brown bar

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). These local bars are a quintessential part of Amsterdam’s culture. The name comes from the dark but cosy wooden interiors and the nicotine-stained walls and ceilings. Even though most cafés nowadays shouldn’t really be getting any browner, some of the newer hangouts are decorated to achieve this lived-in look and for many people, their local brown café is an extension of their living room.

Brown cafés

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam flavour and Dutch culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). Thes...

Café Tapmarin

Van Woustraat 130A
1073 LT AMSTERDAM
Locals know and love Amsterdam's Café Tapmarin for its ludicrous theme nights and crazy dance parties.

Café ‘t Smalle

Egelantiersgracht 12
1015 RL AMSTERDAM
The famous Pieter Hoppe opened his liqueur distillery here in around 1780. It's a lovely old pub with wood panelling, mezzanine ba...

Café De Pels

Huidenstraat 25
1016 ER AMSTERDAM
They are quite scarce; small bars that are the scene of the intellectual and creative spirits.

Café Barderij

Zeedijk 14
1012 AX AMSTERDAM
Commonly known as one of the only traditional gay brown cafés in the city, this bar at the end of the Zeedijk has a keen following...

Café Nol

Westerstraat 109
1015 LX AMSTERDAM
By day and from the outside, Café Nol looks just like another brown café in the Jordaan – a neighbourhood with many bars and cafes...

De Oranjerie

Binnen Oranjestraat 15
1013 HZ AMSTERDAM
For those who fancy Belgian beer in a friendly atmosphere must go to café De Oranjerie. This ‘brown’ café in a side street of the ...

Het Paardje

Gerard Douplein 1
1073 XE AMSTERDAM
’t Paardje is on a massive terrace in the centre of the Pijp neighbourhood. It is a modern 'brown' café, where easygoing young loc...

De Wetering

Weteringstraat 37
1017 SM AMSTERDAM
The unique Café de Wetering is in a picturesque 17th century house. Here, no loud music or other raucousness but instead quiet int...

In ‘t Aepjen

Zeedijk 1
1012 AN AMSTERDAM
This brown café is simultaneously one of the oldest and newest examples in the city. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in the ...

Papeneiland

Prinsengracht 2
1015 DV AMSTERDAM
Nestled on the edge of the Jordaan neighbourhood of Amsterdam, this brown café is located in a beautiful gabled property dating ba...