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An Insider’s Guide to De Pijp, Where Amsterdam’s Cool Kids Hang Out

by Siobhan Gunner

posted on January 17, 2019

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Itinerary Details

9 Places
53 Mins

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Housed inside a former cinema from the 1920s, CT Coffee & Coconuts takes the ever-so-stylish designs of all-day cafes to new heights (literally). The spacious interior is cleverly divided into multiple, awe-inspiring levels, each decorated in a palette of blonde wood, white, and grey. A rustic communal table takes center stage on the ground floor (located conveniently by the beachy coffee counter), while the upstairs areas are more intimate, with a mix of smaller tables, oversized bean bags, and cozy sofas. But you’re not just here to feast your eyes: pair your morning coffee with the “Full CT”, an assortment of the cafe’s best breakfast items (toast with scrambled eggs and avocado, granola, coconut pancakes, and fresh fruit).

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Scrambled eggs with avocado on sourdough, lavender latte, espresso, affogato, french toast with fruit and almonds

Walking Distance

0.45 Miles

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Now that you’re sated and caffeinated, you’ll be ready to wind your way through the crowds at Albert Cuyp Market. A short walk from your breakfast, this famous street market is where you’ll discover a diverse mix of stalls — more than 250 set up shop Monday-Saturday — selling everything from fruits and vegetables to clothes and cosmetics. You’re probably not hungry, but we dare you to dangle a raw herring above your head and eat it all in one go, just like the locals do.

Walking Distance

0.29 Miles

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After the hustle and bustle of the Albert Cuyp, walk to Scandinavian Embassy for a much more serene setting. This unassuming spot will transport you straight to Stockholm’s café scene with award-winning coffee and a dose of Scandinavian design. So yes, you can expect all the clichés of that style — exposed white brick, light wooden furnishings, and minimalist light fixtures — not that we’re complaining.

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Goat milk yoghurt with gluten-free muesli, El Limon, poached eggs over greens, bear sausage, carrot cake

Walking Distance

0.15 Miles

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While Albert Cuyp was all about cheap finds, de Pijp is also home to some of Amsterdam’s most luxurious boutiques, all in walking distance from one another. Start at Cottoncake, an all-white concept store offering up a curated range of chic women’s clothing, delicate accessories, and an ever-evolving fragrance collection. You’ll also find a small cafe tucked inside, with slices of tender cake on the menu.

Walking Distance

0.14 Miles

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No, this store doesn’t sell baskets or other domestic wares. Instead, you’ll find an exclusive range of streetwear and sneakers at Baskèts, including the latest Nike releases, ugly-cool dad sneakers, and a tight edit of Carhartt jackets and sweatshirts, all served up in a sleek storefront.

Walking Distance

0.03 Miles

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If you’re looking for a gift (even if it’s just for yourself), All the Luck in the World offers up a never-ending selection of dainty jewelry, vintage home goods, clothing, and accessories. The in-house line of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces draws inspiration from a number of themes, with names to match, including East (a nod to Asia) and Galaxy (crystal pendants in celestial shapes). This jam-packed store tempts with whimsical postcards, soaps, and notebooks; good luck walking out empty-handed.

Walking Distance

0.18 Miles

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After your shopping spree, it’s time to experience Amsterdam’s forward-thinking vegan dining. No one does it quite like Vegan Junk Food Bar, where loaded fries and towering veggie burgers attract plant-based eaters and meat lovers alike. The only dilemma you’ll face is choosing between the mouthwatering menu items, but the bitterballen are an absolute must. Just be sure to save room for dessert at your next stop.

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Notorious Sumo, Daddy Mc Chik'n, Loaded Kapsalon Freak Fries

Walking Distance

0.12 Miles

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Because no one has the time – or the patience – for two hour waits, skip the line at this brunch institution and head straight to its dessert counter. Bakers & Roasters bills itself as a New Zealand cafe with Brazilian influences, so in addition to a crowd-pleasing carrot cake, you’ll also find new-to-you regional baked goods. Try an Anzac biscuit (a chewy oat-and-coconut cookie popular in Australia and New Zealand), or the Lolly Cake, a log-shaped Kiwi dessert made with crushed malt biscuits, condensed milk, and Eskimos lollies (chewy fruit puffs), or, perhaps, one of each.

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Banana nut bread French toast, Kiwi breakfast, blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, matcha latte

Walking Distance

0.14 Miles

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And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: drinks (you are in a country that’s famous for its beer, after all). While throngs of tourists flock to the Heineken Experience, we’re sending you to De Tulp, a favorite amongst locals. A tropical paradise in the heart of de Pijp, this wildly-colorful spot boasts an eclectic beer list, including lesser-known brews like Mannenliefde (Dutch for bro love) and White Mamba (a Belgian-style Witbier). If beer isn’t your thing, the list of wine and soft drinks is just as impressive.

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White Mamba, Mannenliefde, Funky Falcon

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