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Top 20 WiFi cafes in Holland (that you can cycle to and work from).

Some coffee and macaroons in Den Haag. View from the window seats at Mister Bean, Amsterdam. Photography by Sarina Larson.

As an au pair by day, a student by night, and an entrepreneur all the time, finding a place to get out of the house to work or study while living in the Netherlands became a hobby.

In the United States, in Sacramento, CA, where I am from, and most places in the U.S., it is completely acceptable to go into a “coffee shop”, as we call it, and order a coffee, set up your laptop and work for hours!

After living in The Netherlands for only a few weeks, there were a few things I had to adapt to. First, shouldn’t I have known that “coffee shop” means something very specific in the Netherlands? Fail. An immediate note-to-self was made after using the term to refer to a café once, and my friend said, “Sarina, it’s a café, not a coffee shop.” Coffee shops are places that surely sell coffee, but medicinal plants too. 🙂

Secondly, most cafés prefer that customers don’t camp out all day using the wifi. In fact, it is completely normal for a café barista to ask you each hour what you anticipate ordering next, or they might even ask you to move if you are taking up a prime-real-estate kind of table. Hats off to the Dutch, I love this! Keepin’ it real.

Here are a few places in North and South Holland that are cozy, have a decent amount of plugs, free and strong wifi, great coffee and the staff are welcome to entrepreneurs and students working. Most likely, you will be taking public transportation, so download the app 9292.nl, and you can find your way to each of these easily by bus, tram or train. If you are cycling, simply use Google Maps and select the bike-path option.


About the Author

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From Folsom, CA, Sarina is a California girl with a global perspective. She has lived in the Netherlands, Thailand, the U.S. and has traveled to 25 countries. She channels her inner humanitarian and social entrepreneur as a marketing consultant, co-Founder at BoostBlocks and Founder of the music centered non-profit, Bizlanthropy.

Comments

  • Kaj Jalving on

    Having my home base in Amsterdam, I can confirm Sarina’s findings.

    I’d like to add the following Amsterdam cafés:

    Drover’s Dog, Eerste Atjehstraat 62, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Drover’s Dog, Heemstedestraat 25, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    The Coffeebrand, Hoofddorpplein 16, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Two For Joy, Frederiksplein 29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Two For Joy, Haarlemmerdijk 182hs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    CoffeeConcepts, Jacob Obrechtstraat 5, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    De Stadskantine, Van Woustraat 120, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    BounceSpace, Weteringschans 28, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    De Ysbreeker, Weesperzijde 23, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Bar Spek, Admiraal de Ruyterweg 1, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Café Vrijdag, Amsteldijk 137HS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Grand Café Lokaal, Wibautstraat 85hs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Hutspot, Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Hutspot, Rozengracht 204-210, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Cotignac, Trompenburgstraat 111, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Brandstof, Marnixstraat 341, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Proust, Noordermarkt 4, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Espressofabriek, IJburglaan 1489, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Dauphine, Prins Bernhardplein 175, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Studio/K, Timorplein 62, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Coffee Bru, Beukenplein 14, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Sweet Cup, Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 101L, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Open Coöp, Tolhuisweg 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Stadscafé Van Mechelen, Sloterkade 96-97, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Finch, Noordermarkt 5-HS, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Filter, Valkenburgerstraat 124, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Koko, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Latei, Zeedijk 148, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    T, Roetersstraat 4hs, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Zuivere koffie, Utrechtsestraat 39, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Helena Primakoff, Lijndenstraat 28, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Friday Next, Overtoom 31, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Vinnies Deli, Haarlemmerstraat 46, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Pllek, TT Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    CityHouse Coffee & Books, Koninginneweg 218, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    In addition, all franchises in The Netherlands of the following coffeeshop brands are safe bets:
    Bagels & Beans (http://www.bagelsbeans.nl/winkels.asp)
    The Coffee Company (https://www.coffeecompany.nl/locations)
    DE Café (http://www.de.nl/koffie/locaties/)
    Anne & Max (http://annemax.nl/)

    Public libraries also offer work space with wifi access, but often limited in time, money or dependent on membership. Access to coffee etc is not guaranteed in every library. Here are the Amsterdam locations: http://www.oba.nl/content/noord-holland/amsterdam/nl/oba/vestigingen.html)

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