Coffeeshop De Dampkring
Coffeeshop De Dampkring or The Original Dampkring is located on Handboogstraat near the busy Kalverstraat which houses many of the upmarket shops in the area. Only 2 minutes away from the Flower Market and is positioned right in the centre of Amsterdam. You can walk there from Dam Square in around 5 minutes.
De Dampkring in English means ‘The Atmosphere’ and that is exactly what you get here. Although a relatively small coffeeshop it is a nice place to chill with one of a kind decor which gives a cosy feel to the shop. The music is never too loud and the staff are very friendly. They also have some of the nicest milkshakes in town. Be sure to try one if you stop by.
If the Dampkring wasn’t already a big name then it certainly would become in 2004 when movie director Steven Soderbergh decided to shoot a scene in the coffeeshop for the movie ‘Oceans 12’ with actors Matt Dillon, George Clooney, Robbie Coltrane and Brad Pitt. This helped rocket this coffeeshops profile after that and many people come to visit where the famous scene was shot. They have photos up on the wall of the actors and even named a strain ‘Oceans 12 Haze’ after the movie.
Dampkring have always had an extensive menu available and this tradition has continued for many years. Easily 1 of the biggest menus in town.