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When it opened in 1992, the owners of The Rookies were two of the youngest coffee shop owners in Amsterdam, giving the place its name. The Rookies is not far from Leidseplein, tucked in between all the budget restaurants around Korte Leidsedwarsstraat, making it a good place to build an appetite. The atmosphere is low-key, with alternative, rock and indie music keeping the mixture of locals, expats and backpackers happy. The coffee shop's most distinctive feature is its extra large smoking room for those trying to avoid the European tobacco ban. Just upstairs is The Rookies' own low-cost hotel, a combination that is very popular with the young twenty-something crowd. - Declan Aylward
Since winning the European Coffee Award for Best Artisan Roast in 2014, Bocca Coffee has continued to win hearts with its speciality blends and inspired menu. Customers flock to the central Amsterdam cafe for such treats as cascara sodas, sparkling drinks made from coffee cherry tea, and coffee tonics. The modern, well-lit space is accented by pale wood furnishings and hanging plants, creating an ambiance as warm as the coffee. After enjoying a cup, patrons can check out Bocca's on-site state of the art showroom.
This Starbucks branch opened in April 2012 within a refurbished building called The Bank. It is situated on the busy Rembrandtplein and within walking distance of the main shopping street and famous Flower Market. Inside, the steps take you towards a basement, with seating on all levels as you descend. On offer is a large selection of coffee, soft drinks, snack and an array of Starbucks merchandise.
Almost hidden on the Utrechtseraat, this little café is a popular escape from the busy city streets. The menu has a homemade theme and is full of freshly baked cakes, soups, sandwiches and salads. The homely feel, is not limited to the food alone and reflects in the atmosphere with an open kitchen and cozy decorations. Moreover, the café is mostly popular with locals, so it is an ideal place to escape for a while from the regular tourist attractions.
This tourist friendly coffee shop facing onto bustling Rembrandtplein is linked to the popular Club Smokey, located one door away. Smokey can hardly be missed thanks to the large neon sign over the door that can be seen from right across the square. The atmosphere inside is casual, with lots of seating available while you enjoy a juice, smoothie or hot drink. For entertainment, Smokey has pool tables in the back and video screens throughout. Despite the name, there is no tobacco smoking allowed inside, but the small terrace is popular with smokers who can watch Amsterdam go by on the busy square outside. -Declan Aylward
Betty Too is located centrally and attracts locals and tourists alike. There is a distinct community atmosphere within this coffeeshop and the staff ensures all visitors feel welcome. This space is divided into two levels and also has a lovely terrace open during summer. As the owner is Japanese, there is a large selection of Asian teas as well as fresh juices, coffee and hot chocolate on the menu. Occasionally, there are live music performances; you can find further information regarding upcoming events on their website.
Bagels are a favorite in America and Holland is not far behind. Across the Albert Cuyp market in Amsterdam you'll find Bagels & Beans. This wonderful chain offers some delicious varieties of the snack. Options include the standard bagel with cream cheese, or with Scottish smoked salmon. Complement your bagel with a blended fruit drink or a steaming cappuccino.