feel yourself at home at these neighbourhood pubs in amsterdam!
In large cities such as Amsterdam, they are even more important: the neighbourhood pubs. In every district you’ll find quite a few. It are these bars that give the city a village’ish feeling. You don’t go to these bars to work on the wifi or to have meetings. Merely to drink and chit chat. Don’t expect complicated barista cups of coffee, but just regular cup of coffee without the fuzz. Neighbourhood pubs are the places where you feel at home right away. Your second home, where you can go on your own whenever you like and always end up with talking to the person next to. That’s why we love neighbourhood pubs in Amsterdam! Want to find your home away from home? Check out these 16 x the best neighbourhood pubs in Amsterdam!
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>> the best neighbourhood pubs in amsterdam: east >>
Café Koosje: on the beautiful corner at Artis in the Plantage neighbourhood. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Magazines and newspapers are always waiting for you on the coffee table next to the cosy leather couch!
Bar Bukowski: named after the American writer and poet Charles Bukowski. And oddly enough you can taste that in Bukowski’s vibe. From breakfast to dinner, here you can sit and read all day and finish your newspaper with a good drink.
Walter Woodburry: another place in East where you can drop by for a good cup of coffee, freshly made orange juice, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Centrally located on the Java street!
>> THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PUBS IN AMSTERDAM: west >>
Hendrix: good music, good food, a very good terrace and a dark, warm vibe inside. At Hendrix on the Clercq you always get a warm welcome!
L’Affiche: a small pub without any fuzz on the cozy corner on the Jacob van Lennep street. The menu does’t have many options, but that makes the drinks even better ;-)
Golden Brown: Located on the Jan Pieter Heijestraat and therefore the perfect neighbourhood pub of the area. Residents of the street, expats and other visitors go here for the easy going vibe, the thai food and drinks.
>> THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PUBS IN AMSTERDAM: De pijp >>
Binnen Buiten: okay, this bar is located in one of the most fun areas of the city, but that’s not all that counts. It’s just one of those locations where you either start or finish your night, because Binnen Buiten is always on fire!
Lokaal De Pijp: when talking about very local pubs, then Lokaal De Pijp cannot be missed. Here they share the love for local goods: the beer, the meat and the vibe are straight from Amsterdam. And they have pub quizzes every now and then!
>> THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PUBS IN AMSTERDAM: city centre >>
Fonteyn: it’s hard not to stumble across the tourists on the Nieuwmarkt, but at Fonteyn these obstacles have suddenly disappeared. Here you’ll find a hodgepodge of different kind of visitors and always a cozy vibe.
Katoen: students, tourists and bar fanatics, at Katoen they all come together. In the morning you can go here, across Hotel L’Europe, for breakfast and in the afternoon for lunch or just drinks.
>> THE BEST NEIGHBOURHOOD PUBS IN AMSTERDAM: jordaan >>
Brandstof: not only do you find Brandstof at one of the busiest crossings in the city, Marnix/Rozengracht, but this pub is also situated on the edge of West & Jordaan. Therefore accessible to everyone and it shows.
Festina Lente: the owners of Festina Lente had one mission: to create a living room away from home. Well, mission accomplished. Coffee, drinks, affordable food and crazy parties every now and then.
Café Thijssen: students, business people, tourists and residents from the neighbourhood, it all comes together at Café Thijssen!
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THINGS TO DO:
⋙ 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!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ 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:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ 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
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ 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.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ 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.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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