Occupying a double-fronted, airy and rather a minimalist unit in Amsterdam East, 4850 is a hybrid venue that operates as a coffee and wine bar – and morphs into a more full-blown restaurant in the evenings. What’s great is that you can decide to drink a glass of grower Champagne at 11 in the morning, or a single-origin pour-over coffee at 11 at night. Anything is possible.
The cuisine has a decidedly Nordic slant (reflecting its Swedish owner), with clean, fresh flavours and a lot of fairly adventurous ingredients and seasonings. The interior is dominated by the glass-fronted cellar, allowing you to browse an entire wall of wine – which often unveils surprises that aren’t on the list. Service standards here are impeccable and much higher than in most of Amsterdam.
- Day drinking
- Open Sundays
4850 Wine List
This might just be my favourite list anywhere in Amsterdam – there are a few hundred listings, and nothing is predictable – yet, all bases are admirably covered. There are attractively priced artisan Burgundies (Dujac is a favourite) and Champagnes, interesting orange wines, back vintages of stuff like Dario Prinčič or Tondonia, impossible-to-find jewels from the US and more.
Owner Daniel Schein is a very smart and creative buyer, and you’ll find stuff here that doesn’t show up anywhere else in Amsterdam (or the Netherlands). Overall, this is a wine geek’s paradise, whether you want to play it safe or go on a voyage of vinous discovery.
- Hard to get wines
- Orange wines
Yes, by arrangement. There will be a fee if the customer doesn’t buy anything from the list. If they bring interesting bottles and the somm gets a taste, everything’s negotiable!
Daniel ScheinOwner, Sommelier