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The Best Cafés For Studying Or Working In Amsterdam

Picture of Tom Coggins
Updated: 5 April 2018
Looking for a place to settle into a lengthy work or study session on your next trip to Amsterdam? We’ve got you covered, with the following list of trendy and laid-back cafés inside the city, where you can bury yourself in a laptop or smash out that fast approaching deadline.

Café-Restaurant de Plantage

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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Café-Restaurant Plantage's Bar
Café-Restaurant Plantage's Bar | © Fraklin Heijnen / Flickr
Café-Restaurant de Plantage is housed inside on an enormous glass walled conservatory that was originally used by Amsterdam’s Artis zoo. The terrace of this monumental building is well-loved by Amsterdammers and famously backs onto Artisplein’s flamingo paddock and spoonbill aviary. Its dining room is also exceptionally charming and includes a cosy seating area, with small booths and a large wooden table, which is mainly set aside for visitors looking for a casual drink or coffee.
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Sun - Mon:
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 1:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Modern, Relaxed

Café de Jaren

Cafe, European, $$$
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Inside de Jaren
Inside de Jaren | © Ovidiu Curcan / Flickr
Café de Jaren is spread over two large floors that contain ample space for work and study. The café’s lower seating area is centered around its stately bar and features several long tables that are fitted with working desk lamps. Although its upper level is mainly used for dining, during lunch hours its booths are accessible without reservation, allowing guests to sit undisturbed while they work. Café de Jaren serves hot drinks well into the night, making it perfect for long-haul study sessions.
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Sun - Mon:
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Tue:
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Tue - Wed:
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Wed - Thu:
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Thu - Fri:
8:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat:
8:30 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
8:30 am - 2:00 am

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Stylish

Filter

Cafe, Healthy, Contemporary, $$$
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The entrance of Filter
The entrance of Filter | ©Alper Çuğun
Filter knows its clientele and has set up several important features that make it among the best places to work in Amsterdam. Numerous power sockets hover above the cafe’s main tables meaning that guests can easily plug in their laptops whilst enjoying one of Filter’s fantastic coffees or smoothies. The café’s lunch menu focuses on organic, filling bites that include a delicious tuna melt and a rotating selection of cookies, cakes, and brownies. For a more relaxed working environment, guest can unwind on one of Filter’s vintage armchairs or ensconce into a comfy beanbag.
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Mon - Fri:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy, Relaxed, Arty

C.T. Coffee & Coconuts

Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Interior of Coffee & Coconuts | Courtesy of Coffee & Coconuts
Interior of Coffee & Coconuts | Courtesy of Coffee & Coconuts
This huge café is built inside of a former cinema complex that was constructed in the 1920s on western border of de Pijp. Its interior covers several floors, and large sections of the café are perched on top mezzanines that are stacked above its main bar. Albert Cuyp Markt is only a few blocks away, and CT Coffee & Coconuts is a fantastic stopping-off point for visitors who are exploring Amsterdam’s trendy, southern neighbourhoods.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Modern, Relaxed

Volkshotel

Bar, Boutique Hotel Restaurant, Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Volkshotel
Volkshotel | © Konrad Lischka / Flickr
Volkshotel is a popular, forward-thinking, boutique hotel in the east of Amsterdam that contains several ultra-modern amenities including a large, open plan café. This space was deliberately designed to accommodate remote workers and, if need be, can be used for small meetings or group sessions. Thanks to the café’s expert team of baristas, Volkshotel’s coffees are always rich, smooth, and delicious.
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Sun - Mon:
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Boutique, Cosy, Casual, Business

Filmtheatre Kriterion

Bar, Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
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Kriterion
Kriterion | © Picasdre / WikiCommons
The ground floor of this independent, student-run cinema contains a cosy café that is decked out with comfortable leather armchairs and long wooden tables. Besides coffee, Kriterion also keeps a fresh supply of Club-Mate – a beverage that is surprisingly hard to find inside the Netherlands. Its lunch menu revolves around classic Dutch open sandwiches, each of which is named after a movie and possessing titles like ‘No Country For Old Cheese’ or ‘Meat the Parents’.
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Mon - Thu:
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Fri:
4:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sat:
12:00 pm - 3:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

Atmosphere:

Arty, Casual, Relaxed, Cosy

Two For Joy Coffee Roasters

Cafe, Tea , $$$
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This chic café is located on the western side of Haarlemmerdijk – a popular, central road that leads towards Westerpark. Two For Joy roasts all its own coffee and is renowned for its wide range of well-balanced, ecological blends. Unsurprisingly, the café makes excellent java and employs a team of skilled baristas to whip frothy flat whites and lattes. Lunch is also available at Two For Joy, and its menu revolves around fresh, oven-baked bread and cakes.
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Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Casual, Cosy