aCAT Penang

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16, Gat Lebuh China, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, George Town, Penang, Malaysia 10300
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This space is large and airy, housed on the third floor of a protected heritage building with beautiful views of the ocean and the main ferry terminal from Butterworth, which lies just across the water. The desks and chairs are comfortable, there are plenty of power outlets and excellent wifi. It is also a short walk away from the Sri Weld food court for a deliciously cheap lunch!

Given the Penang government’s encouragement of tech entrepreneurship, there are a lot of “techy” locals and nomads working in this space, although as with any coworking destination, you can find people in all lines of work. The main workspace is quiet and focused, but it’s always possible to strike up a conversation in the break-out kitchen or the smoking area. The staff arranges a communal pizza lunch on Thursdays to mingle with your fellow co-workers, and they also host regular entrepreneurship and start-up events and workshops.

Top tip: @CAT uses standing air conditioning units, which do a great job of cooling the large workspace, but try to avoid positioning yourself too close to them! Coming in from the heavy heat outside, I made the mistake of sitting directly in front of one to bask in the cool breeze. Of course, five minutes later I was freezing my ass off and had to move to another spot. In any case, it doesn’t hurt to bring along a sweater just in case it does get a bit chilly for your liking.

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