It’s never been easier to find a cheap flight to mainland Europe and spend a long weekend in one of the continent’s cool and vibrant cities; from Berlin to Oslo, Copenhagen to Amsterdam. Indeed, in just an hour’s flight from London, you can be wandering the cobbled streets of the Dutch capital, sipping coffee beside canals, and exploring the many new concept stores and delicious eateries Amsterdam has to offer.
Gina Wong is one of our favourite foodies on Instagram; she has impeccable taste and is constantly drinking perfect flat whites in Cambridge or eating brunch at London’s most lusted-after cafes. When we saw she’d been travelling to some of our favourite European cities, we asked her to tell us about the places she discovered. So if you find yourself in Amsterdam for the weekend, make sure you check out Gina’s picks for coffee and food. I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
The clue is in the name of this coffee shop: Scandinavian Embassy is a cosy and minimalist café with a straightforward ethos of serving proper coffee, using beans roasted by Drop Coffee (an award-winning Swedish roastery). Enjoy your cup with homemade Swedish kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) straight from the oven.
CT coffee and coconuts
CT coffee and coconuts is housed within a former cinema, and unlike anywhere I’ve ever visited before. The coffee shop ranges over three floors, and has a laidback, friendly atmosphere: spread yourself across a sofa, or take a seat at one of the multiple sharing tables. Freelancers and students come armed with their laptops to drink coffee and enjoy the all-day brunch, which includes healthy options such as acai bowls and vegan pancakes.
Delicious, generous portions and brunch classics with an innovation spin can be found at this neighbourhood restaurant near Willemspark. Menu options range from eggs benedict served on a thick potato hash, to the courgette fritter: a deep skillet pan oozing with crispy zucchini and melted cheese. Everything at Dignita, from the minimalist interiors to the tempting cake selection and friendly service, is faultless.
Whether you’re in search of lunch, dinner, or something in between, Foodhallen is sure to satisfy your craving, and is a must-visit destination in Amsterdam. An indoor food market housed within a former tram depot, Foodhallen caters to every taste, with stalls serving a wide range of freshly-prepared fare: from delicious Mediterranean platters, and pizza by the slice, to Japanese poké and craft beer, there is something here for everyone.
Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters
Possibly the best coffee in Amsterdam can be found at this tiny coffee shop (a bold statement given the number of fantastic cafés across the city), which roasts its own beans in-house. Since opening in 2012, Lot Sixty One has earned itself a reputation as a pilgrimage café of sorts, serving up specialty coffee to its loyal legion of fans.
Bakers & Roasters
The queue outside Bakers & Roasters is testament to the delicious brunch served at this establishment all day, every day. After overcoming the first hurdle of getting a table, the second is selecting your meal from the extensive menu: choose between the berry pancakes or ‘veggie breakfast’ (eggs with sourdough, avocado, halloumi, and mushrooms), or visit for proper coffee, fresh juices, and homemade cakes.
From the exterior, Bocca Coffee appears fairly ordinary, but once inside, this industrial, airy space is dotted with plush furnishings, and does not fail to impress. Order your specialty coffee at the sleek ‘coffee bar’ and then take your seat: the café has a hushed atmosphere, perfect for solo coffee drinkers.
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