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A cozy, down-to-earth tearoom in the English style, Greenwoods offers unique takes on simple fare. Everything here, from the bread used for the sandwiches to the delicious signature cheesecake is made on the premises by the friendly, efficient staff. Specials change regularly, but firm favorites are the High Tea - a selection of bite-sized sandwiches and cakes and the traditional English breakfast. Of course if you don't want to eat, you can always just lounge on the small terrace with a paper and a coffee, tea or organic juice. While Greenwoods closes early in the evening, the last few hours of the afternoon are the best time to visit, when the sun hits the terrace and the crowds of lunchtime regulars have moved on.
Simon Lévelt offers specialty coffees and teas from all over the world, which are tested to the highest standards of quality. Inside the shop, you'll find countless canisters of teas and coffees. The staff is extremely helpful and patient. Suggestions are offered based on your tastes and you can even sniff-test any before you decide to purchase. These coffees and teas make excellent souvenirs and even better gifts for friends and family back home. You will also find a selection of pottery, china and gadgets available for purchase.
Café Hegeraad is a typical Dutch 'brown' café located within the old Jordaan area of the city. The café is mostly popular with the locals, especially on Monday mornings when there is a very busy market on the square. The menu is basic but offers a range of sandwiches, soups, and Dutch café snacks (such as meatballs, as well as homemade apple pie). The café also has a very homely atmosphere inside and there is a small terrace for those sunny days.
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
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.
Named for the supermarkets it finds itself between, De Supermarkt may not carry groceries, but it is still a good regular stop off in Amsterdam's chic Westerpark area. The light and airy interior makes for a welcome change from the crowded, smoky coffee shops in the city center, with regularly changed exhibitions by local artists lining the walls and relaxing downtempo music drifting through the sound system. For tobacco smokers, there is a small smoking area in the front of the coffee shop that almost guarantees to get you talking to your fellow occupants via proximity alone. Best of all, De Supermarkt's menu carries a nice mix, and the prices are very reasonable (compared to similar places just over the canal in the more central Jordaan).
Razmataz sits on a small roundabout alongside cafés and restaurants. It consists of three different rooms: a café, a restaurant and a salon. There is also a small terrace which quickly fills up on sunny days. The café is the perfect place to meet with friends or just relax for a while. In the salon, the specially selected Bocca coffee is on offer, or you can also choose from a range of homemade ice cream or tarts. The restaurant is open from 8:30 a.m., and the menu offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.
This modern, upmarket coffee shop in Westerpark lies just across the canal from the popular Jordaan area of Amsterdam. The coffee shop itself is small, with limited seating available for the crowd of regulars, locals and expats. However, its location in the west makes it a great stop off for those planning a cycling trip, or a day in the park. Prices here are significantly lower than in Amsterdam's more central coffee shops, and De Republiek's menu has a good selection (in addition to a few special deals that are great value for money). -Declan Aylward
This is a place where cat lovers can enjoy a cup of coffee in the company of a lot of furry felines. Cats, Coffee and Cake opened its friendly doors in 2015 thanks to a triumphant crowdfunding scheme initiated by entrepreneur and cat lover Lenny Popelier to provide shelter to abandoned and rescued cats. Customers are asked to pay an entree fee of three euros to indulge themselves in a two-hour long coffee date with a few furry friends. This cafe serves a wide range of teas, coffee, muffins, cakes, pastries and yogurts in an environment wherein humans and cats coexist in total harmony.