While some prefer the vast spaces, others choose small coffee-shops with good internet connection

Coworking spaces have long been nothing new. More and more people, mainly working in the digital field, refuse to use an office and prefer freelance activities. Working from home sounds great at first, especially if you've traveled to the other side of town for a few years, had certain working hours, and so on, standard requirements for each job. However, if some of you have tried the home office option, you know very well how tired you are in the first week and you may even be paranoid or depressed by the fact that communication with people is minimized. To top it all off, there is always something to distract you at home - household chores, a pet or a roommate. By using the opportunities that coworking spaces offer, you will not only change your environment, but also meet new people who most likely want to grow into a similar field of work.

It is for this reason that the team of the only digital guide of Plovdiv, www.lostinplovdiv.com, will reveal more about coworking spaces in the city under the hills. We have visited most of them and we can guarantee that not only will you have a good internet connection, but it is inevitable to meet interesting people from anywhere.

We are starting with the most central coworking space in the Kapana creative district - Cat & Mouse Coworking.  It is the place for all those creative people who need a slightly more relaxed atmosphere but without going beyond the boundaries of the creative district, where inspiration is literally everywhere. The main purpose of the space is freelancers and entrepreneurs to be able to exchange experience and even help and complement themselves in the realization of business ideas. The advantages of Cat and Mouse Coworking are the top location in the very center of the city and in the heart of the fastest growing district, the opportunity to work and to absorb from the creative environment in a community of people with innovative ideas and in the sphere of various activities, a self-contained workplace near the most popular bar under the hills and the chance to alternate work with pleasure.

Reggus is the other option for a coworking space in Plovdiv. It is quite a large center, where you can rent a personal workplace for an hour, day or month, as well as office space for your team. The atmosphere there is more formal and corporate, but again it is an option in case your work requires dedication and concentration.

Another coworking space that deserves the attention of freelancers in Plovdiv is Biz Labs. The place is located at 152 Shesti Septemvri Blvd. and for several years has been a gathering place for people who mainly work in the field of information technology.

Ji4ka is our next offer, and the interesting thing about it is that it offers both a shared workplace and a hardware laboratory, where engineers and designers can materialize their projects using laser cutting equipment, plotter, printers, soldering tools, crypto and many others.

Unfortunately, this year, places that created communities of creative people and innovative ideas have closed their doors. For a long time, Otsreshta had their visitors, who found in them the desired comfort and balance between a comfortable workplace and a social environment, but to date they no longer offer the opportunity for a coworking space. On the other hand, several new projects related to coworking spaces are currently being developed.

Over time, our favorite Limacon has formed not as a shared work environment, but rather as a venue for evening events, mainly aimed at the marketing community in the city. The trainings and presentations they organize are an inexhaustible source of new projects and original concepts in the field of digital business and it is definitely worth visiting them to grow in the chosen field.

And if you want to completely escape from the work environment and rather look for something quite casual and calm, we can immediately recommend two favorite cafés in Plovdiv, which have great internet connection and are suitable for work outside. The cult beer bar Cat and Mouse in the heart in the artistic district of Kapana, during the light part of the day, is a meeting place for freelancers who work in a quiet environment and at the same time enjoy a wide range of beers (mainly after they have finished work, of course).

Another place that is suitable for your need for variety and outdoor work is definitely Artnewscafe. Located at the bottom of Otets Paisii Street, it is popular not only for the interesting events and parties that are organized there, but also for the tranquility on weekdays. The internet is great, and if you're looking for inspiration for a project you're working on, first have a coffee, talk to someone and the muse will strike right away.

Do you work outside? Tell us your favorite places where everyone can take their laptop and have fun while working.

The article was updated in June 2020.