Paris’ version of coworking – with cafe

Of course a coworking site in Paris would have a cafe. Strangely enough, it’s one of the only coworking sites to include one, especially given the official definition of coworking as a “cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents.”

La Cantine opened January 30, 2008, with 2200 square feet dedicated to three spaces:

– a café and coffee bar for meet-ups, information, exhibitions and project testing;
– a collaborative space for project development (shared desk area);
– a brainstorming and meeting space (conference room area)

The coworking site was initiated by Silicon Sentier, a Paris-based association for digital start-ups, in partnership with a slew of creative government and business entities: the Ile-de-France region government; Orange (one of the largest cell phone providers in Europe); Fondation Internet Nouvelle Génération and the Cap Digital Paris Region competitive cluster – a geographical region with businesses, research centers and educational institutions working in partnership on innovative digital multimedia content and technology projects.

If only more coworking sites could look this good…

Image source: noneck.