The unknown corners of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its infamous coffee shops, cafes where one can legally buy and use cannabis. The Dutch capital is but one of the most beautiful European cities, where you can enjoy your coffee neat, without accompaniment marijuana, at some of the pioneering and inspiring, contemporary styles joints. The experience of “I drink my coffee” is transferred to another level, and mixed with the fashion trends, the arts and history. See below three cafeterias you should not miss if you’re ever find yourself in Amsterdam.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Cafe

The center of the Dutch capital is undoubtedly very graphic and some of the neighborhoods, place the most interesting transformations like for example riparian areas northeast of the city center, that offers the necessary space for experimentation. The Lloyd Hotel built from shipping giant Royal Dutch Lloyd in the 1920’s, providing shelter to the immigrants who arrived in the city from the various colonies.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Cafe

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Cafe

For a time it served as a prison and then as a juvenile detention center. In the course and for a decade was the artists studios, until this historic building has been renovated and is now a hotel and very innovative cultural embassy. It is very bright and has high ceilings and a portion thereof comprises an art installation. The menu is both experimental, as befits a place like this, without borders on the absurd.

Koko Coffee and Design

The duo behind this idea has managed to combine two of their favorite hobby into a very modern space. The coffees offered from a Belgian company based in neighboring Antwerp. The cafeteria is still a small boutique with vintage and modern clothes and furniture from all over Europe. You can find furniture and leather sofas from Scandinavia, handmade shoes from Spain and clothes made from organic cotton, hemp and merino.

Koko Coffee and Design

Koko Coffee and Design

IJ Kantine

The labyrinthine center of the Dutch capital, seems to trap visitors to the internal, however if you dare to escape some of the limitations of you will not be disappointed. Behind the busy Centraal Station and after passing a sea of parked bicycles, board a boat (ferry 906) that takes you along the river IJ level and relatively free of tourists northern part of the city.

IJ Kantine

IJ Kantine

The store IJ Kantine located on the pier. The industrial architecture, with huge windows that stretch from floor to ceiling, offering panoramic views of the water and city beyond. The brasserie style setting, is set in two lofts at different levels, one of which has a fireplace, a perfect companion for cold winter days. The food is good and unpretentious. Drink your tea and admire the sunset over the harbor.

View more here: Hotel Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht.

By Nicole P.

Amsterdam photos: great_roe, Jason Scheltus, meghan.mcewen.

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