As you may know, I recently moved to my favorite place in the whole world (or at least what I’ve seen from it), Amsterdam, Netherlands.
I began my life here successfully, enjoying location independence but also falling in love with the city day after day. It literally has anything one can want from a city.
And while working from home is something that feels good to me and what I’m used to, I also enjoy finding coffee shops, coworking spaces and other places where creativity and productivity are in the air and doing remote work just feels right.
Generally, you can do your online work and run a business like that from anywhere.
But such places have everything – good coffee, nice atmosphere, solid internet connection, positive people around, and even many others working online around you.
Turns out, visiting these is not only good for getting out of your comfort zone, getting some work done and being outside, but also a fantastic way to explore such a big and international city.
It will never feel weird to take your laptop and go to one of these, and so I’m on a quest to visiting one each week.
Sounds like a fun project. I thought of this the moment I ended up at the first coffice, which was Coffeecompany (they got many of these here in Amsterdam). It felt so good there that I wanted to share it with others.
Then it hit me.
If I’m going to work in many places like that in the future anyways, why not write a short review of each and publish it on the blog, so that those looking for coffices can feel even more motivated to really pay one of these a visit.
Over time, when I gather many reviews, I’ll create a page on the site and it will serve as a resource for all the freelancers, aspiring online entrepreneurs and online business owners who either live here already, or who are visiting for some time.
Just like I checked out a few listicles online about good places to get coffee and work remotely in Amsterdam, so will other people do it in the future.
My audience might be mainly Americans, but the ones working online, who are location independent, or just visiting the capitals of Europe, will find it helpful eventually too. In case you won’t ever end up here, simply skip these posts (they won’t appear too often).
But there’s more to that. In the past, when i’ve been reading about people’s experiences when working online, or when traveling the world with their laptop, I started dreaming about this too.
So this means if someone that’s living a life he’s not satisfied with, lands on my blog and finds a review of a coffice in Amsterdam that I visited, sees how it felt there and how much I love every second of what I do, he might as well set the goal of becoming self-employed too. And as we know, we’re all a decision away from a completely different lifestyle :)
So, let’s get to the point of this post, and it’s to present you the first coffee shop I visited here with my laptop.
Coffeecompany at Waterlooplein
I’ve been working online at Starbucks in many cities while traveling, and I loved it. But this is the first time I enter such a creative space.
It doesn’t feel like a coffee shop, but it’s not an actual coworking space either. It’s the perfect combination of these, together with an office.
If you’re doing any type of remote work, I believe you’ll enjoy it.
Coffeecompany is situated at Waterlooplein 2, and I found it accidentally while passing by a few days before that. It looked quite tempting from the outside too so that’s when I decided to come back with the laptop the same week.
The interior, in my opinion at least, is awesome.
When you enter, you’ll see a big table on the left with many people staring at their laptops. It’s like in a super friendly business meeting, where no one really knows each other though.
Go straight to get your coffee, and on the right and upstairs you’ll see many small spaces and tables with super comfortable chairs. Some people might be enjoying a cup of coffee, others are there with friends and just chat, some are together with a laptop working on a project. There’s everything.
It’s located at Waterlooplein which is one of the famous places in the city. It’s the oldest flea market in Amsterdam too, that’s open 6 days a week and even if you’re not there to buy anything, it still makes the area pretty cosy and interesting.
Although it’s pretty close to the central station and I now prefer to get to in on foot, you can take metro 54, direction Gein, and get off at Waterlooplein, which is literally 5 minutes (2 stops, I believe).
So, that was my first official coffice experience and the first place where you can work remotely in Amsterdam that I’m having the pleasure to review.
Do check it out if you feel like and let me know what you think :)
PS, and get some work done, of course. It’s the online business that allows us to have such creative and location freedom, after all. And the best way to show appreciation to it is to keep doing meaningful work.