Wander down any street (or canal) in Amsterdam and you won’t be short of places to grab a hot drink. Of course, many visitors to Amsterdam are on the hunt for a coffee shop of an altogether different kind, but if it’s a caffeine fix you’re after it can be hard to choose. To narrow your options I’ve compiled my favourite places by neighbourhood (see the map at the bottom of this article) in this Amsterdam Coffee Guide.
The beautifully-designed Bocca, located on the Kerkstraat, has recently become one of my favourite spots. The light and spacious interior, complete with a modern wooden bar and vintage furniture, makes for a laid back environment in which to take a break from the busy streets of the city centre. Bocca source their own beans, and when you combine this with the friendly, knowledgable baristas whose passion for coffee shines through, you have the perfect recipe for a great cup of coffee.
Tucked away down a side street off the bustling Haarlemmerdijk, Toki coffee is possibly one of the most “Instagramable” coffee spots in the city. But it’s more than just a pretty face! Once you’ve snapped your latte art against the ever-so-photogenic marble tabletop, you’ll discover the coffee is just as good as it looks.
Scandinavian Embassy (De Pijp)
Coffee aficionados simply cannot miss out on a trip to the Scandinavian Embassy. Their filter coffees are brewed to perfection and their beans come from small roasters in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The light and minimalist interior only adds to the Scandi vibes, and if you’re feeling hungry, the Scandinavian Embassy also serves up some rather splendid eats (read more about that in my Amsterdam food tour)
Dignita (Old South)
Not only does Dignita serve up top-notch coffee, it is also my favourite brunch spots in the city. Their foodie offerings include saliva-inducing dishes such as their own take on eggs Benedict, hot smoked salmon on a giant rosti, and my personal favourite – the zucchini and chickpea fritter. The best part? Dignita is a social enterprise and all profits go in to supporting vulnerable individuals.
Coffee Bru (East)
Great coffee and great cakes, what more does a person need? At Coffee Bru you can indulge in both whilst you admire the unique interior. A wall of plants lines the back wall, there’s a mishmash of wooden furniture and part of the floor is painted in a jolly shade of bright yellow. It’s even a great space to do a spot of work! In the summer this is one of the few Amsterdam coffee spots to benefit from ample outdoor seating.
White Label Coffee (West)
At White Label Coffee they do things a little differently. Their filter coffees are certainly much lighter than you might be used to, but this doesn’t necessarily mean you compromise on taste. The unique layout of this spot, which has a very “self-built” feel to it, is also something to talk about. Grab a floor cushion and wedge yourself in between the freelancers merrily tapping away on their MacBooks.