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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."(9 Tips)
    Jim A.
    "Have a coffee and enjoy the folks walking by the big windows."(16 Tips)
    Tracy R.
    "Super slow free wifi in the cafe."(8 Tips)
129 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • lively
  • casual
  • authentic
  • good for groups
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  • Benjamin H.
    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.
    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 -.
    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!
  • 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.
  • Vanessa
    VanessaApril 28, 2015
    Charming coffeehouse and nice place with #freewlan to have lunch. Next to Apple Store.
  • 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.
  • 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 P.
    Chris PescottOctober 19, 2014
    If you like lamb and sweet potato pies... go for the lamb and sweet potato pie! It's excellent.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Roel B.
    Roel BruggeMay 20, 2013
    THE burgers are awesome and that for just 9 euros.
  • Ariel M.
    Ariel MatznerFebruary 12, 2011
    The cutest and kindest waiters in town. The food is also good.
  • Non-fiction
    Non-fictionJanuary 17, 2012
    Keep an eye out for the Future of the City, in collaboration with VPRO Dorst.
  • Jose de Goede
    Jose de GoedeJanuary 6, 2016
    Nice place for a cup of coffee or a breakfast
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BiermanDecember 27, 2014
    Did you know De Balie has a small cinema? Ask for it at the front desk.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Marc S.
    Marc ScherlinJanuary 10, 2015
    Scrambled egg sandwich. Awesomeness
  • 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.
  • Anna L.
    Anna LiebermannFebruary 27, 2016
    Winter vegetables and hummus sandwhich... Sooo good!
  • 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.
    Good for a casual drink
  • Rene P.
    Rene PotApril 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always crowded. Make sure you're on time!
  • Theo v.
    Theo van de LaarNovember 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wonderful place with great service!
  • Yusuf O.
    Yusuf OzturkMay 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My worst restaurant experience in Amsterdam! Slow service, bad taste of burgers, expensive food, bad deserts, except nice bar and ambiance! Stay away, you are warned!!!
  • Sander K.
    Sander KoppelaarMay 24, 2011
    Startups: come in for a (free) cup of coffee @ Boven de Balie
  • Mark B.
    Mark BMay 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab a spot at the window, surf the wifi & check the events listing over a coffee
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RollingOctober 24, 2015
    Friendly. Nice beer.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SandersApril 8, 2012
    Good coffee and friendly staff
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GamstätterApril 25, 2013
    Free high speed WiFi.
  • Milan ♠ v.
    Milan ♠ van den BovenkampMarch 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Friday night music night
  • Mijke
    MijkeJuly 31, 2011
    Try their tosti kaas/tomaat. It's delicious!
  • Stefan J.
    Stefan JordanAugust 11, 2012
    love the cheesecake!
  • Salvatore B.
    Salvatore BarberaSeptember 26, 2010
    Perfect for Sunday breakfast. Very relxing place
  • Gummi J.
    Gummi JohMarch 12, 2012
    la choffe is great from the tab.
  • Paul v.
    Paul van der BijlAugust 25, 2011
    Nice place, try the carrotcake!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MikesonJuly 16, 2011
    Very friendly, nice atmosphere.
  • John B.
    John BluteJuly 6, 2010
    Great meeting place for before and after the shows at Paradiso.
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RollingOctober 24, 2015
    Super slow free wifi in the cafe.
  • Katie M.
    Katie MorganOctober 13, 2013
    Great Lamb Burger!
  • Tijn B.
    Tijn BenedekMay 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take the White beer: IJwit from brewery 't IJ
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PawluszekMay 29, 2015
    Love this place
  • Dylan v.
    Dylan van der HeijMarch 9, 2010
    Check out the beers, delicious after a evening at online Tuesday!
  • Dom
    DomDecember 14, 2014
    Nice spot for coffee!
  • Scott W.
    Scott WallaceDecember 29, 2011
    Disgraceful service. Waited nearly and hour for scrambled eggs. Tip is: go here only to kill time. 4/10
  • Sasha G.
    Sasha GrudskaMarch 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Dont get salads, quiet a disappointment
  • Tomas J.
    Tomas JönssonFebruary 15, 2015
    Coffee and wifi
  • Wendy
    WendyMay 25, 2011
    Good food, good service
  • Maike P.
    Maike PostmaFebruary 24, 2013
    bloedsinaasappelsorbetijs <3
  • Alper Ç.
    Alper ÇuğunOctober 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just tried it again and the coffee at de Balie is still criminally disgusting.
  • Amsterdams U.
    Amsterdams UitburoMay 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Interessante debatten, theater over actuele thema’s.
  • Janneke E.
    Janneke EggelteApril 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tonight CinemAsia
  • Mathieu G.
    Mathieu GarnierAugust 8, 2010
    Service varies from non-existent to horride and the food is not very impressive even by Amsterdam standards. Free wifi though.
  • Ouriel A.
    Ouriel AttalMarch 22, 2015
    Meh food but OK beer and good movies
  • Sira S.
    Sira SilvaDecember 16, 2013
  • Maria D.
    Maria DimasoJuly 31, 2014
    Service is rubbish, waitress rude, typical bad Dutch service ...
  • JacolienK
    JacolienKMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Locatie is tevens stembureau!
  • Carlos 🇲🇽 T.
    Carlos 🇲🇽 TrevezMay 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Tosti Turkse Worst ftw Read more
  • @kingmo
    @kingmoJuly 12, 2010
    Free wifi!
  • Dennis d.
    Dennis de GrootJuly 30, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Order some applepie and mint tea!
  • Spif F.
    Spif FountainJune 5, 2009
    and get a Columbus from the tap! The coffee here is really bad though... :-(
  • mary n.
    mary nahDecember 11, 2014
    Bonne ambiance, deco chic mais sans chichi. Service un peu lent (mais café très fréquenté). La carte est complète, le Mint tea est très bon.
  • Andreas
    AndreasJanuary 19, 2013
    Kulturcafé mit günstigen Preisen, lecker Essen (die Suppen ausprobieren), Kaffee und kostenlosen WLAN. Lieblingscafé in Amsterdam.
  • Cat C.
    Cat CSeptember 21, 2011
    Heerlijke plek, centraal gelegen, leuke sfeer, heerlijk eten. Wel veel geduld nodig omdat service niet echt snel is. Aan de bar bestellen en betalen is het meest efficient.
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not just a café! Ook zeer gevarieerd aanbod qua debatten, voorstellingen en films, te zien op En nu eerst een #koffieverkeerd
  • De Balie A.
    De Balie AmsterdamSeptember 29, 2011
    U kunt er zeven dagen per week terecht voor heerlijke koffie, lunch, een snelle hap, borrel of een uitgebreid diner.
  • Budeco - the Business Development Company
    Lekker eten en drinken, gratis wifi, midden in A'dam. Nog opzoek naar goed IT, e-commerce of internet personeel? Check dan of @basw van aanwezig is in Boven de Balie
  • Volkskrant N.
    Volkskrant NewsroomNovember 19, 2013
    Centraal gelegen en ruim opgezet café, voor koffie, thee, een tosti of een borrel.
  • Boygar T.
    Boygar TatarSeptember 29, 2013
    Leidseplein civarinda girilebilecek, iyi müzik dinleyip , güzel biralar içebileceğiniz hoş mekan
  • Jose de Goede
    Jose de GoedeJanuary 3, 2016
    Goede plek om te ontbijten met heerlijke zelfgemaakte vruchtenjam
  • Jesper B.
    Jesper BekkeringMay 16, 2013
    Leuke sfeer, lekker eten, gratis wi-fi, maar inderdaad wel lang wachten!
  • HansJG D.
    HansJG DeLangeMay 10, 2014
    Prima lokatie om even iets door te nemen. Leuke mensen.
  • Reyhan Ü.
    Reyhan ÜlgenFebruary 17, 2016
    Güzel yemek, keyifli ortam
  • aalt s.
    aalt swiebelSeptember 23, 2015
    Prima afspreek plek. Koffie is redelijk, wijn en kraanwater betaalbaar
  • Caterine ..
    Caterine .August 24, 2015
    Capuccino e brownie delicioso
  • Roland v.
    Roland van ParidonMay 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bestel den halbe bier en ondersteun de cultuur.
  • Cineville
    CinevilleAugust 25, 2011
    Ook in de Balie onbeperkt naar de film met je Cinevillepas. Bijvoorbeeld naar de Cineville Talkshow!
  • Gul H.
    Gul H.August 19, 2016
    Enfes bir brownie yedim burda👌🏽
  • alieke
    aliekeJanuary 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Elke maandagavond van 1930-2200 inloopavond van 7di, boven de foyer. Meer info:
  • Lotte S.
    Lotte SolleveldDecember 28, 2010
    Fijne plek voor een drankje of een cultureel verantwoorde activiteit ;)
  • Lucia T.
    Lucia Tovar RuizJanuary 26, 2013
    Pompoen/couscous taart is een aanrader!
  • elianeroest I.
    elianeroest Instagramblogger.nlJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Vraag naar tosti Turkse worst bij Jasper! Yummmm.
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander JongApril 12, 2010
    Leuke spot op het Leidseplein in Amsterdam om te meeten met opdrachtgevers. Er is draadloos internet beschikbaar! Read more
  • Laura H.
    Laura HoogMarch 21, 2014
    de mensen die hier werken negeren je ookal wil je wat bestellen.
  • Frank
    FrankApril 5, 2011
    Altijd weer gezellig borrelen of hapje eten. Mooie programma's
  • Michiel V.
    Michiel VerbeekFebruary 11, 2010
    Prima om rustig te werken/vergaderen, en - zoals het hoort - snel WIFI
  • Daan K.
    Daan KrijnenJune 13, 2013
    Super leuke borrel gehad!
  • Cengiz
    CengizMay 6, 2014
    Keyifli bir yer ...
  • Jorrit d.
    Jorrit de BoerJuly 1, 2015
    Even bijkomen na hele fraaie St Vincent in #Paradiso
  • Javier S.
    Javier SanchoJune 21, 2011
    'hier schoot ik mijn oma overhoop en belde ik aliens op voor hun verjaardag'. TROLOLOL.
  • jake b.
    jake blokNovember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lekkere thee 'Tisane du Berger' -
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