The Best Cafés and Coffee Houses in Utrecht

Utrecht's iconic Dom Tower | © E. Dronkert / Flickr
Utrecht's iconic Dom Tower | © E. Dronkert / Flickr
Photo of Tom Coggins
31 July 2017

Thanks to the many specialised coffee bars and cafés in the city finding a perfect cup of java is rarely difficult whilst in Utrecht. Besides offering perfectly balanced flat whites, espressos and aero presses, most of these establishments are located inside or nearby centuries-old buildings associated with Utrecht’s long history.

Blackbird Coffee & Vintage

Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Pub Grub, Dutch, $$$
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Blackbird coffee & vintage
Blackbird coffee & vintage | © Blackbird Coffee & Vintage

This homely coffee bar on Oudegracht canal moonlights as a vintage bike dealer and always has a rather impressive collection of old-school two-wheelers mounted on its walls. The entire café is decked out in charming mid-century furniture that’s remarkably comfortable considering its age. There’re several espresso blends available inside as well as slow-pressed juices and snacks.

Kunst en Eerlijke Koffie (KEEK)

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Dutch, Pastries, $$$
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Known as KEEK for short, Kunst en Eerlijke Koffie is located on a small street behind Oudegracht canal and lies roughly 100 meters away from the city’s Centraal Museum. Besides serving excellent coffee, KEEK offers lunchtime meals such as fresh quiches, pies and soup. KEEK also runs another nearby takeout establishment called de Keuken van KEEK that sells an even larger selection of delicious pastries.

Cornelis, Coffee Food and A Room

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dutch, Coffee, $$$
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Cornelis Koffietentje
Cornelis Koffietentje | © Cornelis coffee, food and a room

This double-roomed establishment has devoted its floorplan to two separate yet unified projects, namely an excellent café that serves finely roasted coffee and a single suite hotel that allows guests to experience living inside a typical lofty townhouse in Utrecht. There’s plenty of delicious fare to chow down inside Cornelis’ café as well as a wide variety of hot and cold drinks.

The Village Coffee And Music

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Dutch, Pub Grub, $$$
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Since opening in 2011 the Village Coffee and Music has amassed a considerable following among coffee lovers in Utrecht and beyond. The coffee house regularly organises live gigs throughout the month and frequently collaborates with other music-orientated ventures like LeGuessWho? festival.


Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Dutch, $$$
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As 30ml actually roasts all of its own coffee beans on site its brews are always ridiculous fresh and delicious. It has a reasonably large seating area inside and a small terrace just outside its entrance. Whilst it is certainly worth sampling one of 30ml’s coffees while visiting the roasters, it is also possible to purchase their beans by the bag-full for home brewing.

Talud9 Coffee & Wine

Bar, Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee, Dutch, $$$
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Talud9 | © Talud9 stocks dozens of bottle of wine

By combining together all the charms of a coffee house and wine bar, the team behind Talud9 has created one of the most unique hangouts in the entire city. There’s over 50 bottles of wine available inside as well as numerous coffee blends that are produced by a nearby roaster called Boot Koffie. Talud9 is housed inside a particularly noteworthy building that was once owned by a local bishop named Adrianus who eventually became the first and only Dutch pope.

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