Rapha – Amsterdam (NL)

London cycling brand opens first Dutch ‘club’ in the heart of Amsterdam. Come here for great coffee and all your cycling needs.

  • opening times:
    Mo - Sa: 8 – 19, Su 9 – 18
  • wifi:
    Yes
  • urls:
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  • price check:
    Espresso: €2,50 / Flat White: €3,50
  • machine:
    La Marzocco Linea
  • coffees on offer:
    Rapha Cycle Club blend by Lot Sixty One
  • milk:
    Lindenhoff

If there is one thing where the Dutch have been world leaders for decades then its cycling. No other country has more bike lanes than The Netherlands and no other capital city has more bikes per capita than Amsterdam. If you don’t own a bike then you’re a pedestrian and pedestrians rank lowest in the national transportation chart. No disrespect to anyone here but as Michelle Visage, key-judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race often says about unimpressive catwalks: “I’m sorry girl, but your outfit today looks pedestrian at best.” Thus, not good.

Subtle and beautiful branding

Subtle and beautiful branding

Hence, it always struck me as surprising that the Dutch capital didn’t have a good store that combined high-end cycling gear or bikes with excellent coffee. Until now. Finally.

Open for about two weeks now, Rapha is a London-based cycling gear brand that doesn’t refer to its shops as ‘stores’ but rather as ‘clubs’. Already opering a number of such clubs in cities like Tokyo, Sydney, San Francisco and Manchester, it was only a matter of time before Rapha would come to Amsterdam to capitalize on the local obsession with two-wheelers. Although it has to be said that their products are more geared at racing bikers than recreational cyclists like me.

Flat White with a lovely little bear face

Flat White with a lovely little bear face

One of lovely feature that many visitors will appreciate is being able to park your speed bike in the racks by the entrance and roam the store for Rapha’s premium cycling gear, which is displayed across two floors or pop in for a coffee. The top floor’s back section is where the coffee magic happens and where bike and coffee fans are welcome to get together to exchange ideas and experiences.

All food and drink products sold here are sourced from local business and like Rapha’s own products, they are of very high quality. Rapha’s Dave van Graaf explained: “In every city where we operate a club we try to team up local or national brands that deliver high quality products and thereby allowing us to create a club experience with a local flavour. Here we work with Lot Sixty One for our coffee, with Rum Baba for cakes, with Monkey Chief for our loose leaf tea and the Lindenhoff for our food products.” In other words, the relatively boring toasti is pimped up with Brandt & Levie ham and the high-energy rice cakes are made using lovely risotto rice.

Café section with Kay behind the bar

Café section with Kay behind the bar

Lot Sixty One even created a custom blend for Rapha consisting of 40% Brazil, 40% Ethiopia and 20% El Salvador. Norwegian barista Kay Rasmussen who heads the coffee bar, worked at various local coffee places in Amsterdam before joining Rapha. “I love making latte art man,” he said. “And I also love filter coffees. I want to add a slow coffee brew bar here and offer v60 and aeropress too.”

So whether you’re keen to deck yourself out with excellent cycling gear or you’re just popping in for an espresso, Rapha Amsterdam is perfectly positioned to become a local 9 streets favourite.

Tasteful decor

Tasteful decor

Check out

Check out

View of the retail space from the café

View of the retail space from the café

Park your speed bike here

Park your speed bike here

Two floors or retail

Two floors or retail

 

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