By The Nation Weekend
WITH ITS central location and convenient public transport links, the Ratchaprasong area has long been the lifestyle and business district of the bustling capital. Today, it’s home to some 500 companies and organisations that are glued together by an interconnected skywalk, and this has given birth to many co-working spaces and cafes all eager to offer their services to urbanites. Here’s a list of nine places well worth a visit.
Gaysorn Urban Resort
Combining work with relaxation under the “work-live-play-grow” concept, Gaysorn Urban Resort at Gaysorn Tower offers various zones for diverse activities and flexible lifestyles. The Working Space Sharing services are designed for businesspeople and professionals and the Event Space is ideal for organising business meetings, seminars, press conferences, as well as banquets. Crystal Box is the highlight of the facility, as it provides a 270-degree view of the Ratchaprasong district through its glass wall while the Sky Terrace on the 19th floor is a relaxing area with a large garden. The meeting room package starts from Bt1,000-plus per hour.
Call (02) 253 3999, or visit www.GaysornUrbanResort.com.
Research & Innovation for Sustainability Centre (RISC)
RISC on the fourth floor of Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard is the first Asean research and testing centre on sustainable property development for environment and human wellbeing. Equipped with labs and modern testing instruments, this place efficiently facilitates research and innovations on a comprehensive scale. RISC aims to develop green property projects for a better quality of life on a sustainable basis. The first place in Thailand to deploy sound-masking technology for a tranquil mood, RISC has also explored various solutions and innovative technology in pursuits of its goals. At present, its cafe zone is decorated with vegetable garden cabinets, an upside-down ‘ceiling garden’ and air-quality sensors. Seven other zones are Welcome Hall, Inspiration Hall, Eco-Material Library, Demonstrate Hall, Collaborative Zone, Lab Zone and Office Zone/Working Zone. Visitors can drop in to work on their projects or look for inspiration. Free use of co-working space.
Call (083) 095 5268.
Located at BTS Ratchadamri station, Werk is a multipurpose working area catering to urbanites people, be they students or professionals. Werk Brand Space is designed for start-ups or the self-employed to rent, to present their works or host an event. Freelancers and students can use the Werk Co Space, which has two rooms each with 24 seats. The Meet Space is fitted with multimedia devices, stationery, printers and scanners, plus tea and coffee. Prices start at Bt300 a day for Co Space and Bt400 a day for Meet Space.
Call (083) 545 4311.
The Great Room
This co-working space from Singapore has recently opened a new branch in Bangkok and occupies 2,800 square metres across two floors of Gaysorn Tower. Combining elements of best offices, luxury hotels and leading business clubs, this is a space for private focused work and corporate entertaining and boasts a variety of meeting rooms and communal nooks for what it calls “casual collisions for grown-ups”.
The Drawing Room, which can accommodate up to 120 persons, is the perfect backdrop for evening cocktails. There’s also the State Room, an elegant boardroom for 14, the Studio, which can take up to 50 people, and the Study for groups of four. Hot desks and hot offices are available for members who like to work alone or with perhaps with one or two others. Hot chocolate and cookies are served in the afternoon. The meeting room package starts from Bt720 per hour.
Call (02) 703 0222.
Aimed to empower and educate Thai SMEs, Wecosystem on the ninth floor of Gaysorn Tower offers entrepreneurs a wide range of business courses in everything from entrepreneurial skills, branding to financial management, along with design and technology training/workshops. Learners can expect to understand about changing environmental and economic circumstances and the inevitable shift into the digital age. Three zones, namely Cafe & Studio, Private Meeting and Wecosystem Outpost are also provided for entrepreneurs to focus on their tasks or exchange ideas with others. The membership package starts from Bt6,000-plus for three months.
Call (092) 274 7434 or visit www.WeCoSystem.co.
Spanning 760 square metres with 230 seats, Starbucks Reserve at CentralWorld is the biggest outlet in Thailand. It also includes co-working spaces for people to sit at their computers alone or in groups over cups of coffee. Two meeting rooms equipped with an LCD screen for multimedia presentations are also provided. The Starbucks Reserve Experience Bar offers premium coffees from Coffee Reserve beans and the Starbucks Draft, the first nitrogen-driven machine in Southeast Asia, is available here, presenting four taps for cold brew, nitro cold brew, tea and milk. As the drink comes directly out of the tap, customers can enjoy a delicate and foamy taste and bubbles.
Call (084) 438 7336.
This Thai coffee house brand originated in Chiang Mai and has now opened a branch at Big C Supercentre on Ratchadamri. It serves coffee from both coffee-making machines and drip equipment, depending on customers’ preferences. Also available are tea, fruits, snacks, coconut-flavoured ice cream and juices. Most of coffee beans at this outlet come from the brand’s own plantations in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Prices are from Bt75 to Bt100. It can accommodate about 50 persons with free Wi-Fi service. A meeting room for a group of 10-15 persons is available for advance booking.
Call (02) 250 4946.
Casa Lapin at CentralWorld can seat 70 persons and is a nice place for those in mobile-working mode. This outlet offers a variety of food and beverages and is equipped with a state-of-the-art Steampunk machine to handle everything starting with the selection of the coffee beans. There are two main types of coffee beans to choose from – local beans and those from Ethiopia, Kenya, Costa Rica and Colombia. The favourite order is Flat White and Salmon Cream Cheese. Prices range from Bt90 to Bt200.
Call (02) 116 3308.
Boasting minimal decor and plenty of white, Snap Cafe on the first floor of Gaysorn Village serves a variety of drinks and foods. Highlights are Thai sweetened crispy rice, salted caramel topped with Werther’s candy powder and sandwiches with fried egg and tuna. This cafe also has a nitrogen-driven tap to serve nitro cold brew, making sure customers can enjoy beer-like bubbles and a mellow taste. Many corners here are perfect for reading or working. It can seat about 20 people. Prices range from Bt80 to Bt200.
Call (089) 244 5191.