With a major influx of international lifestyle bloggers and photographers laying tracks in the capital, Amsterdam’s restaurateurs have witnessed a shift in dining expectations. Tourists who once flocked to Amsterdam for its coffee shops and hash brownies, have migrated to new culinary outposts, focusing more acutely on bloggable interiors and boast-able brunches.

A smorgasbord of culinary delights, Amsterdam is sidestepping clichés of pancakes and waffles and embracing some nouveau novelties in the process – the city is now home to Europe’s first all-avocado restaurant. Serving up health-conscious fare and top-notch coffee, here are 10 noteworthy cafés to visit while in Amsterdam.

Sticky Fingers

An eco-patisserie with some serious Instagram weighting, Sticky Fingers is located in the Conscious Hotel. Whisperings of pink run through the café, with butcher tiles, fresh flowers and a vintage popcorn machine placed counter-side. Order a coffee to go or pull up a stool by the window and browse through one of the coffee table books on display. If you’re feeling peckish, banoffee pie and a pretzel make for an excellent, albeit unconventional, combination. All food is homemade and organic.

The Avocado Show

One of the city’s most blogged about spots serves up the green stuff against a backdrop of blush pink. As its name suggests, this café is all about avo, with the foodie staple running across the menu. Avocado pancakes, avo and eggs, breakfast bowls packed with every 20-something’s favoured superfruit, are just some of the delectables available. Chef Jaimie van Heije takes the ubiquitous avocado on toast to a new level with his pumpkin panache variation proving a standout choice. Catering to flexitarians, vegetarians, vegans and pescitarians, all avocados are sustainably and responsibly sourced. The front window is also emblazoned with avocados so you really can’t miss it.

  • +31 6306 33130
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  • Daniel Stalpertstraat 61,
    Amsterdam
    HS 1072 XB

Kanarie Club

A sunny café doused in its signature shade of canary yellow, the Kanarie Club epitomises playful yet structured Dutch design. Minimalist furnishings and exposed-brick walls compliment the wrought iron structures overhead. Upstairs, the pool bar (open every evening but only serving cocktails Friday and Saturday) centres on an drained, aquamarine-tiled swimming pool, complete with yellow velvet cushions fashioned as rubber rings. The menu is equally bold with standouts including baba ganoush focaccia and a kimchi burger. Opt for mini magnums and mocchi on ice for dessert.

Bar Botanique

Tucked on the corner of First Van Swindenstraa, you can’t beat breakfast at this cosy neighbourhood café. Order flaky croissants and eggs any style, plus the continental breakfast for those in need of fuel. A palette of pistachio and emerald complements the overhanging botany at Bar Botanique, which mixes comfort and opulence with ease. For a quick coffee, or something stronger, pull up a stool at the bar and clock the taxidermy stork overhead guarding the top-shelf stock.

  • +31 2035 86553
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  • Eerste Van Swindenstraat 581
    Amsterdam
    1093 LC

Little Collins

Aussie-Dutch owners come up with classic and inspired brunches at this no-frills, indoor-outdoor spot. For brunch, tuck into baked sweet potato waffles or crispy fritters, washed down with a sriracha-spiked bloody Mary. If favouring something sweeter, the desserts at here are dangerously good – choose from meringue, baklava, cherry pie or cheesecake. Closed Tuesdays.

  • +31 2067 32293
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  • 1e Sweelinckstraat 19F
    Amsterdam
    1073 CL

Buffet van Odette

Located right in the centre of Amsterdam’s most notable sights, Buffet van Odette offers light-yet-nourishing breakfasts and lunches, with lots of vegetable-based options meaning you can fill you up without overindulging. Sunny days call for a canal-facing table outside, with a well-stocked table of cheese plates and chilled white wine. On rainy days, cosy up inside the intimate restaurant and gorge on a heaping skillet of oysters.

Pluk

Located on one of the prettiest side-streets in Amsterdam, Pluk is one-part café, one-part home accessories store. Overflowing barrels of fruit welcome you as you enter – a nod to the store’s health-focused fare. Once inside, note an edit of homewares and craftworks on display to your left, with a greater selection available online.
If dining in, nab a seat on the second floor and watch the world pass you buy through the two-storey shop front window. The breakfast menu is extensive: acai and unicorn bowls, poke bowls, smashed avocado, banana pancakes, homemade cakes and a beverage called a Tony Chocoloney.

Vegabond

100% ecological, this canalside vegan mecca is a low-key, inviting retreat for weary travellers. Home to one of the best vegan doughnuts imaginable, the café also houses a small grocery, which offers vegan/organic/gluten-free/sugar-free items, for all your dietary needs.

Benji's

The star here is the breakfast (served all day), with beloved dishes like smashed avocado toast and an unbeatable homemade granola revamped for a local crowd. Balinese vibes with an urban feel see interiors dotted with hanging baskets and hotchpotch lighting, while an outdoor terrace covered in lilac wisteria is the optimum spot for sun basking. In bad weather, grab a pillow and snuggle up to Balto the dog – a permanent fixture in the café.

Sweet Cup

Tucked away on a quiet street in Amsterdam central is the coffee-centric, Sweet Cup. An understated escape away from the bustle of town, this homey micro-roaster accommodates a cosy 15-20 people (plus a Bassett hound named Sjef.) Order a cup of Joe and indulge in one of Lisa’s daily treats: homemade brownies, banana bread, cookies or croissants. Extra options crop up at the weekend.

  • +31 20 370 3783
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  • 93hs Lange Leidsedwarsstraatcentrum,
    Amsterdam
    NH 1017

Sticky Fingers

The Avocado Show

Kanarie Club

Bar Botanique

Little Collins

Buffet van Odette

Pluk

Vegabond

Benji's

Sweet Cup

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