A Self Guided Mini Coffee Tour of Amsterdam

To be honest it’s hard to believe that I’m writing this photo blog right now. Before I get too dramatic, it’s just that I didn’t think that I’d be travelling abroad this year. I’ve been aggressively saving money (it sounds funny but it is true… I’ve been such a stingy poo with my money this year) since I started my new job. I’ve been saving for my future, to give me the best opportunity to go and achieve my ultimate dream of having a photography cafe one day. Anyway, when a bunch of my mates asked if I wanted to head to Amsterdam for a few days I looked at the bank account and said: “screw it, why not?!” (didn’t take much convincing).

So, we headed for Amsterdam. Enda does not go to a city without checking out their coffee scene and jaysus Amsterdam has some scene! So let me recommend some for you if you’re thinking of heading over to that part of the world. Now, I have to say most of the time I was drinking filter coffees in each of the cafes, dis because Enda LOVES FILTER coffee! For those who don’t know, filter coffee is coffee that is roasted a little lighter than espresso coffee, it is also ground a little coarser than espresso coffee. In general what happens is that you pour the coffee over a filter and then slowly pour water over the coffee. Over several minutes the water reacts with the coffee releasing all the chemicals and gases in the ground coffee to eventually give you a drink that is really complex in flavour and profile. Sometimes it feels like you’re drinking juice! It’s great, try it next time, you’ll be surprised!

Anyway, let’s get to the cafes!

First stop, Coffee Company:

Instagram: Coffee Company

These dudes know how to do a filter, so much so that I had one filter and then two more after that! So, so tasty! They had a delicious Colombian, Kenyan and Ethiopian on that day! The interior is really nice and open and simple. If you’re a freelancer, it is definitely a place where you can come and bash out a few hours of work on their slick tables, while guzzling litre after litre of coffee! Honestly, if I lived here, that is exactly what I’d do!


My First filter was Colombian and so goooood!


So good that I had two more filters!


Second Stop: The Scandinavian Embassy:

Instagram: Scandinavian Embassy

If you know anything about the infamous hygge feeling that is promoted in Denmark, then you need to head to this place! It is bursting with hygge. It’s a very cosy, simple, minimalist, warm little cafe. This is exactly the spot that you want to head to if you want to chill out for the afternoon in a snug corner reading your book. They serve delicious Koppi coffee and on this particular day, it was a beautiful Costa Rican coffee. They also sell the freshest pastries in Amsterdam!


My Costa Rican Koppi coffee!

Third Stop, Naked Espresso:

Instagram: Naked Espresso

This is the kind of cafe that you would go to if you want really good coffee; quick fast and on the go. They are situated in the heart of Amsterdam. They are really convenient and they sell a killer batch brew. If you do have time to stay you can grab a treat for on the run!


Fourth stop: Cloud Cafe:

Instagram: Cloud Cafe

This cafe is a really cool concept. It’s an art gallery as well as a cafe. You can enjoy your sweet coffee while also admiring the art that is hung all around the walls! This is exactly how I’d have my cafe one day! Showcasing photo stories and other artists from around the city while allowing the public to learn about the world around them! One day!



Some other cafes that rock it with their interior and coffee and food selection:


The one thing that is similar with all these cafes in Amsterdam is that they all look freakin’ amazing! Sweet and stylish interior designs and lushes furniture. This city has so much style! It’s given me a lot of inspiration for what I’d like my cafe to look like one day. If you aren’t gonna find yourself in Amsterdam soon, have no fear your boi Enda has got you covered with his ‘Self Guided Mini Coffee Tour of Dublin‘! Now, these cafes I can vouch for! They are gooood. Go check it out and keep guzzling that coffee litre after litre, I’ll be right there next to you drowning in the stuff! Ok, till next time!





Published by endatheroad

Born in Galway, Ireland, but raised all over the world thanks to the incredible work that my parents have done with the United Nations and many other NGOs. I want to capture the true beauty of the world and the good people of it that strive to make it a better place for all of us. I believe that only through education and awareness can we really appreciate each other and the world around us. I believe that photography is the right medium to achieve this.

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