Coffee and Coconuts, CT to locals,  asks customers a simple question: “Do you wish to take off your shoes, let your hair down and dance in the warm sand?”

The minute you step inside the café’s cool interior, it’s easy to live the mission statement and appreciate why CT has been a cult favourite since opening in 2014.

Owner Bas Beijer felt he had seen it all in hospitality and dreamed of opening a unique place of his own. So he created the innovative Coffee & Coconuts,  serving up healthy food and a dose of beach style relaxation daily.

CT uses high quality products and delivers mellow, surfer charm by the bucketload. Open daily from 8:00 until 23:00 you can pop in any time a day for breakfast, lunch, bites or dinner, a coffee, a juice, a beer or a fresh coconut. CT has it all!


Setting

Entering the spacious three storey café, you immediately forget the busy streets of Amsterdam. Comfy, sand coloured sofas invite you to sit down and unwind whilst sipping on a fresh coconut. Coffee & Coconuts is located in a beautiful art deco former cinema in the Pijp, one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant and famous neighbourhoods.

The building itself is a landmark with beautiful stained glass windows. Inside, the large interior is flooded with light and features whitewashed wood, stripped back brick and industrial lights.

The furniture  is clean and simple. It works beautifully with the wooden floors and sand coloured sofas. Outside seating is limited to only two tables, but it’s not a problem as there is plenty of space inside.

 

 

The little things

What is amazing about Coffee & Coconuts is that it suits all types. The crowd is a good mix of friends going for brunches, couples chilling on the lounges and flex workers with their laptops.

CT is particularly good for flex workers, as there are several lounges and even bean bags to sink into. Plus, the smaller tables are perfect for people who want to focus on work without being distracted by other customers.

CT is ecologically friendly and uses paper straws, rather than plastic ones, and provides take-away bags.

What else?

The staff were friendly and very efficient in what is quite a big restaurant. We asked for a window table and were invited to wait at the bar with a drink until one came available. The dinner menu also looks very appealing!

The green juice test

CT doesn’t do a green juice, you can get plain OJ and an apple, carrot, lime and ginger combo. It is famous for its signature smoothies, so we tried two recommended by the staff. First, the Gorilla Loco with coconut water, oat milk, ‘jungle’ (raw) chocolate, berries, banana and almond. It was not too sweet due to the bitterness of the chocolate and it had a beautiful pure taste.

For every Gorilla Loco Smoothie bought, a euro is donated to the benefit of the Virunga gorillas in Congo.

Our favourite, however, was the Magic Mango Lassi with yogurt, mint, honey, orange blossom and masala which managed to be very sweet and still refreshing.

What we ate

We ordered CT’s classic almond and buckwheat flour pancakes. They have been on the menu from the beginning and come with whipped coconut cream, toasted shredded coconut, blueberries and a generous serving of maple syrup. The (100% gluten free) pancakes were fluffy and pillowy. Combined, the whipped coconut cream and maple syrup was a little too sweet, but the blueberries added a touch of acid flavour to counter this.

The second dish was toasted sourdough with oven-roasted tomatoes, almond pesto, Dutch burrata cheese, extra virgin olive oil and smoked almonds.

Finally, we also decided to share the CT avocado toast- sourdough with miso paste, scrambled egg, flavourful taggia olives and feta cheese. Our eyes were indeed bigger than our stomachs, so luckily we could take the rest of the the toast (which was huge!) for takeaway.

The bill

Mango Lassi  €4.90
Gorilla Loco  €5,80
Avocado Toast  €8,90
Coconut Pancake  €7,50
Burrata Toast  €8,50

What made us glow?

The absolute glow-factor of Coffee and Coconuts is the relaxed atmosphere.

It is a very chilled spot whether you are looking for a flex work spot on your own or want to have brunch with a large group of friends.

 

Coffee and Coconuts
Coffee and Coconuts

 

 

 

Coffee and Coconuts

Ceintuurbaan 282 – 284,
1072GK Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

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