‘ Going for a coffee’ is an integral part of modern culture. Whether it is to catch up with friends or get an energy boost, there is nothing more satisfying than a caffeine fix in a relaxing environment. Out in the city centre or looking for a escape? Here are 5 places you can choose from for your desired coffee experience.
Latei is the very definition of Kitch, and we love it for it! Swedish wallpaper, plastic lamps, funky sunglasses and framed oddities, everything with a price tag can be bought, including the chair you sit on as you sip on your delicious cappuccino They also have healthy lunches and outstanding vegetarian Indian dinners on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Located in the busy Chinatown, it is the ideal spot to grab a coffee and catch up with friends, as the vintage atmosphere will take you back to the the era of well dressed housewives. And their apple pie is to die for.
The first English Tea room in Amsterdam is mainly known for its real English tea, freshly brewed and always served in a tea pot. But their coffee is equally as impressive, quality, large lattes or creamy espressos. The effortlessly classy interior decorated with wooden details may hide its true colours: their speciality is their all day English breakfast, prepared in the open plan kitchen in the back of the cafe. Amongst their breakfast ingredients you will find organic eggs, homemade sodabread and locally sourced ham, so not your usual builder’s cafe for sure. Get rid of your hangover by ordering a big breakfast and sipping on a life giving cup of coffee in their small tearoom or in the terrace, overlooking the Singel.
‘t Niew Diep Distillery
Not your usual choice for a coffee but a real treat for those looking to escape the city centre. Initially a pumping station in the Flevopark, the building recently became a distillery where you can not only purchase their own biological fruit gins (Genever) but also hot drinks. Ideal for this time of year, you can grab a coffee and a dainty dose of gin, wrap up warm and sit outside overlooking a small lake and the ducks on the partly frozen water. This is a truly local spot, as you can see in the relationships between the friendly staff and the regular customers. This is the closest you will come to popping to the countryside for a coffee.
Tweede Laurierdwarsstraat, 50 HS
Tucked into one of the small streets in the Joordan is this cosy, stylish but simple Brazilian lunchcafe. And South Americans know a thing or two about good quality, straight forward, strong coffee. The coffee is 100% Arabica yellow Bourbon, shipped straight from a farm near Sao Paulo. Enjoy a cafezinho ( little coffee in Portuguese) accompanied by some traditional pao de queijo ( cheese dough balls) and enjoy the toned down environment, miles away from the stereotypical Brazilian establishment. With free Wifi and Bossa Nova in the background this is an ideal place to bring your laptop and finish off those painful office tasks with the aid of our favourite stimulant.
The Coffee Gallery Caffeteria
Forget Starbucks, this tiny traditional Italian take on the take-away coffee culture is the best value for money you will find in Amsterdam. Backed by the Italian International Cultural Foundation, this establishment is part of an initiative to support small and medium scale Italian entrepreneurs who wish to export to the northern markets. Somehow they found an extremely unpretentious way of making good quality traditional Italian coffee affordable, without all the glitz that usually comes with such a label. In their small interior they also support local photographers by providing a space to exhibit their work.