Ever wondered where to find the best cafes in Amsterdam? Look no further.
Apart from the Red Light district and its famous Coffee Shops, Amsterdam has a lot to offer- great cafes for example.
I love exploring the food and coffee culture of cities I visit and Amsterdam was no exception.
After visiting the city a couple of times, I found my favorite spots for breakfast (pancakes!) a good cup of coffee (or iced latte) and a delicious weekend brunch.
Here is a list of my favorite cafes in Amsterdam.
Koffi Cultuur Centrum- My favroite coffee in town
I really enjoyed the coffee in Brazil, so when I read that Koffie Cultuur serves proper Brazilian coffee I just had to check it out. The cozy little cafe is located in the center of Amsterdam, close to Dam Square. The outside looks quite simple and I think it can be easily missed.
We got there early so the cafe was pretty much empty which was great, as it’s quite a small space. I loved the decoration and the whole interior. It’s super cozy and a great place to enjoy a quiet coffee on a weekend morning.
The coffee itself was strong and flavorsome with no bitterness at all! Definitely the best coffee I had in Amsterdam so far. They have different kinds of coffee beans, selected from the best in the world and the beans are freshly roasted there. I can’t wait to go back and have another cappuccino.
Screaming Beans- best iced coffee in Amsterdam
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People on tripadvisor seem to agree that Screaming Beans doesn’t just have a catchy name but also the best coffee in the area.
The prices are good and the coffee is strong. I especially love their Iced Latte, they really know how to make them!
It’s a small, cosy cafe, with more sitting room in the back. Perfect for a little break before going off and discovering more of Amsterdam.
BTW: If you want to recreate their coffees you can buy beans and tools in their online shop.
For the dutch: The also offer workshops on how to become a great home barista and a “Latte Art” workshop in Dutch.
Eetcafe Singel 404- best place for an amazing weekend brunch
Located on the same road (convenient!) as Screaming Beans is another real gem.
Eetcafe Singel 404 is a cute little cafe that doesn’t just offer good coffee but pretty much some of the best sandwiches and bagels in town. This place should be on everyone’s list of top brunch spots in Amsterdam. Even though it’s not a big place, it offers quite an extensive menu with a good choice of sandwiches, bagels and other breakfast options.
I absolutely love their tuna melt (their tuna is marinated which gives it a stronger flavor). Their smoked salmon bagels are lavish and so so delicious, too.
We absolutely loved everything we tried and it’s one of those places I just like to go back to.
And if your up for it try their rum hot chocolate. The rum/ hot chocolate ratio is generous and will help you warm you up on a cold winter day.
Het Stadspaleis- the cutest coffee spot in Amsterdam
I had been wanting to visit Het Stadspaleis for a long time. I passed it several times during my Amsterdam trips but never had the time to visit. The cute cafe has a small but healthy food and drink menu and an awesomely decorated, slightly bohemian interior. The atmosphere there is just great!
I tried their Moroccan mint tea and it was quite nice (still tasted nothing like the one in Morocco though- unfortunately). I wasn’t very hungry, otherwise I would have loved to try some of their highly praised food. Next time for sure!
MOOK Pancakes- best pancakes ever?
Mook Pancakes has two locations in Amsterdam; one in the city center and one a bit further out (Mook Pancakes WEST). We went to the latter but there was still a long queue at the entrance when we got there.
That’s just one of the signs how popular the cafe is.
Just as the name says, MOOK specializes in Pancakes and they really know what they’re doing! The cafe itself has a clean, bright décor with an “underlying” hip hop theme.
The kitchen is open so you can watch the chefs prepare the pancakes, which is always fun.
The pancake menu is big. From sweet, vegan to savory bacon goodness- you can find pretty much everything a pancake lover could wish for.
The beverage list surprised us too: You can order fresh coconut water- straight out of a coconut. Ever since traveling to Brazil I am the biggest fan of fresh coconut water.
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Vlaamsch Broodhuys- Patisserie to die for
We found this place totally by chance because we needed to use the toilet! I had to buy something and I saw this amazing little berry tart. I ordered it together with some hot chocolate and let me tell you, it was probably the best thing I ate in Amsterdam… ever. I can’t wait to go back just to eat some cake at this bakers cafe again!
The hot chocolate was so good, too! Instead of putting just powdered cocoa, they use real chocolate which I always appreciate.
The only downside was that the service wasn’t as friendly as in other places, unfortunately. The food makes up for that though!
Melly’s Cookie Bar
Melly’s Cookie Bar doesn’t just have great cookies (but you still have to try their peanut cookies!) but also gourmet coffee and a wide selection of cakes. It’s quite a small place, right next to Koffie Cultuur Centrum, actually. If you crave something sweet together with your morning coffee or tea, this a good place to stop by.
The Corner-Bakery is one of those must visits if you’re looking for that perfect Instagram food snap. Located around 15-20 minutes walk away from the Vincent Van Gogh museum, it might not be that easy to get to but it is worth it. At least if you have a sweet tooth and a love for milkshakes.
The Corner-Bakerys most famous menu item is undeniably their freakshake. Stacked to the brim with marshmallows, cream, fruit loops- and even topped with a matching doughnut- it’s the ultimate freakshake.
The place is small though and often quite crowded so you might have to wait a while for your order.
That the Corner Bakery is really popular with tourists and locals alike reflects in the price too. With 10 Euros the freakshakes aren’t the cheapest treat.
Regardless of the price though, I think it’s the perfect place for a sweet treat and cute Instagram snapshot.
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The Breakfast Club Amsterdam
When abroad I try not to eat at chain restaurants but I rather like to try smaller, independent cafes and eateries.
I had never heard of the Breakfast Club so I thought it was a dutch thing. I later found out though, that you can find the Breakfast Club all around the U.K though!
That’s not really a bad thing though, because I really like the food at the Breakfast Club and can wholeheartedly recommend it- even it’s English counterpart.
The Breakfast Club doesn’t really strike you as your usual chain food restaurant or cafe. The décor is a bit hipster and provides just the right level of intimacy.
I had the most perfect Eggs Benedict there!
While the Breakfast Club can be a bit too crowded and busy it’s a great place for breakfast if you’re not staying directly in the city center. There are several Breakfast Clubs scattered around town so it’s easier to find than other places on the list.
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Know of any other good cafes in Amsterdam that I absolutely have to try on my next trip there? Let me know in the comments 🙂
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