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The Amsterdam Coffee Guide

A selection of the 16 finest and most exciting specialty coffee bars in our beautiful hometown Amsterdam. This is the only list you’ll ever need.

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 following a dry spell, the city is finally seeing the arrival of some great new cafés and concepts.

Our iconic city

Our iconic city

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 2018 guide to the best coffee places in town. And for those of you who are keen to see more of the city than just coffee bars, here our Essential Amsterdam Guide.


4850

Combining a spectacular wine list with the best filter coffee in town and some truly spectacular food, 4850 is raising the bar high indeed. Run by Rikard Andersson and Daniel Schein, two Swedish expats, 4850 is bright, friendly and definitely a place that you must visit before you die.

Camperstraat 48-50,1091 AH Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

The perfect serve

The perfect serve

NewWerkTheater

This converted theater in the East of the city doubles as headquarters of local design agency …,staat and events space. The café serves Bonanza coffee and the restaurant has excellent lunch and dinner dishes that are fresh and inventive. This is a great place to visit if you’d like to escape the throngs of the city center, or if you’re planning on getting a few drinks at the local Brouwerij t’Ij after.

Oostenburgergracht 75, 1018 NC Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

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Monks Coffee Roasters

Housed in what used to be a shady ice cream parlour, 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 now serve Aussie-inspired breakfasts and lunches to complement their excellent coffees.

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

View vfrom the entrance

View vfrom the entrance

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, The Hoxton is a real trailblazer. The beans come from Origin Coffee Roasrters and Lot Sixty One and the atmosphere is wonderfully casual and friendly.

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

Cozy corner seating

Cozy corner seating

Rum Baba

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

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

Flat White

Flat White

The Coffee Virus

Geeky, fun and definitely crazy about coffee, The Coffee Virus is closely linked to the tech startup and science scene of the city and has two outlets in total. If you feel adventurous, you could head out to visit their larger café at Amsterdam Science Park but most likely you’ll be too lazy and stay in the city. That’s all good, because The Coffee Virus is also located inside ALab, just behind the A’dam Tower and the Eye Institute in Noord. Note, these guys are not open during weekends.

Overhoeksplein 2, 1031KS Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

Cakes for days!

Cakes for days!

Back to Black (Van Hall)

Most people in Amsterdam know Back To Black, the friendly and cosy living room style café near the Rijksmuseum, but only a handful of people know that founders Inge Bulthuis and Noortjes Flutters recently opened a second location in the Westerpark neighbourhood. Same great coffee, more space and fewer tourists.

Van Hallstraat 268, 1051 HM Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

Coffee in a swing = heaven

Coffee in a swing = heaven

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, 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.

Yummm

Yummm

Naked Espresso

This relatively recent arrival is now the only place in the red light district where you can have a really good cup of coffee made with top-notch equipment and beans from local roasters Stooker. Run by Jesper and Niels van Stek, Naked Espresso offers a much welcome alternative to the still overwhelmingly large amount of tourist traps and run down cafés that populate this otherwise beautiful area.

Warmoesstraat 46, 1012 JE Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

View of the Slayer

View of the Slayer

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.

A very good flat white

A very good flat white

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 colourful interior with its communal tables

The colourful interior with its communal tables

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

FUKU

Lex Wenneker and Dylan Sedgwick opened FUKU earlier this year after Lex’s incredible 2nd place in the World Barista Championships. FUKU is a fun and friendly café that in the Bos en Lommer neighbourhood of Amsterdam where the two owners serve their epic Friedhats coffees, natural wines and sourdough bread with artisan cheese.

Bos en Lommerweg 136 HS, 1055 ED Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

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Public Space

This beautiful café in Amsterdam Noord really set the bar high for others to follow. The interior, featuring carefully selected vintage and contemporary furniture, and its unique industrial look are a worth a visit in their own right. Add to that outstanding service, excellent coffee and really tasty food and you’ve got a winning concept.

 Bercylaan 301, 1031 KP Amsterdam – Read our full review here.

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Coffee Sometime

This beautiful café in Amsterdam Oud West is a perfect example of how you turn a greasy burger bar into a stunning and timeless café space. Designed by Yulia Nikitina and co-owned by the founder of Coffee Owl from Moscow, Coffee Sometime is an ode to minimalism where great coffee is king.

 Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 63, 1054 BT Amsterdam – Read our full review here.


View all recommended cafés in our handy Amsterdam overview

The Amsterdam Guide

The Amsterdam Guide

What our reader said

Rob de Visser said:

Hi Alex, Al een tijd volgen wij alle leuke koffieblogs die je schrijft over allerlei koffiezaakjes. Superleuk om op basis daarvan allemaal mooie nieuwe plekjes te ontdekken! Thanks daarvoor ;) Al 10 jaar had ik de droom om een eigen horecazaakje te starten en heb de afgelopen 2 jaar door de hele stad gezocht voor een leuke plek. Kilometers door de stad gelopen samen met mijn vrouw Maura op zoek naar dat unieke plekje. En nu! hebben we die dus gevonden en zijn we inmiddels, met veel plezier, 3 weekjes open. We hebben een mooi hoekpandje gevonden met een mooi terras op de Haarlemmermeerstraat net naast Surinamerplein en wat een oud (smerig) Braziliaans restaurantje was hebben we helemaal verbouwd in 3 maanden tijd en ziet er nu (vinden wij) een stuk leuker uit :p Met de inspiratie die we hebben opgedaan uit allerlei leuke tentjes die we de afgelopen jaren hebben bezocht hebben we dit tentje zelf opgeknapt. Buiten koffie om verkopen we ook nog een aantal speciaal bieren en zijn we in de avond een borrelcafé. Ik zou je graag willen uitnodigen om eens een kopje koffie te komen bij ons! Ik weet niet hoe je dit doorgaans doet als je eventueel een review over ons kan/wil schrijven? Ik hoor het graag van je, groetjes Rob & Maura


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