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When you first encountered the celebrated Java the Hut coffee house joke in The Simpsons, have you ever imagined compiling java code yourself in a café (in a hut on the beach)? While the cabin part may be long, that’s the way things play out in Barcelona. The vibrant Catalan city – home to beaches aplenty – is packed with coworking spaces and cafes for newly arrived developers to quickly settle into.
Spanish and Catalan are the two main languages in Barcelona, but expats (and English speakers) will be pleased to find that many coworking spaces – and coffeehouse menus – are English-friendly.
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We list some of the most exciting coworking spaces and cafes where you can drop some Python, with the Mediterranean as your backdrop.
OneCoWork has three great locations: one in Plaça Catalunya, the second in Portal de l’Àngel and the third in Catedral. The OneCoWork site in Catedral is just a 20-minute walk to and from Barceloneta Beach, so you might want to consider beach breaks between intensive programming sessions. Amenities include meeting rooms, snacks, printing/scanning, complimentary tea, milk, coffee and lockable storage space.
Spaces is located at 22 Arroba Mar, a landmark in the heart of the city’s most popular business district. Since its original construction in 1992, the building has undergone recent renovations. Marina Avenue, a palm-lined boulevard leading to the Olympic Port, ends right at this coworking space.
The easiest way to get around Barcelona is by metro, making Spaces the perfect choice as it is just a few steps from a station.
The city’s finest beaches and tapas bars are within walking distance, making it ideal for networking, client entertainment and an old-fashioned end-of-work drink.
The Gothic Quarter (Barri Gòtic) is home to this mysterious café, which has both indoor and outdoor seating. Federal Gòtic is recommended for its spacious and comfortable tables, and is an excellent space for new developers to work on. Wi-Fi operates at 25mbps.
Please note that the communal table and some side tables by the windows are the only places you can put your laptop. Because of this, power outlets are only available in specific locations and do not extend into the common dining area. You can also use WiFi for a maximum of two hours. There are a limited number of usable tables and they move quickly. So, if you want to beat the crowd, getting there early is critical.
This coworking space is located in a huge converted cowshed in the heart of the expat-friendly neighborhood of Poble Sec. So you can be productive and have your share of the fun too. It’s the perfect neighborhood if you want to check out some art, do some yoga, or join Monday’s local group midnight runners.
In this unique space, newly arrived developers can link their Zen-inspiring yoga classes to their new data science projects. The name “La Vaca” is derived from the Spanish word for “cow”, and the establishment used to be a dairy where locals could buy milk and other dairy products.
MyHQ is an “adaptable workspace” that combines the benefits of both conventional offices and coworking spaces, making it ideal for anyone who needs both options.
Each place has a kitchenette, dining area and meeting room, giving your business the privacy it needs without compromising on comfort. The private offices – which in turn allow for face-to-face meetings – provide a sense of professionalism that’s perfect for programmers taking on projects that require meetings with potential investors.
There are no extra costs, the contracts can be tailored to your specific needs and initiatives, and like other coworking spaces, everything is ready to go. You can just drop by and start entering new code.
6. CROWD (makers of Barcelona)
Watch out Barcelona – the development gang is here to stay, and there’s a coworking space that can turn you into a mob. MOB (Makers of Barcelona) was one of the first coworking spaces in the city. It offers a variety of services, such as a business address, mail collection, printing and scanning, as well as meeting room and Skype access.
With its first coworking space, which opened in 2011, MOB Barcelona became the first hub for the city’s fast-growing entrepreneurial and artistic communities, making the space an ideal setting for developers looking to kick-start their startups.
Fab Café Barcelona, part of the MOB gang, opened its doors in 2014 and was the first café in Europe to offer 3D printing to its customers. Caterina, MOB Barcelona’s newest site, is located in the heart of the city, near the Jaume I metro station.
Coco Coffice is a unique coworking space that combines the best of both worlds: coffee and business. If you’re the type to hang in there and get your work done over a cup of coffee, you’ll feel right at home there.
Coco Coffice is an ideal place for itinerant developers to get started in peace. The unlimited coffee deal, which is included in their daily rate, will fuel any programmer looking to increase their productivity. As you sip your Catalan latte, you’ll come across all sorts of people, students and freelancers living their best lives in this sunny city.
Are you a tech professional and looking for cool things to do? Want to know more about what awaits developers in Spain? Check out the best programming conferences attend in Barcelona!