You know those places you fall a bit more in love with every time you visit?
The Netherlands will always be one of those for me.
Since my first visit in 2015, I’ve tried to venture back at least once a year (a feat which living in Europe made easy, pre-COVID days).
Amsterdam has to do very little to earn the labels, ‘charming’ and ‘adorable’. After my first long weekend in this magical city, I found myself ready to return time after time.
With delicious eateries, charming boutiques, and incredible museums, there’s no shortage of things to do in Amsterdam.
One of my favourite things to do in the city though, is find a cosy cafe and settle up for conversation or reading.
On my most recent trip back to Amsterdam in December 2019, I went to see friends. But, since many of those friends work during the day, I, too, planned to work from Amsterdam’s cafes, a rhythm which I needed no time to adapt to.
Whether you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time and looking for a caffeine fix to power your explorations, or on a return visit and keen to take things a big slower, to absorb more of local life, these cafes are my favourite ones to frequent in the city of tilted houses and twinkling canals.
10 Cafes for The Best Coffee in Amsterdam
Coffee & Coconuts: Located in a former movie theatre, this multi-level cafe has an open, gorgeous interior. Come for breakfast and linger over coffee or a freshly cracked coconut. Their coconut coffee is great, and the brunch menu is the kind of healthy, but also interesting combination that keeps people coming back.
Back to Black: Second only to Coffee & Coconuts, I love Back to Black. It’s a cozy cafe with good speciality coffee. Location wise, it’s near Vondelpark, the Rijksmuseum & the Van Gogh Museum, making it a great stop for a caffeine pick-me-up while sightseeing, or a great place to start the day after a morning stroll through Vondelpark.
Screaming Beans: Screaming Beans equals great coffee. Period. Their location in the Jordaan is recently renovated, and perfect for a sit-in or takeaway espresso.
Lot 61: No trip to Amsterdam is complete without a stop here, in my opinion. Their flat whites and lattes are great, I usually pop in before or after heading to Food Hallen. Every time I’ve been, there’s always a few locals milling about, which is one of the reasons I love dropping it- helps me feel like I’m living in Amsterdam 😉
Little Collins: Aussie coffee always wins, and here, flat whites are an art form. Their brunch menu is also what you’d expect of an Aussie-esque coffee shop.
Scandinavian Embassy: Scandi-style design, great coffee, and hearty breakfast dishes, like porridge. A great place to pop in for coffee while in the De Pijp neighborhood.
Two for Joy: Another one of my favourite cafes in Amsterdam, and for good reason- the vibes are calm, cozy and ideal for getting a few hours of work done, or curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
Worth nothing, on my last visit to Amsterdam, I found this cafe was in the same location, but now goes by a different name. Google doesn’t turn up its new name, but will lead you to the right place if you search for Two for Joy.
Hummingbird: On the edge of the Jordaan, Hummingbird is a bright, open cafe. The decor is cool, and there are usually dogs lounging about. On a warm day in Amsterdam, Hummingbird hits the spot with its iced lattes.
NAKED: Tucked down an alley in one of Amsterdam’s busiest neighbourhoods, the Red Light District, you’ll find Naked. With modern, bright design and plenty of space to sit, Naked offers a reprieve from the city chaos with great coffee and an ever-changing array of cakes.
The Hoxton: Although I’ve never actually stayed at a Hoxton property, I love hanging in their lobbies early morning for coffee or breakfast. Often, there’s roomy, comfy space to sit (couches or booths), and a great morning menu. Their property in Amsterdam is in the Jordaan, and a favourite space of mine to sit and answer emails, or pop in for a pause from seeing and doing all the things.
Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Did you enjoy any of the city’s cafes?
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