Cafés, Bars & Pubs in the City Centre of Amsterdam
Café 't Loosje‘t Loosje is a peculiar, but nonetheless warm and characteristic bar, overlooking the historic Nieuwmarkt.
The bar has a cosy atmosphere with dark wood fixtures, soft lighting, and mosaics of the 16th century(!!!).
The clientele is mostly a mix of regulars, young Dutch professionals, and English-speaking expats, with a younger crowd stopping in later in the week.
Address: Nieuwmarkt 32/34
Tel: +31 20 627 26 35
Located in a picturesque alley, right in the heart of Amsterdam.
The characterful premises encompass a bar area and an adjoining restaurant with a glass roof.
Address: Gebed Zonder End 5
Tel: +31 20 6242057
De HuyschkaemerCafé De Huyschkaemer is a cosy bar in the Utrechtsestraat. They exist for over 20 years and is well-known by students and locals. The staff consists mostly of students, which also attracts a younger crowd. Nevertheless there is a nice mixed crowd, especially earlier in the evening.
The food is good, but pretty basic. De Huyskaemer has a small terrace, which is nice on warm Summer days.
Address: Utrechtsestraat 137
Website: De Huyschkaemer (NL)
Café Van LeeuwenThis two-story café is situated on the corner of the lively and diverse Utrechtsestraat and the beautiful Keizersgracht.
Café Van Leeuwen offers breakfast, as well as lunch and since the Summer of 2011 also a small basic diner menu.
With a terrace on the South, you can enjoy the sun here, most of the day.
Café Van Leeuwen is a melting pot of locals, students and people who happen to pass by.
Address: Keizersgracht 711
Website: Café Van Leeuwen (NL)
Cocktail Bar MarqueeThis modern two-story high bar has a superb cocktail bar downstairs. On the first floor there is a restaurant where you can enjoy a fine steak or lobster.
Later at night (or before going to diner) the cocktail bar offers a wide variety of cocktails and the professional cocktail bartenders are also willing to experiment a bit and prepare you a special cocktail, when they are not too busy.
Address: Utrechtsestraat 30A
Website: Cocktail Bar Marquee
XtraCold Ice Bar AmsterdamXtraCold Ice Bar Amsterdam consists of two parts. In the "cool" lounge you can eat and drink something and enjoy the unique atmosphere. In this lounge they also organise theme nights and various other events.
Walking through the cool lounge, you enter the Ice Bar. As you might expect, the XtraCold Ice Bar is made of ice; the walls, bar, stools and even the glasses. At a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius you can enjoy a delicious vodka cocktail and for the fans we also serve ‘Extra Cold Beer’.
Address: Amstel 194-196
Website: XtraCold Icebar
Cafés with terraces
WalemCafé restaurant Walem was established in 1984 and is still a very popular place for lunch and dinner. Dutch architect Rietveld designed the façade of the building. This façade was the inspiration for the timelessly modern interior.
With good food and friendly and spontaneous staff, Walem probably will stay around for quite some time.
Address: Keizersgracht 449
Café-Restaurant de JarenSun-seekers flock together at Café de Jaren for a seat on its wooden terrace along the Amstel River, next to Hotel de l'Europe.
Café-Restaurant De Jaren is popular with a mixed crowd, but on theatre nights the more artistic and cultural crowd takes over this unique café-restaurant with high ceilings.
Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20/22
Website: Café-Restaurant De Jaren
Restaurant-Café In de WaagIn de Waag gets its name from the medieval building (1488 - one of the oldest monuments in Amsterdam). This terrace on the bustling Nieuwmarkt, has therefore a quite dramatic backdrop.
With a huge terrace In de Waag is a favourite spot for sun-seekers.
Address: Nieuwmarkt 4
Website: Restaurant-Café In de Waag
Café CubaWith a 1950's Cuban style vibe, this café is ideal to experience a 'holiday feel'. With a delicious mojito in your hand and some cool latin sounds to please your ears, it is easy to pretend you are in Cuba.
Address: Nieuwmarkt 3
Contact: +31 20 627 49 19
Café De KroonCafé De Kroon was established in 1898, the year that Princess Wilhelmina was crowned Queen of The Netherlands in this venue (De Kroon = The Crown).
De Kroon has a unique ambiance and a great view on Rembrandtsplein from the sun room. De Kroon has something to offer all day, whether it is a coffee in the morning, lunch and/or a drink in the afternoon, dinner in the evening and in the weekend a dance with the resident's DJ's, later at night.
Address: Rembrandtplein 17 first floor
Website: Café De Kroon (NL)
't Blauwe TheehuisAfter the old tea house burned down in 1935, architect H.J.A.B. Baanders was commissioned to build a new tea house in 1937. For over 70 years 't Blauwe Theehuis (the Blue Tea House) is part of Amsterdam's beautiful main city park, Vondelpark. The building is a fine example of de Dutch architectural style "het Nieuwe Bouwen".
't Blauwe Theehuis has a huge terrace with 700 places. By itself a wonderful spot to spend a sunny afternoon, but this also means that getting a drink or something to eat can take a bit longer. But on a spot like this, in the sun, it doesn't matter as much.
Address: Vondelpark 5
Website: 't Blauwe Theehuis (NL)
Café Americain is situated in the Amsterdam Americain Hotel. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, just a coffee or a drink. The building features a beautiful Art Nouveau interior with stained-glass windows, enormous chandeliers, and a collection of precious art and notable murals. There's an antique reading table and a large outside terrace.
Address: Leidsekade 97
Website: Café Americain
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