Homer Simpson, a man not normally known for his insightful commentary, was spot on in his description of driving to work; gas honk break, honk honk honk. The stress of commuting, long hours and office politics has pushed more and more employees to trade the cubicle for a home office. As freelancing becomes the new 9 to 5, savvy businesses are starting to cash in.
I've already told you about Thought Fort, an office space that offers short term rent for the times when you crave water cooler conversation. But if four walls make you claustrophobic, try the hustle and bustle of a West End cafe instead.
Upon entry, the Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe seems like your standard inner city coffee spot. Specialty coffee? Check. Trendy interior? Check. Kooky wall decals and signs? Check and check. But look more closely and you'll find little details – pencils in the cookie jars, business manuals instead of magazines, and inspiration platitudes doodled on the walls – that clue you in to the fact that this is no ordinary cafe.
The Rabbit Hole additionally offers workstations and an ideation room for freelance professionals and budding entrepreneurs in need of an office, or just a change of scenery. The areas can be used for a day, or can be hired on a short or long term lease. Workstations included internet access, locked storage and coffee served right to your desk. The cafe also has computers on site.
The ideation room is perfect for meetings or brain storming sessions. You don't even need to bring butchers paper – the Rabbit Hole encourages patrons to scribble ideas straight onto the wall. Ideation room hire includes projector screen and sound system.
Workstation hire starts at $15 for four hours, and ideation room hire starts at $60 for two hours. You can make your booking here.
This Rabbit Hole won't lead you to Wonderland but, like that magical place, it certainly is different.