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Change is inevitable and constant. And if we’re talking about change in the way we work today, the most timely and befitting example would be that of co-working spaces. When co-working was first introduced in 2005, it was considered to be just a trend or a movement, something that would eventually fade or go away. (source)
Fast forward to 2019 and co-working is already a full-blown industry that’s continually rising. In 2018 alone, 2,188 new co-working spaces were opened worldwide. And because this means that people can now freely work anywhere they want, certain places are more popular for co-working than others. Barcelona, with its relaxing atmosphere and days of endless sunshine, remains one of Europe’s top visited cities. There are currently around 100 co-working spaces in Barcelona, and we have picked out the best.
Address: Carrer de la Creu dels Molers, 19, 08004 Barcelona Contact: +34 931 1981 12 Google rating: 4.8 out of 73 reviews Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 20:00 Rate: Daily pass:16€ + VAT 10-day pass:135€ + VAT Monthly flexible desk:175€ + VAT Amenities include: meeting and conference rooms, projector, lockers, Skype room, kitchen, mailbox, fingerprint access, bike parking
Located in the heart of Poble Sec, a district known for its shady squares, Boho vibe and elegant 19th-century architecture, La Vaca is one of Barcelona’s most laid-back co-working spaces. ‘La Vaca’ literally translates to ‘the cow’, and this place is a former dairy shop where people used to go for fresh milk. Currently, it is where working people of Barcelona go for fresh ideas.
La Vaca has a very communal energy that gives off an amazing vibe conducive to productivity and creating fresh ideas. La Vaca focuses on a strong community-based atmosphere that allows one to have an enjoyable place to work and at the same time be able to network with other freelancers, entrepreneurs, and digital nomads from all over the world. “Creative chaos” is the vibe that a working guest will get from La Vaca. They also foster interaction amongst workers and co-workers (they have weekly events like ‘Paella Day’, for instance).
La Vaca is recommended for creative workers and those who like to mix up the solitude of being a freelancer or a digital nomad with being social.
3 Locations: Placa Catalunya – CL Estruc 9, Barcelona Contact: +936 0267 07 Google rating: 4.8 out of 117 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 08:30– 18:30 Marina Port Vell—Cl Escar 20, Barcelona Contact: +930 098 490 Google rating: 4.8 out of 104 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 18:00 Catedral—Avinguda de la Catedral 6, Barcelona Contact: +935 047 458 Google rating: 4.8 out of 27 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 08:30– 18:30 Rates: Daily Pass: 25€ + VAT Weekly Pass: 80€ + VAT Monthly Flexible desk: 195€ + VAT Monthly Fixed desk: 295€+ VAT Monthly Private Office: 360€ + VAT
Amenities include: Meeting rooms, refreshments, printing / scanning, complimentary tea, milk and coffee, lockable storage space. When it comes to co-working spaces in Barcelona, OneCoWork Barcelona is a company that has built quite a strong reputation over the years.
Their locations and interiors are designed to inspire. Their Marina Port Vell location is inside the exclusive One Ocean Port Vell Compound and is likely to be the only co-working space in Barcelona that is situated over the water. This OneCoWork location is also just a couple of minutes’ walk to and from the beach so you can count beach breaks as one of the things you can do in-between your workload at OneCoWork Marina Port Vell.
Their second location, at Placa Catalunya, is right in the city centre, has a vibrant atmosphere and is very easily accessed via public transport. Their highly-anticipated third co-working location in Catedral is also ideally located directly beside the famed ‘Catedral de Barcelona’. It has a prime location on Via Laietana and private parking exclusive for their members.
The interiors of OneCoWork spaces were also designed to maximise productivity with the combined use of art and science. For instance, they discovered that people are most productive when surrounded by natural light and when ceilings are at least 10 feet tall. So when they designed and constructed OneCoWork Marina Port Vell, they made sure that it was surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. And those who do their work at OneCoWork Placa Catalunya will find themselves surrounded by natural light because their in-house design team removed large sections of the ground, first and second floors so that natural light fills the entire building, reaching even the basement.
Carrer de Bailen II, 0810 Barcelona
Contact: +34 9366 74165
Google rating: 4.6 out of 165 reviews
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 20:00
Ronda de Sant Pau, 47, 08015 Barcelona
Contact: +34 93566 9314
Google rating: 4.6 out of 78 reviews
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 20:00
Av. De Francesc Cambo, 17, 08003 Barcelona
Contact: +34 93280 8335
Google rating: 4.9 out of 18 reviews
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 20:00
Rates: Daily Pass:15€+ VAT
Monthly Flexible Desk: 65€ + VAT
Monthly Fixed Desk:190€ +VAT
Amenities include: Skype and Conference rooms, 24-hour option, company address, mail pick-up, printing and scanning
MOB Barcelona is considered to be one of the city’s pioneers when it comes to co-working spaces. Having opened their first co-working space in 2011, MOB Barcelona has been the city’s first home to a community of entrepreneurs and creatives. In 2014, they launched Fab Café Barcelona, which was the first in Europe to allow guests to print 3D prototypes while enjoying a cup of coffee. MOB Barcelona’s newest location in Caterina is right in Barcelona’s city centre, which makes it a perfect spot for a travelling entrepreneur to plug-in.
Address: Carrer de Floridablanca, 92, 08015 Barcelona Contact: +34 616 728566 Google rating: 4.9 out of 50 reviews Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00 – 21:00 Rates- Daily Pass:18€ + VAT Flexible weekly desk: 65€ + VAT Flexible monthly desk:180€ + VAT Amenities include: Mail and package handling, kitchen and lockers, printing and scanning, meeting rooms, projectors, lounge area
Opened in August 2018, Cahoot Coworking is one of Barcelona’s newest co-working space for people in the tech and creative industries. Their building is an industrial space in Sant Antoni, newly refurbished and designed by senior architect and urban investigator Oriol Hostench. Their location is also quite ideal: right next to the new market, Placa Universitat and Old Town, and is also easily accessible via public transport.
Address: Ronda de Sant Pere, 52, Atico, 08010 Barcelona Contact: +34 688 9268 29 Google rating: 4.5 out of 233 reviews Hours: Monday – Thursday: 09:00 – 18:30 Fridays: 09:00 – 15:00 Rates- Day Pass: 45€ + VAT Weekly Pass: 125€ + VAT Flexible desk: 199€ + VAT Fixed Desk: 299€ + VAT Private Office: 399€ + VAT Meeting rooms: 45€ + VAT Amenities include: optional 24-hour access, shower facility, daily food and catering services, complimentary tea and coffee
Opened in 2016, Aticco Urquinaona is a six-level building right in the city centre that has everything you may need from a co-working space in Barcelona. They have designed their spaces according to workers’ activities, also considering their clients and who they collaborate with. Their large building can accommodate a community of more than 1,000 co-workers. Their 400m2 terrace on the 6th floor is a popular place to unwind and socialise, as it offers central views of Barcelona.
Address: 48 , Carrer de Zamora, 46, 08005 Barcelona Contact: +34 661 807137 Google rating: 4.1 out of 9 reviews Hours: Monday to Friday 08:00 – 20:00 Rates : From160€ a month Amenities include: meeting rooms, showers, lockers, concierge, cleaning service
Those who are looking for a peaceful, calm and quiet atmosphere in a co-working space in Barcelona will truly enjoy Zamness. Unlike most co-working spaces that boast of a large community and a festive atmosphere, Zamness offers a tranquil and comparatively intimate co-working space as they take only a maximum of 32 people. Zamness is about 5 minutes’ walking distance from the beach and is the perfect place for small companies looking to rent the entire space, or individuals who relish a serene working area. It is recommended to contact Zamness for availability beforehand.
2 Locations: Poble Sec – Carrer de Blesa, 27 08004 Barcelona Contact: +31 931 1655 85 Google rating: 4.5 out of 169 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 21:00 Eixample- Gran via de les Corts Catalanes, 672 08010 Barcelona Contact: + 31 931 1655 85 Google rating: 4.6 out of 125 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 21:00 Rates- Weekly Flexible:185€ + VAT Weekly Fixed: 250€+ VAT (Eixample space) 230€+ VAT (Poble Sec space) Amenities include: community events, meetings and Skype rooms, photography studio *CREC is a pet-friendly co-working space*
CREC gives focus to community collaborations, so on top of making people feel comfortable, they also connect guests together so they may be able to start projects and collaborate. CREC was established in 2012, and their Pobre Sec space is located in an old industrial building with over 1,000m2 of space. Their Eixample co-working space is full of colour and is designed to inspire and connect professionals who use it as their working space. What makes CREC stand out from other co-working spaces in Barcelona are their meeting rooms (cleverly named the Sheldon Cooper Room, the Sauron Room, and the Daenerys Room, to list a few), and they also have a photo studio available for product and staff shoots.
Address: Nest City Lab, Carrer d’Alaba 100, 08018 Barcelona Contact: +34 61806 3293 Google rating: 4.6 out of 73 reviews Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00 Amenities include: Yoga and mindfulness rooms, vegetarian kitchen, zero-waste showroom and workshop, community kitchen
“Our space is your space”. Apocapoc would like its guests to use and care for its space as they would their own. Apocapoc doesn’t just provide its guests with a co-working space in Barcelona. Their mission is to create, imagine, and offer sustainable spaces that will inspire its members to live a more sustainable and filling life. Since 2013, this former grain factory has become a haven for those looking for an open and environmentally-friendly space to work in. With its unique architecture that makes one feel as though they are working in the middle of a forest, Apocacpoc Barcelona is perfect for those who work better in a peaceful, tranquil and sustainable environment.