In the Amsterdam autumn, winter (and spring!), you need a café where you sink into a sofa and stare into a fire. You need a place to get warm. You need to listen to the sounds of crackling wood and smell that wonderful smell. You need a Amsterdam café with a fireplace. To help you out, here are:
6 Amsterdam cafés with fireplaces
Take the ferry to Amsterdam North to NDSM, enjoy the wonderful sights along this 15-minute boat ride and walk to Pllek. Pllek is Amsterdam’s new ‘creative hang-out’, located along the water IJ and so has beautiful views. In summer it functions as a city beach, in winter you can hang out indoors and. There is a wonderful fireplace. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served with a focus on biological and organic food. There is live music after a morning yoga class on Sunday.
2. Het Groot Melkhuis
Walk into the Amsterdam Vondelpark and after about 20 minutes, just about the right time to get cold enough, you will find café Het Groot Melkhuis.
The Groot Melkhuis is located just passing the ‘Blue Teahouse’ and the open air theatre. The place has a large terrace and playground for childeren outside.
In summer months it’s really a place for families. The Grand Café part is open in winter time and this is where you can find the fireplace with the fire burning all day long. The food is simple: bread soup and cakes. For the kids: pancakes, poffertjes (small pancakes), grilled cheese sandwiches (‘tosti’), fries and ice cream.
Het Groot Melkhuis is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
3. Café De Wetering
In the centre of town, but a bit hidden and so easy to miss is Café De Wetering. De Wetering is an old brown bar styled café with a downstairs bar where the Dutch chat cosily with strangers and drink their Jenever (Dutch gin) to go with the plate of cheese blocks.
Upstairs is where the fire crackles nicely. Visitors are asked to keep it going. You can cude up with the bar cat on the leather sofa while you stare into the flames or join the locals for friendly chat.
4. The Tara
The Tara is a classic among long standing British expats because it’s really a traditional Irish pub. Near Dam Square, it’s located very centrally.
The Tara is quite large, with different rooms to get lost in and of course Chesterfield couches near the fire place. The chef serves up a rather decent pub meal. During football and rugby matches the Brits gather to cheer on the different teams. With pool/smokers room.
5. The Lobby
Many Amsterdam hotel lobbies have a fireplace, like the College Hotel and the Dylan Hotel, but the ambiance tends to be a bit stiff and the staff a bit cold at these places.
And where we look for a café with a fireplace, we look for warmth, right?
The Lobby is the bar/restaurant of Hotel V in Nes 49, a long dark alley famously lined with theatres off Dam Square. Obviously, the floating fireplace is traditionally surrounded by Chesterfield sofa’s.
But the best thing is the menu. On it are some very interesting comfort foods that you need in the Amsterdam winter, like wentelteefjes (the Dutch version of French toast), American pancakes and the reputed Flammkuchen, a pizza-like speciality from the Alsace region.
6. Pacific Parc
Alternatively, visit the Amsterdam Westerpark and walk to the Westergasfabriek where you can rest at Pacific Parc. All the large fire heats up the guests. Enjoy your breakfast, lunch or diner here. Weekends the dining area is set aside and a dj comes to spin records. Pacific Parc is a good Amsterdam pub to spend some hours in an Amsterdam winter.