The Best Co-working Spaces In Lisbon

Impact Hub
Co-working at Impact Hub in Alcântara
Impact Hub
Co-working at Impact Hub in Alcântara

We’ve all heard that Lisbon is the new Berlin, and with plenty of digital nomads and entrepreneurs flooding in it’s a great place to meet like-minded people. And where better to do it than at a co-working space?

We digital nomads can be a bit of an introverted bunch, but there’s only so much working from an Airbnb in your pyjamas that one person can take.

Every so often it’s great to get into the office and actually interact with other humans. Even if your head’s firmly down over your laptop, it’s nice to be surrounded by other people who just “get it”.

While we wait for Soho House to open a Lisbon branch (pretty please!), here are the best places to plug-in, connect, and get a bit of work done.

(Money saving tip: Croissant are offering a free weeklong trial of their app, which allows you to work from a or several different co-working spaces. Croissant work with coworking spaces all over Lisbon, including Heden, IDEIAhub, and Cowork Central. )

Heden

Address: Tv. Pereira 35a, 1170-312 Lisboa (website)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm: Closed weekends.
Price: €8 for half day, €15 for full day, €50 for a week, €90 for 10 days or €150 monthly. A permanent desk costs €200 for the full month. Art studios are also available (€80 weekly, €270 monthly).
Trial available?
 Yes

Heden is a sun-soaked space hidden just off a busy square in Graça. The flex desks are really spacious with lots of room to spread yourself out. There’s a lovely little lounge area with comfy sofas and books, ideal for screen breaks. It also has a huge downstairs area where talks are hosted (this is also where you’ll find the art studios). Tea, coffee and fresh fruit are included.

Heden Co-working Space
Co-working at Heden

Impact Hub

Address: R. 1º de Maio 103, 1300-472 Lisboa – inside the Carris Museum complex (website)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm: Closed weekends.
Price: €100 for the Regular membership (Mon–Fri, 9am–6pm). Other options are available.
Trial available?
 Yes

Don’t let the name put you off – Impact Hub welcomes freelancers and start-up entrepreneurs from private industries too, not just those focused on making a social impact.

Impact Hub has two private Skype booths, a sunny workspace filled with natural light, and a big kitchen. It also has a whole raft of community events for members including movie screenings, networking drinks and wellness activities like yoga.

Impact Hub is located next to the LX Factory, but not in it. Unfortunately, there’s a wall that separates it from the LX Factory and you have to walk around.

The area it’s in is an unusual little amalgamation of buildings and businesses that includes the Museu Da Carris and Village Underground. Hopefully, the council will join the two areas up as I’m sure a lot of people would like to hop between the two.

Cowork Central

Address: Praça Duque da Terceira 24, 1200-014  (website)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 9pm: Closed weekends.
Price: €15 for a day pass, €120 for 10 days, €210 for a month, or €555 for 3 months.
Trial available? Yes: €10, which you get back as a discount if you purchase a pass.

Cowork Central is in the Cais do Sodré neighbourhood. As well as enviable views over the Tagus River, the office space also offers perks such as free coffee. Business-friendly amenities include fibre broadband, a dedicated room for Skype calls, and access to a printer and scanner.

You can also rent a screen for €3, and get 24/7 access to the space on a quarterly or monthly pass.

Cowork Lisboa

Address: R. Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300-501 (website)
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm: Closed Weekends
Price: Flex desk costs €12 per day, €40 per week or €100 per month. Monthly rental available.
Trial available? Yes: free, but only up to 2 hours and only from Tuesday to Thursday, 9am-6pm.

Cowork Lisboa is probably the city’s oldest co-working space, and has been running out of the LX Factory complex since 2010. In addition to pay-as-you-go co-working, the space also offers longer term desk rental and meeting room rental.

Coworklisboa update

Disclaimer: I was a member of Cowork Lisboa for a month, and this is based on my own experience.

Cowork Lisboa is probably the city’s oldest co-working space, and has been running out of the LX Factory complex since 2010. Perhaps this is why it can get quite crowded – those who don’t opt for a fixed desk package are often squeezed in shoulder-to-shoulder.

It’s also surprisingly dark, without much natural light. There aren’t many private spaces for Skype calls, so you might find yourself in the corridor struggling to hear your client.

The space is child friendly – great if you can’t afford childcare, but irritating if you’re trying to focus while a toddler is in the throes of a tantrum.

IDEIAhub

Address: Av. D. Joao II Nº35 11ºA, 1990-083 (website) and Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo Nº 16
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6:30pm. Closed Weekends.
Price: €15+VAT for one day, €120+VAT for a monthly pass, €200+VAT for a fixed-desk with 24/7 access.
Trial available? Yes, free.

In addition to co-working desks, IDEIAhub also has private offices and meeting rooms available to rent in their two locations (Parque das Nações and Sotto Mayor palace). Both spaces host regular events for members, such as social lunches and skills workshops, so there’s a real social vibe. Another perk? Free fresh fruit and beer on tap.

Every co-working space has a different feel to it, and the vibe that came from IDEIAhub was corporate. Even though it was colourful and bright, and even though it had perks like free beer, it felt very much like a traditional office rather than a co-working space.

Part of that could be due to the fact that it is a permanent office for many startups, and that vibe flows over into the co-working space who knows.

This atmosphere isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s an atmosphere where you get your head down and get your work done and, being honest, often that’s exactly what you need as a digital nomad.

Hot desks at Ideiahub, Parque das Nações
Hot desks at Ideiahub, Parque das Nações

Lisbon WorkHub

Address: R. Amorim 2, 1950-022
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Closed Weekends.
Price: €10 per day, €100 per month for a desk in the attic, or €120 per month for a desk in the office.
Trial available? No, but you can book a tour.

This is one to join if you’re looking for funding. Start-ups and entrepreneurs will be excited to hear about Lisbon WorkHub’s partnership with Amsterdam Venture Partners, giving you a foot in the door with investors. The rest of us will need to make do with perks like room to stash your bike if you cycle to work, and a lounge to relax in if you need a bit of breathing space.

Second Home

Address: Mercado de Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho (website)
Opening hours:
Price: €130+IVA for one week, €220+IVA for one month, €325+IVA per month for a fixed desk.
Trial available? No, but you can book a tour.

Not content with being “London’s Coolest Workspace”, Rohan Silva’s project Second Home is aiming to become Lisbon’s too. And with its location in the Time Out Market, it’s definitely one of the most enviable spots to work from. The light-filled space is dotted with plants to add to the feeling of inspiration and privacy.

Coolness comes with a price, however, and this is also one of Lisbon’s most expensive co-working spaces. Including tax, the simplest membership costs around €250 per month. This isn’t expensive in many cities, but is more than double the average in Lisbon.

If you’d like to arrange a tour of Second Home, you’ll need to book an appointment in advance. While many co-working spaces don’t mind if you show up, Second Home has a strict appointment policy (and a security guard to enforce it).

Todos

Address: R. Pereira Henriques 3, 1950 (website)
Opening hours: 24/7
Price: Unknown
Trial available? No

This creative warehouse in Poço do Bispo offers office rental, located in adorable 40m2 archways. It also has facilities for film makers and photographers including studios and make-up rooms. The website is a bit tricky to use, but it’s definitely worth a mention for all you creative types.

WorkUp Lisboa

AddressR. Tomás da Fonseca 40A, 1600-275 Lisboa, Portugal (website)
Opening hours: 7am to 11pm weekdays, 9am to 7pm weekends
Price: €175 per month, or €225 for a premium plan
Trial available? No

Those that work together, work out together at this quirky co-working space. Personal trainer led walking, cycling and running sessions are held at 6:30pm every day, and are free for all members. During the day you have access to the usual co-working perks, such as fast internet.

Ministry of Startups

Address: R. Ginjal 19, 2800-205 Almada (website)
Price: €75 per month: 
Trial available? Tours are available (contact for more info)

Note: Some readers have said this co-working space is frequently closed and the owner is hard to get in touch with. It seems members are given their own key, so this isn’t a place that you can rock up at.    

The Ministry of Startups is just across the river in Almada, or as they like to think of it “the Brooklyn of Lisbon”. The space sits in an old mechanics workshop near some of the best seafood restaurants in the city (Ramiro who?). If the enviable ferry commute and exclusive Portugalist discount haven’t sold you on this space, the superfast 1GB internet connection will.

hOurSpace

Address: Rua Padre Luís Aparício 9, 4D 1150 -248 (website)
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
Price: €1.30-€2.50 per hour, €13 per day, or €40-45 per week.
Trial available? No

hOurSpace is a member of the Made of Lisboa community, which is made up of the city’s innovators. The space is calm and comfortable, with all the amenities you’d expect from an office (Wi-Fi, printers, scanners, free coffee). Long term users can use the space 24/7, and discounts are available if you buy hours/days in bulk.

Map of Lisbon Co-working Spaces

You can visualise how these addresses line up with your hotel or Airbnb with our map, below. We’ll be adding to it (and this post) as more co-working spaces open up in Lisbon. And with more start-up investment coming to the city, we’re sure they will.

Is there a great co-working space we missed? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to check it out. We also have an article about some of the different co-living spaces that have opened in Portugal

5 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t waste your time crossing the river to visit ministry of startups…ipt will be closed! You have to talk to unresponsive owner first who lives in another country. Save your time and energy.

  2. The Sea Office is a really nice coworking space in Costa da Caparica – 20 minutes from Lisbon by car. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach and has a really friendly vibe, excellent amenities, great internet and it is not too crowded.

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