Culture & Art

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Amsterdam Edition II

By Micaela Zaslabsky

My Favourite Amsterdam Coffee

In a previous post about Amsterdam (check it out here), we talked about ARTIS. In it I shared some activities you could do around the city that would encourage you to take a deep breath, put on as much of the clothes that you own that you can (we all know it’s cold here), and go for an adventure. This time I want to share with you a cozy, warm option for those cold winter days in Amsterdam:

There is a moment when many people here discover that finding a good coffeeshop in the city is not as easy as it seems, and that’s not for a lack of good coffeeshops. 

A friend of mine, who is a big fan of good coffee, was visiting for a weekend. His visit made me think about what would be some nice places where I could take him to try the best coffee in the city.

Doing a little bit of research was easy. Dutch people love good coffee: according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands is the #5 consumer of high-quality coffee in Europe. 

If you have some experience traveling around Europe, you probably know that there are place that serve high-quality in almost every city. But the Dutch seem to have a particular preference for quality over quantity when it comes to this “black gold”. In this country, even fast food chains have good coffee, and it is relatively easy to find local roasters, as well as many entrepreneurs who have decided to dive in and make their contribution to this new and warmly welcome trend of locally owned coffeeshops.

This is my contribution to Amsterdam’s coffee craze, a list of my favourite places:

CT Coffee and Coconuts (De Pijp)

Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 GK Amsterdam

My default drink here is always a cappuccino (maybe it is the Italian in me), but if you would like to try Chemex or Aeropress, they also have it.

Swing by and enjoy a variety of cool, vegan-friendly and tasty treats for brunch or dinner:

Screaming Beans (De Jordaan)

Runstraat 6, 1016 GK Amsterdam

This little coffeeshop is located in the beautiful Jordan district, in the heart of Amsterdam and close to the famous Nine Little Streets, my favourite, because it is THE place to find elegant and alternative local shops. 

Screaming Beans was, without a doubt, my recommendation for Comedo Ergo Sum, the foodie and coffee expert of my family, when he visited here.

Chemex, Screaming Beans

Black Gold

Korte Koningsstraat 13 H, 1011 EX Amsterdam

This, my latest find, is the definition of a hidden gem. In Black Gold you will not only find good coffee and coffee roasters, but also a large collection of cool vinyls, which occupy 50% of this cool locale, situated near the Red Light District.

Black Gold

One thing is for sure: drinking coffee is not just getting an amazing energy boost. It is also about getting involved in the world of local roasters, rich aromas or new flavours, and interacting with the experts who want to help you have a more enjoyable experience.


Grab your laptop or a good book and go enjoy a relaxing or productive moment in any of these three Amsterdam finds. Spending time holed up in a cozy coffeeshop is a full experience of which I am learning to appreciate more and more every day.


Let us know in the comments! I would love to keep discovering new things that this city has to offer me.

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