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“There will always be another ferry to Centraal Station”

Al Ponte - Caffe' Italiano
Ranked #1,011 of 4,003 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast
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Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed 16 May 2014

STOP take your time and buy a sandwich or a real Italian made coffee. A great Italian restaurant in a "shipping container"? Yes With absolutely the best cappuccino in AMS. Followed by a warm muffaletta. Most coffees in AMS come from a machine with "instant" ingredients. Not here. The Italian owner does them the correct way.
As for the ferry there will be another one in less than 10!

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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Al Ponte is an authentic, Italian-style coffee kiosk that serves the best coffee in Amsterdam.

Owned by an Italian. Staffed by Italians. Serving Inpunto coffee (Italian), brewed on a Gaggia espresso machine (Italian).

As coffee connoisseurs my wife and I drink coffee all over the city, but we consider Al Ponte to be the standard by which to judge all the other coffee places.

Not only for coffee, mind you. Al Ponte also serves fantastic sandwiches as well. My favorite is a warm sandwich with Pancetta, olive tapenade and cheese. There are vegetarian and vegan choices as well.

On a regular basis we also give in to the temptation to have yet another sample of the home-baked lemon cake.

The prices are surprisingly low.

Al Ponte is located in what looks like a glorified bus shelter, on a tranquil square across from the back of Central Station.

We spend quite a lot of time on the terrace -- a great place to people-watch, and to shoot the breeze with locals and tourists alike.

Meanwhile, you have a great, water-side view of the IJ river, with a never-ending parade of boats ranging from tiny dinghies to huge cruise ships.

You get to Al Ponte by taking the free, 3-minute ferry ride to IJplein.

Tip: With an Al Ponte Coffee 'Strippenkaart' you buy 5 and get one free.

You'll see many of these cards tagged to the wall next to the register -- which is no surprise. The owner and her staff know most of the many regular customers by name. Friendly service is yet another feature that sets this place apart.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Great food and cakes, all homemade. The lovely italian owner makes you feel at home and..the view off the ferry is unique!

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

Should you make a trip to IJplein just for this coffee? Yes, I think you should!
The lovely Italian owner serves your cappuccino with a friendly "prego!" Take it to go or have a seat and watch people file on and off the ferry while you relax and sip your coffee.
Yummy sandwiches too: vegan, vegetarian and meaty varieties. Could you ask for more?

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Reviewed 9 September 2013

pleasant surprise, even if in the place is a stone's throw from the station is very quiet and very charming, with elegant tables in front of the channel with an unusual view of the city. The ingredients are really good and genuine, almost impossible to find same in the all city. Prices are in line with the service offered. Definitely the best breakfast you can do in the town.

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