Reviews: Croissant Co-Working App (+ Free Trial)

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Written by: | Last updated on July 24, 2023 | Est. Reading Time: 4 minutes

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? 

Croissant can help, especially since the app offers a 7-day free trial which allows you to work from a number of coworking spaces all over Lisbon (and other cities around the world). 

Besides Lisbon, the Croissant app is available in a number of other digital nomad hotspots including Berlin, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, The Canary Islands, New York City, and Mexico City. (Unfortunately, it’s not available in many other Portuguese cities yet, although you can use it in a few random coworking spaces in Cascais, Sintra, Vila Nova de Milfontes, and Loulé in the Algarve.) 

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 – €19 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 expensive. 

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. 

The Free Trial

The free trial gives you the ability to experience the Croissant App free for 7 days. The number of hours you get during your free trial will depend on which plan you select during the signup. 

Choose the Explorer Plan, for example, and you’ll get 10 free hours to use during your 7-day free trial, which is just a little over an hour per day. Choose the Creator Plan instead, and you’ll get 40 hours to use which will be enough for many people. 

If you choose the Luminary Plan, you’ll get 120 free hours of coworking to use over 7 days, which is a little over 17 hours per day. If you manage to use all of those hours, you’re probably a workaholic. 

Regardless of which plan you select and use during the free period, you can upgrade or downgrade later on. 

How it works

Using the app is very simple, and every coworking space 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 tempermental, 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. 

Alternatives

Croissant isn’t the only app that offers a flexible coworking solution, although many competing services like Deskpass aren’t available in Portugal yet. 

Two competing services that are available include Coworkers’ “Global Pass,” which allows you to buy 5-day passes or Copass, which offers a similar but perhaps more expensive service. 

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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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