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Brown cafés in Amsterdam

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). These local watering-holes are a quintessential part of Amsterdam’s culture – and are the favoured haunts of some colourful local personalities.

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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 ...

Tabac

Brouwersgracht 101
1015 GC AMSTERDAM
Cafe Tabac, located on the corner of the Prinsengracht and the Brouwersgracht is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful if ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Café Chris

Bloemstraat 42
1016 LC AMSTERDAM
Café Chris opened its doors in 1624 as a beer house, and as such is the oldest café in the Jordaan.

Café Marcella

Amstelveld 21
1017 JD AMSTERDAM
A traditional 'brown café' with a number of nautical references. Soul music and a wonderful terrace on the water.

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 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...

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.

Het Molenpad

Prinsengracht 653
1016 HV AMSTERDAM
Once upon a time, Het Molenpad was a good old-fashioned ‘brown bar’, but it can now call itself a ‘new brown’ bar. The bar, with i...