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Review: Koko – Coffee & Design (Amsterdam)

Koko Coffee & Design is a nice, cozy coffee bar in the middle of the ‘De Wallen’ area of Amsterdam. Serving several flavors and styles of coffee with delicious cakes, pies and muffins. They get their coffee from the Belgian roasters of Caffènation in Antwerp, which on its one is already a common name amongst the coffee lovers. If you love their coffee you can also buy a pack of coffee beans to make some more at home.

Koko Coffee & Design entranceKoko is also bringing creative fashion to the attention. Looking for new exclusive fashion brands and design artists to offer their works for sale they cross borders to bring them back to their store. Just to mention a few labels are Finnish design labels ‘R/H’ and ‘SAMUJI’, Berlin based ‘Potipoti’ and Spanish shoes from ‘Eva vs Maria’. A few local Dutch labels are ‘Monique Poolmans’ and ‘Bravoure’. They don’t only sell exclusive designers fashion, but also have vintage furniture, photography and design magazines for sale.

To get there you can easily walk from Amsterdam Centraal train station through the ‘De Wallen’ area, across the Nieuwmarkt China Town. It only takes about 10 minutes to get there and on your way you can take a good look around the area.

You can read more about Koko Coffee & Design and get to know more about their collection of fashion and furniture on their website: www.ilovekoko.com. For a visit and a taste of their coffee you can find them at Oudezijds Achterburgwal 145 in Amsterdam (map). Open Monday to Fridays from 9am to 6:30pm and on weekends from 10am to 6pm.

Mark
A cozy coffee bar with good vintage atmosphere and Bossche Koffie!

At first I found this coffee bar on a website I was just looking at some pictures. I already felt it had a very cozy interior and very nice vintage atmosphere. It looked very small on the pictures, but once we actually went to Koko it felt more spacious compared to the pictures.

Clothes rack at Koko Coffee & DesignThe interior feels very nice and warm and still very comfortable with a familiarity you can only get from vintage furniture. I really love the creativity that’s made in the interior with the vintage furniture and the designers tables.

It’s a nice twist that they’re also selling new foreign fashion labels in their store. This creates a more dynamic atmosphere to the place as well.

Until now we’ve had the chance to try the Bossche Koffie and the Dorito. The Bossche Koffie is a creation of the mother of one of the founders and is a reference to the “Bossche Bol” that’s signature to the city of Den Bosch. It’s a tender coffee topped with nice and full, not too sweet or dull, whipped cream covered with some chocolate sauce. Very nice and tasty for that sweet tooth. The Dorito is a very nice and powerful double ristretto that slaps you right in the face, though with a soft touch, if you weren’t awake already.

Picture of menu selection at Koko Coffee & DesignI would definitely recommend Koko if you are interested in vintage furniture, creative fashion design and good cup of delicious coffee. The owners of the place are very welcome and treat you with the best service they can offer. Drop by for a Bossche Koffie and taste the goodness of Brabant or get yourself a treat of caffeine shot with the Dorito. And if you go back more than once ask for the stamp card with which you can save for a free hot drink.