Whether you’re after soaking up the atmosphere of a traditional Dutch brown café, lounging in a city luxurious grand café, enjoying a summer drink on one of the city’s many terraces or checking out the thriving bar scene, Amsterdam is the perfect place to enjoy a tipple.
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The name says it all: everything in the XtraCold IceBar is made of ice. The walls, the bar, the couch, the fireplace and even the glasses! When entering the café, you are given special clothing to cope with the icy cold temperature. The beautiful ice sculptures by world-famous artists provide the ultimate ice experience.
Grand Café Ovidius
Café and brasserie Ovidius is located in the very heart of Amsterdam, close to the Royal Palace, inside the luxurious shopping mall Magna Plaza. The building dates from 1895 and is Amsterdam’s former main post office. It is listed among the top 100 most important public buildings from a cultural and historical perspective, and is an excellent place for a break during your shopping spree.
Café de Jaren
Café de Jaren is one of the largest cafés in Amsterdam. The building features a spacious café on the ground floor with an international reading-table, a pleasant restaurant with large-choice salad bar on the first floor, as well as a superb canal-view terrace.
Café de Prins
Café de Prins is to be found on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Prinsengracht. Across from the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the Anne Frank House, on the edge of the Jordaan, it is surrounded by history. Although the Prins has retained its typical 'brown café' character, its kitchen has become one of its most important features in recent years.
Hard Rock Cafe
In the centre of Amsterdam you will find great American classic dining and a museum’s worth of rock memorabilia at Hard Rock Cafe. The waterside bar and specialty cocktails are not to be missed, but it’s also a great place for delicious appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and mouth-watering desserts.
Caffe Ristretto is located on the top floor of Magna Plaza Shopping Centre. The café offers a great view at the inside of the monumental building. Besides many coffee specialties they serve a great variety of lunch dishes such as sandwiches, soups, salads and noodles.
Proeflokaal De Admiraal
'De Admiraal' is one of the most beautiful, authentic decorated tastingrooms of Amsterdam. You will be surrounded by distillery kettles, old distillery tools and wooden casks. 'De Admiraal' is a nice place to have a quiet drink or a proper meal with special wines from the winelist. You may order a special liquor- or genever-tasting for friends or business-relations starting from 10 people.
Proeflokaal De Drie Fleschjes
At the base of the New Church is distiller Bootz’s samplinghouse 'De Drie Fleschjes’ (1650). The assortment comprises 21 different liqueurs and 5 brands of Dutch genever, amongst which the famous corenwijn. The interior with the characteristic wall of vats and the sand on the wooden floor is authentic.
‘t Blauwe Theehuis
In the centre of the 19th century Vondelpark is a building that looks something like a flying saucer. Café 't Blauwe Theehuis (Blue Tea House) is built like three rings on top of each other. This unusual construction and the large surrounding terrace (700 places) attracts hoards of creative Amsterdam residents at the first ray of sunshine. You can even enjoy yourself here in the winter because of the outdoor electric heaters. On Sundays, deejays spin laidback music.
The ultra cosmopolitan Momo is in the Park Hotel not far from the Leidseplein. The concept has been very well researched and the best cooks (Hakassan, Londen!) have been brought in from all over the world. There is a lounge area to enjoy cocktails and the restaurant serves great pan-Asian dishes. This corner building with enormously high windows has been decorated in such a way that Amsterdam’s incrowd and visiting international beauties don’t look out of place.