In the heart of Amsterdam, there are “coffee shops” everywhere. Perfect if you’re hoping to sample some not-so-illegal substances here but not that helpful when you’re after a good cuppa like we are. The Dutch capital is beautiful, with sprawling alleys and circling canals. You’d walk a lot if you’re like us and soon need to rest your tired feet.
In the red light district along the Oudezijdsachterburgwal (Old Side Behind Bastion Wall), a long street running the length of the River Amstel, we discover KOKO Coffee & Design. Both a boutique and a café, KOKO may not seem like the first choice for a caffeine stop but looks can be deceiving.
KOKO is sparsely and tastefully decorated. There is selection of vintage and new designs from around Europe curated by owners Karlijn and Caroline. Comfortable leather sofas and framed pieces by young artists make the café feel like home – albeit a very special one.
The coffee is a wonderful surprise: my cappuccino was one of the best I’ve had in Amsterdam. The beans are roasted by Antwerp Caffènation, a formidable Belgian roaster. Add friendly owners and baristas to the mix, and this is a café after our own heart… and likely yours. Make this the coffee shop you visit in Amsterdam.
KOKO Coffee & Design是一家集咖啡和服裝于一體的咖啡館。
KOKO Coffee & Design
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145, 1012 DG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mon-Fri 9am-6:30pm / Sat-Sun 10am-6pm