Top ChoiceBrown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

In ʼt Aepjen

Candles burn even during the day in this 15th-century building – one of two remaining wooden buildings in the city – which has been a tavern since 1519. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was an inn for sailors...

Top ChoiceBrown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

't Smalle

't Smalle

Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, this locals' favourite is one of Amsterdam's...

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Amsterdam Roest

This is one of those 'only in Amsterdam' places, and well worth the trip. Once-derelict shipyards now host this epically cool artist collective–bar-restaurant, with a canal-side terrace, mammoth playground of...

Top ChoiceBar in Amsterdam Noord

Pllek

Pllek

Uber-cool Pllek is a Noord magnet, with hip things of all ages streaming over to hang out in its interior made of old shipping containers and, when the weather allows, lounge on its artificial sandy beach. It's a...

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Distilleerderij 't Nieuwe Diep

Appearing out of the woods like a Hansel and Gretel cottage, the quaint architecture and rural setting of this old pumping station are enchanting and it feels like you've escaped to a magical countryside retreat,...

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Brouwerij Troost

Watch beer being brewed in copper vats behind a glass wall at this outstanding craft brewery. Its dozen beers include a summery blonde, a smoked porter, a strong tripel and a deep-red Imperial IPA; it also...

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Café de Ceuvel

Café de Ceuvel

Tucked in a former shipyard and designed by architect Wouter Valkenier, built from recycled materials and with a focus on sustainability, this waterside spot is built out onto an island. With drinks including...

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Wynand Fockink

Dating from 1679, this small tasting house in an arcade behind NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky serves scores of jenevers (Dutch gins) and liqueurs. Although there's no seating, it's an intimate place to knock back a...

Top ChoiceBrown Cafe in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

De Ysbreeker

This gloriously historic but updated bruin café (traditional Dutch pub) first opened its doors in 1702. It's named after an icebreaker that used to dock in front to break the ice on the river during the winter...

Top ChoiceBrewery in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Brouwerij 't IJ

Can you get more Dutch than drinking a craft beer beneath the creaking sails of the 1725-built De Gooyer Windmill? Amsterdam's leading microbrewery makes delicious standard, seasonal and limited-edition brews;...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Vondelpark & the South

Labyrinth

Mixologist Sam Kingue Ebelle concocts impressively inventive cocktails (€10.50 to €13) at this moody bar on Amstelveenseweg. For theatrical drama, try the Full Severity of Compassion (rye whisky, spiced rum,...

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Hannekes Boom

Reachable via a couple of pedestrian/bike bridges from the NEMO Science Museum, this cool, laid-back waterside cafe is built from recycled materials and has a fantastic leafy beer garden. Join the arty crowd...

Top ChoiceBar in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

Canvas

Zoom up to the Volkshotel's 7th-floor bar for some of the best views in town, either through its large windows or on the open terrace. A creative-folk and hipster magnet, there are few better places for a drink...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Vondelpark & the South

Lot Sixty One

Look downstairs to the open cellar to see (and, better still, smell) fresh coffee beans being roasted on the Probat at this streetwise spot. Beans are sourced through distributors from individual ecofriendly...

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Rosalia's Menagerie

Named after the owner’s grandmother, this charming bar in the canal-side boutique hotel, Misc EatDrinkSleep, feels like your grandma’s living room with its rich floral wallpaper, knick-knacks and baroque...

Top ChoiceBrown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Hoppe

Hoppe

An Amsterdam institution, Hoppe has been filling glasses since 1670. Barflies and raconteurs toss back brews amid the ancient wood panelling of the bruin café (brown cafe) at No 18 and the more modern,...

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Brouwerij Troost Westergas

Troost's cavernous, industrial Westergasfabriek space is punctuated by big silver tanks cooking up saison, blond ale and smoked porter varieties. The brewery also uses the tanks to distil its own gin, and makes...

Top ChoiceBar in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Cut Throat

Beneath 1930s arched brick ceilings, Cut Throat ingeniously combines a men's barbering service (book ahead) with a happening bar serving international craft beers, cocktails including infused G&Ts (such as...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Tales & Spirits

Chandeliers glitter beneath wooden beams at Tales & Spirits, which creates its own house infusions, syrups and vinegar-based shrubs. Cocktails such as Any Port in a Storm (Porter's gin, Sailor Jerry spiced...

Top ChoiceDistillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Drie Fleschjes

A treasure dating from 1650, with a wall of barrels made by master shipbuilders, the tasting room of distiller Bootz specialises in liqueurs, including its signature almond-flavoured bitterkoekje (Dutch-style...