De Laatse Kruimel
This charming café is one of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets. Their menu is inspired by French and British baking with De Laatse Kruimel serving a wide variety of sweet and savory pastries. You can watch their bakers at work as you eat in their cozy dining room or pick up an apple pie and relax on De Laatse Kruimel’s canal side balcony. Takeout is also available, and, during lunchtime, legions of locals flock to De Laatse Kruimel to purchase their favorite quiches or pies.
Langebrugsteeg 4,+31 20 423 0499
Another local favorite, the walls of this café are covered in kitsch art and decor, many of which are on sale, and include handmade embroideries and vintage lampshades. Latei’s menu revolves around hearty soups and tasty cakes that are prepared daily by their staff. While the place is relatively small, it boasts a comfortable layout. The café’s sun bleached furniture complimenting its vintage vibe. Like many Dutch bars and restaurants, Latei is home to a cat, often seen slinking beneath the café’s tables and chairs.
Zeedijk 143, +31 20 625 7485
Café de Jaren
Café de Jaren, one of the largest restaurants in Amsterdam, is spread over two spacious floors. Its lower dining room leads onto an enormous canal side terrace where food and drinks are served into the late evening. The restaurant offers several types of fruit pie and for only fifty cents more, de Jaren will serve your apple tart with a dollop of thick Dutch whipped cream.
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20,+31 20 625 5771
De Koffieschenkerij, hidden within the red light district, is part of one the oldest churches in Amsterdam, de Oude Kerk. The cafe was build inside of the church’s scarcity, a place where priests kept their religious garments and other valuable items. Its high ceilings are lined with ancient wooden beams that date back to the 1500s, and visitors enter the church through a side door behind the café’s bar. Guests can enjoy coffee and cake in the café’s main dining room or venture upstairs to a more intimate attic space overlooking the café’s garden.
Situated in the heart of Amsterdam’s trendy de Jordaan district, Winkel 43 is well loved by the locals for its traditional apple pie. This crumbly delight served with a generous helping of cream can be bought as a dessert or alongside a frothy cappuccino during lunchtime. Winkel 43’s menu also offers other traditional Dutch snacks, including ossenworst and warming winter stews.
Noordermarkt 43, +31 20 623 0223
Rum Baba, located in the east of Amsterdam, is devoted to coffee and the café roasts its own beans. Their espresso blend is particularly delicious, and the coffee’s full-bodied flavor can be enjoyed with a slice of Rum Baba’s homemade apple pie. Recently, the café opened a nearby bakery and roasters that sells its famous blends and cakes, fresh from the oven.
Pretoriusstraat 33, +31 20 846 9498
Betty Blue is a cozy brunch restaurant tucked inside of Amsterdam’s bustling Nieuwmarkt. Every day their team of dedicated cooks bake a selection of homemade pastries, including red velvet cake, and a delicious apple pie. Their dining room is decorated in vintage furniture, and the restaurant’s terrace is a perfect place to watch the world go by as you sip on a creamy latte.
Snoekjessteeg 1-3, +31 20 810 0924
No list would be complete without mentioning this cornerstone of Dutch cuisine. Hema stores can be found throughout Amsterdam and sell variety of distinctive, low cost products created by their team of in-house designers. Cakes and pies are available at most of the stores, and its apple pie is commonly shared among friends at dinner parties. Slices or entire cakes can be bought from the store, alongside Hema’s famous softijs.
Jodenbreestraat 11 and many other locations throughout Amsterdam