When it is rainy, icy or blustery out there is nothing better than sipping a drink while sitting in a cozy, gezellige bruincafe in Amsterdam with friends. Here are a few of our favorite hideouts.
A sleeping cat, flickering candles and a comfortable relaxed atmosphere makes many Amsterdam cafes super gezellig. Come check out some of our favorite cozy cafes.
TOP 10 COZY BARS IN AMSTERDAM
A friendly bar on one of the nicest corners in the Jordaan, Cafe Tabac is a cozy respite from the cold weather outside. Serving up the usual beers and wines, Tabac also has a yummy food menu including spicy curries that will warm up your tummy.
Brouwersgracht 101, Amsterdam
Known for their awesome nachos, Harlem has a great vibe in the summer or winter. Squeeze inside and sip a beer while watching bicycles go by on Haarlemmerstraat. The Haarlemmerbuurt is one of the coziest in town, so be sure to check out the many shops and restaurants in the area.
Haarlemmerstraat 77, Amsterdam
Hidden away in a tiny alley in the heart of the city, Zeppos is a great place to come for dinner or drinks. To get there you’ll walk through a tunnel passageway called Gebed Zonder End or “prayer without end”. Zeppos often has live music too.
Gebed Zonder End 5, Amsterdam
Cafe De Tuin
Any night of the week is a good night at Cafe de Tuin in de Jordaan. An excellent beer selection and classic bruincafe ambiance makes this bar a favorite. Try the Floreffe on tap, a tasty Belgian that is not too sweet. This is a great spot to stop before or after a delicious pizza at La Perla.
Cafe de Tuin
Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 13, Amsterdam
Cafe Brecht is a wonderful spot to escape the cold weather outside. Kick back on their floral sofas and play board games with a few friends. Homemade gluhwine and tasty piadine will chase the chill away.
Weteringschans 157, Amsterdam
Cafe de Sluyswacht
The upstairs window seats at Sluyswacht have one of the best views in the city. On a nice day their terrace is a great place to sit and watch traffic go by but in wintertime get cozy with a Belgian beer or a hot cocoa and look out over the Oudeschans. Stop by Rembrandthuis Museum across the street for a bit of culture and history while you are at it.
There are 4 Gollem locations in Amsterdam and all of them are cozy. The tiny original location in the city center is probably the coziest, but we also like the friendly relaxed atmosphere of the one in de Pijp. Come here to enjoy a wide range of Belgian beers. And if it is craft beer you are after, be sure to visit some of our other favorite beer bars and breweries in Amsterdam.
Cafe de Huyschkaemer
The large windows at this small bar provide a view out onto Utrechtsestraat where you can watch people walking by with their umbrellas while you stay warm and dry. A seat upstairs is the coziest. They have terrific sandwiches too. Don’t forget to check out the photo of the naked football team on the wall, a favorite of the ladies!
Utrechtsestraat 137, Amsterdam
Another charming and historic cafe with great ambiance and lovely canal views in the Jordaan is Cafe Papeneiland. Stop by on a rainy day for some fresh appeltaart and warm koffie verkeerd, or come by in the evening for a few beers and gezelligheid. During the Saturday Noordermarkt or Monday Lapjesmarkt this cafe can get crowded, but that might make it even cozy.
Prinsengracht 2, Amsterdam
If you are in the mood for wine, one of the coziest spots is definitely Wijnbar diVino in the Jordaan. Go for just a few glasses and charcuterie or relax the whole evening with lovely Italian food that will warm you up while it’s cold outside. It’s a great cozy Amsterdam bar in the coziest Amsterdam neighborhood.
Boomstraat 41A, Amsterdam
‘t Gasthuys is a typical Amsterdam “kroeg” right in the center of the city. When it is really cold out, a big cheeseburger is the perfect meal and ‘t Gasthuys makes a good one with fries on the side. Chase the burger with a seasonal Bock beer from the tap. Don’t forget to pet the cute kitty if you see him. A cozy Amsterdam bar isn’t complete without a purring cat.
Grimburgwal 7, Amsterdam
WHAT TO DO IN AMSTERDAM IN WINTER
Wintertime is a terrific season to be in Amsterdam. Be sure to check out the holiday lights and the Amsterdam Light Festival. Go ice skating at one of the local squares. Check our agenda too for information about what is on in town!
Curious about Amsterdam weather in wintertime? Amsterdam is wonderful all year round but some months are rainier and colder than others. Enjoy and stay warm!