Every designer’s paradise, whether it’s fashion, furniture or big budget adverts, the canal-adorned Dutch capital of Amsterdam is a prime place to see and be seen in business and creative industries today. Now a serious and established centre for start-ups, with incubators and investors galore, Amsterdammers in business congregate around the co-working spaces found across the city or in the glinting corporate locale of Zuidas. While business life in the city involves big bucks and resolute attitudes, Amsterdammers love nothing more than to party in their spare time. Think picnics in Vondelpark as soon as the sun cracks a ray, rosé and beers while chugging along the canals (every Amsterdam citizen seems to have their own boat complete with outboard engine) and day trips to the trendy beach clubs just outside the city during summertime weekends. Blend that with bright coloured clothing, the inevitable bicycle and food fresh from the surrounding farms, and anyone can be an Amsterdammer for as long as they’re in the city.
Carl Goes Amsterdam is the city guide for curious and creative people who want to become a citizen of Amsterdam for the duration of their stay, whether it’s for three days, three weeks or three months. Carl Goes Amsterdam includes:
Eight interviews with locals, from start-up business owners to design gurus;
Information about working in Amsterdam, including co-working spaces, networking and industry events, practical information about how to set up a business and where to go for a working lunch;
Guides to the different neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, including tips of where local residents like to hang out
Our top tips of how to spend three days, three weeks and three months in Amsterdam;
Where to eat and drink in Amsterdam, from food trucks and tiny eetcafés, to small drinking holes and upscale bars with a view
Where to stay in Amsterdam, from design hotels to quirky city apartments;
Ideas of how to ‘get lost’ in the city to explore Amsterdam for yourself;
Practical information about how to get there, get around and generally get by in Amsterdam for the duration of your trip;
Day and weekend trips away from Amsterdam, and a guide to other places in the world with a similar vibe to Amsterdam;
More than 100 colour photographs to give you a sense of Amsterdam’s DNA.
Published by Carl Goes, 224 pgs, 21 × 13 cm, Softcover, 2016, 978-94-92181-02-2