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We’ve enlisted the help of Merijn Gijsbers and Lex Wenneker, who, together, have won the past four national barista championships in the Netherlands. We’ve put together their recommendations in The Dutch Barista Champions’ Guide to Amsterdam.

Check out a couple of Merijn and Lex’s recommendations below, and head to to download the full guide.

Lex Wenneker on where to go for a beer:

Brouwerij ‘t IJ is one of the first craft breweries in Amsterdam. It’s located in an old windmill. They only serve very simple food, so go here for the beers.” – Lex Wenneker, 2015, 2016 and 2018 Barista Champion of the Netherlands

Merijn Gijsbers on where to get a great lunch:

Bakers & Roasters is my favourite place to go for lunch in Amsterdam. It’s a fine mix between Brazilian and New Zealand kitchen. Delicious food, good coffee, friendly service.” – Merijn Gijsbers, 2017 Barista Champion of the Netherlands