Hidden gem coffee and lunch spots in Central Amsterdam

I have a troubled relationship with central Amsterdam. I won’t go into it all here, but thanks to the wrong kind of tourist and the tacky businesses that cater for them, certain parts of the centre can often resemble a Hieronymous Bosch depiction of hell. (I’m looking at YOU, Damrak on a Saturday). Having said…

Kanarie Club

Eat, drink, work, play and possibly swim at this newish hotspot in Oud-West. Taking up a sizeable chunk of the De Hallen complex (go through the Foodhallen, or access directly from Bellamyplein), Kanarie Club is all things to all people from morning to night. Go there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, dinner or drinks. Take your…

CT Coffee and Coconuts

Put a lime in the coconut at this funky hangout in the heart of De Pijp. It’s housed in a hollowed-out art deco cinema from the 1920s, which makes for a guaranteed ‘woweeee’ moment when you first enter the building and look up at all of those criss-crossing mezzanines and staircases. I’m still expecting to…

Toki

A lovely little daytime hangout (they close at 6pm) on a quiet Haarlemmerbuurt side street, Toki is the place to go for long leisurely coffee breaks. Simply furnished, serving quality produce from around the world with a smile, Toki’s motto is ‘Go slow’. So pop in, slow down, and recharge with some great coffee (or…