Last Updated on 23rd April 2019 by Sophie Nadeau
Located in the ever so trendy Jordaan district of the Netherlands, Polaberry lies on the corner of Reestraat and Prinsengracht (exact address Prinsengracht 232 H, 1016 HE Amsterdam, Netherlands) and ever since its opening in 2018, the café has since become a go-to spot for sweet lovers and Instagrammers alike. After all, the ever-so-pretty desserts sold here include ice cream, ‘unicorn strawberries’ and ‘Amsterdam-inspired chocolate bars’.
What’s the Polaberry shop like?
Wander in at any given moment, and you can expect to find sumptuous strawberries dipped in premium Belgian chocolate, sweet as anything cake pops, and even some vegan sweets behind the countertop. Overlooked by a neon pink sign declaring that this is ‘Polaberry,’ turn around and you’ll soon see a polaroid wall adorned with snaps of famous Instagrammers who have frequented the café.
At the back, there’s a small ‘flower wall’ (though this is a wall adorned with several different fake flowers as opposed to the fluffy covered in flower wall that’s been made so famous by Social Media) with a wicker chair. In the centre of the shop, on either side, there are small countertops and shelves selling Polaberry merchandise; think postcards, phone cases, and other similar accessories.
Outside, the shop front is decorated in another flower wall, while there’s a little bench for two people where you can sit down and watch the world go by in this picture perfect district of Amsterdam. As well as desserts, Polaberry also serves and sells speciality coffees like lattés, hot chocolates, and chai teas.
From the website, you can also order gifts like ‘strawberry bouquets,’ cakes, and stunning chocolate bars depicting things like the Gingerbread houses of Amsterdam. As you might expect of handcrafted desserts, prices can be a little on the expensive side, with a box of 9 strawberries coming in at €19, while a single cake pop costs €4. Though I definitely enjoyed my sweets from Polaberry, they were indeed very sugary!
History of Polaberry Café in Amsterdam
Opened in 2018, Polaberry is the brainchild of Instagrammer @Polabur (full name Polina Burashnikova) who regularly features stunning snaps of her now hometown of Amsterdam, as well as other iconic and equally stunning destinations from Europe and beyond.
How to visit Polaberry, the most Insta-worthy café in Amsterdam
Thanks to its location in the centre of the Jordaan, it couldn’t be easier to visit Polaberry. Open every day of the week (Monday through to Sunday) from 11 AM to 6 PM, you should note that as many things are baked and created fresh on the day, not all of the sweets and treats are available all the time. For example, when I visited, I had to return at a later time to actually purchase a cake pop!
Things to do close to Polaberry
Explore the hofjes of Amsterdam: Once upon a time, there were dozens upon dozens of secret courtyards and little enclaves where those most in need would live. Today, just a handful of the ‘hofjes’ remain, predominantly in the Jordaan district of Amsterdam.
Rosa Overbeek Bridge: One of the prettiest photo spots in Amsterdam has got to be the Rosa Overbeek bridge. Spanning a stunning canal and overlooked my picture perfect canalside houses, it doesn’t get much more iconic than this!
Houseboat Museum: Research for things to do in Amsterdam for any length of time, and you’ll soon discover that the city has no shortage of fun and quirky museums. In the Venice of the North, there are around 2,500 houseboats, and the Houseboat Museum is dedicated to showing visitors what it’s like to live in one of these unusual abodes!