Entrepreneurs love company!
As coliving develops in Brussels, so does coworking and what wonderful news! Six years ago when I was starting Morton Place, I could spend days at a time working away alone from my home office, longing for a coffee break with a colleague. I fondly reminisced about office gossip and naughty Christmas parties. Six years later, along with the growth of coliving homes such as Morton Place, Brussels is also seeing the growth of coworking spaces.
What is coworking?
Like coliving, coworking works like an office hotel. You rent a desk for a few days, weeks or months, and share the receptionist, printing facilities and other amenities. The emphasis is on a shared space where entrepreneurs or freelancers can work along side one another, often creating networking opportunities, but mostly by providing companionship. As an entrepreneur I can relate, some times you just need a place to work that isn’t a Starbucks or your living room couch.
My favorite coworking spaces in Brussels:
Typically for Brussels the range of coworking spaces can suit any style, taste or budget. I recommend asking for a day pass so you can figure out whether the energy is right for you.
Danish born Anne Sofie has created a trio of fabulously chic office spaces dotted around Brussels in strategic locations such as the European quarter and Ixelles. Expect a lot of events and spontaneous personal touches in a grown up, professional yet welcoming atmosphere.
Beta’s founder Ramon has a background in tech, and the atmosphere here has the energy of a start up matched by a loft style interior. Boasting a tech incubator, lots of networking events and a devotion to their members, Betacowork has a special start up vibe while still being close to the major players in town eg the new Google headquarters, as well as the commission, parliament and it’s lobbyists.
Chester & Fields
Fantastic location for anyone needing access to the EU quarter, this grand maison de maître was tastefully renovated to create a sophisticated yet functional shared office space. Charming staff, well appointed common spaces and a multilingual atmosphere create a sophisticated space.
Coworking Les Galeries
Les Galeries holds a special place in my heart due to its location in Brussel’s gorgeous covered gallery, the Galeries Saint Hubert. Hosting a lot of creative types, les Galeries has a more intimate and slightly less formal atmosphere to it’s competitors. The Galerie’s location is best for those who need access to the banking industry with BNP Paribas, Euroclear and Fortis within 5’ walking distance. With the Galerie’s “it’s 5 o’clock let’s break out the wine “ atmosphere, it might be just what you need when you’re waiting to hear back about yet another pitch.