Amsterdam is world famous for its coffee shops, but as a non-smoker I have no interest in these “coffee shops”.
[Cannabis coffeeshop displaying Coffeeshop license]
The Netherlands doesn’t rate high in the coffee-making stakes in Europe. The typical coffee of the Netherlands is filter coffee.
Coffee shops that aren’t coffee shops in a land of filter coffee may sound like a strange place for a coffee snob to like. Nevertheless, Amsterdam is an international city and there are plenty of places to find a good coffee.
If you are after a koffiehuis and not a coffeeshop, then here is a selection of my faves.
Cafe het Palais
Good coffee and international newspapers has made this one of my favourite cafes in Amsterdam.
[Cafe Het Paleis]
For a classic Parisian style people watching cafe head to the Cafe Luxembourg on Spuistraat. It has theatre row seats out the front, which is a perfect spot for watching Dutch girls on bicycles riding by.
For take away coffee this American style coffee store does the job for me. They have a few locations around Amsterdam.
[Coffee @ Company]
For a bit of old-school American style I like the cafe at the Hotel Americain.
Cafe de Saloon
This place is more of a bar than a cafe but I like to come here on a sunny day and sit outside. The building is Flatiron shape and is next to a canal.