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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.

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24/07/2016

Better Together – Co-working in Barcelona

 

Digital nomad-ing, sabbaticals, gap years, summer study programmes; work and pleasure is woven into travel like never before. Not so long ago in Barcelona, getting some work or study done meant hiring a staid ‘business centre’ or banging away on a clunky PC in a an internet café (remember them?). Thankfully that’s all changed. 

There is a bunch of beautifully designed, smoothly efficient and community-minded co-working centres in Barcelona, where you can also attend a workshop, drink quality coffee and meet like-minded people.

Betahaus
Situated in Grácia, Betahaus (pictured) emulates the effortless cool the barrio is famous for. There is a rooftop terrace for sunbathing whilst waiting for inspiration to hit, an events space for brainstorming and workshops, and even a taller (workshop) with tools and equipment for wood and plastic carpentry. Betahaus has a lively programme of events and talks, all aimed at entrepreneur and start-up culture. Who knows? You could find your business ‘angel’ at the (free) tea and coffee stand. Prices start at 179 euros per month, and there is package that gives you access to Betahaus’s other locations, which include New York, Nairobi and Berlin.
Vilafranca 7
www.betahaus.es

CREC
This loft-like space in Poble Sec offers up-scaled utilitarian décor, photography and meeting rooms and desk space for 120 people. The management takes a more holistic approach to their clients by including business advice sessions – where you can talk over your latest brainwave with an expert – and membership to the nearby Can Ricart gym; both included in the monthly membership fee. Monthlies start at 104 euros, and a second CREC is soon to open in the Eixample neighbourhood.
Blesa 27
crec.cc

MOB (Makers of Barcelona)
More like a big happy family of entrepreneurs with Apple Macs MOB is situated in a converted factory space on the threshold of the hip Born district. There’s a buzzy café at the entrance (which you can use even if you are not a member) and sofas and armchairs (along with desk space) for a more chilled work session. The vibe in MOB is distinctly international, and the notice board IS filled with invites to everything from language exchanges to meet-up events and workshops. A monthly event is held where ‘MOBBERS’ get to meet each other and exchange ideas. Membership starts at 60 euros per month.
Bailen 11, bajos
www.mob-barcelona.com

Espai Born
A stone’s throw from the Picasso Museum in the cooler-than-though Born district, Espai Born was one of the first co-working spaces and ‘creative hubs’ in Barcelona – converted from an ancient bakery by a talented team of interior designers. The old, exposed stonewalls and arches create a serene ambiance in which to get your head down, and the community kitchen is where ideas are exchanged and friendships forged. Prices start at 80 euros per month and a day rate (15 euros) is available.
Vigatans 11
www.espaiborn.com

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