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 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 ...
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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...
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Café de Sluyswacht

Jodenbreestraat 1
1011 NG AMSTERDAM
Café de Sluyswacht is in the historical Sluyswachterhuisje (lockhouse): an adorably wonky little house dating from 1695 in the Jod...

Saarein

Elandsstraat 119
1016 RX AMSTERDAM
A traditional Amsterdam brown café through and through, Café Saarein was brought to life in 1978, when a group of 10 women took ov...

De Drie Fleschjes

Gravenstraat 18
1012 NM AMSTERDAM
Bootz distiller established De Drie Fleschjes around 1650 at the base of the Nieuwe Kerk, making it the oldest tasting house. A wa...

Café Hill Street Blues

Warmoesstraat 52A
1012 JG AMSTERDAM
Conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam, Café Hill Street Blues is an ex-coffee shop turned café and juice bar. Offering so...