Renowned the world over for its exceptional arts museums, Amsterdam is also a vibrant hub of creativity when it comes to entrepreneurship and innovation in the field of work. In recent decades the city has given birth to an ever-growing workforce of young, forward-thinking influencers who sit on the cutting edge of art, design and culture.
In keeping with this spirit, Amsterdam is also now a major player in the co-working space sector, with a vast number of communal work venues popping up across the city. Many of these offer hot desks and day passes, making them ideal for transient visitors who’d rather not pay for a full membership package. To help you find the right Amsterdam co-working space for your needs, we’ve picked out 12 of the best.
Situated right by the famous Dam Square, and housed within a magnificent, grand preservation building, Mindspace plays host to a diverse mix of startups, enterprises freelancers, and businesses of all sizes in an environment that promotes creativity, community, and the sharing of ideas. Tailored to accommodate teams of all sizes, the venue is open 24/7 and offers monthly flexible membership plans with options to be set up in either private offices or in shared creative workspaces. Services and amenities include bike parking, a soda and coffee bar, showers, range of events: lectures, workshops, meetups as well as and weekly happy hours yoga sessions. Furthermore, dedicated community managers are on hand to help with any problems or enquiries at all times. Eclectic art and elements are scattered throughout, adding to the atmosphere of creativity, while spaces are designed to evoke a sense of openness through clear-glass doors and walls. Each Mindspace member gets access to work from any Mindspace location across Europe, Israel and the U.S. Membership starts at €320 per month.
LOCATION Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 162 WEBSITE www.mindspace.me
Located under the tracks of Centraal Station at the end of Tussen de Bogen’s unique row of independent ateliers, workshops, offices and creative space and nestled just north of Amsterdam’s picturesque Jordaan neighbourhood, Workspace 6 prides itself on creating an environment that encourages innovation, diverse ideas and collaboration. The space is used by entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, corporates and artists, with amenities including unlimited coffee and tea, a kitchen with a microwave, printing, various meeting rooms, and 24-hour access. Membership starts at €300 per month for a dedicated desk, or you can book on an ad hoc basis through the Croissant co-working app. Vintage art, a bicycle collection and a band room with guitar amps, keyboard, and drums add to the hipster flavour.
LOCATION Tussen de Bogen 6 WEBSITE www.workspace6.com
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam city centre, on the banks of the scenic Herengracht canal, Merkspace is housed within a beautiful and historic building. While the exterior architecture is eye-catching, the interior is no less impressive, with state-of-the-art infrastructure and a tranquil private garden providing the perfect aesthetics and atmosphere for productive working. Offering round-the-clock access, services and amenities include super-fast Wi-Fi, meeting rooms with screens and video conference systems, mail pickup, printers and scanners, projector and screen, a fully equipped kitchen, and a roof-top canteen. For workers wanting irregular or short-term access, hourly rates and day passes (from €19) are both available, as well as a weekly membership package (from €99) and monthly passes (from €150). Members also get access to a diverse programme of events.
LOCATION Herengracht 499 WEBSITE www.merkspace.com
Housed within a beautiful old and fully restored factory building, with the green expanse of Vondelpark on its doorstep, BounceSpace is certainly one of Amsterdam’s most unique co-working spaces. Accessed via a ground floor with shops, a hairdresser and espresso bar, the venue features a bright and fully renovated members-only workspace, where a diverse mix of freelancers, startups and enterprises work amid a buzzing but productive atmosphere. There are a choice of flexible work areas and personal desks, with membership starting at €129 per month for the former. BounceSpace offers flexible memberships that can last for as little as a month, with no long-term rent contracts – – ideal for short-term visitors to Amsterdam.
LOCATION Overtoom 141 WEBSITE www.bouncespace.eu
Enjoying the benefits of a city centre location, right at the Herengracht and Keizersgracht canals and close to all that Amsterdam has to offer, StartDock offers flexible contracts and day passes, so whether you need to use the space for a day, a week, or a couple of days a week or month, they can accommodate you. Open 24/7, the venue has flexible desks that are shared with others in a shared room, with free coffee, tea and high speed internet. Day passes are priced at €20, with weekly passes costing €70 and monthly passes €219. In keeping with StartDock’s philosophy of inclusivity, the venue encourages all workers to gather together for an hour each day for lunch. There are also quarterly themed parties and every working week ends with relaxed drinks on Friday afternoon.
LOCATION Herengracht 420 WEBSITE www.startdock.nl
TSH CollabHome Amsterdam West
Self-styled as a fully integrated co-living and co-working world, TSH Collab Amsterdam is situated in the heart of the city and combines a hotel with a fully equipped and perpetually busy working space. Popular with students, travellers, mobile entrepreneurs, and professionals, the dual purpose venue offers flexible desks from €99 per month (or $20 for a day pass), giving you access to a hot desk, use of the hotel’s gym and lobby area, free tea and coffee, and the venue’s busy programme of events. The notice period for membership is one month.
LOCATION Wibautstraat 131D WEBSITE tshcollab.com
Spread across three separate buildings, B. Amsterdam is the biggest startup ecosystem in Europe. Within its vast confines is a creative workspace where startups, self-employed creatives and corporates come to work, learn and grow. The space can accommodate people who only need a work space for a day or a week as well as those looking for a more regular or long-term commitment. Membership start at €80 for use of the space for 5 days a month and there are discounts on food and beverages, as well as parking, for members. You also get use of facilities including an event space, a meeting room, two lounges, a gym, a cinema, fresh daily lunches, and a rooftop restaurant overlooking Amsterdam.
LOCATION Johan Huizingalaan 763a WEBSITE www.b-buildingbusiness.com
Boven de Balie
Boven de Balie is a cozy office for entrepreneurs, located on the Leidseplein above the well-known café De Balie. There are startups and creative freelancers here, and you can rent a single desk for yourself or a workspace for your company, giving you use of a large height-adjustable desk and an ergonomic chair. There are also lockers where you can store your laptop or wallet when you’re away, a laser printer and copier, and complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit and snacks. There are regular social events and each day workers are invited to join a communal lunch.
LOCATION Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10 WEBSITE www.bovendebalie.nl
This creative co-working space in Amsterdam-West features 8 work stations, a well-equipped kitchen and a meeting room. The space offers memberships starting at €300 per month, with one month’s notice period required to get out of your contract. As well as desk use, membership affords you a number of benefits, including conference room access, coffee & tea-making facilities, shelf space, cleaning services, 24/7 self-access, high speed internet and printing facilities.
LOCATION Chasséstraat 22H WEBSITE www.plant22.co
Housed within a large 5,000 square metre building, A Lab’s coworking space plays host to a diverse mix of creatives, technologists, social entrepreneurs and catalyze labs. Spread across some 40 Lab Spaces, there’s room for almost 300 people, with flex desks, fixed desks and team spaces all available, as well as day passes. Amenities include 24/7 access, use of communal kitchen & supplies, print access, high speed WIFI, and reduced rates for meeting rooms or workshop/event space rentals.
LOCATION Overhoeksplein 2 WEBSITE www.a-lab.nl
The Thinking Hut
One of the oldest independent co-working space in Amsterdam, The Thinking Hut has two venues – one near the Oosterpark and another next to the Olympic Stadium. Designed as a collaborative and open working environment, the main space at Mauritskade offers memberships suited to all needs, along with meeting facilities, workshops and a regular programme of events. Day passes start at €20, with monthly membership starting at €75 for one day’s use a week. Membership expires at the end of this period, or for longer term contract there’s normally a one calendar month cancellation policy.
LOCATION Mauritskade 55C WEBSITE www.thethinkinghut.com
Hackers & Founders
Billed as the largest community of technology entrepreneurs and developers in Holland, this unique non-profit space in the heart of Amsterdam plays host to a large number of young and ambitious tech startups. For individual workers, desks are available for $250 per month – with two-month’s notice and a one-month security deposit – which entitle you to a desk, chair, lockable cabinet, coffee, and meeting room and kitchen access. Other on-site facilities include superfast internet and a south-facing garden that’s regularly used for meetings, lunches and BBQs.
LOCATION Herengracht 504 WEBSITE www.hackersandfounders.nl