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“Not only for the dutch”
Review of Festina Lente

Festina Lente
Ranked #841 of 3,900 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Jordaan
Freeport, New York
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not only for the dutch”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

My friend and I stayed about 50 ft away from this cafe in an Air BnB rental. When we first arrived and our key had not, we took our packs and got cozy in Festinas for a local beer and snack. The staff was so welcoming and immediately made us feel at home. Well after we got the key to our place, we hung out in Festinas drinking and making friends. It definitely had a local Jordaan feel..kind of trendy and cozy but very inviting. We got to be a part of their anniversary party where you could see the loyal patrons drinking warm rum chocolates and eating pig on a spit. Great music and great attitudes. Thank you Festina for setting the vibe for my stay in Amsterdam.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“trendy cafe/bar”
Reviewed 21 March 2013

nice friendly 'local' for mostly the younger crowd.nothing 'exceptional' but got some good local 'advice' from the seemingly ever cahanging bar staff.inside rather similar to a myriad of other similar bars around this area.

Visited March 2013
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Thank geeteeski
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Lisbon, Portugal
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cosy and that 100% Jordaan feeling”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

This is a tiny unpretentious place serving good coffee and lunch. Located in the very centre of Jordaan, great views and a small cosy outside terrace, a great spot to feel old Amsterdam. Very friendly service, time after time..

Visited December 2012
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Thank vanarke
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Amsterdam
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Only for dutchies, bad food, moody service.”
Reviewed 19 September 2012

Festina Lente is more of a spot where to get a drink and get shelter from the rain, then to have good food. The people working there can be from ok to annoyingly useless, it very much depends on their mood, as, I have to say, it happens in many other places in Amsterdam.Quality of food is pretty bad, and the fact that just dutch people go there it's actually a mark of not being a good place where to eat out (notoriously ducth people in general have just no food culture, sorry but that's sooooo true).
In conclusion it can be ok at lunch on saturdays to see some nice dutch girls (or boys if it's your cup of tea) and to get a beer passing by, but that's it.

  • Visited August 2012
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London, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Gezelligheid”
Reviewed 23 July 2012

I arrived at Festina Lente in the middle of an electric storm. I was soaking wet, exhausted after a very early flight and a day walking around Amsterdam, and absolutely starving. The place was packed, and so I took a seat at the bar to wait for a table.

Travelling alone really affords you the time and space to discover what's under the skin of a place. Around me locals were celebrating birthdays and going on dates and just hanging out with friends; this place is full of gezelligheid. I was particularly sorry to have missed the slam poetry event hosted there just a few nights earlier.

The food (tapas style small plates) wasn't the best I've eaten, but it was perfectly respectable bistro fair. And there was a nice selections of wines, with a pretty decent house red.

They don't take reservations, but I didn't have to wait long for a table. So just turn up and enjoy!

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank RuthThePoet
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