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De Balie

Café, Movie Theater, and Restaurant€€€€
Stadsdeel Centrum, Amsterdam
  • Vassiliki
    "Columbus beer from the tap VERY good!"(2 Tips)
    "Charming coffeehouse and nice place with #freewlan to have lunch."(16 Tips)
    Teo G.
    "A cultural center, movie theater, nice food and good service."(7 Tips)
    Tracy R.
    "Super slow free wifi in the cafe."(8 Tips)
126 Tips and reviews
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  • 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
    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 Snoijink1 week ago
    Had a presentation during the Amsterdam Dance Event here. Very nice venue and great service! Loved the old movie theater vibes! 🎉
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Edo C.
    Edo CostaMarch 6
    Been here 5+ times
    Café/cinema in the center of touristic amsterdam. But fortunately still few tourists come here! Good selection of beers
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teo G.
    Teo GeorgoulisAugust 24, 2014
    A cultural center, movie theater, nice food and good service. All in one place.
  • Linda M.
    Linda MertensAugust 25
    Nice spot for a drink after you've been to the movies. A casual gem on the very touristy Leidsplein
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lino D.
    Lino Di MaioAugust 15
    Nice atmosphere and very cool place for a quick stop in the center.
  • 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.
  • Areti
    AretiFebruary 11, 2011
    Best hummus in town! Try it with the Turkish bread they serve, it's amazing!
  • Andreas G.
    Great location, nice spot to read in the morning and have a coffee.
  • Aurelia d.
    Aurelia dgFebruary 22, 2015
    Not a very extensive choice of good for lunch, service a bit slow but crowded. Nice atmosphere
  • 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.
  • Bodil Jane
    Bodil JaneMarch 7
    The mushroom risotto with gamba's was delicious😍
  • Ariel M.
    Ariel MatznerFebruary 12, 2011
    The cutest and kindest waiters in town. The food is also good.
  • Indy G.
    Indy GrantJune 23
    After a day of walking, much needed!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BiermanDecember 27, 2014
    Did you know De Balie has a small cinema? Ask for it at the front desk.
  • 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
  • Jose de Goede
    Jose de GoedeJanuary 6
    Nice place for a cup of coffee or a breakfast
  • 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.
  • Marc S.
    Marc ScherlinJanuary 10, 2015
    Scrambled egg sandwich. Awesomeness
  • Anna L.
    Anna LiebermannFebruary 27
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ian S.
    Ian SandersApril 8, 2012
    Good coffee and friendly staff
  • Sander K.
    Sander KoppelaarMay 24, 2011
    Startups: come in for a (free) cup of coffee @ Boven de Balie
  • 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!!!
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GamstätterApril 25, 2013
    Free high speed WiFi.
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