When you think of Barcelona, what comes to your mind? Beaches, Gaudi, Sagrada Familia? Probably.
An uncountable amount of coworking spaces? Probably not.
When I chose to live and work in Barcelona over the summer this year I had no idea about the incredible amount of coworking spaces that exist in this city. Let alone the huge amount of entrepreneurs, freelancers and digital working professionals!
But why? When you think about it, it quickly makes sense. While the economy is now growing at a much faster pace, Spain still battles with a high unemployment rate with many young people affected where monthly work contracts are not uncommon. At the same time this situation provides an opportunity for many to start a small business or work on personal projects. Shared workspaces have now emerged all around the city giving those creative, self-driven workers a space to network with like-minded people, receive clients and collaborate on many levels while saving them of the boredom of working alone from home.
Generally speaking, a monthly membership for a coworking space in Barcelona will set you back between €80 to €250, depending on your needs. There are permanent desks, temporary tables, full and half-day memberships and even subscriptions for certain hours of the day. The options are endless and you will definitely be spoiled for choice.
Many spaces offer 24/7 access which is great for people who work with a team across different time zones.
Even though I stayed in Barcelona for over 3 months there was still not enough time to visit all the spaces that do exist. It’s even said that Barcelona has the highest density of coworking space in the world – I would easily believe that!
One of my favourite coworking spaces at first sight! Entering for the first time into this space, I was greeted with warmness, not only from the people who worked there but from the interior of the space itself. I immediately felt welcome and inspired. The huge window with plenty of daylight is another plus as well as the size, as it never feels too crowded and you have a real opportunity to speak to people as it’s small enough.
In my view, this space is the perfect creative space for digital professionals who seek a unique-design space and great, friendly service. Additionally, there are many events on the calendar to help you develop and grow your business, network and learn. I got to visit the Challengers conference, a startup event where even Ed Snowden tuned in and Kim Dotcom shared some valuable insights into entrepreneurship. If you feel like heading to another country after Spain, there are a total of 13 Talent Garden coworking campuses worldwide already.
Price: Full 24/7 access for €250 a month. There are other membership options for lower rates too.
Address: Carrer de Muntaner 239, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
Right at the beautiful Plaza Real in the Gothic Quarter you can find Impact Hub, a space especially for social entrepreneurs from all around the world who aim to co-create a more social, green and human economy.
On 800 square meters set over 3 stories you will find an active community seeking inspiration, exchange, connection and co-creation. Flexible work spaces, rooms for meeting and training programs, frequent events and a constant program of activities is offered to help businesses and entrepreneurs grow.
Additionally, Impact Hub has a big global network of social entrepreneurs with over 11,000 members in 72 locations across all continents. Time to get connected!
Price: Memberships starting from €25/day and from €180/month.
Address: Plaça Reial 18, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
A classic. Set in Gràcia, one of the popular neighborhoods for digital nomads with a more local atmosphere mixed in with expats to give it a cosmopolitan feel. Among it all is betahaus Barcelona, a social co-working space made for entrepreneurs and creative professionals. Their core philosophy is to be much more than just a co-working space. Betahaus has 6 floors including a café/patio space on the ground floor, meeting and event spaces and a sunny rooftop terrace.
To be able to work from here you have to apply and pass through a personal interview with a betahaus team member in order to be accepted. This way they claim to find the best fits and keep a friendly family atmosphere in the space.
Betahaus also has spaces in Berlin, Hamburg, Sofia, Copenhagen and Vienna.
Price: A day pass costs €20. The monthly pass (which has some limits) is one of the cheapest you can find in Barcelona, starting from €79.
Address: Carrer de Vilafranca 7, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
This coworking space is also located in one of my personal favourite neighborhoods in Barcelona, in Gràcia. Collaboration, synergies and a familiar work atmosphere is emphasized in this space. Here you can get to work in an open space flooded with natural light, take advantage of the meeting room or enjoy the city and ocean views from either of the two terraces.
Price: Monthly memberships are starting from €90.
Address: Carrer Ca l’Alegre de Dalt 55 4to 2a, 08024 Barcelona, Spain
Only 10 minutes walking to the city center in the district of Eixample, sits MOB, a pretty large space spread about two stories of a former textile factory. There is a coffee shop called the FabCafé accessible without membership right in the front. Here you can even print your own 3D prototypes while sipping on a coffee and meet people in the community.
MOB has many activities, events and workshops in areas of innovation, creativity/design, and entrepreneurship. Throughout the summer time it is very busy when many expats and travellers visit the city, so it’s a good idea to enquire about a space a little in advance.
Price: €20 for a daily pass, a temporary table starts from €80 a month.
Address: Bailen 11, Bajos 08010 Barcelona, Spain
Apocapoc is quite a multi-functional space in the neighbourhood of El Born. The space was launched by three French expatriates in a former grain factory and now boasts a large space with heigh ceilings and furniture made from reclaimed wood. Additionally, it also has a big terrace with fruit trees and it’s an eco-friendly space.
Price: Daily membership at €17, monthly passes are starting from €97.
Address: Passatge hort dels velluters 5, 08003 Barcelona, Spain.
Crec coworking space is set in a converted warehouse in the neighbourhood of Poble-Sec, very close to Parc de Montjuic, a beautiful green space to relax at in the afternoon or do some sightseeing. Nearby is also Carrer de Blai, where you can find some fantastic tapas places and try some of the most amazing pintxos in town.
Crec is very spacious and though feels cozy at the same time. The space offers meeting rooms, a relaxation space, therapy room, office space as well as a photo studio. There are often events, from green markets to food truck festivals, body painting to business workshops. Quite impressive!
Price: €25 for a daily membership, monthly passes are starting from €100.
Address: Carrer de Blesa 27, 08004 Barcelona, Spain
Meet BCN in the center of Barcelona was created with the aim of providing entrepreneurs and freelancers shared spaces at affordable prices where they can hold meetings with clients, as well as work in an inviting environment and develop synergies and business opportunities, share ideas and of course, coffee.
They also offer virtual-office services and meeting and training rooms can be rented.
Price: Monthly part-time memberships start from €176.
Address: Carrer de Balmes 167, 08008 Barcelona, Spain
At transforma bcn you will find a multi-purpose space with an caring community where you can exchange know-how, meet with other talents and innovative professionals.
There are many activities like workshops, events or cultural activities around the space to continuously emphasize and improve the working environment of members who use the space.
Price: Monthly part-time memberships start from €90.
Address: Consell de cent 394, 08009 Barcelona, Spain
More coworking spaces in Barcelona to check out:
Espai Born, especially for professionals in the creative industry like artists, photographers, developers, graphic designers and more. In a very hip part of central Barcelona which is next door to the Gothic Quarter but which I like a little more.
RavalCo, pleasant and open work environment with the flexibility to fit your own working schedule.
Pipoca, located in the heart of Barcelona with a relaxed and dynamic work environment. Spend siesta time in a hammock!
TALENT&CO, a shared office space for independent professionals across a range of disciplines including marketing, new technology and design.
GARDEN :: coworking space + atelier, an open space to work with other independent professionals. A huge collection of plants not only give the space its’ name but also add to the calm, alternative and eco-friendly environment.
Felisa CoWork, a small but charming coworking space in Eixample.
ATTA – Coworking y Diseño, a fairly new loft space in Poble Nou.
Valkiria Hub Space, a coworking space focused on projects that have a positive social and economic impact.
Start2bee, located in the neighborhood of Gracia, this coworking space has plenty of natural light and is made up of three coworking rooms and a rest area with additional rooms for conferences, trainings and events for up to 50 people.
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Finding creative, like-minded people to work and hang out with is one thing, and while Barcelona definitely has you covered with that, the city has even more to offer!
The mediterranean climate makes it a great place to visit all year around and with all its’ architecture, museums, festivals and fantastic street art there is always something to see and do. Add sparkling wine (Cava), Tapas and the proximity to lovely beaches and relaxing coastal towns and you sure know why you should come to Barcelona to work from here for a little while.