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Cafe 't Smalle

Egelantiersgracht 12, 1015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
31 20 344 4560
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Ranked #54 of 210 activities in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Owner description: This is one of Amsterdam's centuries-old Brown Cafés (circa 1786,) so-called because it has a patina of smoke and age that transports you back in... more » Owner description: This is one of Amsterdam's centuries-old Brown Cafés (circa 1786,) so-called because it has a patina of smoke and age that transports you back in history. « less
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Georgia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Located in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, on one of the smaller canals, this is a small pub with about 9 small tables indoors, more outside on the patio. They serve delicious sandwiches and salads, and a good selection of Dutch and Belgian beers. I had the warm goat cheese salad, and friends had the liverwurst sandwich. The service was... More

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Comox, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We wandered into Cafe 't Smalle while waiting for our time slot at Anne Frank's House across the canal. It was a very cold and windy Spring day and we needed something to warm up with. I ordered a hot chocolate with whipped cream and my husband ordered an expresso. Both were served with small gingerbread biscuits. Service was very... More

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

Dropped by for drinks and appetizers at an outdoor table. Service was inattentive. When I asked for the check the waiter said "Sure!", and then proceeded to check Facebook on his phone for 15 minutes before getting it. Got a glimpse of the kitchen, and it can be described in one word: yuck.

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Seattle, Washington
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17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Great beer, friendly service and good people watching at this canal side location. Love the atmosphere of the brown cafes as well. Also tried the poffertjes which were a nice bar snack.

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Mila, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We read about this on Tripadvisor and made it part of our itinerary because of its history. I was not disappointed - it's exactly what it should be - a wonderful "neighborhood bar" from a very early period. It's a great "brown cafe". We were there in late fall and it was cold so we had lunch upstairs and it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Upstairs in the winter with either a dram or hot chocolate+marsh-mellows and a good friend or a good book (or both) is heaven. Down stairs or outside in the summer mingling with the locals and tourists is nearly as good. Snoozing out on the quay in the afternoon - summer/winter is perfect. I always visit this place when I am... More

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San Francisco
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Nice seating near the canal in a quiet spot. Good beer selection and a lunch menu of simple sandwiches and snacks. if you're a fan of liverwurst, I recommend the liverwurst sandwich! Our waiter was really friendly and funny. Have a couple of beers and relax!

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Alexandria, VA
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313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We went to this restaurant which was recommended in a Rick Steve's guidebook. The restaurant was right on the canal and we enjoyed the sightseeing of canal boats and people watching.The food was very nicely prepared and reasonable in price. We each had ham and cheese sandwiches, with Americano Caffe, and quaint little desserts. The service was enjoyable and they... More

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DC Metro Area
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190 reviews 190 reviews
36 attraction reviews
354 helpful votes 354 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Had read about this cafe and had intended to visit sometime. Actually stumbled upon it prematurely since it is just a couple of blocks from the Anne Frank House. This cafe will truly transport you to another time! With candles on the tables, the brown patina on the walls and the wooden decor, you will be immersed in a bygone... More

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scoobs11
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

When exploring the lovely area of Jordaan in Amsterdam, visit Cafe t'Smalle for a great choice of beers and snacks. It is quite small with a little seating area out on the canal side however worth giving it a go to soak up the old worlde atmosphere imagining days gone by.

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