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This is a really cool old bar/cafe with sawdust covered wood floors and an interesting history... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Camatisse
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Clarkston, Michigan
Most interesting bar and cafe. Learn the story of the peeping bar owner

Upstairs, spying from a window down into his bar, he could see what the patrons were up to. A... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kris M
,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Established in 1670 and located in the center of a shopping, entertainment and nightlife district, this popular pub is famous for spontaneous parties that involve all patrons.
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Spui 18-20, 1012 XA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Centrum
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+31 20 420 4420
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a really cool old bar/cafe with sawdust covered wood floors and an interesting history. Plenty of good drinks and tasty food to go along with the ambiance.

Thank Camatisse
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upstairs, spying from a window down into his bar, he could see what the patrons were up to. A small wooden staircase leads to it. Original furnishings and wooden bar makes it an appealing venue for a late afternoon drink. Huge crowds so go early.

Thank Kris M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place has hundred year history, and an old brown cafe bar. Everyone tells me got tot try brown cafe in Amsterdam, so in the first cafe shop, I wanted to order brown cafe and the waitress was clueless. Later I realized brown cafe really...More

Thank amysun2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a quick bite to eat early afternoon. Wine was cold and refreshing. Sandwich was tasty with ample filling that really hit the spot - had the bltca. Staff very attentive and friendly.

Thank Seraphim87
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Girls trip in Amsterdam ended visiting the place every day! Mostly local people enjoying a beer after work, small snacks available and be far the cooles way to serve a Amstel in Amsterdam. We shall return.

Thank Tuturas L
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

Visited this place after looking up the brown bars. Good selection of beers and a little seating area outside.

Thank Wandering_Hippy_Me
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Great cafe in the heart of busy Amsterdam with an interesting history of its own. Makes some great open sandwiches and some lovely toasted ones too with quick efficient service and a great beer. We sat outside and watched the people go by and enjoyed...More

Thank toothfairysel
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

A historic Brown Cafe which has a helpful and knowledgeable staff that gives good advice regarding the beer and Dutch gins or Jenever that it serves. Lunch ends at 5, but good snacks are available all day. Local folks frequent this charming place and they...More

Thank 123norman2015
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Had a nice cappuccino in an Amsterdam favorite location! Taste the enchanted city!! Free WiFi, good service, you may read newspapers also.

Thank Gineadol
Reviewed 17 June 2018

This place is only one of many restaurants that line the streets of the canals and like the others, it is strategically placed to people watch. The patio is good if you don't mind the smoke because that's where all the smokers congregate - and...More

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Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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