6 coworking spaces in Montréal (perfect for business travellers)
Coworking is a business organization style that combines a shared workspace with a network of people that encourage collaboration and openness. Ideal for entrepreneurs, designers, artists, social entrepreneurs, small teams and entrepreneurially-minded employees, these types of spaces are synonymous with both startup culture and Millennial work styles.
For business travellers wishing to extend their stay in Montréal — either before or after a conference — but who cannot completely stop working, here are some innovative spaces to log a little office time.
Crew Café. Once the head office for the Royal Bank of Canada head office, the Beaux-Arts style building boasts soaring 15-metre ceilings. These days it’s been renovated into a café and dedicated coworking space. Meeting space available to rent. crewcollectivecafe.com
Gare. In the heart of trendy Mile End, Gare is one of the original coworking spaces in Montréal. Nab a floating seat for $20/day or reserve something more permanent for a longer stay. The space regularly hosts training sessions and events that allow members, guests and experts from various fields to share knowledge. garemtl.com/en
Notman House. As the hub of Montréal’s innovation community, Notman has 22 offices available for tech-focused startups. You’ll be rubbing elbows with the most creative brains in the city. If you don’t require a month-long office rental, you can pull up a seat at OSMO café, which offers espresso-based drinks and free Wi-Fi. notman.org
Fabrik8. A new style of work environment for businesses and independent workers, in Montréal’s burgeoning Mile-Ex neighborhood. The “open workspace” option is ideal for solo freelancers or business folks on the move. Plenty of big windows (i.e. natural light) and a conference room. fabrik8.ca/en
Breather. Think of it as the “Uber” of office space — but instead of a car ride, you get a handsome space to chill out. Located in various corners of the city, each Breather is a room equipped with a desk, a comfortable couch, a selection of plugs (to recharge your devices) and high speed Wi-Fi service. While it’s not technically a “coworking” space, it does make an ideal option for small groups to meet. breather.com
Nexus. A business centre and coworking space tailored for people looking to work in an affordable and professional-looking environment. The rentals are based on turnkey packages, and don’t require long-term commitment. Amenities include printers, a kitchen and use of meeting rooms. nexusworkspace.ca/en