The Hangout: Summer Edition (Part 2-Finished)

My office is situated between the Center district and Oud-West district and in this area there are many cool coffee hangouts. Though we have sleek and fancy coffee machines in the office (yes we have super fancy ones! also using good quality coffee beans) I still like to get my coffee elsewhere 🙂 sometimes.

This time I am going to wrap up the Hangout – Coffee edition, and I will put posts about coffee hangouts later more sporadically..so you will not get bored 🙂 because trust me, there are still a bunch of coffee hangouts in this city so I still have plenty materials to share! This time I will write about 2 different places.

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The Hangout: Summer Edition (Part 1)

It is Summer peeps!! we are blessed with the abundance of sun and great weather this summer. To celebrate that, let’s enjoy the sun and roll to nice places outside of the center of Amsterdam. I honestly dislike Amsterdam in the summer. It is crowded with tourists and they drive me crazy! They walk in fietspad, they cycle like idiots, and they stop whenever they want and take pictures in the middle of the streets…arrggh! so frustrating. This modest review has been sitting in my draft folder for ages..so, there you go. Happy reading 🙂

Thus, I’ve chosen a place outside the city center to have some peaceful moments. I am a fan of non-pretentious places with relax ambiance and nice music. There are not so many hangout places in Amsterdam that offer live music. So whenever there’s one offers all aforementioned things, I am game. If you read my post this one then this place I am going to write about is located in the same area with the flea market. The venue called Pllek and it is a really cool one, it is situated by the water and it has occasionally live music from new (indie) bands/artists. Pllek is a new creative hang-out at the NDSM wharf with a fantastic view over Het IJ. The place consists of industrial raw materials with old shipping containers piled up as the main building blocks.

I ordered one cup of Doppio (double espresso, 3 euro something) and a glass of water on the side, to numb the pain in my shoulder (yes I was still suffering from it and taking medication) ! we brought books and J did not forget to take two towels so we could lay on it and chilled out. The coffee itself was okay, though it was pretty mild for my taste (yes, I like strong taste) I was not sure what kind of coffee beans the barista used but it was a fair trade product, and I was happy.

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We enjoyed the warm weather very much, the sunbeams fell on our faces while we were  reading our books … so lovely.

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The Hangout: May

I am a bit late posting this due to the bad weather, laziness, other priorities when the sun finally came. So, last week I finally got the time to go to the “place” and took some snapshots.

This time I am going to write about a coffee bar in one of little cute streets in Negen Straatjes (Nine Alleys). The bar is situated on Reestraat 21, Amsterdam. 9 Straatjes is an up-scale neighborhood in one of the districts in Amsterdam, called De Jordaan. It is definitely a tourist magnet, populated with quirky expensive little shops and cozy and hip cafes, made this spot an interesting place to go to during your stay in Amsterdam. I “found” this coffee bar a couple of months ago when I came to a shoe store a block away to exchange boots I purchased.

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The Hangout: April

I thought a few days ago that I’d like to add a new category in this blog, to make it more fun to read and also to give you more info about the Dam and what this city has to offer. I have been thinking of random ideas, and I eventually choose a topic which I will enjoy so much to share it with you. I am a coffee enthusiast and I’ve attempted in describing it in a blog post a while back. You can check the story behind why I love drinking coffee, here.

I share my coffee experience with people who share the same interest; friends, colleagues and acquaintances..and I feel that I should write this information in my blog, so I am able to share it to a bigger public, and why not starting it right here right now. Amsterdam…This little city is a melting pot, an oasis of entertainment and hotspots! There’s always new hotspots in town so I decided to write a modest review which I am going to publish once a month. I will write about coffee shops/bars I like, or a (not so) newly opened coffee shop in town (Be aware: a coffee shop in Dutch means a place where you can buy and smoke some pots :p so in Dutch, a place where you can hang out and sip coffee is a koffiehuis) Perhaps it will be discontinued after a couple of months because in the future, I want to change it with another more interesting topics. For now, I hope you like it.

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