Freelance creatives are easy to find in Barcelona, particularly those navigating their own start-ups or so-called digital nomads taking advantage of the ability to work wherever they want. Barcelona is an appealing choice for these types of people: its incredibly accessible for those travelling within the city’s boundaries, with metro travel being relatively cheap and its very own bike-sharing initiative, as well as offering a climate and beautiful beach on its doorstep.
Coworking spaces are easy to find across Barcelona. Tariffs and prices typically depend on the number of hours of access or flexibility you require. Inside each space is a hub of dynamic workers: a mix of cultural and professional backgrounds with skills to trade and embrace amongst each other. We’ve selected twelve of the best, spanning across the city and each with their own individual traits, to help you select your ideal working space in Barcelona.
Based near the university and popular museum area, Coworkidea has a very settled rhythm of work. The coworking space is set over two floors, and are home to a variety of professionals. Upstairs you’ll find larger teams and more established workers. On the first floor, the open coworking area is split between a hot desk-ing zone, mainly utilised by independent, freelancers who can opt for part-time or full-time access; and fixed desks rented by small collectives, businesses or freelance regulars. Different types of plans are available for workers to select which suits their needs best, and some tariffs offer 24-hour access. Evening and shared office activities include weekly lunches, yoga and networking nights to introduce new individuals or teams to the coworking community.
Transforma builds a multidisciplinary, international, and local community of professionals and startups at its base in the heart of Barcelona’s Eixample district. This coworking space suits creative freelancers and businesses focused on innovative projects. Alongside its work areas, Transforma creates areas for relaxing complete with ping-pong tables, hammocks and sofas, and it also has its own bar-restaurant, Vivant, where coworkers can grab a quick bite and recharge. Transforma has an event space available to rent for exhibitions, networking, masterclasses, conferences, book launches and much more! Open from 9 am to 9 pm, this coworking space has flexible packages to suit workers needs. A range of discounts and benefits both inside and outside the office is a lovely extra that Transforma offers workers.
Bridging the central Eixample district and creative Gracia hub, Depot Lab has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and social-ness, showcasing how a coworking space can evolve into a community. Every day of the week it has a different evening meet-up, set up to aid freelancers and start-ups. Depot Lab has coworking spaces in two great locations: one located near Joanic and the other is by Verdeguer Metro. These facilitate access from all over the city, with several nearby Bicing stations (the local bike-sharing service) for the active commuters. The spaces are also divided to accommodate workers needs. One half is a laid back, bright cafe and hot desk area, and elsewhere you’ll find fixed private desks, working spaces and meeting rooms that are available to hire with a pricing plan to suit your own needs.
Betahaus is a flexible coworking space catering to remote workers and companies. It is open 24/7 and provides workers with high-speed internet, outdoor workspaces and a variety of plans to fit individual or businesses’ needs. Based in Barcelona’s trendy Gràcia district, the coworking space is made up of five chilled-out floors, complete with stunning views of the city. Betahaus has locations in six European cities, which makes it popular amongst international, cross-cultural business. The coworking space is home to not only freelancers but larger start-ups, particularly tech and creative teams.
Popular with tech-led companies, Blitz coworking is a working paradise for those who love to be in natural light. The Barcelona sun fills the space’s industrial-style rooms, with outdoor terraces available to work in too. This dog-friendly coworking space has 24-hour access and offers monthly rates for both half-day hot-desking and full-day fixed-desk rental. Blitz coworking also hosts monthly cultural and leisure events, workshops and courses.
La Vaca has found the perfect working space in Poble Sec. It has turned an old dairy into a contemporary workspace; constructed of an exposed stone interior, lit by the windows in its high ceilings. After a busy working day upstairs workers move downstairs where socialising is prioritised, with a bar, games area and cinema space. Independent workers seeking to build new relationships and add a social aspect to their work will be very at home in this space. Like most co-working venues, there are tariffs to suit all working styles, including passes created for digital nomads, 10-day passes and flexible plans.
Occupying a penthouse-like space where Eixample meets El Born, Aticco is a large coworking space whose popularity can result in waiting lists for those looking to join. Alongside the desk spaces that many other coworking venues offer, Aticco also has private office space that appeals to small independent businesses and collectives. Its offices and atmosphere are more akin to that of a regular office. This work style proves popular for freelancers looking for routine and high quality, office facilities. Aticco’s services include 24-hour access, a rooftop terrace with 360-degree views and gym membership.
Whilst other spaces go large, the sustainable community ethos is the appeal of Apocapoc. Tucked away in the small streets of El Born, this coworking venue has a green and eco-friendly focus that inhabits their workspaces, terraces and roof garden- complete with fruit trees. Desks and working are less rigid than that of many coworking spaces, decorated with sofas and make-shift tables, utilised by the creative workers and events. Tariffs work similarly to other coworking spaces: based on daily or monthly use and whether you wish a fixed desk.
In Sant Antoni, the stylish premises of Coco Coffice could easily be confused for a cafe; and this was the hybrid that inspired co-founders Carole and Axel. The benefit here, however, is that workers can escape the crowds of coffee shops. Coco Coffice creates a coworking space that doesn’t come with the socialising pressures or organised networking that many coworking spaces offer. This cafe-cum-office is often inhabited by very independent, flexible freelancers. Another unique aspect of the premises is that workers also don’t need to commit to fixed desks or long hours to get their money’s worth; you pay per hour with payment and general information explained by one of the owners when you arrive at the space.
Just round the corner from Barcelona’s Plaça Cataluna, digital nomads will find Imagin Cafe: not just a cafe but a free coworking space. Its location and the fact its free make is incredibly popular. It is well suited to those who are only planning to be in Barcelona for a short amount of time, as well as those who are only looking for a space to work now and again. Open from 9 am to 5 pm, this coworking space fills up early so later in the day it might be difficult to find a space to work. The venue has everything you’d expect to find at a cafe/coworking space plus more: diverse event, lab and gaming spaces and a busy calendar of events including workshops, talks and exhibitions.
OneCoWork boasts coworking spaces in three incredible locations: harbourside, in Barcelona’s old gothic neighbourhood next to the Catedral de Barcelona, and the well-connected heart of Eixample by Plaça Catalunya. These spaces offer great views, vibes and opportunities to connect with OneCoWork’s diverse community of entrepreneurs, startups, and businesses. Regular events across all of these spaces connect the member network with those working in all locations. OneCoWork offers a high-quality experience, and they are keen to keep this accessible to all with their variety of flexible plans.
Cloudworks is a unique coworking and office rental initiative: it offers not one, not two, but nine coworking spaces across Barcelona. These spaces span the city’s most popular and thriving areas. Each location has various benefits and plans: fixed desks, private offices, flexible rental, daily or weekly pass. All plans include use of the common spaces, kitchen facilities and access to events. Across the city, the spaces host workshops and talks, to which all members are invited. In addition to coworking, CloudWorks rents its premises for events, meetings and activities.