At these 10 wonderful locations, you’ll find the best reading tables in Amsterdam

29 February 2024

What could be more delightful than a relaxing morning with good coffee, fresh croissants, the morning paper, and being served at your beck and call? You guessed it: our favourite moment of the week happens outside the door. To be precise, it happens at one of the reading tables in the establishments below. Discover Amsterdam’s best reading tables below.

These are the 10 best reading tables in Amsterdam

A slow morning after a hectic workweek, or perhaps a calm start to break up the week? You’ll find just what you need at the restaurants, cafes, and coffee bars below. These are the best reading tables in Amsterdam.

De Ysbreeker

The Ysbreeker is a cosy establishment by the Amstel River, best known for its large terrace. Those who visit the Ysbreeker in winter also know there’s more to it than just the famous drinks by the water: the enormous reading table alone makes this place worth visiting.
Weesperzijde 23, Amsterdam,

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© De Ysbreeker, @deysbreeker

Café de Jaren

As the name suggests, Café de Jaren has been around for years and is known for its large reading table. That reading table isn’t just a hit in the morning; you can also enjoy newspapers and magazines with a glass of wine in hand in the afternoon.
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, Amsterdam,

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© Cafe de Jaren, @cafedejaren

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Back to Black

Few coffee shops take coffee as seriously as Back to Black on Weteringstraat and Van Hallstraat. That’s a good thing and it provides a kickstart to the morning. The cosy atmosphere makes it a place you’ll come back to time and time again.
Weteringstraat 48, en Van Hallstraat 268, Amsterdam,

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© Back to Black, @backtoblackcoffee


Toki may not have a traditional reading table, but it’s bursting with newspapers, good (indie!) magazines, and a large communal table. Add to that the relaxed atmosphere and the best coffee in Amsterdam, and you have plenty of reasons to include Toki in the list of the best reading tables in Amsterdam.
Binnen Dommersstraat 15, Amsterdam,

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© Toki, @toki.times

De Plantage

In Amsterdam East, right next to Artis, you’ll find the Plantage – a renowned spot in Amsterdam. Visitors to Artis often relax here after their visit, but it’s also popular among those seeking a peaceful start to the day.
Plantage Kerklaan 36, Amsterdam,

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© De Plantage, @deplantage

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De Koffiesalon

The Koffiesalon (multiple locations) is one of those places that’s just consistently good. The coffee is strong, the atmosphere cosy, and you know what to expect. Not too much fuss, just enjoying Saturday morning at the reading table with the latest newspapers and magazines.
Utrechtsestraat 130, Amsterdam,

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© Koffiesalon, @koffiesalon

Coffee Company

Perhaps a no-brainer, but you’ll find an extensive reading table at most Coffee Company locations in the city. On weekends, you can settle in with a big cup of coffee, the morning papers, and locals from the neighbourhood. Our favourite locations? Those are the ones on Rijnstraat, Ferdinand Bolstraat, Plantage Muidergracht, and Haarlemmerdijk.
Meerdere vestigingen door de stad,

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© Coffee Company, @coffeecompany

Café Wildschut

Café Wildschut is always a reliable option because this place hardly ever changes. The coffee remains the same, the menu includes the classics you’re used to, and the reading table has everything your heart desires. It is ideal for a slow morning in the Old South.
Roelof Hartplein 1, Amsterdam,

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© Wildschut, @cafewildschut

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Bar Bouwmeester

In the Rivierenbuurt, you’ll find Bar Bouwmeester – a cosy neighbourhood café where much of the morning unfolds around the reading table. Additionally, it’s the perfect spot for a hearty breakfast or brunch.
Rijnstraat 36, Amsterdam,

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© Bar Bouwmeester, @barbouwmeester

De Uitsmijter

At De Uitsmijter, they’re not just skilled with fried eggs – they’re equally renowned for their other breakfast options and great coffee. So, the corner of Niersstraat and Europaplein is the perfect spot for a morning at the reading table.
Europaplein 71, Amsterdam,

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© De Uitsmijter, @deuitsmijter

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
The Upside Down
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
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 several locations in Amsterdam.

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

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