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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 0900
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Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 523 0900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great views in an amazing building / use of space. Lots of healthy food choices (except milk). No loo (ground floor).

Thank Chewszewan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An interesting building with a wide selection of books and plenty of seating. Top floor restaurant is very good and there is a small terrace with a view. 7 floors up so take the lift unless you fancy the exercise.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place,lightly,there's a space for everybody and a beautiful terrace where you can see and enjoy the old part of the city

Thank Renata M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great modern library with a restaurant on top floor and open air seating with city view April through October. Ready made sandwiches, soups, salads or can grill for you, reasonably priced near Central Station and Captain Nemo museum.

Thank BBQPhil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Apart from the functionality of the building, the design is just superb - open calm space with lots of sitting areas. The location is also wonderful - in the renewed harbor area looking out into the city - just fab!

Thank AmsterdamNeil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Based on the reviews, felt it was hyped up. The view is pretty hard to see with the barricade. There was a small cafe. Library was modern but was not impressed. Perhaps im just comparing to my country's own of similar design. Regretted travelling there....More

Thank Usha s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The library is very modern. There is no entrance fee. You can read books/newspapers or chill on the top floor overlooking old Amsterdam. Didn’t try the food but the drinks are amazing in the cafeteria on the top floor. On -1 are the bathrooms that...More

1  Thank mmla2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the library due to our family walking. We asked to visit inside and the people there were friendly and kindly permitted us to join the library. I wish my kids could live and study in a place like that.

Thank Platongr
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The top floor of this gem has a great cafeteria with beer/wine and an amazing view of old Amsterdam, and free!!!!

Thank Roddy66
Reviewed 8 September 2017

The interior architecture of the library is modern and nice, and the view from the restaurant on the top floor is good. It was fairly quiet when we went, and the library was smaller than we expected.. The selection of breakfast foods, at around 10:20am,...More

Thank Tori T
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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Response from joe h | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is free