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Cafe Smalle


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#85 of 1,026 Dutch in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner


Dutch, Bar, Cafe, European
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Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some 15 to 20 years ago this was always a favourite port of call for me and my friend Stuart during our trips to Amsterdam. Always the perfect atmosphere with lovely hosts and delicious snacks.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020

We went here twice for a drink and a snack. This is a very good traditional brown bar in Amsterdam popular with both locals and tourists. It can therefore get very crowded but there are often tables free on a balcony up a narrow, steep...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank MikeWells90
Reviewed December 16, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I visited here on our recent trip to Amsterdam. We have walked past for the last 12 years but only ever took pictures of it! What a fantastic bar. Great authentic Dutch establishment and it is in the best part of Amsterdam.

Date of visit: December 2019
1  Thank Jimbopimbo
Reviewed December 14, 2019

This is a classic brown cafe with accompanying tiled floor, creaky dark brown chairs and high-ceiling. Old jenever barrels sit above the bar. Grab a beer and a plate of cheese, and enjoy.

Date of visit: December 2019
Thank david n
Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

I visited on a Sunday evening so it was very quiet since they don't play music, which I really appreciate. I mean, really, when was the last time you liked the music in a bar. A good rotating selection of 5 tap beers and many...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Thank philmcco
Reviewed August 6, 2019

Right on the canal sits this delightful cafe. There is not an extensive list of food. The highlight was grilled cheese but it was very tasty. Sitting here snacking with a bottle of wine and watching the boats float by is a lovely way to...More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 17, 2019 via mobile

This is a quite a small cafe/bar on the opposite side of the canal to the Anne Frank Museum. Its obvious main attraction is the pontoon outside with several tables so you can literally sit on the canal to eat and drink. We'd noticed people...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank TraceyH4167
Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

We were tempted here by our guidebook’s walking tour of the Jordaan and the fact we were hungry. Yes it’s a traditional Amsterdam brown cafe and no doubt very historic. Yes it has great outdoor seating overlooking the canal. However its food is not its...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Drew1962_10
Reviewed July 9, 2019

This place is straight out of a Harry Potter novel. I am unsure when it was founded, but it is well into the 1700's. The atmosphere is like taking a step back in time, relaxed, to have a beer with your colleagues. This is not...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank dsun1971
Reviewed June 24, 2019 via mobile

Good location next to the canal, nice place to chill. I had a drink and the meat/cheese plate. I was underwhelmed by the meat/cheese plate, both were quite bland and disappointing, maybe it’s just me as I note that other reviews have enjoyed it! Based...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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November 12, 2017|
Response from Lynne K | Reviewed this property |
We were travelling Canadians eating at this restaurant. You would need to contact them to ask if they are open.
March 23, 2017|
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Response from global_treats | Reviewed this property |
Not sure but i'm sure you will be ok. If not, there are lots of other options nearby.
June 9, 2016|
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Response from firmdoc | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely go direct to the restaurant. Many places have set their small evening menus by early afternoon and you can call and set time --or stop in on an afternoon stroll to set a time later that evening.
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