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“The Perfect Brown Cafe”
Review of Cafe Hoppe

Cafe Hoppe
Ranked #8 of 298 Nightlife in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 1670 and located in the center of a shopping, entertainment and nightlife district, this popular pub is famous for spontaneous parties that involve all patrons.
Reviewed March 28, 2012

My friend and I wanted to visit a typical "Brown Cafe" when in Amsterdam. According to our research, "Brown cafes are to Amsterdam what pubs are to London. That is, they are casual, neighborhood gathering spots located all around the city, featuring dark wood and people looking for a drink, a snack and friendly conversation." We found all of those things at Cafe Hoppe. The atmosphere was perfect and the bartender was fun and friendly. We met a nice Dutch couple there, and we chatted over Dutch beers as they gave us tourism and restaurant tips. We also sampled a local specialty - bitterballen. Our tour guide described it as "fried mystery meat," but to me, it seemed more like deep fried balls of creamy gravy (like the gravy poured over biscuits and gravy in the deep south of the U.S.). While the snack was a bit heavy and heart-clogging for my tastes, I appreciated the fact that Cafe Hoppe made a perfectly-executed bitterballen. They were piping hot when they came to our table, the outside was crispy, and the inside was creamy and flavorful. If you're looking for an authentic, laid-back Amsterdam experience, Cafe Hoppe is an absolute must!

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Reviewed March 21, 2012

Cafe Hoppe is a fantastic Bruin Kroeg (brown cafe) dating back to 1670. The entire establishment actually consists of two rooms, in two different buildings, that are connected by a door. The right hand side (Spui 18) is the older room (1670), known as "Stand Hoppe" because most people have to stand on this side, very limited seating. The left hand side (Spui 20), dating back to 1938, is known as "Seat Hoppe" and has ample seating for customers. The older side, which is my favorite, has the typical brown bar interior; old wooden liqueur barrels stacked behind the bar, sand on the floor, dark brown wood paneled walls stained from years of nicotine use, leaded - stained glass windows, no music to allow conversation, newspapers and periodicals available, big brass bier steins, and ages old advertisements and pictures of bartenders from the past. The draft bier selection is quite small with Amstel Pilsner, Wieckse Witte, and De Koninck, but there are 10+ fleschje (bottle) selections. They have a wonderful house red wine, and the jenever and liqueur choices are varied, and of good quality. The food menu here is decent enough, I usually just have bitterballen or the kaas (cheese) platter, so I am not sure about the other entrees. Located in the Spui part of town, right on the "Spui Square," surrounded by other cafes and restaurants, book stores, shops, the Historic Museum, a couple of coffeeshops, the Bejinghof, the old Lutheran Church, and De Krijtberg, just a marvelous part of town. There is a shaded terras where you can sit and watch the world go by for hours while enjoying your "Kopstootje" (little head butt) which is a glass of jenever with a bier chaser. Check this place out just to see this part of town, even if the bar is full, there are plenty of other cafes right next door. Prost!!!

1  Thank Doodyjazz
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Cafe Hoppe is located at Spui Square and is a great watering hole built in the 1600s. Great variety of tap beers. Crowd is a mixture of students, locals and tourists. Friendly place, bartender helped me in my selection of beer by offering samples.

Thank BBQPhil
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Reviewed March 10, 2012

This cafe or I call it a bar, is an old institution, from the 17th century. It is a hole in the wall, dont expect white linen, dirty floor worn down furniture, but the atmosphere is very rare and you can smell the people of old Amsterdam have frequented the place. People have enjoyed the house brand Genever there for over 300 years. Local people meet there in the late afternoon for a drink before going out. Late night the place is often full. It is a 10min walk from the railroad station
close on the route to Anne Franks House, and 5 min from the Radisson Hotel
My tip is to have a drink before dinner there and take in the ambiance of old Amsterdam before your evening tour of the town.

1  Thank 2Seasoned-Traveller
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

A very old traditional bar with sawdust (or sand) on the floor. Great place to down a few reasonably priced beers with a great selection. Won't be most peoples first thought of a destination in Amsterdam but worth a visit.

Thank Schoey_7
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