Working in Toronto can be just as exciting (and just as stressful) as perusing the local real estate listings. But anyone can find success if they’re willing to hustle—you just need the right space to get the right results. Is your York Mills HQ too far from the financial center? Try moving to Old Toronto. Does your team need a breakout space to feel creative? Take them to West Queen West or the Fashion district for an inspiring change of pace. Whatever your motivation, there are countless neighborhoods and boroughs (6ix, to be exact) to choose from—read on for our thoughts on the best offsite locations in Toronto.
When you need a quiet space to get the job done
In a city as jam-packed as Toronto, it can be difficult to find some peace and quiet. Sure, you can try to find a peaceful corner in your office but renting a Breather means you—and your team—get total privacy. And privacy means productivity. When your lengthy to-do list is standing between you and a trip to the cottage, a space all your own is exactly what you need to get the job done.
Some of our picks for a zen workday:
147 Spadina Avenue: This space is just one block away from Queen Street West. Plus, it’s an easy walk to Chinatown favorite Dumpling House (remember to avoid the 12 o’clock rush!) and Kensington Market. Consider your lunch problems solved.
#1701B–110 Yonge Street: This cozy Breather is economical enough for one, but big enough for 12—just in case you need space for coworkers. We highly recommend this neighborhood if you want to avoid going outside in the winter it’s easy to access the PATH system from here.
141 Adelaide Street West: Coffee lovers, take note: Starbucks, JJ Bean and Tim Hortons are conveniently close to this York Street unit. But if you’re looking for a smooth coffee that’ll give you an extra jolt, we suggest local favorite Sam James.
When you need a quick fix for a scheduling mishap
Accidents happen! You schedule a meeting weeks in advance, but when you start to prepare the agenda, you realize you forgot to book a meeting room. No space? No problem. Breather locations can be easily booked or cancelled on super-short notice (up to 2 hours before the meeting start time) for free, and since all of them are equipped with the basics you need for extreme productivity, there’s no wrong choice. Plus, the simple app interface means it takes just a couple taps to fix a scheduling error.
Each of the spaces listed below is within Toronto’s financial hub, so they’re easy to access regardless of where your team is coming from.
Some of our picks for a last-minute meeting:
36 Toronto Street: A sleek table set-up and lounge offers flexibility for seating arrangements. Bonus: if your meetings take you through to happy hour, you can easily hop over to St. Lawrence Market for a quick drink.
111 Peter Street: This Breather seats up to 28 and is available seven days a week. Located in the bustling entertainment district, it’s ideal for client presentations. The best part? It comes with a parking spot—save it for clients, or claim it for yourself!
When you need extra desks but don’t know how many
Those working in Toronto’s finance and media industries know that flexibility is essential. As your company grows—by acquiring other companies or experiencing a boom in hiring—it can be difficult to determine exactly what size office you need. Or perhaps you’ve made some changes to your corporate structure and have created an entirely new department—where is everyone going to sit?
But as real estate costs continue to increase, committing to a long-term lease can be lethal—especially for organizations that need to remain nimble. These spaces are available for short- and long-term rentals and located in convenient spots for commuters. And with space for up to 28 they’re great for smaller events, too.
Some of our picks for office overflow:
#1701–110 Yonge Street: An ensuite kitchen means your team will remain well-fed, even if the space becomes more long-term than you originally intended.
18 King Street: With seating for up to 15, this space can be arranged and rearranged to accommodate any team requirements. Plus, the Yorkville location means it’s the perfect distance from city center, but still accessible by the TTC.