Reviews: Croissant Co-Working App

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Last updated on June 4, 2024 | Est. Reading Time: 3 minutes

Are you looking for a place to work without the need for a long-term commitment? Maybe you’ve recently relocated and are interested in exploring various coworking spaces before making a decision?

Croissant has got you covered. This app grants you access to numerous coworking spots across Lisbon (as well as other global cities).

In addition to Lisbon, Croissant is also accessible in several key locations favoured by digital nomads, such as Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, The Canary Islands, New York City, and Mexico City.

Do you need somewhere to work, but don’t want to commit long-term? Or maybe you’ve moved to a new city, but you want to try a few different coworking spaces before committing to one? 

Pricing

Croissant’s pricing varies depending on which city you’re living in, and prices are higher if you’re working from somewhere like the United Kingdom or United States. 

For Portugal, the prices are as follows:

  • Explorer – 10 hours per month – €29 per month
  • Creator – 40 hours per month – €79 per month
  • Luminary – 120 hours per month – €149 per month

For those that want a monthly option, it’s possible that you would be able to find a more affordable monthly option for around €100 or €120 per month. Well, maybe: Lisbon is more expensive than most people think. 

Workaholics may find that the pass doesn’t give them enough hours, and they may be better off getting a monthly pass from the coworking space directly: the Luminary tier offers just 30 hours per week. 

Where Croissant is really useful, though, is in its flexibility. If you only want to work from coworking spaces a few days a week or for a few hours per day, and want the freedom to hop between spaces, Croissant is a much easier and more cost-effective solution than manually getting day passes at each place. 

And, if you find you’re not using all of your hours in a month, they’ll carry over to the next month. You can also pause your membership if you’re not planning on working for a little while. 

How it works

Using the app is very simple, and every coworking space in Lisbon is very aware of it. Use the map to lookup nearby coworking spaces and to double check that they have seats (you can hold a seat if you really want to) and then go there, and check in via the app. Once you’re done, checkout. Sometimes the app can be a bit temperamental, so make sure you’re logged in and out. 

You’ll normally have to speak to someone on reception if you don’t already have the wifi password, but with time they should get to know you. 

Once logged in, you can see other app users who are there. The app also has a community section for the whole of Lisbon (or whichever city you’re visiting), which is great for those that want to network.  

The “croissant” name

The name comes from working from cafés, feeling guilty, and having to order something to eat or drink (like a croissant) every few hours. 

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James Cave is the founder of Portugalist and the author of the bestselling book, Moving to Portugal Made Simple. He has visited just about every part of Portugal, including Madeira and all nine islands of the Azores, and lived in several parts of Portugal including Lisbon, the Algarve, and Northern Portugal.

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