Café Nobuya Amsterdam


Café Nobuya Amsterdam: your destination for mochi donuts

24 January 2024
Photo credit: © © Café Nobuya, @cafe.nobuya

Good news for all sweet tooths: Amsterdam has its own mochi donut cafe! At Café Nobuya Amsterdam, you can enjoy this delicious delicacy and juicy sandwiches that are just as good as those at the famous Chun. The only difference? At Chun, you stand in the (TikTok) queue for hours; at Nobuya, there is often room (for now).

Café Nobuya is the hidden gem of Amsterdam

Honestly, we expect it won’t be long before Nobuya has the same kind of TikTok rows as Chun in the Nine Streets. Nobuya is not far away, in the Herenstraat in Amsterdam-Centrum. Nobuya, however, is a lot less noticeable because she is somewhat hidden behind a vast plant that adorns the facade of the business. So be sharp when looking for this spot.

Once you have found Nobuya, you enter an oasis of peace. The interior is clean, minimalist and cozy. The light wood matches the long space, which has a small corner at the rear that opens onto a mini garden, one of many in the city center of Amsterdam. The large table at the back of the business provides a homely setting.

Café Nobuya Amsterdam

© Café Nobuya, @cafe.nobuya

Menu Nobuya

Before you’ve been to Nobuya, you might be wondering: what is a mochi donut? And do I need this? The answer to the second question is short but sweet: yes. The answer to the first question is a little more complicated. A light texture characterizes a ‘normal’ donut and is sometimes even a bit soggy. On the other hand, a mochi donut is compact and firm, without being sticky – a turn-off for many with mochi, but that does not apply to these special donuts. While mochi has its origins in Japan – the snack was introduced hundreds of years ago as a chic delicacy that was made and eaten in the first days of the new year – mochi donuts originate from Hawaii >. In 1992, Charmaine Ocasek mixed the classic donut and mochi recipes into one, reportedly creating the new classic.

Not a fan of sweets? Then you have also come to the right place at Nobuya. Their menu has more goodies than just the famous mochi donuts. Their sandwiches are gaining popularity. They serve their tastiest specimens with oyster mushrooms, egg kimchi, or Japanese beef. As far as we are concerned, you can skip those long lines at other popular establishments and join Café Nobuya. You do that for a mochi donut, sandwich, bubble tea, or simple coffee – or just all of them, while you’re there.

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Café Nobuya Amsterdam

© Café Nobuya, @cafe.nobuya

Café Nobuya Amsterdam

© Café Nobuya, @cafe.nobuya


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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Café Nobuya

Herenstraat 28D

Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Center)
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