Amsterdam's coffee culture is at its best. Contemporary cafes are popping up all over the city, making the specialty coffee scene so progressive. From hipster hangouts to alternative picks, here are the best places to drink coffee in Amsterdam.
PLEASE NOTE - ALL OF THE PLACES BELOW ARE CURRENTLY OPEN FOR TAKE AWAY ONLY.
Bocca Coffee is one of the first coffee roasters in The Netherlands that has succeeded in the entire bean-to-cup process: from sourcing the beans to packaging, selling and serving. Bocca Coffee shop operates on Kinkerstraat in an open and airy cafe, with ample seating. The staff are friendly, helpful, and you will even get a card with your coffee detailing where that day's brew is from.
Scandinavian Embassy is an Amsterdam staple, located in the popular neighborhood of De Pijp. It's a Scandi-style cafe with rustic and minimal vibes. They are famed for their fresh-out-the-oven cinnamon buns, so definitely grab one. If you are visiting from out of town, take a bag of their coffee back with you - you won't regret it. I recommend the Colombia - Finca El Prado and Costa Rica - La Lia.
4850 is an Amsterdam Oost (east) favorite, serving brilliant coffee, and cinnamon and cardamom buns on par with Scandinavian Embassy's. Come evening, 4850 transforms into a fine dining restaurant with a kitchen run by culinary genius Túbo Logier, with hundreds of wines to chose from, all in true casual Amsterdam fashion.
Ao Bar is the new kid on the block, having opened up 9 weeks ago in the west. The cafe is bright and airy with super sleek minimalist design, and funky Japanese vibes. Ao Bar's staff are really friendly, their interior is refreshing, and their coffee is fantastic - roasted by Monks Coffee Roasters.
Cafecito brews speciality coffee with flair, finesse and style. It's another new addition to the city in the south, across from museumplein. The baristas are exceedingly knowledgeable and truly perfect their craft. The space is clean, minimal and oozing style. They also sell coffee apparatus, ceramics, and branded accessories.
Public Space is a spacious concept cafe in North Amsterdam, a short (free) ferry ride away from Central Station. Public Space serves creative lunch dishes as well as their brilliant coffee. It doubles as an awesome workspace with lots of seating, and tons of natural light.
LOT61 on Kinkerstraat is one of Amsterdam's best coffee shops. LOT61 serves baked goods with their own roasted coffee. Inside is small, rustic and cozy, and outside has more seating with benches lined along its corner front.
De l'Europe Amsterdam
Feeling fancy? Then head to the lobby of hotel De l'Europe in central Amsterdam to enjoy coffee in luxury. De l'Europe Amsterdam is ideal for business meetings or quiet coffee gatherings.
Toki is an Amsterdam hipster favorite. Toki is located in the west of the city, and has a very chilled out, slow paced feel. Their coffee is excellent, and they serve a variety of pastries and cakes, as well as a top food menu. Toki is awesome to chill in with a book, friends or four legged buddies.
Back To Black is a quirky and cool cafe with two locations in Amsterdam. The first is on Weteringstraat (my favorite) tucked away in the side streets around the canals, and the other is in west. Back To Black is a relaxed space, catering to all your coffee needs. They are pet friendly with their own mascot (cat) welcoming you in. It is usually really busy and you may have to wait to get a seat on a normal day. The location in west is more spacious.
Looking for specialty coffee made with passion? Trakteren is the place for exactly that. The owners are experts in what they do, and are highly skilled baristas with a creative flair (their latte art is the best). This no-frills cafe is simple and straightforward. Trakteren is truly a local favorite cafe and too good not to share.
Rum Baba is a micro coffee roaster with two locations - the first in Oost (east) and the second in Elandsgracht in west. Rum Baba is my favorite place to buy coffee beans to take home, with a diverse range of coffee picked at farm level. The staff will take their time to help you pick your brew or beans with a welcoming smile. Grab one of their buns - they have a great variety of flavors like cardamom, rose, lemon and matcha.
Caffè il Momento sits on a busy intersection, yet is very unassuming. They serve delicious coffee with lovely seating outdoors - great for people watching or reading a book. It's definitely not touristic and not an obvious choice when visiting Amsterdam, despite being in the centre. Bonus - their saucers have bikes on them - the essence of Amsterdam, which you can also purchase as gifts and souvenirs.
Inside the ultra hip Hoxton Hotel is Lotti's Cafe Bar & Grill. Lotti's expert baristas brew specialty coffee using LOT61 coffee. Lotti's Cafe Bar will serve you coffee anywhere in the communal areas of the trendy hotel. The Hoxton is a great spot for friendly catch ups or as a stylish workspace.
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