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Festina Lente

#701 of 2,585 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Jordaan
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40B Looiersgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
020 638 1412
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Dining options: Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice Cafe in Jordaan

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We were aiming for another cafe in the same street, that had a decent review on this website. On closer approach with sun out and lack of outside seating, we crinkled our noses and walked past. At the next corner we fortunately discovered Festina Lente. Again, fabulous coffee that is ubiquitous in Amsterdam (and Italy ofcourse). A sweet, smiley waitress... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

Forget the numbers, this places rocks, good food, no, its more than good, good company and so friendly. Its like your living room with all your friends, a really good chef to cook all your fav meals. Comfy sofa, soft chairs and its definitely not corporate, it over looks one of the canals with seating outside so you can watch... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Disappointing after all the good reviews. Waitress was sullen and seemingly not interested in serving customers. I had to go to the bar in the end as fed up of waiting. The menu was limited so was surprised to be told when I went to order that 3 of the dishes we'd chosen were finished (30 minutes after she'd told... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Strongly recommended, to sit in the sun by the canal or to feel like home inside with the home-like decoration. Beautiful tapas, soups and good wine. All this in the best area of A'dam, the Jordan!

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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

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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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