Location is a big factor to consider when looking at shophouses! Most shophouses rarely exist as standalone buildings, and are normally located in clusters of terraced units with little to no separation. Neighbouring shophouses to your office can be home to restaurants, cafes, shops, boutique hotels, and fitness studios, so it's important to survey the area to see which amenites you value most. Many shophouse clusters are located in or around the central business district, covering prime neighbourhoods like Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer, City Hall and Bugis. In these areas, it's possible to find shophouse spaces in close proximity to MRT stations and bus stops.
Another factor to consider is the level of fit-out required. Keep in mind that shophouses are older than most Grade A office buildings, and may require more extensive fit-outs. One question to ask landlords is how recently the shophouse was refurbished or renovated. Nonetheless, even with their history, shophouses can definitely be restored with modern workspace interiors. Coworking spaces located in shophouses, alternatively, are already fully-fitted, requiring no additional work from your end!