A Guide to Black-Owned Amsterdam

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  • International Travel

  • Netherlands

  • Amsterdam

  • Black Travel

  • City Travel

  • Black-owned

  • Local Culture

  • Sightseeing

The night streets of Amsterdam.
Fora’s Take

Whether you're coming in the springtime to look at the tulips for the Keukenhof Festival, bike riding throughout the city, taking a canal tour in the summertime or getting a history lesson at one of many museums, Amsterdam is always a good idea. As beautiful as the city is, it has a deeply-rooted African history that is often overlooked or simply not discussed.

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

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Hotel NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace

Located in the very heart of Amsterdam, this pristine and sleek hotel boasts five-star hospitality.

Hotel Estherea

Seventeenth-century Amsterdam building with richly colored interiors, crystal chandeliers, luxurious fabrics and expressive prints in its bespoke rooms.

Park Centraal Amsterdam

A luxurious contemporary hotel that embodies the soul of storied Amsterdam.

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Things to do in Amsterdam

The canal and colorful houses in Amsterdam.

Black Heritage Tours: The first-of-its-kind educational teaching of the African diaspora in Amsterdam.

Black Archives: Historical archive filled with books, artifacts and activities from the Black Dutch community that is often overlooked.

The National Slavery Monument: Commemorates the official abolishment of slavery in the Netherlands.

Friendship Tours: Although this is not Black-owned, it's one of many fun canal tours to try, with a friendly staff. The best part of it all is that they have a delicious signature drink which will make you want to bring a bottle home.

Café de Duivel: Open seven days a week, this hip-hop bar not only has great music but is the oldest of its kind in Amsterdam. Famous DJ’s from all over come to play here.

Frisco Inn Hookah Bar: Quaint and friendly hookah bar not too far from Centraal Station, with great drinks. Not Black-owned, but the staff is super friendly here.

Jamaica Lounge: Bustling Jamaican lounge with good food and drinks. This is the place to visit for a real reggae experience in Amsterdam, sure to keep you coming back for more.

Labyrinth: If you're into poetry and spoken word, this is the place to be. Wind down the evening with delicious African-Caribbean soul food and drinks curated by one of the city’s best mixologists.

Bar Bario: A unique inclusive bar that offers a great gallery for its local creatives. They pride themselves on being a safe space for the Black and queer communities. This place is a good time for everyone.

Places to eat & drink in Amsterdam

A black woman holding two bowls of noodles.

Reggae Rita's: Authentic Jamaican eatery that lives up to its name. Get a true taste of Jamaica that will keep you rocking to the reggae beat or put you in a food coma. Truly worth the visit for a good dinner.

African Kitchen: Exclusive West African cuisine highly recommended for dinner. With rich African decor and natural scenery, it’s sure to leave you full and satisfied.

Water en Brood: A good spot for breakfast and brunch with good food and even better vibes. They are known for their warm and inviting atmosphere.

Mooshka: Vegan soul food with an African (particularly Ethiopian)-Caribbean twist. They serve both music and food for the soul that’s perfectly curated.

Locals Coffee: Stop by and try the special blend of coffee called locals 27 that keeps the “locals” talking. You can take in the scenery with outdoor seating or enjoy the cozy atmosphere inside with an all-day brunch menu.

TerraZen: Vegan Japanese and Caribbean fusion dishes with a unique flair. This is a good choice when you want to switch it up, but keep a down-home atmosphere for lunch and / or dinner.

Waterkant: Canal-side bar with a largely Surinamese-inspired hospitality and culture. You can sit by the water and enjoy quick bites or a full meal for lunch. If you stay for the night, you'll get a good dose of the tropical vibes.

Tudy’s Kitchen: Fun and eclectic ice cream shop with unique flavors inspired by your favorite brunch and drink items. Best of all, they give back by giving business opportunities to underrepresented groups.

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