I can tell you, Amsterdam is amazing, but it does have one or two little problems. First: everything is so beautiful and curated that you might have difficulties in finding something authentic. The second is related to the first: Amsterdammers are great in marketing, which, again, doesn’t help the overall experience if what you’re seeking is something real. Finding a great neighbourhood cafe is, therefore, not an easy endeavour. But then, there are places like Latei (and websites like Spotted by Locals that will tell you where to find them).
Cafe Latei is located at the Zeedijk, in the heart of the touristy centre, tucked between souvenir shops, Chinese restaurants and waffle and ice-cream places. In there, there’s local organic food – affordable! -, good coffee, vintage goods. Everything you find inside is for sale, except for the cat. The place is unlike any other in the city: colourful, and full of stuff. It is usually full of people as well: the old man reading the newspaper, the student getting ready for their exam, the tourist who has found the place by chance and decided to stop for a coffee. The awesomeness is in the mix, and, of course, in the unexpected trinkets you find yourself surrounded by.
Last but not least, the food is homemade, simple and delicious; try their hummus sandwich with eggplant, their freshly pressed juices, and the cheesecake. You’re welcome!