bars and cafe

- Amsterdam -

10 x bars and cafés in Amsterdam to check out!

12 December 2014

10 x nice bars and cafes in Amsterdam to go for drinks

Where do you go, when you’re meeting friends for drinks? Although I sometimes just invite them to my house, I rather go out to a nice bar or cafe. Yourlbb has put together a list of the bars and cafes in Amsterdam you can go to for wines, beers and vodka. Or whatever you are having of course!

Bar Bukowski | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

This nice cafe on the corner of the Oosterpark is busy almost every night of the week. A good hotspot for wines and beers and in the weekend they also have a cocktail bar!
Click here for more info and photos of Bar Bukowski >>>.

Baut | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Baut is the first spot in Amsterdam East where you can go out for drinks at a bar if you don’t feel like clubbing. Also a nice bar because of the industrial interior!
Click here for more info and photos of Baut >>>.

Volt | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Volt is renewed! And now the best hotspot for drinks, dinner or a small bite at this side of the Ceintuurbaan.
Click here for more info and photos of Volt >>>.

De Biertuin | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Do you like to drink special beers? Then you should visit De Biertuin! Here you will find a long list of special beers, of which many come from a local brewery in Amsterdam.
Click here for more info and photos of De Biertuin >>>.

Cafe Vrijdag | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Looking for a bar or cafe in the Rivierenbuurt? Trendy grand Cafe Vrijdag might become your new favourite hotspot!
Click here for more info and photos of Cafe Vrijdag >>>.

Stadscafe van Mechelen | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

A Belgium style cafe at the Schinkelbuurt which is perfect to meet with friends for food and drinks. The industrial interior design is really cool!
Click here for more info and photos of Stadscafé van Mechelen >>>.

Cafe de Walvis | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

This cafe in the Spaarndammer neighbourhood is also a nice spot for drinks. You’ll find a fine mix of neighbours, hipsters and yuppies. And check out the graffiti on the walls!
Click here for more info and photos of Cafe de Walvis >>>.

Cafe Brecht | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

Cafe Brecht has a vibe of east Berlin! The cafe looks like a big living room, the one of your grand parents, with vintage furniture. Love it!
Click here for more info and photos of Cafe Brecht >>>.

De Ruyschkamer | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

This is another cafe with a east Berlin vibe. A nice hotspot in the east of Amsterdam for beers and bites.
Click here for more info and photos of De Ruyschkamer >>>.

Bar Mash | bars and cafés in Amsterdam

This bar at De Pijp is super small. And therefore so cosy! It’s a hipster hotspot serving good local beers and delicious bitterballs.
Click here for more info and photos of Bar Mash >>>

Do you miss a bar or cafe in this list? Let us know! We are always wondering what your favourite bar or cafe is in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

More hotspots in Amsterdam

Let’s get social

I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

Follow @yourlbb on Instagram

| PS: Traveling to Amsterdam with kids? My other website & is dedicated to family friendly travel. Check it out here >>


This article may contain affiliate / compensated links. For full information, please see our disclaimer here.

Anne de Buck

Travel Essentials

Click here for 3 more tips