12 best places to study or work in Amsterdam

Places to study or work in Amsterdam: Where and why?

Tired of being stuck at home or in the same old library struggling to get through an assignment?  I’m facing that struggle. Sitting at the same desk and starting at the same walls every day for hours on end, it messes with your focus. A change of scenery can go along way. So what are the best places to study or work in Amsterdam?

You wouldn’t imagine how many great places Amsterdam has to work in. Luckily for you, my procrastination forced me to select the top 12. Find the best places to study or work in Amsterdam below.

It goes without saying, all of these have top quality coffee.

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#1 Volkshotel

Volkshotel is the most well-known spot to study in for students in Amsterdam and at the top of our best place to study or work in. The hotel has a “weerkplaats” area, with plenty of indoor and outdoor workspace and even work cabins available. You can even book meeting rooms for work or a group project. The best thing about this place is it’s open until 1 AM every day and until 2 AM on Sundays. Perfect for night owls.

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Location: Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam

#2 Coffee & Coconuts

A former cinema built in the roaring ’20s, Coffee & Coconuts is now home to a relaxing and easy-going environment. A great place to study, especially if you feel anxious about your workload. It will make you feel like you’re in a holiday getaway, you’re even allowed to walk around bare feet!

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Location: Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 GK Amsterdam

#3 Coffee Bru

The perfect coffee spot for socializing, meetings and alone time. They have comfy chairs and a spacious table to work alone or in a study group. On top of the amazing coffee, they have an amazing white chocolate cheesecake.

Location: Beukenplein 14, 1092 KG Amsterdam

#4 Back to Black

This place is perfect for coffee addicts. Along with the coffee bar, they own their own roastery and produce high-quality sustainable coffee. Many call it the best coffee they have had. The comfy layout is perfect for studying, with tons of seating to work solo or in a group.

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Location: Weteringstraat 48, 1017 SP Amsterdam

#5 Bocca

Another coffee roaster, Bocca has a school of coffee, sells coffee beans wholesale and even has an online shop. Basically, they’re coffee experts. Their coffee shop in Amsterdam has a minimalist vibe, perfect for a focused study session.

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Location: Kerkstraat 96HS, 1017 GP Amsterdam

#6 Rum Baba Cafe

They call themselves “your happy eclectic home away from home”. The place is undeniably cozy, located a few doors down from their bakery. There’s plenty of seating, including a long wooden table perfect for groups. Work outside on sunny days and enjoy some banana bread with your coffee.

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Location: Pretoriusstraat 33, 1092 EX Amsterdam

#7 The Coffee Virus – A Lab

With two locations in the city already and more to come, the Coffee Virus is spreading. A hidden gem, a Lab is discretely located in Shell’s old laboratories. Famous for its great coffee and chai tea, the place is perfect for studying. It’s also known as a great spot for building connections with startups, creatives, and freelancers.

Location: Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 KS Amsterdam

#8 Espressofabriek

Espressofabriek is known as the ideal meeting place in the heart of Westerpark. It has a spacious room with plenty of seating, perfect for silent studying. They have expanded to two different locations, roast their own quality coffee and bottle their own Iced Cascara.

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Location: Pazzanistraat 39, 1014 DB Amsterdam

#9 White Label Coffee

White Label Coffee says they focus on quality to give as a better cup of coffee and to pay producers fairly in Rwanda and Brazil. Sounds like a good place to spend your cash. They have long tables perfect for studying and SO MANY nice plants. Don’t get too distracted snapping photos.

Location: Jan Evertsenstraat 136, 1056 EK Amsterdam

#10 Lot Sixty One

Their motto “stay caffeinated” is something we can get behind. The nicest part of the place – you can watch them hand roast your coffee beans on their huge Probat roaster in the middle of the cafe. They have limited space for seating so get there early for a morning study session. The coffee and rustic atmosphere are worth it.

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Location: Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam

#11 Monks Coffee Roasters

For instagrammable coffee designs and pastries, spend an afternoon at Monks Coffee Roasters. They have loads of comfortable seating areas for you to focus on work whilst enjoying a nice cup of coffee. If you’re REALLY into coffee, they have a wide range of choices from Aeropress to French press.

Location: Bilderdijkstraat 46, 1052 NB Amsterdam

#12 Scandinavian Embassy

Just as you would expect from the name, Scandinavian Embassy is beyond aesthetically pleasing. Located in the Pijp, it offers a trendy atmosphere and a relaxing environment to work in. A two-minute walk away is Sarphatipark, perfect for some reading or sunbathing study breaks in the Spring.

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Location: Sarphatipark 34, 1072 PB Amsterdam

I’m looking forward to grabbing a latte at one of these and procrastinating some more by pretending to work. Hopefully, you’ll do better. Good luck!

What are your best places to study or work in Amsterdam? Comment below!

Lara Silva
Originally from Lisbon, Lara now lives as a Londener where she studies journalism. She enjoys writing about politics, news and culture. Her favorite hobbies include eating pizza, drinking portuguese beer and smashing the patriarchy.


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