I’m super tempted in NOT telling you where exactly this gem is located because I want to keep it all to myself… No joke, I’ve been there a couple of times now during different times of the day, and its SUPER PEACEFUL. But because we all need that one special place, I’ll tell you about it. Heck, we might even bump into each other there.
I’m in my last never ending weeks of my session, i.e. I’ve finished classes since the 18th of April but my finals aren’t until next Tuesday, so I’ve been studying non stop since. Since I work from home, I don’t really take the time to get up and out of the house, other than to go running or the gym or the groceries.
Last week, I forced myself out of the house and out into the world. I don’t usually like working in coffee shops because I am never as productive as I am when I’m home, but this time, I thought I would try out Le 5e, a coffee & coworking space in Griffintown.
It’s located in the basement of an old building, in an area that you wouldn’t really think of walking by on a daily basis. But the moment you walk in, you know that you’re exactly where you need to be.
You’re greeted by little fairy lights (soft glowing Christmas lights), a ton of plants and mini cacti and succulents (that are for sale!) and mismatched tables, chairs, couches, bikes on the ceiling, etc.
Inspired by the zero waste movement and lifestyle, as well as by a need of having good coffee and a quiet space to work, the owners set out to create that exact environment. Today, it is known as Le 5e! Everything is thoughtfully planned out to be zero waste; no paper napkins, biodegradable soaps and dish soaps, no plastic or disposable containers, even biodegradable toilet paper!
The coworking space aspect is incredible: for 3$ an hour, up to a daily max of 15$, you can enjoy free wifi, a printer, microwave, postal box (there is a fee for that however), and one free beverage (under 3$) for every hour you spend there. They offer memberships and a customized time allotment so you can come and work whenever you want. They are open from 8am until 11pm, and they often have events in the evenings; think of live performances, workshops, shows, etc.
Now, for the important part, the coffee! They serve up some delicious coffees from the roasters Lenoir Lacroix, as well as vegan meals and snacks. Their prices are super affordable: I spent 3h there last week and ended up paying 9$… Which is super reasonable for fast wifi, two coffees, and 3h worth of productive work.
I was worried at first about working in a public space, but I was pleasantly surprised. The first time around, we were probably 10 people, and I could have sworn we were just three. Ok, one guy was kind of loud on his phone call, but that happens where ever you go. The second time around, we were there during the lunch hours, and the grand total of customers? 4. Not a peep! The baristas are also super good about maintaining that zen environment as well.
So next time you’re looking for a productive spot to work and study, without needing to continuously purchase coffees and foods (aka spend 20$), come and try out Le 5e!