Amsterdam, the city renowned for its beauty, architecture, and ambience, is also home to an expanding coffee scene. Often voted one of the world’s best cities to live in; there’s no doubt you’ll want to wander the city and soak up your surroundings. If you’re heading to Amsterdam to indulge in the life of the city, check out our selection of places that you shouldn’t miss out on.
The self-described “New Zealand style café served with a heavy dose of Brazil” borrows generously from the two owners’ respective continents. The result: fresh, indulgent daytime dishes, served alongside perfectly-pulled double shots of espresso. It’s a popular place, though, so be prepared to queue.
It’s very rare to find a place like 4850. The coffee, food, and wine are of the finest quality. Not one of these areas is compromised by poor ingredients or bad craftsmanship. We’d recommend having a coffee in the morning and then going back for your dinner and explore the wine, too.
If you’re looking for some serenity, Back to Black (Van Hallstraat) is the place to go. The mixture of its calm ambience and playful touches (such as the swing chair) make it a great environment to enjoy their well-made coffee and delicious cake.
Since its autumn 2015 arrival, Bocca has gifted the city with a serious, yet serene, spot to fill up on coffee (by the cup or the bag). If all the cool sitting nooks are taken, linger instead around the handsome bar, where you can ogle the customized La Marzocco Strada. As a rule, you can choose from at least four espressos and two single-origin filter coffees, and on weekends, BUNN batch-brewed coffee. Still thirsty? Tap the old PROBAT roaster ingeniously repurposed as a water fountain. Sweet goods are available to eat as well.
This destination-worthy café is a slice of Flemish culture in the Dutch capital. It fully embraces its Flemish roots: retro furnishings, surrealist-pop knickknacks, help-yourself cookie jars, a relaxed attitude about bringing in outside food, and the owner, Van Wassenhove’s, zany yet genteel hospitality. It’s worth the trip to the south-west of the city.
A selection of single-origin espressos and filter coffees are available to drink at the roastery – saddle up on one of the high chairs – or by a bag for your home-bar. Still more excitement, the kitchen incubates Rum Baba’s famous baked goods, sold to individuals needing sweets in quantity as well as B2B. The red velvet cake and the white chocolate cheesecake are steady crowd pleasers; and – warning - the liquor-saturated pastry, from which the café is named, tends to sell out fast. If you’d rather visit their café, it’s right around the corner.
If you’re a cycling fanatic, and even if you’re not, it’s worth a visit to the Rapha Clubhouse in Amsterdam. It’s a pretty simple set-up, but it works really well. There’s a good sized communal table and some stalls scattered around. The coffee is made well and there’s also a small selection of food if you need to fuel up. As with all of Rapha’s venues, the staff are super friendly.
The coffee here comes from both Swedish and Danish roasters. Offering top quality and consistency, Scandinavian Embassy is as much plugged in to specialty coffee’s global standards as it is open to experimentation. It was one of the first Dutch establishments to serve cascara, kombucha (and the two together), to pair coffee and food, and to cook with coffee. You won’t regret a visit.
Named after the Dutch word for ‘to treat’ this café has something for everyone. The selection of coffee along with the owner’s (Edward Beumer and Erik Oosterhuis) dynamism – each has won various Dutch AeroPress Championships and are lauded for their latte art – means there is satisfaction to be had both by acidity-welcoming filter sippers and darker roast inclined espresso-shooters. The place also takes its tea seriously. Not enough? There’s also a unique array of chocolate on offer.