Cafe 't Mandje

Cafe 't Mandje, Amsterdam: Hours, Address, Cafe 't Mandje Reviews: 4.5/5

Cafe 't Mandje
4.5
Tuesday
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Saturday
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
Sunday
3:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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About
Cafe 't Mandje (meaning "little basket") was opened in 1927 by the legendary Bet van Beeren. Eldest daughter of a family of 14, born in 1902 in De Jordaan, lesbian Bet was a pioneer in human rights and she openly welcomed gays, lesbians etc. in times when homosexuality was illegal, to mingle with the sailors, neighbors, artists and intellectuals who also frequented the little bar. Inside still remains the enormous collection of souvenirs: cut-off men's ties, underwear and lots and lots of photo's.Fun and respect since 1927. We don't know any better.
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Address
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
How to get there
  • Centraal Station • 4 min walk
  • Nieuwmarkt • 5 min walk
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4.5
42 reviews
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Heather
Glasgow, UK54 contributions
Couples
Came across this little bar by accident. Doesn't matter if gay, or straight. Fabulous staff, music and drink. You must go - didn't want to leave
Written August 17, 2018
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maryq333
East Lansing, MI43 contributions
Solo
This is a tiny bar, but chock full of character and characters. I went two nights and both nights the bartenders would sing and dance along with the awesome music. Lots of disco and funk. The whole bar sang along to songs from “Grease.” Drinks are reasonably priced. This is just a great place to hang out! If I lived here, this would be my hang-out bar.
Written June 23, 2018
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mwolgen
Amsterdam, The Netherlands7 contributions
I visited on a Sunday evening, so it was a little more quiet. I found it very nice, with a cozy atmosphere, a good music selection, and a very friendly bartender who told us about the bar's interesting history (it started off as one of the few safe places where people could be gay and such; if you notice the glowing owl decoration behind the bar, the original owner would put that up and turn it on to warn people if the cops were coming by!).
Written August 13, 2019
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Alex
London, UK51 contributions
Friends
Arrived between Euro Pride and Amsterdam Pride, so expected a lovely atmosphere. It was quieter than expected, but it was a Tuesday evening.

We weren't very welcome by the bar man. He continued chatting to other customers in Dutch. He was rude snappy in tone, although his words were seemingly pleasant. He made nasty quips and was rude to other tourists that arrived.

The decor was nice and drink prices reasonable.

My group, and the other tourists that arrived, had no fun and felt absolutely no respect. This place has lost it's way.

Avoid!
Written August 3, 2016
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LageLandenLoper
Madison, WI7 contributions
Solo
I'd previously visited 't Mandje before and found it to be a lovely little gem with a great atmosphere and history, but a return visit was ruined by an absolutely rude bartender. When I arrived it was extremely noisy from loud music and large crowd, so I ordered in kind of a loud voice but in polite Dutch (how many foreign tourists walk in there and order in Dutch!?)... not really yelling, just being loud enough to make sure the bartender could hear clearly. Wow, big mistake. I got this huge "diva" reaction about how offensively loud I was that went on for several minutes. This is as everyone else in the bar is basically yelling at each other because the music was so loud. I understand bartenders don't like to be yelled at, but if your'e serving in a place that's already loud, maybe don't haze the person ordering for just making sure you can hear them. This was a place famous for a little "attitude" but of a charming kind, not being a total jerk to your customers.
Written March 6, 2017
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Elena
Cheltenham, UK8 contributions
Friends
We went there on a Thursday around 8pm ish expecting it to be lively but it was rather quiet. We didn’t have an issue with that and wanted to go to experience the culture and have a few drinks. When we entered I was told I wasn’t allowed to have my bottle of water as it was like ‘bringing food to a restaurant’ which I kind of understand but the tone used that I was spoken to in was harsh and unwelcoming, as if I’d done something extremely rude or disrespectful. When ordering drinks we were told that we couldn’t pay with card which we didn’t expect and had only brought a small amount of cash. However, 5 minutes later when another customer was served (I believe that they weren’t a tourist like us) the barmaid was able to grab the card machine for him to use, which I found insulting and made us feel unwelcome. I’d recommend popping in to have a look inside, but wouldn’t recommend if you’re expecting pleasant customer service.
Written August 9, 2019
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Hansel S
Miami, FL412 contributions
Couples
This is a good bar, with great music and a good vibe through out the space. Wish the bartenders were a bit more friendly considering we are tourists but that is not going to alter my thoughts on the palce overall.
Written March 31, 2019
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JMColla
New York City, NY505 contributions
Friends
Our first bar in Amsterdam was this little
Gem called Café ‘t Mandje. We were lucky enough to have been there on an early Sunday which is the only day that they have an accordion player. People in the bar were dancing (I danced with Regina-from Portugal). JP our bartender was amazing in every way (he made us feel like we had been friends forever). Thanks JP for making our visit super FABULOUS! We went there several times for drinks. If you go we recommend their Gin spritzer (their special drink) I’ll include the picture.

P.S. If you are a male wearing a tie....don’t get upset if it gets cut off (they will hang up your chopped off tie with all the others) because that’s their tradition.
Written February 13, 2019
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doctordonn
Bangkok, Thailand153 contributions
Friends
I was there on a Sunday night and the bar was busy but not too crowded or too noisy. there is a good selection of draft beer, a very friendly bartender, and loads of history. Definitely worth a stop in for a drink if you are in the red light district.
Written August 13, 2018
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Paul1960_4
Benfleet, UK650 contributions
Friends
We'd been told about this place on our guided tour the night before, but it had been so rammed, we couldn't get near the place. We opted to give it a go the next day. When you appreciate the history of the place, and the diversity of the clientele, I'd rate it the best of the many bars we sampled during our stay. You must visit when you're in town!!
Written March 27, 2017
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Cafe 't Mandje is open:
  • Sun - Sun 3:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Tue - Thu 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Fri - Fri 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM
  • Sat - Sat 3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
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