Serving “a nice little love triangle” of coffee, tea, and beer, effortlessly cool hangout cafe Toki inhabits a quiet corner in Amsterdam’s Haarlemmerbuurt neighborhood. The name Toki, which is Japanese for “time of opportunity,” flows with the shop’s calm, relaxed energy. “It’s all about the good vibes, carefully selected products, and for people to kick back,” says native Dutch owner Jeff Flink.
After working in advertising for eight years, Flink decided to quit his desk job to open a cafe in an effort to “digest the world a little bit differently.” For years he’d been gathering materials, pieces of furniture, and details of inspiration from his travels and internet deep-dives. Once he acquired a former restaurant space, he brought together all the artfully collected items and designed the cafe, which opened in August 2015, himself. Here’s a look.