Amsterdam is world-famous for its “coffee shops” that offer more than just a cup of coffee, but in recent years there’s been an explosion of amazing places to get high on good old-fashioned caffeine. Read on for your ultimate guide to coffee in Amsterdam.
1. Caffènation Amsterdam
Well-known Belgian roaster Caffènation recently opened its first store outside of its home country. It’s located in a part of town that is often referred to as the Belgian Quarter and there’s a lovely park opposite, where you can enjoy your flat white to go.
Address: Warmondstraat 120, 1058 KZ Amsterdam
2. Headfirst Coffee Roasters
Home to the reigning Dutch Barista Champion Lex Wenneker and partner Jonatan Scheeper, these guys roast some truly fine coffees and serve them in a relaxed and friendly setting.
Address: Westerstraat 150, 1015 MP Amsterdam
3. Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters
Oud West’s prime coffee spot roasts in-house and also hosts public cuppings, where you get a chance to sample some of its most recent coffees. The sunny benches out front are perfect for people watching while enjoying some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.
Address: Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam
One of the first specialty coffee shops in Amsterdam, Trakteren is a relaxed spot in Oud West that offers a great variety of coffees alongside a selection of loose leaf teas and hand-crafted chocolates.
Address: Jan Pieter Heijestraat 119-A, 1054 MD Amsterdam
5. White Label Coffee Roasters
Run by an adorable coffee-obsessed duo, White Label hosts regular events such as book readings and gigs and is home to the current Dutch Aeropress champion Floris van der Burg.
Address: 136, Jan Evertsenstraat, 1056 EK Amsterdam
6. Sweet Cup
An island of calm in one of Amsterdam’s most touristy spots, Sweet Cup roasts its own coffees on site and offers delicious home-baked cakes.
Address: Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 93HS, 1017 NH Amsterdam
7. Scandinavian Embassy
One of the city’s most innovative concepts, Scandinavian Embassy is run by an Argentinean Barista, a Swedish chef and a Polish designer. Together they offer a quality coffee and food experience that is not to be missed.
Address: Sarphatipark 34, 1072 PB Amsterdam
8. Back to Black
Right near the famous Rijksmuseum, Back to Black is one of the nicest spots in town and offers a great selection of coffees from local roasters. There’s a large communal table for making friends and window-facing seats for those who just want to switch off and relax with a book.
Address: Weteringstraat 48, 1017 SP Amsterdam
Possibly the very first specialty coffee shop in the city, Espressofabriek opened its doors more than 10 years ago. The café is surrounded by the lovely Westerpark, and close to a huge number of markets, festivals and events.
Address: Pazzanistraat 39, 1014 DB Amsterdam
10. Rum Baba
Owned by one of the co-owners of Coffee Bru, Rum Baba is a beautiful coffee spot in the heart of Amsterdam East that also doubles as the HQ of local tea brand Monkey Chief. They bake some of the city’s best cakes and cookies.
Address: Pretoriusstraat 33, 1092 EX Amsterdam