Meneer Nieges

Located on the waterfront in the Westerdok area to the west of Central Station (just far enough away from the centre to be off most tourists’ radars), Meneer Nieges is a restaurant and bar from the team behind Hannekes Boom and Bloemenbar, and lovely place to hang out in all seasons. One of its biggest…

De Oranjerie

This is our current local, and honestly one of our favourite pubs in Amsterdam. Tucked away on a pretty Haarlemmerbuurt side street between Brouwersgracht and Haarlemmerdijk it’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name (or they will do by the end of the evening), and they’re always glad you came. The epitome of…

Glouglou

A wine bar with the relaxed atmosphere of a pub, Glouglou is a wine-breath of fresh air in a city dominated by beer. In the heart of the wonderful De Pijp neighbourhood, Glouglou is the kind of place you can spend an entire evening, sipping your way through the selection of only natural wines – no…

Bar Botanique

A gorgeous , jungly spot in Amsterdam East, Bar Botanique is all your Instagram dreams come true. Big, bright and green, the tropical themed bar is a delightful spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Or maybe all of these things. There’s a pleasant terrace for sunny days, and DJs  at weekends. Eerste van…

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…

Bloemenbar

Open until 5am at weekends (4am during the week), this lively bar from the same team behind Hannekes Boom guarantees a brilliant night out with excellent DJs and a fun, friendly crowd. Decorated with floral wallpaper and chintzy furniture, it’s a great spot for late night drinks and a bit of a boogie. Bloemenbar’s sister…

Tripel

No two ways about it – Tripel will get you drunk. Located by a canal on the edge of the Jordaan, this huge Belgian beer cafe serves 200 delicious Belgian beers, and will make you feel very naughty indeed. It’s open until 4am to give you time to get through all of those beers, so…

Cafe Toussaint

This lovely little neighbourhood cafe holds a very special place in our heart. We used to live around the corner from it, and have spent many a cosy evening there. Enjoying a leafy location in one of the prettiest parts of Oud West, Cafe Toussaint is completely charming, understated and honest, with a delightful heated…

Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht means ‘Northern lights’, and this lovely greenhouse hangout on the shores of the IJ in NDSM Wharf is just as magical as its name suggests. Enjoying a prime spot by the water, with a grassy garden that ambles down to the shore, Noorderlicht is a hub of creative energy and lovely beer, and a…

Hannekes Boom

Aah. Lovely Hannekes. One of our favourite places in Amsterdam to while away a summer afternoon and evening, Hannekes Boom is a colourful shack style bar by the water behind Nemo (that big green building that looks like a ship). The bar has a massive outdoor terrace with a beachy vibe which gets packed in…