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... ... read full review
Su–Th 11am–1am, F–Sa 11am–3am
Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam –
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 scenes and personalities, patrons gather at tables to sip sensational and reasonably-priced favorites like the Hemingway Specials, lemon caiprovskas, and Tequila Sunrises, all made with freshly-squeezed juices and real fruit.
By day, the café attracts a mix of visitors and young professionals who lounge on the terrace, while nightfall brings out a sociable, international clientele. The energy rises steadily throughout the night, until mojito-boosted confidence impels many patrons to show off their cha-cha skills.
Although located near the Red Light District, Café Cuba maintains a more upscale environment and clientele, and is a terrific alternative to the usual pubs, coffeehouses, and breweries.
Lively locals and young business people on weekdays, 20s to mid-30s. Mix of regulars and visitors on weekends.
Latin music fused with Cuban classics. Pool table.
Bar snacks include meatballs and chips. Extensive menu of cocktails and rums.
Meatballs €5, chips €2. Beer €2–€4, cocktails €6, mixed drinks €6+, fresh sangria €3.
Friday nights for a lively crowd and weekdays for a low-key setting in which to enjoy delicious mojitos.
Café Cuba is sandwiched between two brown bars worth checking out: Cotton Club and Café Stevens.
The Cotton Club has maintained its smoky, cool vibe even if its fame as a hangout for jazz cats is long past, while Café Stevens overflows with a stream of Dutchies mingling over local biertjes (beers).