Carl Goes Amsterdam

Welcome to Carl Goes Amsterdam, a book that brings the local voices of Amsterdammers to our curious and creative travellers. Carl Goes Amsterdam is a lifestyle accompaniment. Many of our fans read our books from cover to cover before they travel to a destination, as an immersive experience before they leave home. They dip their toe in and out while they’re in a city, taking inspiration from our interviewees and our recommendations, before veering off and crafting their own adventures. Unlike most other books out there, we’ve written and published the book within the same year. We think all of these things make Carl Goes a little different from other city guides, but we’ll let you decide for yourselves.

 

Martien Mellema: Amsterdam is a city that looks great in denim!

Amsterdam is actually the denim centre of the world. It started in the 1990s when Pepe Jeans moved its headquarters from London to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is actually the denim centre of the world. It started in the 1990s when Pepe Jeans moved its headquarters from London to Amsterdam.

Droog is a concept store, an event venue and a one room hotel.

Droog is a concept store, an event venue and a one room hotel.

Entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten: for me, being an entrepreneur in Amsterdam is great because I think it’s one of the best cities in the world to live in.  (photo: Julia de Boer)

Entrepreneur Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten: for me, being an entrepreneur in Amsterdam is great because I think it’s one of the best cities in the world to live in.  (photo: Julia de Boer)


Tatjana Quax and Ben Lambers (Photo: Inga Powilleit)

Tatjana Quax and Ben Lambers (Photo: Inga Powilleit)

Tatjana Quax: In every part of Amsterdam there’s something interesting and creative going on, whereas in cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, London or Paris, you have to travel to certain neighbourhoods to find a creative space or project. In Amsterdam we’re spoiled.

 

More than 300 creatives have already made A Lab their working home, making it a great place to hunker down alongside those at the forefront of Amsterdam's creative community.

More than 300 creatives have already made A Lab their working home, making it a great place to hunker down alongside those at the forefront of Amsterdam's creative community.

Work in the woods. Rent a Kantoorkaravaan office.

Work in the woods. Rent a Kantoorkaravaan office.

Have a drink in The Golden Brown Bar.

Have a drink in The Golden Brown Bar.

Árpád Gerecsey: A really important factor is that the city officials are perfectly aware of the need for the creative scene.

Martien Mellema, creative director at Vogue Netherlands: cycling around is the best way to gain inspiration.

Martien Mellema, creative director at Vogue Netherlands: cycling around is the best way to gain inspiration.

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Impactmaker Stephano records his typical day at Impact Hub. Experience the coworking space through the eyes of a startup founder. #socent
Futurist Adjiedj Bakas: I love the big cities and the energy of London and New York, but I don’t necessarily need to live there. (Photo: Trend Office Bakas)

Futurist Adjiedj Bakas: I love the big cities and the energy of London and New York, but I don’t necessarily need to live there. (Photo: Trend Office Bakas)

Futurist Adjiedj Bakas: globalisation will slow down; it will become ‘slowbalisation’.


This is Carl Goes Amsterdam:

  • 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;
  • Guides to the different neighbourhoods in Amsterdam;
  • 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;
  • Where to stay in Amsterdam;
  • Ideas of how to ‘get lost’ in the city;
  • Practical information about how to get there and;
  • More than 100 colour photographs to give you a sense of Amsterdam’s DNA.
Carl Goes Amsterdam is for entrepeneurs, creatives an the generally curious. We give you 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.

Carl Goes Amsterdam is for entrepeneurs, creatives an the generally curious. We give you 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.