Wednesday 30 October 2013

Grand Cafe Mynt, Nieuwendijk, Amsterdam

A spacious and shiny cafe on one of Amsterdam's grungy central shopping streets, the Grand Cafe Mynt isn't all that grand. The predominantly brown interior is a tad dowdy and utilitarian, but spotlights and the daylight flooding through the glass facade brighten the place up. Multiple screens playing music videos attempt to entertain the clientele, which seems to be mostly bemused tourists. The uninspiring menu is a bit pricey, particularly if you miss the breakfast service, which ends at 2pm. The chicken club sandwich (8.5 euros), with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, chicken filet, cheese, bacon, egg and mayonnaise, can be lame and limp. Still, the Grand Cafe Mynt's coffee is okay for about 2.75 euros, while the service by the young waitresses is surprisingly friendly for a cafe on the tourist trail. But you'll find better, more atmospheric cafes near the canals. 5/10