I can’t work from home. There, I’ve said it. The chaos, the abundance of free food, and a gazillion unfinished DIY projects constantly whisper my name and drive me to the point of madness. So like any self-respecting girlboss, I’ve been on the search for a location outside of my
terribly messy apartment to work. There’s nothing like long, empty reading tables and delicious food that appears at the snap of a finger (figuratively!), to inspire bouts of uninterrupted productivity. I present to you… Open House at Central Embassy in Bangkok, which has it all!
Take the BTS to Phloen Chit, and when you get out, let yourself be inspired by the luxury stores and restaurants all housed in the same mall: Chanel, Prada, Kenzo.. all that jazz. Every time I walked past there on my way to my ‘office’, I’d think to myself, “one day I can afford it!” Not that I’d ever invest in a designer handbag, because let’s face it, I’d rather spend money on freediving gear and plane tickets 😉 ANYHOW. Head to the top floor, and you’ll find yourself gaping at the beautifully curated space as it slowly reveals itself from the escalators.
Artisan coffee, the best Italian pizzas of your life and vegan Thai food? All there. (At Coffeeology, Peppina and Broccoli Revolution respectively). The only catch is that you need to order a minimum of 300 Baht worth of food and drinks to use the space. If you’re skipping lunch, they’ve got some pricing plans that you can check out to use their high speed wifi. Always cheaper than renting an office! My biggest tip: wear warm clothes and closed shoes. While cooler temperatures usually contribute to my productiveness, when it’s THAT cold, it makes my brain go into hibernation.
My favourite thing about this space is the amount of plants, which makes it feel like a greenhouse! Combined with the height of the ceilings, and the 180º panorama of downtown Bangkok, it becomes a perfect setting for daydreaming away about new business models, writing blog posts and getting downright busy.
Done with work? Have something to celebrate? Head over to the bar for an old fashioned, and while you’re at it, might as well order that well-deserved carbonara pasta. The freezing cold means those calories need to be replenished, am I right??
The verdict? 3.5/5. The food and drinks are a little pricey, but you have to remember that you’re mostly paying for the location. Like I said, it’s cheaper than renting an office, and if it really helps to boost your productivity, it’s totally worth it IMO! The reason it gets a 3.5 is because I definitely can’t afford to hang out there every day. Maybe twice a week would be perfect for doing laptop things and having meetings.
What’s your stance on co-working spaces? Love em? Hate em? Want more reviews like this? Let me know in the comments below!