It is always busy; and rather informal with a simple and somewhat dingy interior of wooden tables and chairs, big sun lounge and ‘culture posters’ on the walls. No fashionable drinks or cocktail bar at Gruter—the café is completely traditional. It is a genuine ‘Oud-Zuid’ (Old South district) pub: with a crowd of estate agents, media people, lawyers and academics. When the weather is nice, everybody sits outside on the big terrace with beer and snacks.