Amsterdam's Best Grand Cafés

renowned grand-cafés in the city centre

All bars mentioned on this website are popular spots that are visited by locals and not mainly targeted at tourists

Most popular

luxembourg

Cafe Luxembourg

watching people from the 'parisien' terrace, elegant meeting place, international reading table

Centrum / Spui
cafeamericain

Café Americain  

art-deco style, frequently visited by artists, elegant terrace

Centrum / Leidseplein
hoekenrode

Hoekenrode  

spacious grand café & restaurant with large bar and outdoor terrace, can be busy on Friday

Zuidoost / Bijlmer Centrum

debalie

De Balie

cultural hot spot, large windows, accessible, terrace

Centrum / Leidseplein
cafedejaren

Café de Jaren  

spacious and light, nice terrace, mosaic floor, students

Centrum / Rembrandtplein
dekroon

De Kroon  

spacious grand cafe with nice window seats overlooking Rembrandtplein

Centrum / Rembrandtplein
eye

EYE bar-restaurant

the most stunning views imaginable of the IJ harbour and Amsterdam's Central Station

Noord / IJ Waterfront