Whether it’s culture, cuisine or just being all-around cool, Melbourne loves to punch above its weight and when it comes to embracing co-working, it’s no different.
Australia’s second-largest and fastest-growing city is also the nation’s co-working capital, home to nearly half the total number of co-working sites nationwide.
There’s now more than 170 co-working hubs in the Melbourne CBD and surrounding areas, offering thousands of flexible spaces from desks to private offices and.
We’ve picked the top 10 luxury co-working spaces in the city of cool …
1. The Commons
The Commons, which prides itself on considered design and “human-centred” thinking, has three Melbourne locations, but its three-storey co-working space in trendy South Melbourne is one of the most popular and stylish in the entire city.
As well as enviable décor, it features a spin cycle studio, a quiet zone library and three outdoor terraces.
2. One Roof
Calling itself Australia’s leading co-working space dedicated to women-led businesses, One Roof offers events and programs catered to the “specific and unique challenges” women face – and all with a luxe feel.
It offers coffee mornings, mediation and yoga, mastermind workshops, lunch ‘n’ learns, free one-on-ones with experts, networking events, pitch nights, investor dinners and Friday “wine-downs”.
3. Stone & Chalk
This classy fin-tech hub, set in a stunning heritage building with a massive glass and timber ribbed roof, is just 200 metres from Melbourne’s Southern Cross train station, in the city’s heart.
Sleek design meets heritage in the massive site, which features a co-working space, event spaces and countless meeting rooms fitted with every dongle and adapter imaginable.
4. Neighbourhood Work
Created specifically for creatives, Neighbourhood Work spaces (there’s two, 900 metres apart in Fitzroy) don’t feel or look like most co-working hubs.
There’s no “hustle” neons, no Silicon Valley-vibes and definitely no “tech bros”, just ample natural light and a neutral design palette. “
Neighbours”, as tenants are called, instead enjoy a “beautiful, quiet, creative co-working space to think and make amazing work”.
There are also weekly fruit drops and specialty coffee and tea all day every day.
Set in a converted warehouse just off bustling Chapel Street in Prahran, Depo8 – which was one of the very first co-working spaces in Australia – has a quirky, but thoroughly-modern vibe.
Think massive windows, light, airy spaces, pops of colour, murals, funky furniture and lots of plants. There are also casual breakout areas, a shower and bike racks.
Worksmith, a co-working space for hospitality entrepreneurs, aims to “strengthen the food and beverage industry and the people that live and breathe it”.
It features a kitted-out commercial kitchen and “bar laboratory”, an event space, and permanent and casual co-working desks separated by an 11-metre brass and hardwood island bench.
It’s based on the belief that by providing support for hospitality businesses to succeed, the entire industry will be elevated.
7. Creative Cubes
With neon signs, exposed brick walls, graffiti-inspired artwork, a ping-pong table and even bean bags, Creative Cubes’ co-working space in the former Xerox building, ticks all the start-ups boxes.
But it’s not just about looks, the space also has a dedicated “happiness team”, which delivers a concierge-esque service to all tenants.
WeWork’s flagship Melbourne site spans 11 floors of an historic building on Melbourne’s premier avenue, Collins Street.
In addition to a co-working space there are chic conference rooms, modern lounges, endless micro-roasted coffee, a ping-pong room and event space – all wrapped up in WeWork’s hallmark chic aesthetic.
9. YBF Ventures
YBF Ventures’ pioneering tech and innovation hub is housed in a heritage-listed bluestone building just 500 metres from Flagstaff train station.
The fit-out features a saw-tooth roof, exposed ductwork, steel beams and raw finishes. The offering for co-workers includes sparkling water on tap, unlimited barista-grade coffee, weekly community yoga and even free meals.
Inspire9’s welcoming space in the iconic Australian Knitting Mill building is a creative’s dream.
With natural light for days, a funky space filled with personality pieces, hot tech and lush greenery and even a pool table, there is room to work and play.
The rooftop, which has stunning views over the MCG, city skyline and even the Dandenong Ranges, is also pretty cool.