Café / Jazz Bar
Party Earth Review Dimly illuminated by rustic lanterns, candles, and strings of soft lights, Jazz Café Alto is a quaint, smoky bar just off of Leidseplein that offers fantastic live jazz every night of the week. Over fifty years old, Alto’s has played host to three generations of regulars. Wood floors and walls covered in photographs of ... more
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 115
Party Earth Review One of the most popular, if not the most well-known, watering holes in the neighborhood, Kingfisher is an updated version of a 50s American diner that overflows with De Pijp residents, local artists, young professionals, and students on most sunny afternoons and on into the night. Besides some little pops of blue trim to ... more
Ferdinand Bolstraat 24
Party Earth Review Housed in a former 19th-century church in the heart of Amsterdam, Paradiso is an enormous, multilevel music venue and dance club with an international reputation for delivering intimate performances by big-name musicians – a feature that continues to lure both bands and fans. An impressive balcony wraps around the dance ... more
Brown Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Built in the early 1900s, ‘t Loosje’s building was originally the site of a waiting room for folks looking to snag a seat on the city’s early horse-drawn tram. Nowadays, however, it’s a great spot for people-watching and a popular haunt for mellow professionals and artsy types in the mood for one of the bar’s many tap beers ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review People flock to the popular Café Cuba for its fabulous mojitos and cool Latin beats, then stay for its classic 1950s Cuban vibe. Wicker chairs, muted colors, and slowly spinning fans create a mellow atmosphere perfect for sipping exotic cocktails and lounging away the afternoon. Below the vintage photos and posters of Cuban ... more
Brown Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Situated on Amsterdam’s oldest street, Skek is an inexpensive, student-run café and bar that caters to a casual, sociable crowd of local hipsters and students. Housed in two historic 16th-century buildings, the space includes a small dining area and a brown bar and is most known for its unbeatable deals on good food and ... more
Party Earth Review Perched on a mound of sand on the edge of Ijburg – Amsterdam’s newest neighborhood and home to the city’s latest man-made beach – Blijburg is a popular hotspot for young city dwellers in search of a nearby oasis for sunbathing and partying. The beach itself overlooks expansive canals and lagoons ... more
Muiderlaan 1001 1087
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review Easily recognizable by its airplane hangar shape and transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) is a boisterous café where artists and creative types come for indoor and outdoor drinking, dining, and dancing – not to mention an extraordinary view of the city center from the other side of the ... more
t.t. Neveritaweg 33
Party Earth Review Opened by a good samaritan in 1945, the Kriterion movie theater was originally a haven where struggling students could work and earn money in the aftermath of World War II. From the beginning, Kriterion has been run by a creative panel of young and innovative city students, who continue to strive to keep the theater a liberal ... more
Party Earth Review Café Sound Garden rocks. Seriously, this raw and gritty tavern is a rock bar to its core, catering to a fun-loving and sociable crowd with nightly live music and DJs that perform rock, rock, and more rock. Save for the peeling gig fliers and old chairs and sofas, there’s not much inside in the way of décor, but no one seems ... more
Bar / Café
Party Earth Review “Stout” is a Dutch term used for people who are being naughty or just plain immodest, and the wait staff and bartenders at STOUT! do their best to embody the word – that is, in a friendly way that leaves their lunch and dinner customers happy and a bit flattered by the flirtatious attention received by the attractive staff ... more
There are so many great things to see and do in Amsterdam that it can be hard to find time to experience the whole city. Sometimes, however, it’s worth taking a step back, finding one of the many Amsterdam Cafés, and relax with some coffee as the city passes you by.
Cafés in Amsterdam take on many different shapes and sizes. Starting off, there are the cafés that double as Brown Bars, 16th- and 17th-century-era smoky taverns named for their dark wood interiors. At these spots, the scene is focused more on nighttime mingling and hanging out, drinking beers, and good conversation with friends.
There are a number of cafés that feature live music like Jazz Café Alto, Café Sound Garden, and Skek to name a few. Here, patrons can relax with some drinks while listening to toe-tapping tunes or acoustic licks on a nightly basis.
Finally, there are just simple cafés where Amsterdammers can retreat to at any time of the day for brunch, lunch, early happy hours, coffee, or just a place to chat with friends and maybe read a book.
In looking for a café in Amsterdam, your options are definitely not limited, so check out all the great options on hand at Party Earth.