Cafe Hill Street Blues
Cafe Hill Street Blues
4.5
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
About
Conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, Café Hill Street Blues is known for its long history of top quality hospitality services, underground style and popular music events. An ex-coffee shop turned café and juice bar, Hill Street Blues stands out from the crowd thanks to its artsy interior, welcoming staff and unbeatable prices. Offering one of the best milkshakes and hot chocolates in the 'Dam, along with a wide range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, our hip café is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Don't forget to check out our Happy Hour and monthly specials for beer and cocktails at more than affordable prices! Buy your smokes at Green House Effect Coffee Shop, just a few minutes away, then come back to smoke it in one of our comfortable armchairs, while admiring the hustle and bustle along the canal! Our central location also means that we are just a few steps away for some of the city's best tourist attractions! Café Hill Street Blues can be found between the largest train station in the city, Central Station, and the oldest building in Amsterdam, Oude Kerk. The bustling canalside Damrak can be admired directly from our windows, whilst the quirky Sex Museum is just a few blocks away. Madame Tussaud's fun Wax Museum can also be found just down the street from us, whilst the Nieuwe Kerk is just in its vicinity. Considered by many one of the most iconic bars in town, Café Hill Street Blues is the ideal place to get together with a couple of your best friends for an afternoon chill. Fan-favorite music artists come and play to an enthusiastic crowd during the weekends, touching party genres like hip-hop, reggae, drum and bass and dubstep. The hip atmosphere and the grungy interior are the result of years of graffiti and artwork provided by none other than our creative costumers!
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Address
Neighborhood: Damrak
How to get there
  • Centraal Station • 4 min walk
  • Amsterdam Centraal • 6 min walk
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  • Andreea
    Bucharest, Romania5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing time, but not for everyone
    We visited on a Monday night as we were on vacation, therefore it was not particularly busy which allowed for effective service (we encountered friendly staff) and a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Located very close to the Central Station, they are easily accessible and have beautiful views of the canal. The look of the location genuinely impressed me but I can definitely say it does not cater to all. They offer a wide variety of popular drinks. Overall, the atmosphere is very enjoyable.
    Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon. Café Hill Street Blues
    Written June 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Porty90
    23 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolute must see!
    Oh my gosh this place was amazing!!! 4 stars just purely because the blonde waitress behind the bar was so rude to everyone. Other than that this place is an absolute must see!! It’s covered head to toe in stickers & is one of the most interesting places I’ve seen. You can go and sit downstairs on an old chesterfield suite by the window overlooking the canal which was just stunning!
    Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon! Café Hill Street Blues
    Written July 3, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Sophia J
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    smoking weed and drinking beer in one place. very good prices and music. Location is very central
    This place is so much fun. Such history in this place. Location is very central and the prices are very good. Very nice to listen to the DJ music and smoke a joint with a beer. I had a great time with my friends. Our new relaxing spot.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 29, 2023
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Nico
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
We had an incredibly disappointing experience at Cafe Hill Street Blues due to the horrendous behavior of one of their wait staff. This waiter's rudeness, complete with eye-rolling and evident annoyance, made us feel extremely unwelcome. It's astounding how someone so bad at their job could still be employed there. To top it off, our drink order was even wrong, and served rudely on one side of the table. Our dissatisfaction led us to complain to the manager, but the damage was already done. We will never return to a place that allows such unprofessionalism to flourish.
Place and location 4/5
Written August 28, 2023
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nehabudhiraja
London, UK1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I had heard a lot about this place in Amsterdam, but I can't say it was completely up to my expectations. What works for this bar is probably its location and definitely a very chilled vibe. But apart from that, overpriced drinks and rude staff are a bit of a kill joy, if I am completely honest. They hover around like hawks to stop you from using tobacco inside the pub. That's fair enough, but I am sure it can be done without a threatening tone :)
Written January 30, 2023
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Thank you for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon. Café Hill Street Blues
Written January 30, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Andreea
Bucharest, Romania5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited on a Monday night as we were on vacation, therefore it was not particularly busy which allowed for effective service (we encountered friendly staff) and a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Located very close to the Central Station, they are easily accessible and have beautiful views of the canal. The look of the location genuinely impressed me but I can definitely say it does not cater to all. They offer a wide variety of popular drinks. Overall, the atmosphere is very enjoyable.
Written June 20, 2023
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Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon. Café Hill Street Blues
Written June 26, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Colette C
Leeds, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Our first trip to Amsterdam and the weather was so bad we spent most of our time in coffee shops haha. Hill street is not a coffee shop, it's a bar where you can enjoy what those coffee shops are famous for. Bring your own, get the drinks in and chill :)
We wanted somewhere that played reggae and google suggested this place. When we walked in reggae was NOT playing so we asked the bar staff if they would put some on and they did yay! The whole place is covered in graffiti and at first glance looks a bit dirty, on closer inspection it's actually really clean, including the toilets. Anyone can add to the graffiti, they just ask you not to write on the mirrors and glass. There are a couple of lounges that overlook the canal as well as the main bar area. We were there for about 5 hours, had a right laugh and met some fab people.
Staff were lovely with the exception of the tall Australian guy who was quite dismissive and not very helpful! Will deffo go back.
Written February 28, 2020
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Thank you very much for your feedback! We look forward to welcoming you again. Hill Street Blues.
Written March 2, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nizar K
Almere, The Netherlands12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
One of the best unique experiences in Amsterdam. Never seen a place like this before, the vibe that you get when you walk is indescribable. You have the feel the vibe yourself in order to understand what thousands of people before have meant to describe. Also very nice people that work here, because it was very VERY busy, but still serve everybody like they are their only customer.
Written March 19, 2023
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Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon! Café Hill Street Blues
Written March 21, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Dan W
Birmingham, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Have been a few times when visiting Amsterdam. My fave of all the coffee shops. Nice and chilled, no hassle from staff like mentioned at other more touristy coffee shops and the wall to wall graffiti makes for a different kind of experience. Always get chatting to folk from across the world on visits here. Cocktails decent as my partner can vouch for. I'll be back soon!
Written February 24, 2020
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Thank you very much for your feedback! We look forward to welcoming you again. Hill Street Blues.
Written February 26, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Porty90
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Oh my gosh this place was amazing!!! 4 stars just purely because the blonde waitress behind the bar was so rude to everyone. Other than that this place is an absolute must see!! It’s covered head to toe in stickers & is one of the most interesting places I’ve seen. You can go and sit downstairs on an old chesterfield suite by the window overlooking the canal which was just stunning!
Written July 2, 2023
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Thank you very much for your feedback! We hope to welcome you back soon! Café Hill Street Blues
Written July 3, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Sophia J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This place is so much fun. Such history in this place. Location is very central and the prices are very good. Very nice to listen to the DJ music and smoke a joint with a beer. I had a great time with my friends. Our new relaxing spot.
Written November 30, 2023
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Alex P
Maastricht, The Netherlands2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Solo
I have been to Amsterdam many times in order to get high and enjoy the life in this authentic Vice City. At some point though, in march 2015, after a lonely yet relaxing hitchhike, I decided to write a book about my experiences during that travel. Anyone can download a digital copy of the book for free by visiting www.facebook.com/AmsterdamChronicles. I hope you enjoy it! :)
Written June 17, 2015
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Ronnie Smith
Rio de Janeiro, RJ59 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
been going hear for years so thought me ad my wife would pop in...we walked to the bar and orderd a drink for myself but my wife couldnt make up hear mind...just asking for one drink was a mistae as the little girl behind the bar {she was english) said we had to leave if only ordering one drink...when we wanted to get a seat and think but she didnt give us time... on this note i told her to stick her drink.... you get divs like this sometimes but dont let them spoil your time
Written January 14, 2015
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