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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020 5230900
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Great library and Cafe with views!

Wish we had libraries like this. Imagine, books in every language, quiet spaces, access to computers, free exhibitions, lovely bar and a cafe with the best views. Get along there... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Wish we had libraries like this. Imagine, books in every language, quiet spaces, access to computers, free exhibitions, lovely bar and a cafe with the best views. Get along there for free. Even on a Sunday!

Thank Margaret M
Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is really quite lace, so it is good to rest there, You can even sleep in the armchair. There a piano, and you have a good chance to hear as somebody plays. You can it (last floor here a la palin restarurant - it is good), after that, you can go on the terrace to see the view. You... More 

Thank patjaniak
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Our group of 6 people from Toronto, Canada was there at the end of April, 2016. Their food selection was excellent and healthy. We had very tasty 'make your own salad' and very tasty chicken. We ate on the 7th floor, where you can get spectacular views of the city. Prices were more than reasonable as well.

Thank henriettachan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The perfect place for introverted solo travellers - one can coszy up with a book while enjoying the picteresque view on the historical centre of Amsterdam. The place to miss student times.

Thank Stas S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

i come here quite often and have the membership card. Highly recommend the la place cafe on the top floor.

Thank Huishi Y
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The central library is a massive building with multiple exhibits on the architecture and the health focus of the city strewn between its traditional bookshelves. It's also free entry and has a brilliant fresh food cafe (almost a market!) on the top floor with high views of the city. We spent a good few hours here in the top floor... More 

Thank Lukemerrett
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This main library of Amsterdam is very much worth the visit, if only for the interior design. But of course the amount of books, when looking for a certain subject, is very attractive.

Thank DutchFrans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the time , go and take a walk to the library. It is a great place for some quiet time and there is a La Place on top of it. There is an amazing view from there to the city. It's a must if you want to get a birds eye view.

Thank Yoan-Aleksandar S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Though I'm a book-lover I'm not a speaker of Dutch, so I couldn't sit down to enjoy the books, however the views of the city from the top floor cafe were amazing.

Thank Rachel H
Solihull, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a library that does not compare well with those of London, Oxford or more recently Birmingham. The café is not particularly good either. The view is worthwhile because just about everywhere else in Amsterdam is flat. Main appeal is that it is free!

Thank AdrianB144

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