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Crew Collective & Café
360 Saint-Jacques Street | Website
Named as the most beautiful co-working space in the world by Forbes Magazine, this former Royal Bank of Canada head office in Old Montréal features 15-metre ceilings that soar over tables and private meeting spaces for rent. Snacks and café fare are available either at the counter or via the website and brought directly 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.
3 Place Ville Marie | Website
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. Or choose from several other locations throughout downtown and Old Montréal.
294 Sainte-Catherine Street West | Website
An intriguing co-working space idea based on time-based 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 workstations, Anticafé has plenty of space to work side-by-side or from a comfortable distance. Monday through Friday, 10am – 8pm.
51 Sherbrooke Street West | Website
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 staying guests. Just popping in and out for some laptop work between conference speakers? The Notman House’s café OSMO offers a full gamut of espresso-based drinks, free Wi-Fi, and ideal people watching.
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Directly translated, “Ilots d'été” simply means “summer islets.” Essentially, they are shared workspaces located outdoors. This means that green desking is now available — for free — across the city. The network includes 40 spaces strategically positioned throughout Montréal, each offering Wi-Fi, electricity, shade from the sun, and seating. Summer months only!
753 Villeray Street | Website
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 coworking 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 hip Villeray neighbourhood is always worth a leisurely wander.
6692 Saint-Denis Street | Website
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. Bonus: they’ve recently opened a second location in Quartier des Spectacles!
Le Tableau Blanc
1001 Lenoir Street | Website
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.
4388 St-Denis Street | Website
Based in the Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhood, Montréal Cowork offers space ranging 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.
7236 and 7240 Waverly Street | Website
Fabrik8 pushes the experience of coworking and tenants in its Mile-Ex complex by incorporating all the facilities under one roof! Gym, café, lounge, rooftop terrace and of course a ice rink in winter and basketball court in summer directly on the roof for the tenants to enjoy!
914, Notre-Dame West #201 | Website
Appointed with stylish furniture, a fully equipped kitchen and unlimited free tea and coffee, it’s no wonder so many workers are taking the plunge. La Piscine is an airy, bright space in buzzy Griffintown that’s great for short-term or occasional workspace. Cycle there, park in the bike garage and enjoy the convenience of showers on the premises — and if you’re looking to throw a party for your team, consider the rooftop terrasse.
Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.
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