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Crew Collective & Café
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 Lab 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.
Offering the rare opportunity to get some work done in 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 (Humaniti) that will open in April of 2021. Furthermore, the company has a new strategic approach to safety.
An intriguing co-working space idea based on a Russian model, the Anticafe 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 to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
An important hub for digital start-ups and trendsetting entrepreneurs in Montréal, Notman 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? Notman’s Café OSMO offers expertly made espressos, free Wi-Fi and ideal people watching.
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One of Montréal’s first shared workspaces, La Gare offers a bright and airy setting available via daily work passes (a steal at $20 per day), conference room rental (starting at $25 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.
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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 workstation. Best to reserve ahead!
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.
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 Little Italy, 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.
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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.
Brainchild of Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté, Zú 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.
A definite bargain with daily access as low as $15, ECTO is a brightly lit, welcoming space right on bustling Mont-Royal Avenue. Weekly and monthly packages are also available.
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.