As a group of freelancers ourselves, we thought it was high time someone put together the ultimate guide to co-working in Europe. We want you to be able to land on this page, find the best spaces in your city or if you plan to travel!
Here at Ridestore Magazine, the world of co-working, freelancing and building dreams around your passions is something very close to our hearts. We are freelancers from all over the world and remote workers based in all the weird and wonderful places on the planet. We know first hand how tough it can be to find a calm, light, bright and stimulating place to work to encourage you to thrive. We have some remote workers who opt for a beach shack in Thailand and others who prefer a relaxed office space in a city, between adventures of course!
You might be fooled into thinking that freelancing and co-working is still a bit of an anomaly. Thinking you won’t find many fellow dreamers or indeed co-working space locations in any given city. But you would be so wrong! You don’t need to work in Starbucks and spend your entire salary on coffees so they don’t kick you out! Luckily for you, you can grab an artisan coffee, surrounded by succulents and potted plants, in multiple locations in your area.
In fact, there were as many as 20,000 co-working spaces worldwide by the early part of 2020 (3).
Given that co-working has become, big business, so-to-speak, what distinguishes one location from the next? We took a deeper dive into the best spots in Europe to discover what makes them great! So, whether you are just passing through, or indeed finding your next permanent spot to work, network, grow and develop, let’s find out more!
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Price for a whole day as a visitor in the coworking space. Some spaces unfortunately only offer memberships. In those cases we stated the day pass as unavailable.
Cheapest membership available at the coworking space. Minimum 8 hrs per day, 5 days per week. Or in coworking language: Full Time Hot Desking.
Google Ratings from August 2020. We only chose coworking spaces with great customer ratings because we love good service!
Distance from the coworking space to the city center, defined by Google Maps.
The beauty of Work.Life is that it is truly flexible, even being able to pay for a hot desk per hour and still have access to all its amenities, such as that well-needed coffee. If you’re freelancer, it’s perfect to network and socialise with weekly yoga and pizza evenings, definitely getting your money’s worth.
This is for creatives to feel welcome, thrive and collaborate in a unique space, in an art-deco renovated grade 2 listed building in the heart of the city. It’s a great spot to get those creative juices flowing and work hard in a professional, yet open environment.
The Beehive Lofts is a funkily renovated mill to create ‘industrial luxury’ for solo workers through to larger business with a monthly all-inclusive rent. There is chill-out areas, pool tables, free breakfasts and a luxurious inviting environment.
Duke Studios is an awesome, edgy space to make coworking fun. For a relatively cheap price, you get free meeting rooms, tea and coffee, plus free rental of their pool e-bikes and road bikes, so you can run errands around the city or simply go for a lunch break bike ride to get clear the mind. It’s a very sociable environment with a cool bar attached, where you can enjoy an apres work craft lager with your fellow co-space buddies.
At Raw Space, they are helping you build your business by providing a professional environment that encourages collaboration, networking and a community for you to develop. They have 4 different levels of monthly packages to suit you, so you don’t pay for more than you need, plus great services such as setting up your business address and mail with them, so you can be a pro in no time. There is also an outside working space, so you never miss a sunny day whilst working.
PLATF9RM is Brighton and Hove’s biggest network of coworking spaces where around 850 people join this community to work hard to build your business, but also get the chance to socialise with other like-minded people. The space is also host to inspirational evenings, such as International Women’s Day events, talks and peer to peer learning sessions.
DoES coworking space in Liverpool is a light and open space, perfect for hopping in and out whenever you need for very flexible working. On top of that, it has state of the art facilities such as laser cutting and workshop areas, which would usually be very expensive. If you’re a parent, they encourage you to bring your children at no extra cost so you can save money on childcare and your kids can have fun and make new friends along the way.
Rabble has built a professional environment to cater part-time freelancers and single business owners to get away from WFH, and getting it done. You have the option to hot desk, work in the casual lounge areas or have a permanent desk there, which is perfect to accomodating all types of work set ups. They encourage an online community, where you can register your business address, collab and join events.
Need a boutique, cosy, small and intimate workspace in Edinburgh? Join the Off Source! Lockable pedestals are provided for overnight storage (why not head to the pub after work and leave your laptop safe) and your own keys to come and go as you like. The loft is an easy-going, relaxed environment with an abundance of natural light and tea/coffee free of charge. Does what it says on the tin, a great place to work in the city.
The rookie oven is a super affordable co-working space situated in Fairfield Shipyard. The area is a hub of engineering excellence for over 150 years which has set the tone for this innovative co-working space. Immerse yourself in a friendly community of creative businesses and grow your company or nurture your skills or expertise from within their inspiring space.
The Tara Building believe work is better together and they have proved this is an excellent philosophy. Co-working gives freelancers, entrepreneurs and start-ups a friendly environment to thrive in, collaborate in and grow. A hot desk on the co-working floor caters towards those who need a flexible, 24/7 access workspace. You can also just take any open seat and start your work, headphone in and focus or join colleagues for lunch.
Weserland in the magical city of Berlin has created a very aesthetically pleasing and exciting coworking environment, with hammocks for your power naps and good coffee so you can focus hard. It’s been voted top 10 by Forbes for best coworking spaces in the world, so you can’t argue with that.
Die Diele in Hamburg is an ideal central location in the city, so you are always surrounded by the hustle and bustle whilst residing in the coworking space to focus. It has areas for all kinds of working set ups, hot desks, bean bag chairs, meetings rooms and fixed desks all in a large, open plan and inviting environment.
Velvet Space is beautifully decorated to ensure you work in an atmosphere that breeds concentration and creativity. They have the perfect space as a venue for your work events and networking, providing the service to help you plan and take the hard work out of it for you. Plus, they work hard to be sustainable and even have an urban garden, where they are growing vegetables you can add to your lunchtime salad.
Cowoki has very good facilities and at an amazing standard, so you can simply settle down, make yourself at home and get focused on the task in hand. They even offer in-house childcare services in combination with their parent membership pass. The perfect place to get your work responsibilities done while having your child playing next door.
At Sleeves Up solo workers to small teams and businesses can use the inviting space and all their amazing facilities, including tea and coffee. The perks also extend to being a dog-friendly space, so you can have a companion whilst working, and networking events to meet other fellow freelancers.
Hub Impact in Stuttgart is a renovated warehouse building, with some edgy and unique features and design, which should be the perfect space to get the creative juices flowing. If you are interested in networking or building a community around you whilst you solo work, they have a community membership, so you can be part of something more than the digital nomad life.
Raumstation is another edgy warehouse building, with tall ceilings and bright open spaces which has created a place people feel at ease, whilst working. They have an awesome outside terrace area, where you can work in alfresco or take a well-earned break away from your desk. Getting bored with studying in the library? Try out their discounted student day passes for 10 € only.
In the heart of Dresden, there is the Quartier 22 coworking space and offices, offering great and affordable pricing for solo workers and small teams. They encourage you to lean on the team and their expertise for start ups, to guide you to get off the ground and suggest collaborations or partnerships within the community.
Coworking Nuerburg makes renting either a temporary or fixed desk space super easy, providing all essentials from stationary, coffee and printers, so you can concentrate on working hard. This professional, yet creative space is ideal for those who need to focus on their business, whilst not stressing about overheads and day to day running costs.
Starterkitchen is more than just a coworking space, it also offers support, mentoring and advice to set up your business. The Startkitchen Scholarship offers 1 pre-seed startup every 6 months, free access to coworking space along with all their expertise to set up successfully, plus access to their extensive network for partnerships.
There are many Anticafés around France, all with the same goal of bringing people together and forming a community, despite societies reliance on digital. They offer great amenities that will keep everyone fuelled throughout a hard day’s work, such as barista-style coffee and snacks.
Dojo Nantes is a fun and vibrant coworking space which has an exciting, inspiring and creative vibe, next to its decor and its community spirits. They set up great opportunities for you to wind down and relax whilst networking with your fellow coworkers.
Atwork is an inviting coworking space with luxurious and bright decor, creating the perfect setting for you to concentrate and focus. They also partner with agencies that can support start-ups with marketing their product or hosting event launches.
Ecocoworking is a concept 5 freelancers developed to support professions of all types, from developers to marketers to collaborate, support each other and find companionship in a usually lonely working environment. Ecocoworking has created an environment to help freelancers do their job better in a safe and supportive environment.
Le Seven is a coworking space for residents and digital nomads alike, but either way, they all get the chance to hang out in this seriously cool and chilled environment. The decor and ambience of Seven are like no permanent office you will have been to, and it is the ideal setting to work hard but also wind down.
The Swenson House is a community of incredible members. They are entrepreneurs, artists, photographers, athletes, designers and explorers who come together to grow and pursue their dreams. The team at Swenson decided to settle where they could reconnect with nature, close to the Oceans. They have opened this concept location to create a space for thinking, dreaming, working and creating. They have co-working spaces, conference rooms, a recording studio (which is pretty cool), meeting rooms, a coffee shop, and something to sleep on.
At La Petite Workeria they have everything covered so all you have to do is concentrate on your work. They have everything from screens to loan, video projectors to accounting software. They really have thought of it all, so you can feel like you have the large office facilities but in small, friendly office vibe surroundings.
Like most things in Switzerland, the price for renting a desk space for a month is not as cheap as some of the others, but it is significantly cheaper than renting your own office. They cater to those who don’t want to work from home, so you simply can not put a price on your day to day working happiness, your productivity and concentration, all of which Citizen Space encourage.
The Impact Hub in Geneva is an exciting opportunity to feel like you’re working and a member of a community. You can also be a volunteer there which gives you a great chance to get to know everyone, plus working for a great concept that supports people’s ambitions.