies. Many locations and very affordable prices. 

Founders House

Founders House have been an integrated part of the Danish tech scene for a while. Their focus is solely on scalable tech companies. They are located in an old building on Island Brygge on Amager. 

KPH Projects

This is another coworking space with a vertical focus. At KPH Projects they are looking to welcome social startups and entrepreneurs meaning that you work with focus on culture, environment or social impact. It is situated on Vesterbro and also has rooms for students writing master thesis.  

Republikken

A well known coworking space on Vesterbro with focus on small businesses and self-employed people. They have open workspace as well as private offices. 

Copenhagen Fintech Lab

The Copenhagen Fintech Lab is situated on Christianshavn and is as the name implies focused solely on fintech startups. Copenhagen is building an impressive fintech eco-system and if you are an ambitious fintech startup or scale-up, this is the place to be. 

Matrikel 1

Matrikel 1 is a new space in Copenhagen. It is part of the Creators Community which also includes Founders House. Matrikel 1 is situated in the city center, and is an upscale option with posh interior design and a higher price level. It is focused on entrepreneurs, investors and scale-ups. 

Rainmaking Loft

Rainmaking Loft is one of the most well known coworking spaces in Copenhagen. It has a strong focus on tech startups. It is situated on Holmen in an old navy building. 

Nomad Workspace

Nomad Workspace is a newer place on Nørrebro. They have an upscale interior neat design look with both private offices and open space options available. 

Think About Your Future Office

Going forward, set aside some time to consider your future. Any coworking space you chose should make sense for you within a year’s time. As you grow, the last thing you will want to worry about is switching offices. There are plenty of options available for coworking in Copenhagen. We hope we have helped you make a decision that makes the most sense for you.

20 Questions to Answer Before Choosing a Coworking Space in Copenhagen

  • Does the cost of membership or rent fit in with my budget?

  • Do I get a dedicated work space or an open space with my membership?

  • Do I like the design and layout of the space?

  • Who are the existing tenants in this space and would working alongside them benefit me in my endeavors?

  • Is the space well-staffed?

  • How close is the public transportation?

  • Will I have access to a kitchen, cafeteria or other lunch options?

  • Do I have to sign a contract?

  • What is the termination period?

  • Will I have to provide a deposit?

  • Are there any hidden costs?

  • Are there multiple locations I would have access to?

  • Which district is the space in and does it make strategic sense for me?

  • What is the culture like?

  • Will I have access to storage space?

  • How close-knit is the community?

  • Does the space organize community events, workshops or lectures?

  • Will I have any privacy and do I need it?

  • Is there ample access to meeting rooms or conference areas?

  • Can I envision myself here in the foreseeable future?

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