The Amsterdam Guide

A selection of the finest and most intriguing specialty coffee bars in our beautiful hometown Amsterdam. Don’t expect the obvious though.

This is where it all began. In the fairytale called Amsterdam. This is where The Coffeevine first saw the light of day in 2013 and from where we set sail to discover the world of specialty coffee. Much has changed over the years, coffee places came and went and so far 2017 is proving to be a very interesting year for the local coffee scene.

The Rijks Museum at night

The Rijks Museum at night

Naturally, as resident bloggers, entrepreneurs and one of Europe’s most trusted voices, we had to finally create our own guide to the top coffee spots in the Dutch capital. Ok, you may be surprised at our selection, and yes, it doesn’t contain some of the most obvious choices, but this is because we wanted to highlight a few alternative picks, some newer places and a couple of old favourites that maybe don’t get covered as often.

Here’s our 2017 guide to the best coffee places in town. Oh and yes, please do visit us at our stand at this year’s Amsterdam Coffee Festival. We’d love to see your beautiful faces!


De School

Best nightclub in town, best kept secret restaurant and excellent coffee bar in one. De School is a real chameleon that keeps transforming and surprising. On certain weekends, you can literally walk in on Friday evening, come out on Saturday morning, have coffee, pop back in, come back out, have dinner, go back in and come back out on Sunday. Ok, if you’re not quite that hardcore, just visit for great coffee from White Label.

Doctor Jan van Breemenstraat 1, 1056 AB Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

View of the café bar, kitchen and into the restaurant

View of the café bar, kitchen and into the restaurant

Monks Coffee Roasters

Housed in what used to be a shady ice cream parlor, Monks Coffee Roasters breathed new life into this spectacular venue that was completely hidden from sight by the former tenant. Although the team around founder Patrick Abbott isn’t roasting yet, they’re about to start serving Aussie inspired breakfasts and lunches to complement their excellent coffees.

Bilderdijkstraat 46, 1052 NB Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

View from the entrance with Matt behind the Strada

View from the entrance with Matt behind the Strada

Caffènation

This consulate general of Belgian superstar roasters Caffènation is run by the most charismatic man in the local coffee scene and is as much about him than it is about coffee. Anyone who doesn’t get completely besotted with Bert van Wassenhove is clearly made of stone.

Warmondstraat 120, 1058 KZ Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

Signature drink + Bert

Signature drink + Bert

The Hoxton

One of the very few hotels that actually cares about its coffee offering and employs a competent team lead by our own former barista Ray Luca Heijneman. The beans come from Lot Sixty One and the atmosphere is wonderfully casual and friendly.

Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

The lobby / bar

The lobby / bar

Rum Baba

Cake, cake, cake. You loooooooove the cake. This place is all about delicious cakes, exquisite teas by Monkey Chief and delicious coffees. Located in the very vibrant Transvaalbuurt, Rum Baba runs a wonderfully bright and uplifting café and a bakery / roastery just a few doors down.

Pretoriusstraat 33, 1092 EX Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

Colourful scene at Rum Baba

Colourful scene at Rum Baba

Coffee • Coconuts

Housed in an art deco landmark, Coffee • Coconuts is definitely one of the architectural highlights of the city’s coffee scene. Inside, you’ll find a huge airy space with four levels of seating, a tasty food menu and good coffee, provided by White Label.

Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 LR Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

Second floor

Second floor

Coffee Shots

Brand new, literally open since yesterday (9th of March), but equipped with a barista’s wet dream equipment, ranging from the first Mavam espresso machine in The Netherlands, a Bunn batch brewer, Trinity Coffee brewers, a white EK47 and turntables where you can play your own tracks.

Spaarndammerstraat 34 1013 SW Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

The stunning Mavam espresso machine

The stunning Mavam espresso machine

Toki

Yes, Toki is very hip and yes it is a coffee shop owner’s dream come true. Run by the charismatic Jeff Flink who used to work in advertising before, Toki champions beans roasted in Berlin (Bonanza), locally baked cakes, excellent teas and very good craft beer.

Binnen Dommersstraat 15, 1013 HK Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

A fruit bomb espresso

A fruit bomb espresso

Koala Republic

The newest kid on the block is a playful but thought through venture by Hicham Batou and Khalil Jobally who are championing the idea of ‘smart food’. Every item on their menu has a real added value to your physical needs and is prepared with nothing but healthy, seasonal and nasty-free ingredients. The coffee is also excellent, obvs.

Jan Evertsenstraat 115, 1057 BT Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

View of the bar

View of the bar

Scandinavian Embassy

This ground-breaking coffee bar and fine food place in De Pijp hardly needs an introduction. Most people will have heard of it already, but if you haven’t, this is the place to enjoy exquisite coffees from Nordic roasters, discover rare and exotic Sweden and coffee inspired dishes and to indulge in the city’s best cinnamon buns.

Sarphatipark 34, 1072 PB Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

The exquisite meat platter

The exquisite meat platter

Coffee Bru

The first specialty coffee bar in Oost and to this day one of the friendly places in the city recently – well about one year ago – got a facelift and is now even brighter and more welcoming than ever. Excellent cakes, great sandwiches and banging coffee are the rule here.

Beukenplein 14, 1092 Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

The outside

The outside

Bocca Store

This place, the flagship store from local coffee pioneers Bocca, is by far the grandest of all coffee bars, even though officially it’s more of a training center and shop. Of course most people come here excellent coffees and teas and we go to there to cup the monthly contenders for our coffee box. What better place to do that than this Mecca of specialty coffee?

Kerkstraat 96HS, 1017 GP Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

View of the bar with four grinders

View of the bar with four grinders

 


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