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Festina Lente

#695 of 2,768 Restaurants in Amsterdam
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Neighborhood:
Jordaan
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40B Looiersgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 638 1412
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Thu 10:30 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 31
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  • 21
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Friendly place to get a drink

We stopped here after dinner hoping to find Chartreuse, our digestif of choice. The friendly bartender didn't have any, but he suggested 48, a sweet Spanish liqueur. Many of the patrons seemed to know each other, but we felt very welcome.

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 23, 2015
LOMOYO
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Osprey, Florida
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Osprey, Florida
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We stopped here after dinner hoping to find Chartreuse, our digestif of choice. The friendly bartender didn't have any, but he suggested 48, a sweet Spanish liqueur. Many of the patrons seemed to know each other, but we felt very welcome.

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Thank LOMOYO
Key West, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

wonderful local restaurant, great food and service. busy but relaxed atmosphere, helpful waiters delightful environment.

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Thank annabanana28
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I have been to this place several times. Its located on a canal so on a nice day you can sit outside and watch the boats and people go by. The food is simple, great and well priced. Its very cosy and I like it most on a rainy day! Would recommend a visit for good vibe and homely food.

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Thank Jeremy F
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This little bar/cafe is super cosy and quite special really for the atmosphere. The food is simple but nice. The place is usually full and it can be hard to find a place to squeeze in.

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Thank Castle800
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

Surprisingly good spicy toamto soup. Good cheese toasties. Flee market funiture lend a unique atmosphere but be careful not to lean back to much... They may not hold your weight... Service was on the slow side but very friendly. Prices were great.

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Thank ori k
Manchester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Friendly Bar/restaurant in the Jordaan district. Interesting menu and delicious food. This is a quirky little bar but well worth a visit.

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Thank MikeyD566
London, United Kingdom
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158 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We popped in here for lunch as it was a couple of doors away from an apartment we were renting for the weekend, and we were so pleased we did. It's quietly positioned in a very nice area of Amsterdam with picturesque views of the canals. We got an outside table on a very lovely day, which set the right... More 

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Thank Mateen N
London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We found this place in the Lonely Planet guide book and were not disappointed. The cafe has a great vibe and cool interior. The menu features sandwiches, soups and salads - we wanted everything we saw going to other tables and our own foods delicious! It also has a book case full of books for customers to read, and a... More 

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Thank v_h007
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Good place to have a light tapas style meal, with different types of Mediterranean inspired dishes. Lunch is amazing, the sandwiches are great, service is very sweet and helpful. Ambiance wise, music is fun, not too loud, and the different table and chairs make it very homely, like sitting in a friend's living room. outside in summer, if you are... More 

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Thank deFreuleA
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Festina Lente is not your averae Amsterdam café. It´s better. The atmosphere is nicer. Plus its cozy, homey and there´s an array of boardgames, if that has your fancy. The neighbourhood is cozy, too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40B Looiersgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Jordaan
  • Neighborhood: Jordaan
  • Phone Number: 020 638 1412
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
10:30 am - 1:00 am
Friday
10:30 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
10:30 am - 3:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Jordaan
One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll through this especially convivial warren of narrow streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and quality galleries. Historically a haven for the working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is better known as an enclave for artists and designers. As popular as the Jordaan is as a destination for locals and out-of-towners alike, the area never feels particularly touristy or overrun with outsiders. A highlight even for long-time Jordaan residents, be sure to accept any invitation to step within one of the area’s beloved courtyards or to have a sneak peek inside one of its many working studios.
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