If you’re planning a trip to the land of flamenco, fiesta, Don Quixote, and afternoon naps, you’re bound to make a stop in Barcelona. And how could you not? As the largest city of Catalonia, it contains a plethora of attractions unique to the region and is one of the best places to live in Spain.
If it sounds great so far, it’s because it is. But here’s the catch—you mustn’t let the many charms of Barcelona distract you. If you’re a digital nomad or you’re traveling for work, you have to make sure you’re productive enough. It’s easy to get lost in the moment with all the amazing places to visit and forget about your worries and responsibilities, but your trips depend on your ability to work hard even when you find yourself in such a beautiful place.
So, what’s the best way to keep your head in the game? From our experience, a motivating coworking space is the most efficient way to keep your feet on the ground and get down to work. Unfortunately, in a city, this popular, coworking spaces grow like mushrooms, and it may be challenging to pick the best option. To save you some trouble, we’ve compiled a list of the most productive and charming coworking spaces in each neighborhood of Barcelona for digital nomads.
We Think That La Vaca Is the Coolest Place to Cowork in Barcelona
Source: La Vaca
If you care about the atmosphere as much as you want to get some work done, La Vaca is the place for you. The vibe is incredibly positive, and this coworking space boasts a colorful community of about 60 members of different profiles and nationalities. If you’re a social person, you’ll quickly find a new bosom friend or two here.
The space organizes community lunches and drinks, events, and workshops every week. If you happen to be there at the right time, you may enjoy Paella Day or some other fun event. Vaqueros—the community members—even have their own sports team!
Location is another benefit of this coworking space. La Vaca (The Cow) is set up at a place that used to be a dairy shop—hence the name—and you can find it in the center of Poble Sec.
Even though the community in La Vaca is an unusually cheerful one, you’d be mistaken to think that the environment is anything but productive. The people who cowork there stick to the same idea—to play hard, you first have to work hard. This is one of the most conducive-to-work places we’ve visited so far.
Many things in La Vaca can make your life easier. Wi-Fi is fast and reliable. The seating is nice and comfy, with bean bags, Bosu ball chairs, and ergonomic chairs.
There is a relatively large kitchen equipped with a microwave oven, a regular oven, an espresso machine, a fridge, and everything else that can help you stay properly nourished while you work. Tea and coffee are free.
The chill-out area is in the basement, and it includes a pool table. There is a library and, more importantly, a nap room. Siesta is a serious thing in Spain, and you know, when in Rome…
You can take your dog with you, which should boost the quality of your life immensely. People who don’t have canine companions don’t understand the struggle of having to leave your four-legged buddy for half a day. La Vaca understands your troubles and is there to make you and your pup a little happier.
When it comes to extra equipment, there are:
- Professional lighting equipment
- Printing equipment
All things considered, La Vaca is an awesome coworking place, so make sure you give it a shot!
Other Great Coworking Spaces in Barcelona
La Vaca is our favorite but to each their own. If you don’t appreciate the space as much as we do, there are many other (almost equally) fantastic alternatives. Here are the best of them, organized by the neighborhoods in Barcelona.
Coworking Spaces in Hospitalet
Just one part of the Aticco family, Aticco Hospitalet, is located between the city and the airport. Depending on your accommodation, this can be the definition of convenience or a deal-breaker.
It catches plenty of natural light, so it’s easy to stay productive and optimistic. It also gives you beautiful views of the city through the windows.
The community is great, the chairs are comfy, and the Wi-Fi is reliable. There’s even a ping-pong table. What else do you need?
|Open hours||Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
|Price||Per day||EUR 19|
|Per week||EUR 60|
|Per month||EUR 99|
Coworking Spaces in Urquinaona
With about 1400 m2, Utopicus is spacious and pleasant to work in. They have not one, but two terraces, from which you can enjoy the view with a cup of coffee or tea in your hand. Every private office has a private balcony or terrace as well!
The Wi-Fi is fast, so that should make your job much easier. They give you access to the printing equipment, and security cameras cover the entire place.
When you get tired of work, you can do yoga in their yoga studio.
|Price||Per month||EUR 175|
Coworking Spaces in Gothic Quarter
Source: The Foundery
Set up in a 19-century building, The Foundery is a pretty coworking space with a prettier terrace with the prettiest view over the Gothic Quarter.
The Foundery provides ergonomic chairs, so you can be comfy while you work. To save you some headaches, they make sure that the Wi-Fi there is fast and reliable.
You can bring your dog if you want to keep you happy and inspire you. If you have a cat, though, tough luck—only dogs are allowed here.
|Price||Per hour||EUR 10|
|Per day||EUR 20|
|Per week||EUR 100|
|Per month||EUR 250|
Coworking Spaces in Gràcia
Coworking Gràcia is a coworking space that’ll offer everything you need. They provide both wired and wireless internet connection. If you need a stable connection, you should use the wires. If you don’t mind a bit weaker signal but like to move around, you’ll use the Wi-Fi.
When you need to chill out, there is a beautiful terrace, and you can take your coffee or tea and enjoy the sun, gather some vitamin D, and get back to work with new vigor.
|Price||Per month||EUR 80|
Coworking Spaces in El Poble Sec
If you need to cowork in Barcelona, CREC is one of the places to visit. It has two locations—this one and the other one in Eixample, so at least one of the two is bound to be convenient for you.
They care a lot about their community and organize many events, workshops, and the like. The members have their own Facebook group to stay in touch.
The space is dog-friendly and wheelchair accessible. They have a ping pong table and offer free beer, which is fantastic when you need to relax a bit.
|Price||Per day||EUR 20|
|Per week||EUR 100|
|Per month||EUR 185|
Coworking Spaces in El Poble Nou
BCNewt is such a happy-go-lucky coworking space. The best thing about it is the warm and friendly atmosphere and the cozy and happy feeling it gives you from the moment you step foot on the premises.
There are hammocks and ergonomic chairs, so the place is quite comfortable. There is a kitchen at your disposal and enough free coffee to satisfy even the most hopeless among caffeine junkies.
You can use their printing equipment, and high-speed Wi-Fi is more than reliable. What’s not to like?
|Price||Per hour||EUR 25|
|Per day||EUR 114,99|
|Per month||EUR 164,99|
Coworking Spaces in El Raval
Labideas — Coworking Social del Ateneu del Raval
The best thing about Labideas is its location—not a ten minutes walk from Playa de la Barceloneta. It is within walking distance from the Castell de Montjuïc as well.
The interior doesn’t look like much, but the atmosphere is relaxed and easy-going, and this is a more affordable space than the rest on this list. All in all, it’s a great budget option.
Coworking Spaces in El Born
Espai is one of the prettiest and most unusual coworking places we’ve seen. The aesthetics are unique and incredibly charming, with a certain unfinished look about the place.
The community is great, cheerful, and friendly, and you’ll fit right in. There are darts, arcade games, video games, and a punching bag in the chill-out area. They offer free beer and coffee as well.
It’s comfortable to work in, as they have both ergonomic chairs and standing desks. Wi-Fi is fast and stable, so you can work undisturbed.
|Price||Per day||EUR 15|
|Per month||EUR 100|
Coworking Spaces in Sant Antoni
With plenty of plants scattered around, THEWOOD is another beautiful coworking space. The greenery puts you at ease and helps you focus, and the interior looks like it suffered quite a bit of wear and tear, but in a cute, if a bit quaint, way.
There is a gallery and a pretty chill-out area to stretch your legs when you’ve had enough work.
|Open hours||Monday – Friday: 9 am – 8 pm
- MOB Pau – Coworking in Barcelona
- Cloudworks Sant Antoni | Coworking y oficinas privadas
- Bcn Workspace
- Cahoot Coworking
Coworking Spaces in Barceloneta
OneCoWork Marina Port Vell
Prepare to be amazed: Marina Port Vell is a coworking space on the water. It gives you a great view of the sea and the city. If this in itself isn’t enough, Marina provides other benefits as well.
The community is relaxed, helpful, and fun. They organize many events, workshops, and outings. A community app and a Facebook group are there so the members can stay in touch.
Skype and podcasting rooms provide you with the space you need in case your job is a bit more unusual than just sitting at a computer writing articles or programs. Online teachers will appreciate the chance to have a bit of space for themselves, for example, and so will everybody who needs to attend a video-conference.
When you want to relax, there’s coffee, beer, a foosball table, a gym, and even massage onsite.
And did we mention that the place is on the water?
|Open hours||Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 6:30 pmSaturday: closedSunday: closed|
|Price||Per day||EUR 25|
|Per week||EUR 80|
|Per month||EUR 195|
Coworking spaces in Sarrià-Sant Gervasi
WORKSPOT offers standing desks, free beer, and fast Wi-Fi.
|Price||Per hour||EUR 25|
|Per day||EUR 100|
|Per month||EUR 250|
Coworking spaces in La Ribera
Eco-Working is, you guessed it, an eco-friendly coworking space in Barcelona.
|Open hours||Monday – Friday: 10 am – 7 pmSaturday: closedSunday: closed|
|Price||Per month||EUR 50|
- Coworking Cèntric
- MOB Bailen
Coworking spaces in Eixample
Source: Meet BCN
Located in an incredibly fancy building with high ceilings, Meet BCN provides high-speed Wi-Fi and ergonomic chairs to make your workday a bit easier and more comfortable.
|Open hours||Monday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pmSaturday: closedSunday: closed|
|Price||Per day||EUR 30|
|Per week||EUR 95|
|Per month||EUR 292|
Coworking spaces in Les Corts
Espacio Meraki – Coworking
With plenty of natural light, Espacio Meraki makes it very easy to focus and stay productive.
|Price||Per day||EUR 17|
|Per ten days||EUR120|
|Per month||EUR 250|
Regus Is Our Least Favorite Place to Cowork in Barcelona
Regus can be found at 12 locations in Barcelona:
- 22 Aroba
- 22 Arroba Mar
- Diagonal Glorias 22@
- Diagonal Hightech 22@
- Gran Via
- Sarria Forum
- Plaza Catalunya
- Sants Station
- World Trade Centre
- Mas de Roda
- Mas Blau
Regus is our least favorite coworking space in Barcelona because of the lack of transparency when it comes to pricing.
Regus doesn’t have a clear pricing scheme. The price of their services depends on the location in question. Alone, this lack of clarity wouldn’t be that much of an issue—but you never know what is included in the price and what is not.
One of the benefits of buying services from large companies such as this one is the fact that you expect your membership to allow you access to all—or at least multiple—locations. Sadly, this is not always the case with Regus. In addition, some locations include additional benefits, such as free coffee or the freedom to use their printing equipment free of charge. Other locations charge extra for those little perks. This inconsistency is the crucial downside of Regus, and it makes us pretty unwilling to cowork there.
|Pricing||Per day: EUR 6 – 11, depending on the location|
|Open Hours||Monday – Friday: 9 am – 6 pm