Espressofabriek

This is an institution in the Amsterdam coffee scene. Located in Westergasfabriek in Westerpark,  the shop has high ceilings and great light. As mentioned in my other post about Westergasterras, the buildings in this former industrial complex have become hip places to hang out in Amsterdam West.

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You will be rewarded handsomely if you venture out of the centre to this great speciality coffee shop. The espresso is sublime and my preferred flat white is always perfectly prepared. This is a definate must visit if you are in Westerpark.

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White Label Coffee

White Label Coffee is a brand new coffee spot in Amsterdam West next to Mercatorplein. This neighbourhood  is filled with students, hipsters and young professionals. It’s amazing to see how this part of Amsterdam is beginning to transform with specialist boutiques, wonderful terrace cafes and pop-up shops.

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The shop itself showcases a wonderful minimalist design and a very innovative use of the high ceilings in the space.  When you enter, you need to climb up the wooden podium to the coffee counter and down to the other side for the seating area.  The coffee is amazing and you can see that the owners are passionate about coffee. I really enjoyed the Ethiopian brew they recommended to me.

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Trakteren

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In the last years, the city has exploded with so many artisan coffee spots. There are now amazing places in each neighbourhood to enjoy your favourite brew. You can see that the guys at Trakteren are passionate about coffee. My usual flat white is always perfectly made and they are very creative with the foam pics. The shop also sells wonderful chocolate, coffees and equipment for home use. My favourite chocolate is the catanias.. sinful milk chocolate truffels with almonds..mmm

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Bakers & Roasters

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Brunches in the city seem to be the sole preserve of expats e.g. Lovefood HQ, G’s and Little Collins.  Bakers & Roasters is a a relatively new addition to the brunch club. Run by a Brazilian-Kiwi couple, this place has become the go-to place to nurse a hangover on a Sunday and nourish yourself with a hearty brunch.

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They are known for excellent coffee and my favourite flat white was near perfect. The tempting cakes and scrumptious muffins are freshly baked.

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The menu is mouth watering and includes salads and delicious dishes like the Egg Royale and Kiwi Brekkie.

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