We randomly visited Winkel for a quick breakfast on our last day in Amsterdam, only to find out later that this is a surprisingly popular spot with locals and tourists alike.
After a long walk through the half-empty morning streets while listening to our Ricky Steve’s audio guide, we noticed this corner café with a lively patio filled with guests basking in the sunlight. The fresh green colours, together with the scripted elegant wordmark, drew us in.
SWIRL & NOSE
The service here was light; we waited for a while to get someone to come by. At the same time, this gave us time to reflect on what was happening around us. There were no tourists as far as we could tell. We witnessed a microcosm of a genuine Amsterdam community, enjoying a quick coffee and a bite before work. We saw kids climbing the fence with their parents throwing an occasional glance to make sure all is good, friends catching up on their lives, and newspaper-reading, well-dressed employees about to embark on their bike rides to work. There was also a high percentage of blond folks (including cute kids) all around, deepening the perception that everyone here was a local.
We were sold on their Apple Pie - a classic Dutch dish we had on our to-try list. It was a great balance of tart and sweet with loads of apples. Too much of a good thing made the slice feel like it was almost exploding with contents. There were decent sandwich and wrap options on offer as well. We’d recommend to make sure to try the Dutch Sausage on a bread roll served with a spicy mustard on a side to add a kick.
From our perspective, Winkel is perfect for a slow cup of coffee with an apple pie and a micro-study in urban Amsterdam life. At least it felt this way on that refreshing morning in March.