Cafés & Bars in Amsterdam

Amsterdam boasts many stylish and cosy cafés, bars and pubs. Besides drinks, most of them also serve meals. There are the traditional “brown cafés”, but also contemporary style cocktail bars and lounge bars and everything in between.

Brown café

An authentic Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' is a down-to-earth and laid-back establishment. The name 'brown café' comes from the dark but cosy wooden interiors and the nicotine-stained walls and ceilings (even though in the meantime smoking inside is prohibited).

Grand café

Amsterdam’s grand cafés are spacious and stylish places to have a coffee or a drink and some finger food.

Outside terrace

For an outside terrace the most obvious spots are the big open squares like the Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein, Nieuwmarkt and Spui. But, if you’re looking for a more local flavour, start exploring the side streets and the canals. If our recommendations for bars and cafés have an outside terrace, we mention this.
Choose one of the Amsterdam areas of your interest in the menu at the top or bottom of this page: City Centre, Jordaan, De Pijp, Amsterdam East, Amsterdam South, Amsterdam West or Amsterdam North.
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