AEON was the first venue of its type (anti-café) in Yerevan / Photo: Courtesy of AEON Yerevan
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The Freelance Economy, also known as Gig Economy, has been demonstrating steady growth in the world over the past years with over 33% of Americans having taken up freelance jobs in 2015. Armenia is not falling behind and freelance infrastructure here is becoming not only much more diverse, but also much more advanced.
Freelance work spares you from the necessity to work specific hours from a specific office space and allows much more flexibility. And while many people choose to work on their freelance projects from home, Yerevan now features cafes suitable for freelancing and specialized coworking spaces to provide developers, content writers, virtual assistants and design pros the opportunity to focus on work with all required equipment and atmosphere in place.
In this article, I have compiled a list of top 5 freelancer and coworking spaces in Yerevan:
1. LOFT COWORKING
Loft Coworking, Yerevan / Photo: Viktorya Mirzoyan
Loft Coworking is probably one of the most specialized of coworking spaces in the city, which provides cluster services and positions itself as a self-development center. Initially occupying one combined space for all activities encompassing anything from events, board games, a library, a corner of musical instruments and a kitchen, because of the increase of traffic the management made a decision to separate the coworking area on a different floor.
It now provides all necessary conditions for freelancers to get their work done, anything from Skype call cabins and personal lockers to conference rooms and readily available admin support. Along with the kitchen, where visitors could cook their own meals and use all required equipment till now, soon food will also be available to add to the comfort of a coworking space. Following the success in Yerevan, Loft branches have been opened in Gyumri as well, and Vanadzor and Hrazdan are coming next (it’s the so-called ‘loftification’ process) throughout the country.
Be sure to bring your own laptop. The crowd is super chill, with no age limitation. Various packages are available, starting from per minute pay to day or month passes. For more information, visit or call:
Address: 3 Moskovyan St. | Phone: +374 43 408 864 | Facebook page
AEON anti-cafe, Yerevan / Photo: Viktorya Mirzoyan
AEON is one of the more chill spots often used by freelancers and students for individual and group projects. There is a cafe style setting on the first floor, where tea, coffee and snacks are provided and visitors will only need to pay the per hour fee of 360AMD (around 80 cents) to use the space. There are daily and monthly packages available as well. The first floor also features a selection of over 50 board games, musical instruments and a handmade corner, where visitors can showcase and sell their crafts.
The second floor has two separate rooms suitable for group projects and conferences. Laptops can be provided and printing and copying equipment is available free of charge.
Address: 3A Teryan St. | Phone: +374 10 538 766; +374 95 538 766 | Facebook page
3. MIRZOYAN LIBRARY
Mirzoyan Library, Yerevan / Photo: Viktorya Mirzoyan
Founded by a renowned contemporary Armenian photographer Karen Mirzoyan and housed in an 18th century building, Mirzoyan Library features an outdoor cafe, a library and a gallery, where freelancers and photographers in particular can work, recreate and educate in one of the biggest photography libraries in the region.
The gallery often hosts exhibitions of contemporary photographers and visitors are welcome to spend their time with no cover charge. The library features over 600 books and documentaries on art and photography in a cozy reading space again available free of charge.
Events, shows and music performances often take place in evening hours. The venue is one of the favorites among locals and visitors of the city, so i strongly recommend to check it out even if you’re not the biggest of photography connoisseurs.
Address: 10 Mher Mkrtchyan St. | Phone: +374 10 520 828 | Facebook page
4. THE GREEN BEAN
The Green Bean Cascade / Photo: Viktorya Mirzoyan
This greener, homier and cozier version of any chain coffeeshop provides a comfortable space for freelancers to get work done accompanied by a cup of freshly made coffee and 100% non-smoking environment. Meal options are various and healthy and the staff is more than helpful and friendly.
The coffeeshop is comfortably located in the center of Yerevan in the vicinity of famous Cascade. Another branch is located on Amiryan street, not far from the Republic Square. Please note that this is not a co-working space, so office equipment is not available. But if you are more of a cafe or coffeeshop freelancer, The Green Bean is a good option for you.
Address: 38 Isahakyan St. / 10 Amiryan St. | Phone: +374 91 529 279 | Facebook page
Achajour Lovers' Park, Yerevan / Photo: Viktorya Mirzoyan
And finally another great spot for those of you who prefer to work in an open-air cafe style atmosphere. Located in beautiful Lovers’ Park, Achajour naturally provides a serene and comfy atmosphere for group meetings, business discussions and solo projects. It has become one of the favorite places of locals and visitors equally.
The venue provides exceptionally high quality fresh food and drinks, operating in self-service mode, and is open till midnight. And since it is located in a park, probability of children around is high. Please note that this is not a co-working space, so office equipment is not available.
Another branch of Achajour is located on Parpetsi street, only 5-minute walk from the Opera House.
Address: 21 Marshal Baghramyan St. / 22 Parpetsi St. | Phone: +374 10 536 766; +374 11 536 766; +374 55 966 866 | Facebook page
I hope that this list will help you pick a workspace in Yerevan that suits your preferences best, whether you are a local shifting to the wonderful world of freelance or a visitor of our beautiful city looking for a space to create.