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De Balie

Café, Movie Theater, and Restaurant€€€€
Stadsdeel Centrum, Amsterdam
  • Vassiliki
    "Columbus beer from the tap VERY good!"(2 Tips)
    Teo G.
    "A cultural center, movie theater, nice food and good service."(10 Tips)
    Work Your Art
    "coffee and feel surrounded by inspiring creatives from Amsterdam"(16 Tips)
    Tracy R.
    "Super slow free wifi in the cafe."(8 Tips)
134 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • lively
  • casual
  • authentic
  • good for groups
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  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HollwayApril 28, 2017
    Fantastic lunch in a great central location. Would recommend going here instead of some of the chain options which some would consider "easier". Very friendly service.
  • Risiana L.
    Risiana LevieJanuary 29, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great bar/restaurant/cinema/debate centre! Relaxed atmosphere, check their event calendar! Also good for working!
  • sanne v.
    sanne van looFebruary 1, 2016
    Always check their program, they organize great events. Also a great place to hang out during the day to work and have a nice cup of coffee.
  • Vicky M.
    Vicky MoralesAugust 17, 2014
    Very cool place to be: nice bar and movie theatre. They have opened wifi even in the lobby and you can charge your phone there as well
  • Tom S.
    Tom SnoijinkNovember 29, 2016
    Had a presentation during the Amsterdam Dance Event here. Very nice venue and great service! Loved the old movie theater vibes! 🎉
  • Tonia I.
    Tonia ImperfectMay 23, 2017
    One of the few not so touristy bar-cafes on Leidseplein. The staff is friendly, it's spacious, good for meetings and large groups .
  • Eddy -.
    Eddy - RadNomadMarch 21, 2017
    So getting just a plain warm chocolate milk and relaxing with your laptop in the huge ground-floor cafe is a good way to spend an hour.
  • Vassiliki
    VassilikiDecember 23, 2013
    Columbus beer from the tap VERY good! Delicious open sandwich (scrabble eggs and mushrooms). Very value for money!
  • Vanessa
    VanessaApril 28, 2015
    Charming coffeehouse and nice place with #freewlan to have lunch. Next to Apple Store.
  • Jim A.
    Jim A.December 14, 2014
    Great central located somewhat chique literal cafe. Have a coffee and enjoy the folks walking by the big windows.
  • Kaisa H.
    Kaisa HernbergNovember 30, 2014
    Stylish place. Very busy at lunchtime on Sunday. The toast with goat's cheese and courgettes was super good.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PescottOctober 19, 2014
    If you like lamb and sweet potato pies... go for the lamb and sweet potato pie! It's excellent.
  • Edo C.
    Edo CostaMarch 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Café/cinema in the center of touristic amsterdam. But fortunately still few tourists come here! Good selection of beers
  • Work Your Art
    Work Your ArtDecember 11, 2011
    Go see the exhibitions on the cafe walls, have a coffee and feel surrounded by inspiring creatives from Amsterdam
  • Chris B.
    Chris BauerNovember 27, 2017
    The bites on the back page are not really available before 3:30pm. Sit wherever you want. Lively atmosphere
  • Pauliina Å.
    Pauliina ÅdahlDecember 21, 2014
    One of my favourite restaurants in Amsterdam. For a coffee, for a lunch, for a drink, for an evening in a good company.
  • Teo G.
    Teo GeorgoulisAugust 24, 2014
    A cultural center, movie theater, nice food and good service. All in one place.
  • Ter A.
    Ter AmsMay 21, 2013
    Perfect for lunch meetings! The tosti's are great.
  • Marina A.
    Marina AntonopoulouSeptember 23, 2015
    Ambiance and friendly staff. They also host cultural events. Worth visiting.
  • Marcos H.
    Marcos HernandezSeptember 14, 2014
    A nice place to chill. a bit overpriced, but at least you won't be surrounded by drunken monkeys.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MertensAugust 25, 2016
    Nice spot for a drink after you've been to the movies. A casual gem on the very touristy Leidsplein
  • Lino D.
    Lino Di MaioAugust 15, 2016
    Nice atmosphere and very cool place for a quick stop in the center.
  • Rene P.
    Rene PotDecember 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Can get pretty busy! Come early and enjoy a nice beer
  • I amsterdam
    I amsterdamMay 10, 2011
    Home to surprising, challenging events, De Balie is home to a mix of cultural programmes including film, debates, lectures, photography, theatre and various festivals.
  • Wez L.
    Wez LuntunganOctober 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Good coffee, fine atmosphere. Crowded most of the times, but still cosy in a way.
  • Ayse D O.
    Ayse D OzturkOctober 20, 2017
    Great night @einmusik in ade. Very nice venue, staff are friendly too.
  • Anthea B.
    Anthea BairdDecember 4, 2014
    Fast and friendly service. You don't need to be there for a movie to pop in.
  • Juan C. S.
    Juan C. SeivaneAugust 7, 2015
    Good and calm place with nice staff.
  • Andreas G.
    Andreas GerolemouMay 13, 2016
    Great location, nice spot to read in the morning and have a coffee.
  • Areti
    AretiFebruary 11, 2011
    Best hummus in town! Try it with the Turkish bread they serve, it's amazing!
  • Aurelia d.
    Aurelia dgFebruary 22, 2015
    Not a very extensive choice of good for lunch, service a bit slow but crowded. Nice atmosphere
  • Bodil Jane
    Bodil JaneMarch 7, 2016
    The mushroom risotto with gamba's was delicious😍
  • Indy H.
    Indy HollwayJune 23, 2016
    After a day of walking, much needed!
  • Roel B.
    Roel BruggeMay 20, 2013
    THE burgers are awesome and that for just 9 euros.
  • C H.
    C HsiehJune 21, 2010
    The atmosphere is nice here, e.g. good for a beer, but I'm having the ravioli right now and it is less than impressive.
  • Jose de Goede
    Jose de GoedeJanuary 6, 2016
    Nice place for a cup of coffee or a breakfast
  • Ariel M.
    Ariel MatznerFebruary 12, 2011
    The cutest and kindest waiters in town. The food is also good.
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BiermanDecember 27, 2014
    Did you know De Balie has a small cinema? Ask for it at the front desk.
  • Non-fiction
    Non-fictionJanuary 17, 2012
    Keep an eye out for the Future of the City, in collaboration with VPRO Dorst.
  • hiernumaals
    hiernumaalsApril 9, 2010
    Order the Rendang (spicy Indonesian beef stew). It is actually surprisingly good this place!
  • Kalan S.
    Kalan SnyderFebruary 1, 2014
    Solid place but overrated on foursquare. Columbus beer is good but not worth going out of the way for, along with the food
  • Martijn v.
    Martijn van ExelNovember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    economies of the commons conference here next week. want to learn about the future of information in the public domain? interested in open content? don't miss this!
  • Marc S.
    Marc ScherlinJanuary 10, 2015
    Scrambled egg sandwich. Awesomeness
  • Gülsultan D.
    Gülsultan DoğanDecember 22, 2017
    Cheecake wirh grappa brandied raisins was so delicious.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LiebermannFebruary 27, 2016
    Winter vegetables and hummus sandwhich... Sooo good!
  • Jonah N.
    Jonah N.January 7, 2012
    Fish of the day is good, wifi is a bit slow, vol au vent is too heavy, uiensoep aanrader.
  • Piero T.
    Piero TimpanoJanuary 14, 2014
    Great place with the right company! :)
  • Eduardo R.
    Eduardo RabeloMay 19, 2014
    amazing nachos!!!
  • Svetlana G.
    Svetlana GaselNovember 23, 2013
    Lamb burger is just perfect!
  • Michiel J.
    Michiel JanssenJune 8, 2017
    Good for a casual drink
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