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Cafe de Jaren

#252 of 3,093 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, 1012 CP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 625 5771
09:30 - 01:00
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Fri - Sat 09:30 - 02:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Trendy, studenty type, spacious cafe/restaurant perfect for lunch overlooking the canal. Not a massive menu but fresh tasty food (the pea soup was delicious). At night time upstairs is a bit more formal but still relaxed and well priced. The staff are friendly and efficient and the whole place is very clean, including the toilets. First came as a couple... More 

Thank Helen C
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

US ex-pat living in Amsterdam. We have been by Care de Jaren many times on our boat and finally decided to stop in and give it a try. They have two floors and are situated on the canal with great views. We ordered the tomato soup, humus, meatballs and the hot ham egg and cheese with fresh Ciabatta bread. Everything... More 

Thank Timberbrook
Lodi, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We came here for dinner: my husband came here in May. Nothing special, nice location and nice place inside. You can take salad as self service; meet ok nothing special. Salmon good enough. To try more for the location. A little bit expensive

Thank giorgiacalta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are tired from walking through Central Amsterdam have a stop here if you enjoy a bit of a bohemian atmosphere, mixed with young students and old (ex philosophers?) - with a small terrace right on the water - don't expect upmarket fancy pancy, more decent food and relaxed atmosphere just to hang out some time without being hassled... More 

Thank WizzardBerlin
Newcastle upon Tyne
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice large airy restaurant with view over the canal and outside seating area. Food was good, nice chicken filled ciabattas and a warming pumpkin soup. Good beer also but I do wonder with all the wonderful Dutch beer on offer they even have to include a London craft beer!

Thank Leoandjack
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cafe De Jaren is a lovely cafe that serves some very good price/quality food, as well as has a good bar to have a drink. It's situated at the waterfront and in summer it is amazing to see all the little boats come by on the canals. Live entertainment on the outdoor terrace you should not miss. In winter, as... More 

Thank Nomaddies
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The soups are so good especially the tomato creme soup. It entices your taste buds. I would go there again just for the soup. Sandwiches are ok. It's a big restaurant with good seating arrangements. On a sunny day the place is very relaxing.

Thank Rajesh A
Wurzburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We had according to a newspaper the best tomato soup in the Netherlands. It was good but not the best. And also a chicken soup which was delicious. The service was perfect - friendly and fast. It looks better from outside than from the inside which made it a bit disappointing but still nice place to eat and sit.

Thank Fabian A
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We had dinner here and once we sat down we were asked within 5 minutes if we had made our choices.. we asked for another 2 minutes which was a big mistake.. after about 30 minutes the waitress returned to take our order.. she completely forgot about us it seems.. i had a starter and main and my girlfriend had... More 

Thank ThijsHendriks
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Great place to meet people for a drink or an (inexpensive) meal: love the fact that it is not "old Amsterdam", but rather modern and airy. Friendly service too.

Thank ChrBrd

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
09:30 - 01:00
09:30 - 01:00
09:30 - 01:00
09:30 - 01:00
09:30 - 01:00
09:30 - 02:00
09:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, 1012 CP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Neighbourhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
  • Phone Number: +31 20 625 5771
Cafe de Jaren opened its doors in june 1990 as one of the largest cafes in Amsterdam, sporting an entire new and unique formula. The concept is mirrored in its spacious and light-rich architecture and interior decoration, as well as in its pleasant, non-pushing atmosphere. The large building features a spacious cafe on the ground floor with an international reading-table, a pleasant restaurant with large-choice salad bar on the first floor, as well as a superb canal-view terrace.Situated right in the centre of Amsterdam, Cafe de Jaren can be easily reached by public transport.

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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