You might remember that I started this little blog-series in London. New York part one and part two quickly followed, and then I realised I never made one for Amsterdam! I can’t say I’ve explored many work + wifi + coffee spots since I got here a year ago because I’m working full-time and I no longer have the need to find all the greatest little spots where I can get some work done. But for all you freelancers, students and flex-workers, I managed to compile a list of what I believe to be the best laptop-friendly places to get some work done!
1. The Hoxton
The Hoxton has only been around for a few years in Amsterdam, but it’s already kind of an institution. It’s a hotel, restaurant, event space, working space and just a general spot where both locals and visitors like to gather. What I really like about The Hoxton, is that it has a very friendly and welcoming vibe. There’s good wifi, the coffee and snacks are plentiful and laptops are welcome, even during weekends.
The first thing you need to know about Bocca, is that they roast their own coffee beans. So the coffee is probably some of the best coffee I’ve tried in Amsterdam. Next to that, this is not one of those tiny little cafés. It’s a large, beautifully decorated space with big plans and even a long communal table, made for people who like to work for a little while! Beware, laptops are (understandably) not allowed here on Saturdays and Sundays.
This is a hotel, but it’s also particularly well-equipped for locals who’d like to get some work done. There are plenty of tables and work-stations and the wifi is good. It’s not necessarily my favourite work-spot (because it’s not exactly Amsterdams best-kept secret), but it does the job.
4. CT Coffee & Coconuts
4. CT Coffee & Coconuts
I can’t recommend coming here during weekends because this is a very popular brunch spot! But on weekdays it’s less crowded and perfect for work or a meeting! CT is located in a former movie theatre, so the ceilings are really high and it feels super spacious. It kind of feels like you’re in Bali thanks to the abundant greenery, light furniture, lampshades made from baskets and cosy little lounge spots.
5. Cold Pressed Juicery - PrinsengrachtEven though there are a couple of Cold Pressed Juiceries around Amsterdam, this is the only one (of which I know of) which has a seating area + good wifi. I never thought of this as a potential work spot, but I’ve seen people work on laptops here multiple times. This is actually my favourite juice place in Amsterdam! If you’re more of a juice fan than a coffee fan, this is the perfect spot for you.
6. Back to Black
Back to Black holds a special place in my heart because in 2014, I lived right above this café for 5 months. They had only just opened and were still figuring things out, and now they’re one of the most popular cafés in Amsterdam! Laptops are not allowed on weekends (like most cafés in Amsterdam), but during the week this is a great spot. It’s like sitting at home, only the coffee is better and there’s a cute cat which jumps on your lap (if you’re lucky! Or unlucky, depending on how you feel about cats).
Toki has been one of my favourite coffee places for a while, mostly because everyone who works here is super nice! But also because they serve Bonsoy milk, which is The Ultimate plant-based milk (after Oatly). The banana bread is also to die for! This is a very “local” Amsterdam spot and there’s a very friendly vibe!
Monks is a little coffee place run by a team of passionate people. You feel it as soon as you walk in and you taste it in the coffee. There’s enough seating space and there’s a tasty food menu which will definitely keep you fuelled for a couple of productive hours.
9. Stach Overtoom
9. Stach Overtoom
Stach is an Amsterdam deli which you can find all over the city. The fun thing is that it’s always located on a corner of two streets, which is super smart if you ask me! Most Stachs are on the small side, but some others are bigger, like the one on Overtoom. There’s a whole café area attached to the deli, where I often see people working. It’s probably not the quietest spot, but if you’re okay with that it’s fine! I love Stach’s sandwiches too, my favourite is the Farmer’s Cheese sandwich!
Zoku is a unique - Amsterdam-born - concept. They call themselves a “home-office hybrid, a relaxed place to live, work and socialize with like-minded people while getting wired into the city.” Tourists and visitors and book rooms, and locals can get day passes (€25, lunch included) or monthly passes (€175/month) to use the working spaces. They also have meeting rooms and event spaces, which is perfect for when you and your team need to “get out” of the office.
These are all the spots I can think of, but once I discover more I'll make a part two! In the meantime, check out my New York work spots in Downtown Manhattan and in the rest of Manhattan.