Co-working spaces: A roundup of Montréal’s best

published on September 1, 2020
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Montréal’s co-working scene offers innovative and inspiring spaces. Located in different neighbourhoods around the city, each co-working space has a differentiating factor that makes it appealing. Need a cup of coffee and a workspace for only an hour? Need a desk for a week? Want an office space for a small team for a month? There is something for everyone.

Here are some co-working spaces that both business travellers and locals love.


(360 Saint-Jacques Street). The 15-metre ceilings of the former Royal Bank of Canada head office in Old Montréal soar over tables and private meeting spaces available for rent. Snacks and café fare are available for order either at the counter or via the website and brought straight to the table. There are also Crew Labs spaces on upper floors for teams of 6 to 18 people, available for both short-term and long-term rental periods. Crew was recently named the most beautiful co-working space in the world by Forbes Magazine! 2020 update: tables in the café space have been updated with plexiglass (i.e. sneeze guards) for additional safety. 


(3 Place Ville Marie). Offering the rare opportunity to get some work done in the Place Ville Marie (one of Downtown’s biggest buildings, designed by internationally celebrated architect I. M. Pei), WeWork puts visiting workers right in the heart of business Montréal. There are three other options in town, including a new location in Old Montréal (Humanti) that will open in April of 2021. Furthermore, the company has a new strategic approach to 


(294 Sainte-Catherine Street West). An intriguing co-working space idea based on a Russian model, the Anticafé charges a nominal hourly fee, including all the coffee, tea and biscuits you could want. With 4000 square feet, 12 private rooms, and 45 individual work stations, Anticafé has plenty of space to work while at a comfortable distance from others. Monday-Friday, 10am – 8pm.


(51 Sherbrooke Street West). An important hub for digital start-ups and trendsetting entrepreneurs in Montréal, the Notman House blends history and innovation with some great office spaces for rent, great for longer stay guests. Just popping in and out for some laptop work between conference speakers? The Notman House’s café OSMO offers expertly-made espressos, free Wi-Fi and ideal people watching. /


(5333 Casgrain Avenue). One of Montréal’s first shared workspaces, La Gare offers a bright and airy setting available via daily work passes (a steal at $20.00 per day), conference room rental (starting at $25.00 per hour), or fixed desks available on monthly terms for longer-staying visitors. And La Gare is nestled in the heart of the Mile End — one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world.


(#106 5605 Gaspé Avenue). Gaspé Avenue on the edge of the Mile End is one of Montréal’s most active creative hub areas, with large multi-level warehouse buildings converted into studios, ateliers and workspaces. Temps Libre has become a mainstay for freelancers and visitors looking for a true MTL experience alongside the city’s trendsetters — and the huge bright windows are a particular bonus. Update: The space has been recently reconfigured to ensure two-metres of distance between each personal work station. Best to reserve ahead!


(6692 Saint-Denis Street). With homey workrooms available for hourly or daily rent, Le Cornélien includes the coffee and tea needed to keep co-workers going. Close to Jean Talon Market and Petite Italie, Le Cornélien’s location is also a dream spot for gourmet tastes. 2020 update: the space is now limiting one person or team per table, ensuring appropriate physical distance. 


(7240 Waverly Street). Based in the up-and-coming Mile-Ex neighbourhood, Fabrik8 knows the value of bright and open shared workspaces (plus an enclosed conference room available for booking) and a ping pong table for those downtime moments. 


(#300 4529 Clark Street). With desk space for over 80 people, Nexus offers turnkey set-up with all equipment, furniture and administration in place so you can get right to work. There’s even executive suites available for those who still want the corner office experience away from home. 


(753 Villeray Street). Émilie Lebel quit her job as a lawyer to found Café Perko, recalling her days spent studying the hours away in Montréal cafés. Her aim was to create a space large enough to allow co-working while still existing as a café for those just looking for a cup of coffee. There’s a conference room and printing capabilities on site, and the burgeoning Villeray neighbourhood is always worth a leisurely wander. 


(1001 Lenoir Street). Catering to creatives, Le tableau blanc offers a clean slate for coworking groups and individuals, with an expertly-designed setting and creative decorative touches. Try their “Brainstorming” service — support for creatively tackling big business challenges — on offer, in hourly or group settings including follow-up sessions via video call, email or phone. 


(Various locations). Spread throughout the city, the workspaces of Breather are available for as little as an hour or on month-by-month terms. While not exactly co-working spaces per se, Breather’s flexibility and availability make for almost limitless possibilities for solo work time or group meetings. 

(1196 Sherbrooke Street W) Brainchild of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté is a buzzing, creative hub in the Golden Square Mile neighbourhood, housed in the historic Maison Alcan. But don’t judge a book by its historic cover — the coworkers at Zú exist on the cutting edge.


(936 Mont-Royal Avenue E) A definite bargain with daily access as low as $15.00, the ECTO coworking cooperative is a brightly-lit, welcoming space right on bustling Mont-Royal Avenue. Weekly and monthly packages are also available.


(4388 St-Denis Street, suite 200) Based in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Montréal Cowork offers space from solitary stations to room for 10 team members. There’s also an admirable focus on facilitating the integration of newly landed immigrant entrepreneurs — an exciting and unique networking opportunity for visitors to the city.


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