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Set foot in Impact Hub’s tree-lined courtyard and you’ll immediately feel at home. This neoclassical townhouse provides flexible space for freelancers and small, ethically minded businesses. Plus there’s a buzzing events space that hosts talks, conferences and screenings. It’s part of a network of over 100 Impact Hubs in more than 50 countries. Co-founders Sophie Lambrou and Dimitris Kokkinakis worked in Impact Hubs in Madrid and Vienna, respectively, to learn how best to adapt the concept for Athens. “Our initial goal was to create a community of people who shared the same mindset and values,” Lamprou explains. “We brought our friends from the local social entrepreneurship and non-profit sectors together with a group of foreigners looking for an open-minded, socially-responsible and collaborative network.”
- 28 Karaiskaki, Psirri, 105 54,
- Tel: +30 210 321 0146
The Cube is where tech and entrepreneurship come together with the non-profit sector. With events like ‘Hack the Camp’ and its own makerspace, The Cube provides a base for pioneers with an innovative approach to tackling problems.
Co-founders Stavros Messinis and Maria Calafatis helped launch Athens’ very first co-working space, CoLab in 2009 before opening this huge, seven-floor HQ, which contains offices, meeting rooms, and an events space. Stavros and Maria are both actively involved in the projects born at The Cube and are responsible for curating a huge range of community-building events, from animal training workshops to meet-ups for developers.
- 73 Aiolou, Historic Centre, 105 51
- +30 211 408 1253
Spaces is a global brand that offers premium co-working spaces everywhere from London to Amsterdam, Mexico City and Manila. Their central Athens outpost is housed in a swanky arcade on Ermou, Athens’ main shopping street. Spaces Athens offers Silicon Valley-style co-working for hi-tech businesses, international companies and freelancers, with Instagrammable hangout areas and work pods, a coffee bar and kitchen, and a roof terrace with impressive Acropolis views.
Spaces has a second, equally-well equipped site in Athens at Green Plaza, in the suburban business district of Maroussi.
- 56 Ermou, Monastiraki, 105 63
- +30 210 727 900
Spaces Green Plaza
- 59-61 Agiou Konstantinou, Marousi, 151 24
- +30 216 200 5200
Stone Soup occupies the fifth floor of an office building near Omonia Square, and has taken over much of the floor above, too. The residents are a lively mix of freelancers passing through Athens and small companies that use the space as a more permanent base. As well as co-working space for digital businesses, tourism professionals, copywriters, artists and architects, Stone Soup provides IT consultancy and runs an eclectic events programme.
“When the space opened in 2014, we felt there was a real need for us to share the best practices we had picked up from abroad and do what we could to support this fragile ecosystem of freelancers and small businesses in Athens,” explains Stone Soup co-founder, Olga Paraskevopoulou. “I like connecting with creatives and tech people from across Europe, helping to exchange knowledge and resources, so it’s been inspiring to see more and more foreigners choosing to work in Athens.”
The inviting glow of Romantso’s retro neon signage has provided a guiding light for the Athens creative scene. By offering spells of free co-working space to freelancers and creative businesses, Romantso has helped countless ideas and projects to flourish. Getting a spot at Romantso involves an application process; founder Vassilis Haralambidis maintains a good balance of artists, freelancers and creative businesses. Residents are encouraged to collaborate with each other and across the continent, through the European Creative Hubs Network, which Vassilis helped to launch.
If you’re just passing through Athens, Romantso is a great spot to hang out with or without your laptop. It features a bar, gallery and performance space, with an ever-changing roster of live shows, exhibitions, and events.