Reminding me of a coat of arms, the sign above Café Imagine made me smile: “study – cowork – create – chill” is exactly the mission and vibe of this coworking café located on the corner of St-Laurent & Rachel.
Having walked up and down the busy street a couple of weekends ago, I was a little apprehensive about setting myself up for a full day’s worth of productive work in a café. Keeping in mind that this particular café isn’t just a drop in – take out kind of place, I made my way over amongst the crowd of Montreal office workers early Wednesday morning.
You would expect to see a lineup of people waiting to get their coffee, since that’s what was going on at the other coffee shop just around the bend, but no, the moment I walked into Imagine Café, I was surprised to see that I was the only person there. For the time I spent there, we were never more than 6, so it made for a very calm and productive day of work.
I picked a spot on the communal table (the chairs were comfier looking than the small ones) by the window, and opened my tab for the day. Quite frankly, that’s all you need to do. There are a bunch of little snacky treats that you can choose from, as well as iced coffee, iced tea, hot coffee and hot tea, no additional charge!
The coworking café concept has been growing, albeit slowly, here in Montreal, offering pretty much all the same amenities as a regular café, to one exception: peace and quiet. Granted there is some background music playing, but these coworking cafés are some of the only places where you won’t need to listen to the obnoxiously loud table next to you, or have to put in your own headphones to drown out crying babies.
The idea is simple, you pay 4$ per hour (3$ if you’re a student), with a daily cap at 16$ (12$ for students). You can even buy a monthly membership, which is significantly cheaper than the daily amount. The most amazing part of it all, is that you won’t need to continuously purchase drinks and food, as you would normally have to do at a regular coffee shop!
Keep in mind that finding a spot might be tricky during peak times (i.e.: mid and end of session), but on a daily basis, the place always has plenty of room for you to come and work.