Amsterdam top 5 free – WIFI café’s

Posted: October 11th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Food, Places | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

By Yuli Linssen-Kaminitz

There is nothing more romantic or refreshing than a weekend getaway in Amsterdam. The city offers everything from: stunning surroundings, legendary museums, (Van Gogh and Rembrandt) stylish bars and an overall feeling of serenity and peace. Unfortunately, the rain is also no stranger in this beautiful European city- it’s actually popping by quite often. Even though a little bit of rain never killed anyone, it is always good to find some nice, alternative activities to do indoor. After you spent your entire budget on museums, tours and of course shopping- it is time to do something free for a change. Amsterdam has a lot of nice café’s which not only offer relaxed and cozy atmosphere, it’s also provide free WIFI connection! Take a look at the top 5 Amsterdam- café’s with free WIFI access and enjoy surfing with a big cup of hot chocolate!

1. Bagels & Beans
Address: Waterlooplein 2


The Bagel & Beans are famous for their delicious bagels and excellent cappuccinos. The combination of fresh food, huge coffee cups, (something which is not common is Amsterdam!) good service and central location makes this place truly addictive! Visit the address mentioned above, (please note that not all branches offer free WIFI) order one of their famous cream- cheese bagels and enjoy the rest of your rainy day!

2. Canvas
Address: Wibautstraat 150


Even though it is a bit outside the center, Canvas café’/ bar/ night club- is totally worth visiting! Located on the 7th floor, you will be able to get a total overview of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. The place gets open every day from 11 in the morning, (12 o’clock on weekends) and closing time is only at 1 o’clock at night! On the weekends the Canvas turns into a trendy night club with smashing parties and beautiful people.

3. Casa Brazuca
Address: Rijnstraat 22


The Casa Brazuca- (“Brazilian House” in Portuguese) is a nice, Brazilian café’ which is well-known for its happy- vibe and delicious meals. A quick look at the menu will prove to you that you got to the right place: fruit juices made from the most exotic fruits found in the Netherlands, fresh coffee, cassava cheese bread and many more treats. In between bite to bite try to remember the real reason why you came here: the free WIFI!

4. Night bar Amsterdam Café the bottle
Address: Oudebrugsteeg 25 –III

Just few minutes from the famous Dam- square, in one of the liveliest alleys in the city, you will be able to find the famous “Café’ the bottle”. This typical Amsterdam bar is located inside a historic building which is more than 400 years old. The atmosphere in general is laidback, multicultural and mainly fun. You will meet there all kind of friendly people who will be happy to have a drink with you or to just let you be, while you are busy surfing the net.

5. Lungoccino Espresso bar
Address: Heisteeg 5


This coffee place is extremely popular with local Amsterdam people. If you happen to pass by during rush hours, (9 in the morning or 12 in the after-noon) you will see a long line of people waiting to get their favorite coffee. Lungoccino itself is a tiny café’ with not too much decoration, but it is cozy, intimate and serve the best coffee in town!

Don’t forget to book your hotel in Amsterdam in advance! Visit and check out their latest deals!

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Lift 10 Interactive Conference in Geneva

Posted: May 4th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Places | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Hi all. I’ll be leaving Amsterdam tomorrow to be a blogger for the Lift Interactive Conference in Geneva. The Conference will be held on May 5-7 and will focus on the topic “connected people”.

“Our next conference will gather one thousand participants to explore the most overlooked aspect of innovation: people. Known in techno-parlance as users, people ultimately define the success of all technological and entrepreneurial projects. Their approaches are unique, influenced by cultural and generational diversity. Let’s explore the myths and uncover the reality behind the “connected people”.

The conference will host sessions on:
Understanding the different uses of technologies by each generation.
The redefinition of privacy.
The dynamics of online communities.
The myths and realities of online politics.
The future of media.
Mobile platforms, business model design, travel 2.0, creativity, democracy, innovation, etc.

Over the next three days, I will be attending workshops and blogging about “Reinventing books, magazines and newspaper in the digital age”, “From virtual to real world value : Collective Intelligence as an alternate source of media power”, and “Social networks and TV : love-match or marriage of convenience?”. If you are interested in learning more about the conference follow me on the Masters of Media blog for the University of Amsterdam this week!

Posts related to Amsterdam will still be published this week.

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Electrosmog Festival

Posted: March 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Design | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The Electrosmog Festival, an international festival for sustainable immobility is happening all day today and now the conference is FREE. All talks and art showings are held at De Balie and all events are being streamed live online.

The ElectroSmog festival is a critique of the worldwide explosion of mobility, and an exploration of the new forms of connectedness with others offered to us by network and communication technologies.Our question is if these new forms of connectedness can help us to develop a viable new lifestyle less determined by speed and constant mobility, which is both ecologically and socially more sustainable.


Tonight’s art program includes:


Participatory performance by Karen lancel & Hermen Maat
Daily: 9.00 – 11.00 & 20.00 – 22.00 hrs CET (GMT+1)
Venues: De Balie, Amsterdam / Banff Center for the Arts / Dunedin, New Zealand


Urban Wilderness Action Center – John Cohrs (with Eyebeam New York)

Venues: Eyebeam, New York / Skulpturenpark Berlin / De Balie, Amsterdam / Remote: London
Online linkup between New York, London, Berlin, and elsewhere will take place at 21.00 CET (GMT+1).
Follow live updates from each city on Twitter at #uwac from 15.00 – 24.00 CET (GMT+1).


NomadicMILK project

Art project and installation by Esther Polak
Venue: De Balie, Amsterdam (exhibition)


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me you and everyone we know is a curator

Posted: December 11th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Art, Design | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

A symposium about quality in an age of visual overload. Bruce Sterling, Andrew Keen, Rick Poynor, and others will discuss the issue of growing online cultural production and this transition away from the traditional art galleries and museums.


“While museums are developing strategies to digitalise their collections, online cultural production is growing steadily, with hundreds of thousands of new images posted each day. A lot of potentially interesting work is being produced online, which never reaches the physical world. The distribution of this high quality work is increasingly decentralised, leaving museums, foundations and professional magazines at a loss on how to redefine their role as gatekeepers. On the other hand, the time spent daily behind the computer on internet networking is pushing the demand for a physical experience of our fleeting culture. Designers, artists, mediators and policy makers need to redefine their position, because new technologies define to a large extent today’s possibilities and means of presentation and archiving. The search is for new quality criteria, new frames of references, and alternative methods for enabling connections between the virtual and the physical space of today’s culture.”

The event will take place on Saturday December 12, 2009 at Paradiso. The fee is 25 Euros (10 Euros for students). Reserve tickets at or visit here.

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