...Café Alto is a small brown-café style place hidden away in the touristy restaurant area just off Leidseplein. Each night, a mix of regulars and tourists come here to ease back with a whiskey or well-mixed cocktail, and listen to the rhythms provided by top jazz musicians.
Since many years back, this intimate, dark and dusty little venue has attracted jazz enthusiasts from all over the world to Amsterdam. Many of the big names in jazz have entered the small stage over the years, and you can be sure to be regaled talented local groups and settings any day of the week.
Café Alto remains the only walk-in bar to offer live jazz every night of the week in Amsterdam and is definitely an unavoidable jazz venue
Hosts Jam Session: Yes
Directions: From Leidseplein turn into the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat and carry on until just before the next corner: It's on your lefthand side. A giant saxophone hanging on the outside of the building. You can't miss it.