Looking for a proper cup of speciality coffee in Amsterdam? If you ask people for a “coffee shop” recommendation they might think you’re using a code word. To avoid drinking foul-tasting java in a place that reeks of weed, here’s a list of a few coffee bars and roasters where you’ll be guaranteed a stellar cup of coffee.
Lot Sixty One
Lot Sixty One is a coffee lover’s paradise located in Amsterdam West. This coffee roastery prides itself on quality, consistency and efficiency and coffee enthusiasts just rave about the place. The cooly yet cosy coffee bar has subway tiled walls and warm wooden accents, but the main focus is of course on the baristas delivering world class joe.
Address: Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam
Amsterdam Oost’s first specialty coffee shop, Coffee Bru specializes in a variety of outstanding coffee drinks for which it has won awards, as well as its own range of speciality teas and light fare. Its dog-friendly interior is both rustic and arty, while its cool vibe attracts an eclectic clientele. It has a few vegan items on the menu and you can always grab a seat outside on the sidewalk during summer if it gets a bit busy.
Address: Beukenplein 14, 1092 Amsterdam
Rum Baba Coffee Roasters & Bakery
If you’re searching for a laid-back atmosphere and freshly-baked goods to go along with your delicious caffeine hit, then you’ve come to the right place. The sister cafe of Coffee Bru, Rum Baba is a small roastery dedicated to selecting the right beans and brewing methods to satisfy the most demanding of coffee connoisseurs! The staff are friendly and they also have a curated list of imported speciality teas. What more could you ask for?
Address: Pretoriusstraat 33, 1092 EX Amsterdam
KOKO’s Coffee & Design
This design-focused coffee bar in the red light district sells a range of covetable Scandinavian and Dutch clothing and serves up killer coffee! Owners Karlijn and Caroline shared a love of both fashion and specialty coffee so decided to combine their passions. Their beans are roasted with love and care by the local roastery and coffee shop, Caffènation. If you’re in an indulgent mood after your stellar coffee, then snag some fabulous fashion as well as a bag of beans to take home.
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145, 1012 DG Amsterdam
The Coffee Virus
The Coffee Virus is a hidden gem in an up-and-coming neighbourhood. Creatives and hipsters congregate in this cosy spot which boasts a minimal design aesthetic, graphic artworks and most importantly, expertly-brewed coffee. It has great filter and espresso options, an original mostly vegetarian menu, home-made cakes and friendly staff!
Address: Overhoeksplein 2, 1031 ks Amsterdam