In addition to Amsterdam’s many museum cafés, there are a number of very arty roasters in the city. Read on to discover our favourite spots for indulging in a lovely brew and checking out some exciting art at the same time.
Formerly home to Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, this refurbished hotspot in Amsterdam’s Oost is open 24/7 and filled to the brim with art and creative sprit. Werkplaats on the ground floor serves up delicious lattes, or take the lift up to the seventh floor and soak up Amsterdam’s skyline from the roof terrace of Canvas op de 7de. The Volkshotel regularly hosts exhibitions showcasing analogue photography and experimental art and also screens short docs.
It’s not only the playful illustrations on the wall, the coffee and cakes at Betty Blue are little artworks, too. The modern interior – all chic concrete and white pentagonal pillars – is interspersed with playful 1950s elements. Located neatly between Nieuwmarkt and Waterlooplein, it’s a perfect pit stop for a coffee and design fix.
Cloud Art & Coffee
Cloud Art & Coffee, situated on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht, puts young, talented photographers and other artists in the spotlight. Exhibitions change monthly and can be enjoyed with a cup of delicious Brazilian fair-trade coffee in hand.
‘Multidisciplinary’ is almost not a strong enough word to describe this concept store on Van Woustraat in Amsterdam’s De Pijp neighbourhood. A lunch café, gallery and shop for covetable design objects in one, Hutspot makes the visitor waver between wanting to shop, wondering whether to get another cappuccino and appreciating the changing exhibitions of photographs and paintings.
The hotel by the highly acclaimed Dutch design company Droog is not your typical double-rooms-and-breakfast-buffet affair. For starters, there is only one hotel room… but that shouldn’t deter daytime visitors that are after high-end design and a refreshing experience. Spread over 700 square metres in a 17th-century building in Amsterdam’s Staalstraat, Hôtel Droog offers a café, a spa, a concept store and even a ‘fairytale garden’, plus, of course, plenty of the design collective’s quirky wares and high-end designs.
It’s hard to believe, but hidden away right in the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s tourist mecca, the Museum Quarter, lies a green oasis of peace. The Tuinhuis, a café in the garden of the Rijksmuseum, is a great place to while away the time and enjoy a hot drink, looking at the sculptures and a fountain in the garden, tulips in spring and verdancy in summer.
Cottoncake is the perfect place for post-market refreshments after a visit to De Pijp’s famous Albert Cuyp Market. Organic coffee, healthy smoothies, sandwiches, homemade cake and fresh salads are on the menu, which also includes plenty of vegetarian, vegan, sugar-free and gluten-free options. And yes, there’s art, too: works by changing artists adorn the walls, and they’re all for sale.
Friday Next combines high-end interior design, homewares, fashion and a café for those that want to mull over their sofa purchase with a cup of coffee or, alternatively, check out the pieces by local artists who showcase their work in changing exhibitions.