Montréal: City of unforgettable co-working spaces (perfect for business travellers)

published on 07 10 2018
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Montréal’s co-working scene is both vibrant and lively, with cutting-edge and inspiring spaces opening up across the city for entrepreneurs, freelancers and business travellers in search of somewhere to get some work done. Here’s just 14 of our favourites that visitors, attendees and special guests will love. 

CREW CAFÉ

(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. Talk about an inspiring setting – Crew was recently named the most beautiful co-working space in the world by Forbes Magazinecrewcollectivecafe.com 

WEWORK

(3 Place Ville Marie / 1275 Canadiens-de-Montréal Avenue). 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. The second location is right across from Centre Bell, home of the Montréal Canadiens hockey team. wework.com 

ANTICAFÉ

(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. The space includes larger rooms available for booking, and is a popular meeting spot for many local clubs and groups marking Anticafé as a lively option for those seeking an active workspace. facebook.com/anticafemontreal

CAFÉ PARVIS

(433 Mayor Street). Upstairs from one of Montréal’s most stylish eating spots, the Café Parvis co-working space is a new kid on the scene. Set at the mid-point between Downtown and the Quartier des spectacles, Parvis’ design-savvy ambiance will make any forward-leaning creative feel right at home. cafeparvis.com 

NOTMAN HOUSE

(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. notman.org / cafeosmo.org

LA GARE

(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 a 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. garemtl.com/en 

TEMPS LIBRE

(#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. tempslibre.coop/coworking 

LE CORNÉLIEN

(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. lecornelien.com 

FABRIK8

(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. fabrik8.ca/en 

NEXUS

(#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. nexusworkspace.ca/en 

CAFÉ PERKO

(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 downtime wander. perkocafe.com 

LORI HUB

(#102b 4710 Saint-Ambroise Street). Standing for Ladies of Real Influence, LORI Hub is the first co-working space designed and dedicated for women entrepreneurs in Montréal. Housed in St. Henri – one of Montréal’s newest hipster havens – LORI Hub is mere metres from the Lachine Canal and shows off an entirely different side of Montréal not often reached by visitors. lori.biz 

LE TABLEAU BLANC

(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. There’s even Brainstorming on offer, in hourly or group settings including follow-up sessions via Skype, email or phone two weeks following – an intriguing idea rare in co-working spaces. letableaublanc.com 

BREATHER

(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. breather.com