In the mainly brown-tone surroundings of theatre café De Smoeshaan close to the Leidseplein, there’s always chitchat and a buzz of something going on. Before, during and after performances, actors and audience come to give a post-mortem on the latest show or other juicy news. Deep conversations between young and old, students and scholars take place at round tables. Walls are plastered with posters of stage plays. One can eat excellent food either downstairs or upstairs from the fixed menu or order the dish of the day.