Bar Spek is a relaxed, casual and fun cafe/bar, which serves tasty breakfasts, lunches and dinners. They serve excellent coffee throughout the day and in the evenings, as the sun goes down, the bar becomes a lively, convivial space shaking it up with gin & tonics and cocktails.
Relaxed cafe, bar with tasty food and friendly service
With a menu that changes regularly, Bar Spek serves a great selection of meals, from original breakfasts (try the “Huevos Ranchos” or the “Wentelteefjes” if they are on the menu) through delicious snacks (from chicken wings, through to croquettes) lively lunches and a great variety of pizzas, pastas, risottos and other culinary courses for dinner.
Every dish that I have had the pleasure of trying at Bar Spek (including the meals of friends that I have stolen morsels from) has been incredibly tasty – with fresh, high quality ingredients. The vine tomatoes in the “Spek Ontbijt” (Spek Breakfast) were literally bursting with juicy, sun ripened flavour and the bacon they use is so lip-smackingly tasty, I think it should be used in as many dishes as possible.
A wide variety of patrons enjoy people watching here
The groovy, retro interior, is a cool space for conversation and catch ups. The large windows with views onto the Admiraal de Ruijterweg and the large terrace offer excellent people watching. The terrace is a major draw card and incredibly popular. Capturing sunshine for a large part of the day, it is spacious and adjoins a canal, making it peaceful.
Bar Spek attracts a wide variety of clientele, probably due to the fact that the service is incredibly friendly and relaxed. It avoids being pretentious or being painfully hip.
Not deliberately conscious
Although they do have some organic products on their menu and they most certainly source local products – including local Dutch Gin! – Bar Spek does not specifically focus on organic food or sustainability. They do however serve tap water when asked for and have a large proportion of vegetarian dishes on their menu (around 50% during the day and 25% for dinner).
They go the 1-rating for their social consciousness for supporting various charities. Every year they pick a new charity to support; such as Streetsmart (NL – or read more on the UK version) and Tour For Life – Cycling for cancer research (NL).
Address: Admiraal de Ruijterweg 1, 1057 JT Amsterdam
Website: Bar Spek