Since we have started our programs, I noticed that startups, especially the ones from outside of the Netherlands, ask the same question when they have to leave our office: where do we go from here? Precisely for this reason, I did a bit of research and found out some awesome coworking spaces in Amsterdam, where startups can make themselves at home. And by this, I mean that you really need to find a gezellig space, because your apartment/room is not a long-term office solution for your entire team. Startupbootcamp Amsterdam doesn’t endorse any of these spaces and they are not in a ranking order.
If you are looking for a professional working space in an entrepreneurial environment, then you can choose one of the two locations offered by Deskowitz in Amsterdam: Dam or Museumplein. The place comes with some nice facilities: awesome high speed internet, separate Skype room, coffee, and tea and meeting rooms; the latter for an hourly fee. If you don’t have a fixed schedule, it is not a problem; you get your own key to the building with access 24/7.
Located in Amsterdam North on the other side of the Ij river, A-Lab is just one (free) ferry trip away from the awesome centre, but if you are into grabbing a quick beer after work, fear no more, there are some hip places in that area, as well. The A-Lab building is, in fact, the old Shell HQ, which opened its doors as a co-working space in July 2013. Location wise, it’s right next to the awesome Eye Film Museum and some Appsterdamers are also working there.
This co-working space is on the second floor of the café De Balie, located in Leidseplein, one of the busiest squares for nightlife in the centre of Amsterdam. The atmosphere is very cosy, and you can create your own personal space as there is no problem leaving your things overnight. Best of all you have free coffee, tea, and snacks. Lunch is a nice daily collective event for entrepreneurs to socialize and get to know each other better. If at some point you feel you need a break from work (and that will happen) you can always drop by downstairs at the café, for some dinner, coffee or to join one of the cultural events going on.
Workspace6 is a friendly, international co-working space about 5 minutes from Central Station, near the Haarlemmerstraat. It is under new management, but has been a co-working space for about 7 years, making it one of the oldest in the city. The place is roomy and open, and as I noticed at an event, the people are nice. Workspace6 welcomes everyone interested in a co-working space – startups, investors and mentors – and if not enough networking has been done, then there is plenty of time for that during their regular events and pong nights.
Hackers and Founders is first of all a great community which organizes monthly meetings where entrepreneurs meet and exchange ideas. The coworking space is in a pretty nice location, in the center on Singel and hosts a bunch of developers, entrepreneurs and interesting people in general. As it is close to the Flower Market and Rembrandtplein, there are plenty of cosy bars and cafes in the area to get out of the building and get some fresh air, plus nerd yoga every Wednesday. Who can beat that?
The HUBAmsterdam is more than a coworking space. It is a community and a business incubator right in the heart of the Jordaan, one of the most expensive and high-scale neighbourhoods in Amsterdam. The team here has managed to build an awesome startup ecosystem, so apart from renting desks you can also join events, in-depth talks and themed workshops to help you grow your startup.
7) PH 120
The space offered at Prins Hendrikkade 120 is totally furnished and you are able to settle in right away. The monthly price includes high speed internet, coffee, tea. The meeting rooms come fully equipped with projector and video conference and can be rented for different periods of time. Quite an awesome terrace is available for a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery. Location wise, Prins Hendrikkade is very close to Central Station and Nemo, there are many great cafés and restaurants close-by.
This is another awesome location in the center of Amsterdam, but no worries if you live somewhere else, because they have two more offices, one at Zuideramstel next to the RAI and the Hague. SPACES is a dynamic and stimulating environment, with a plan for expansion in 4 big cities of the Netherlands.
9) Rokin 75
This is a pretty nice and big (around 400 square meters) industrial space, with a living-room feel for entrepreneurs around Dam square, right above the Beer Factory. The environment is quite diverse; you can interact with fellow entrepreneurs from tech, fashion, catering, design or music either in the office or on the roof in the smoking area. If you’re feeling like you need a break from the entrepreneurial vibe, Rokin 75 also provides space for exhibitions and art studios.
10) De Staalkade 6
If you are an independent creative (designer, art director, programmer, illustrator, animator, photographer, editor) and you are on the hunt for a small cosy place, then this is for you. All the magic happens in a shared studio of around 100 square meters.
11) The Thinking Hut
Relatively new (since 2012), The Thinking Hut is a cool 210 square meter co-working space for creative people around Oosterpark, in the East of Amsterdam. It has an interesting vibe, as it also hosts freelancers, writers, web developers, marketing specialists and web developers. So if you are a startup and you desperately need a designer, a programmer or help with your content, this might be a good place to check out.
Bouncespace is a different type of coworking space full of innovation and creativity. It is a community of entrepreneurs that you can interact with in the heart of Amsterdam.
13) Amsterdam public library if you are looking for a temporary free space (you have to pay for internet, though).