As a former student, freelancer, and perennial side-gigger, I’ve gathered a list of decent places to work/study from that is not my home. I never went fully freelance, so I stuck to spots where I could sit for free, or for the price of a coffee. Other criteria was based on stable Wi-Fi, outlet availability, and decent seating. All serve excellent coffee.

The Hoxton (Herengracht 255) is one of the most famous working spots in the city. Head upstairs to cosy spots, a communal table, and a fair amount of power sockets. They’re open until 1 AM so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to get some work done later in the day. And if you find yourself peckish, there’s a decent food menu at hand from the restaurant downstairs.

In Oost, Volkshotel (Wibautstraat 150) is almost made for freelancers and location independent laptop workers, with big tables and lots of spots for people to get comfortable with.

Close by, Hotel Casa (Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4) has communal tables, tables-for-two, and cosy areas where you can get to work, read a book, or have a bite to eat. They have a good food menu – three courses for €35,00 if you want to do a whole session and dinner out of it.

Then, of course, there is the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Oosterdokskade 143). The ultimate place in the city where you can hang out and there is no expectation of you spending any money at all. There are multiple floors to work, including the top-floor restaurant and cafe. You can purchase an annual Wi-Fi membership card (€13) to give you secure Wi-Fi, or stick to the free-ish one (you need to register with your phone). There are multiple venues around the city but all close at 17:30 with the exception of the Central venue which closes at 22:00.

Cafe shoutouts

Great spots, with some restrictions

Here are some gezellig cafés that will let you and your laptop in…sometimes (usually not on the weekends or peak hours). They are always open for non-digital working and studying.