Destination: Coworking

Whether you’re a digital nomad looking for the next place to dock your laptop for a few weeks, or an entrepreneur adding a few days of work to the end of a vacation, rest assured you’ll never be far from a coworking space. A phenomenon that’s taken Europe by storm, coworking spaces are weaving themselves into the fabric of the continent’s startup culture. Get a taster of what’s out there with Silicon’s top picks.

Amsterdam – You can’t get more hipster than Bouncespace: a coworking space with an espresso bar, barber shop, tattoo parlor and a bunch of happy house dogs. The vibe is friendly, relaxed, open-minded and “slightly rebellious” – an inspiring place to bounce around ideas. Sounds a lot like the city it calls home.

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Barcelona, Sofia, Berlin, Hamburg – We’ve all heard of betahaus, one of the first coworking spaces in Europe. Uniquely designed spin-offs of the original Berlin betahaus can be found in Barcelona, Hamburg and Sofia, with a space in Tirana set to open next year. With initiatives including the BETAPITCH startup competition, coworking camps and betahausX (program connecting startups and corporates), betahaus is a true brand. The quintessential choice for digital nomads, members have free access to partner spaces across four continents, from Bosnia to Bogota, Texas to Tokyo and Mexico City to Melbourne.

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Paris – With a makerspace, foodlab and coworking space, Volumes is the destination for innovation and creation. Located in Paris’s arty 19th arrondissement, it brings together a community of experimenters with an appetite, not just for gastronomic exploration, but also for computational design, digital manufacturing and global sustainability. With cultural events and workshops, from hackathons on parametric design to vegan cooking classes to PechaKucha nights on participatory strategies in urbanism, this creative hub is worth tasting!

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Second Home

Lisbon – Located inside the trendy Mercado da Ribeira, plant and light-filled coworking space Second Home is “designed to spark creativity, wellbeing and productivity.” With impressive architecture, an action-packed cultural program and weekly wellness activities, its priority is to nurture and inspire its community. Amazingly, 75% of Second Home members have collaborated with each other on key business projects, bearing witness to the power and potential of successful coworking spaces.

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London – Being at work shouldn’t mean you have to compromise your health and wellbeing. Free yoga on the rooftop, an in-house nutritionist, ergonomic furniture, music for concentration, plenty of greenery and bespoke scents to increase focus are all part of the Uncommon experience. Covering all four corners of London, this space has been designed with love. Creative, calm and supportive, Uncommon should be the working-day norm.

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This article was first published in a special report included in the 9th issue of SILICON magazine. Be the first to read SILICON articles on paper before they’re posted online, plus read exclusive features and interviews that only appear in the print edition, by subscribing online.

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