The historical world of Amsterdam canals

It is nearly impossible to not find yourself in awe when you walk along the canals of Amsterdam, A view like this doesn’t get old. That is why located at Keizersgracht 482, there are several different rooms available for rent, each having their own period feature decor as well as a beautiful canal view. Keizersgracht 482 originally was built sometime during the 17th century. The rooms that are for rent at Startdock now were decorated in the late 19th century. From original golden chandeliers to original walls decked in gold decor, everything about these rooms is authentic. There are three rooms available for rent each having their own charm with the rooms being: Vasco da Gama room, Abel Tasman room, and Christopher Columbus room. For a truly historical and interactive workspace look no further than Keizersgracht 482.

The beauty of the building and location are only a couple of the benefits you may find here. Some other benefits are the actual workspace itself and the people that work there. The workers are attracted according to the five core values, being collaboration, community, openness, coziness, and accessibility. When you view the space you certainly notice these values as this space is one that promotes growth in the sense that you feel at ease when here and are able to approach work in any way that is most comfortable for you.

One of the most interesting aspects is that there are no competitors working in the same space. This is what the building manager found to be the most important aspect of designing a co-working space. Not the view or the building itself, but the fact that there are people from all different industries that are able to interact with each other and help build each others business in whatever way possible. This interaction between businesses and the promotion of exchanging ideas across industries is truly exemplary of why Amsterdam is one of the top ten startup cities across the globe.


Amsterdam’s latest pop-up is the former prison just off the Amstel river. It has become obsolete in 2016 when prisoners were moved to a more modern facility. Since this summer it is the home to a restaurant, studio’s for artists and a hotel. Five of the six towers have become a home for asylumseekers in 2016 and the one remaining tower is now a hotel run by those asylumseekers. They also run the restaurant ‘A beautiful mess’. Since most refugees are from Syria, Iran and Eritrea, the lunch menu is inspired by food from those countries.

In the hotel you can sleep in the former prison cells. They are freshly painted, but kept in tact. The hotel will not lock the door behind you, but the corridors and cells do breathe former prison life. In the adjacent building some left-over cells house a hamam. There the paint is not fresh, but you can still see the scribbles of the former inhabitants on the wall. You can go there Friday through Sunday (Friday is women’s day, Saturday men’s day) until 6pm for a eerie steambath. The treatments are all given by refugees and inspired by Syrian bath rituals.

For a real prisonbreak experience you can book your slot at the Escape Room. Until further notice the pop-up is open until the end of December 2017 and maybe longer.

Republic Dutch

Exclusive bikes, handmade in the shop and in the adjacent studio. The bike store is not only a celebration of Dutch biking culture, it is a social initiative to keep the important craft of bike-making in the country and to help people without a job to new skills and a job.
Filled with different types of bikes and located at one of the most central canals of Utrecht, the store is a perfect setting for an event, after-work drink, or a party. The space is for rent, and when it is not, the owner will serve you coffee and chat with you anyway.

The Baking Lab

The Baking Lab is a place where you can buy delicious and fresh bakeries while learning to bake on your own at the same time. This unique bakery located in Amsterdam and founded by Jechiam Gural only openend a few Months ago.
The founder wants to always bake different things for their customers and let people who are interested in baking to try different new ideas. The baking Lab uses grains, nuts, fresh herbs and some of our ingredients are purchased directly from farms, including ancient grains such as einkorn and emmer wheat, allowing them to explore lost flavors from the past. Baking Lab sells these ingredients and baked products in the shop and serves coffee and homemade food in the Bakery café. They try to investigate how knowledge and experiments can form the engine of a small bakery, focused more on creativity and green business models and less on long shelf life and convenient repeatable products. Their aim is to gain knowledge, boost up creativity and enjoy the baking experience.
They embrace the process and perceive waste as a raw material. For example, they use residual heat from our kitchen to warm our small greenhouse. Besides bread they also bake stories. Go to their workshop and learn how science and mysterious memories got kneaded into a story about bread.


Syrian restaurant SYR is an amazing initiative to bring a new menu to The Netherland and to help immigrants from war-torn Syria integrate in the inner city of the Dutch town Utrecht. The super charming restaurant has been made possible by crowd funding from Dutch fans wanting to help the newcomers and to let them introduce their culture to the Netherlands. The menu is diverse and surprising. The restaurant also hosts events and debates, many with a social initiative:

Over the past few months many newcomers have arrived in the Netherlands, including from Syria. People just like us: with talents, dreams and ambitions. With restaurant Syr the Gys Foundation is starting a project where they can use these talents and further develop their skills, making them feel at home in Utrecht and take part in Dutch society. Refugees with a residence permit will work together with Dutch hospitality colleagues at the restaurant. While visitors are enjoying delicious Syrian dishes with a European twist, a bond will be formed between the different cultures.