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Going out for coffee used to involve a cuppa, the newspaper and a biscuit in a traditional Dutch pub known as a ‘brown cafe’, where later in the day the bar serves a kopstootje (a glass of beer and a Dutch gin). That was once upon a time. Nowadays, the city is full of trendy, cosy coffee shops.

Toki –  The place to be in Amsterdam for coffee is Toki, a small, creative business on a previously forgotten corner in the Jordaan district. You can forget about ‘forgetting’: since the owner, Jeff, moved into the former gallery, it’s been a gathering place for hip Amsterdammers looking for somewhere to have a quiet chat, read a book or work in peace. And, of course, with excellent coffee at your fingertips. For a long time, all you could order with your coffee was a piece of homemade cake. These days, they also serve sandwiches, salads and even light evening meals.

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4850 – Another somewhat hidden address, this time in Amsterdam-Oost. 4850, named after the shop’s address on Camperstraat, opened as a wine bar, but soon became a popular place for coffee lovers. The serene business also belongs to one of the guys behind another favourite coffee location: Scandinavian Embassy. His partner worked in a Belgian Michelin-starred business for many years, and their dachshund Java provides entertainment while you wait. No coffee, but at 4850 exclusive champagne is served by the glass.

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Public Space – Cross the IJ river and head for Public Space in Amsterdam-Noord. On the ground floor of a new residential tower, you will find a business that seems to have been completely dipped into a pot of grey paint. But there’s no mess at all: large rugs, vintage leather chairs and plants were added to the decor. And whole areas of just nothing. Calm. The coffee is fantastic, as are the breakfast and lunch dishes.

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