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Central Library (Openbare Bibliotheek)

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Address: Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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A nice view of Amsterdam from the top floor

My aim was to get to the restaurant in the top floor to have a coffee and enjoy some views of the city. Despite it was raining, I spent a nice time there. I also had a quick look... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Evelyn N
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Lima Region, Peru
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Lima Region, Peru
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My aim was to get to the restaurant in the top floor to have a coffee and enjoy some views of the city. Despite it was raining, I spent a nice time there. I also had a quick look at the lowest floor, which is devoted to children. There were some lovely displays and cute sculptures.

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Castricum, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Anyone who loves books as much as I do, will adore this library, you name a subject and they have books about it, but apart from that they have a fabulous exposition space on the 3rd floor covered in photos of Rico d'Rozario/ A former drummer turned photographer who just about photographed any and all music worldstars, from Miles to... More 

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Goa, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Multi-storeyed, modern library is very beautiful and huge with lots of books, even has a children's area and a restaurant on the roof offering spectacular views of the city. It is situated at a walking distance from Amsterdam Centraal Station and city centre. One can read peacefully for hours with good views from all the floors in the library,... More 

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San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

amazing library and fantastic views of Amsterdam. honestly, if we had libraries with a restaurant up top and multiple floors of incredible books/selection, people would be there all the time! Don't miss it :) Go to the 7th floor at La Place and have a drink/bite to eat! You won't regret it!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Is the perfect library. Has an amazing children's area where they can run freely and enjoy books and parents can sit and read with them. Has a beautiful exposition of Small Mouses and a big Polar bear. The collection is quite impressive and the building is worth seeing considering it has wan many prizes. There is a beautiful view of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Modern library, with lots of material on offer and plenty of space to read, chill out, have a coffee/meal at La Place on the top floor and enjoy the views over Amsterdam.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most amazing libraries I have seen. At first you'd think you're at an Apple store, everything is white and there are iMacs everywhere. It's very modern, clean, inspiring. I would study here every day if I lived in Amsterdam. The top floor has a great cafe with fresh food, juices, wine, beers. Great seating area... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The library looks great and allows you to come to the top floor for a nice view on Amsterdam. You can take a chair, sit next to the window and relax. Moreover, on the top floor there is a restaurant, where you can eat not very expensive fresh food.

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice views, the rest is just a library. People reading and a restaurant on top. Price of the restaurant didn't seem expensive.

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quezon city, philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought it was just a simple bookstore, but i was so wrong! A cool library, nice collection, great coffee shop and fantastic restaurant. With great view. Will definitely comeback.

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Centrum
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 hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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