Amsterdam is a city where you’ll find freelancers, entrepreneurs, students, creatives and more working side by side at the city’s many cafes that are as full of personality as the Dutch capital itself. As an entrepreneur myself, I try to take a break from working from home whenever I’m writing a new blog or working on my website. I really enjoy the change of scenery that comes with getting out of the house and temporarily setting up my office at one of Amsterdam’s cozy or trendy cafes.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite cafes for working in Amsterdam where you’re sure to find great coffee and free WiFi. While you’ll find that each neighborhood in Amsterdam has its own selection of great cafes for working at, I especially love frequenting those located in Amsterdam’s up and coming Oost (East) part of town.
8 Of The Best Cafes for Working in Amsterdam
1. Frederix Micro Roasters
1017 XL Amsterdam
This newly renovated café is a great place to head to in a city like Amsterdam where the weather can be so unpredictable. Not only does it have a cozy interior, but there’s also a terrace that you can take advantage of in case the sun unexpectedly pops out. Located in Amsterdam Oost, here you’ll find several different options to meet everyone’s individual workspace preferences: individual tables, a long communal work table, a bar, or the coveted cozy Chesterfield chair at the entryway.
2. Rum Baba
1092 EX Amsterdam
Another one of my favorite places in Amsterdam Oost, this café is a great spot to get some work done and enjoy some delicious home roasted coffee or a nice cup of tea. You can even enjoy lunch or something sweet from their bakery. One of my favorite quirks about this place is that you have to take a random little figuring like a hippopotamus or a dinosaur with you to your table to mark where you’re sitting.
3. Coffee Bru
1091 KG Amsterdam
The sister café of previously mentioned Rum Baba, this colorful and trendy café is a beloved spot next to Amsterdam’s Oosterpark. You can choose to sit at the bar by the window to do a little people watching when you need a break from work, or head to the back where you´ll find a number of tables to set up your laptop. If you’re craving something sweet while working, be sure not to miss the tasty treats available here!
4. Anne & Max
1053 RS Amsterdam
Oostelijke Handelskade 1001
1019 BW Amsterdam
Locatie Amsterdam Zuid:
1075 XS Amsterdam
Despite being a chain, Anne & Max is one of my go-to cafes for getting work done in Amsterdam. They’ve got plenty of tasty snacks to choose from (the gluten free blueberry coconut bar is a personal favorite), and offer breakfast, lunch and high tea and brunch as well. You’ll find them in Amsterdam Oud-West, Zuid and Zeeburg. My favorite location is their one in Zeeburg as it offers a great view of the water and a chance to take a walk along the waterfront when I need a break from work.
1018 VN Amsterdam
Zoku is actually an aparthotel, but the café/bar and restaurant space serve as a flex working space. They aim to be the “international living room” of Amsterdam, which means it’s a great place for digital nomads and other location independent entrepreneurs to network with like-minded individuals from around the world. They offer both monthly passes and day passes, as well as space on their outdoor terrace (which is gorgeous!) for people who are just planning to stay for a couple of hours.
6. CT Coffee & Coconuts
1072 GK Amsterdam
This is one of the most frequently recommended cafés in Amsterdam, and for a good reason too. This movie-theater-turned-café in de Pijp neighborhood is a unique and spacious place where you can enjoy food, a coffee or even sip on a drink from a coconut! I’d recommend going earlier in the morning to find a table, as it’s a very popular spot for working and lunch. However, it’s definitely a place you don’t want to miss while in Amsterdam.
1016 BJ Amsterdam
If you’re looking for a place to work in the popular Jordaan area of town, check out the lobby of the Hoxton hotel. Situated on the picturesque Herengracht canal, it’s the perfect place for feeling at home, while still having a change of scenery while you work. Head to the upstairs area if you’re looking for a quieter space to work. I personally like the versatility of this space because I can work for a couple of hours and stick around to meet up with friends for drinks.
1017 GP Amsterdam
Just a short walk from Leidseplein, Bocca is a great place for getting work done if you’re looking for a café in the heart of Amsterdam. It’s a beautiful and spacious location and all of their coffee is made from their in-house roasted coffee beans. It’s also home to a tasting, training and showroom, but if you go to the left at the end of the bar, you’ll find a long table that’s perfect for setting up your laptop (with plenty of electrical outlets!).
Update: at the moment Bocca, unfortunately, doesn’t allow laptops after 11:30 AM on weekdays.
Amsterdam’s best cafes for working
Whether you work remotely, just need a break from the office or are a digital nomad, if you are looking for a café to work from in Amsterdam, definitely check out one of these eight!
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