10 Hidden gems to have a drink in Amsterdam.
We'd like to give you a few nice suggestions for you to have a drink, found by WhatsupwithAmsterdam. Because, you might feel like you’ve been walking up and down the streets of Amsterdam centre forever and all the cafe’s and lunch rooms look touristy and not so authentic. What you’re looking for is a nice place, somewhere to hang, to enjoy the ambiance, the view, the menu. Something special. And not too expensive. Right?
To help you out, here are 10 special cafés in the centre of Amsterdam where you can drop in for a coffee, juice, sandwich, cake and brownies any time of the day and be entertained!
Number 1. Amsterdam Riding School
Close to Conscious Hotel Vondelpark on the Overtoom in Amsterdam lies a real hidden gem: a complete horse riding school! In fact, The Amsterdam Manege the oldest riding school of the Netherlands and one of the last remaining city riding schools of Europe. The building itself is a jewel, dating back to 1882. The upper classes of Amsterdam practised horse riding in the main hall and the Vondelpark next door.
Nowadays, many children take classes and take care of the horses and ponies. The horses cannot run outside though.
What’s so special?
You can enjoy a coffee in the beautiful foyer upstairs and feel like 19th century bourgeois while you watch kids taking their riding classes.
In the back of the building, you’re free to roam the stables and pet the horses and ponies.
Entrance is €6,- including a drink for adults, €3,50 for kids.
Open from 10.00 till 17.00, Saturday till 18.00.
Everything’s for sale at café Latei on Zeedijk, Amsterdam.
What’s so special? The walls of this great little place on the Amsterdam Zeedijk are covered with all kinds of sixties and seventies stuff: lots of retro lamps dangling from the ceiling, cosy wallpaper, cheesy plates and romantic teacups that seem come straight from your granny’s place. And guess what? Everything’s for sale! Shop while you’re having a cuppa.
Menu and prices
Organic home made pie, cake, brownies etcetera €2,50 – €3,50.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday it’s gado gado night (€9,00).
Thursday, Friday and Saturday till 22.00.
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday till 18.00.
Where? Zeedijk 143 - Amsterdam centre.
Number 4. In ‘t Aepjen
Café Int Aepjen (In the monkey) is one of Amsterdam’s oldest cafés. Café In ‘t Aepjen was mentioned in sailor’s reports dating back to 1544. The café is one of only two remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam. The other is at Begijnhof.
Inside, the popular bar is decorated with an abundance of wood, like all bars used to be. The café feels more like a small museum, with old paintings and sculptures and barrels, too much to name. Located on the North point of the Zeedijk, the place used to be frequented by sailors waiting for their VOC-ships to take them on long journeys to the Dutch East Indies and other places around the world.
According to the website, some of the sailors brought back monkeys to pay for their bills, hence the name: In the Monkey.
The Dutch expression "To have stayed In the monkey" refers to the times when unemployed poor bastards, hanging around the city, were picked up by tradesmen who gave them food and paid for a room at guesthouse In ‘t Aepjen.
In return, the tradesmen would sell the poor men to the VOC-ships. These tradesmen were called traders of the soul, because many of these newly employed sailors would not come back and spend the rest of their lives paying off their debts to the tradesmen by working on the ship. Fun Fact: To stay in the monkey (In de aap gelogeerd) is a Dutch expression meaning you have been taken for a fool.
Coffee with Dutch applepie
Special Dutch gin (Jenever) from Amsterdam distiller Van Wees/de Ooievaar
Sunday to Thursday 12.00 – 1.00.
Friday and saturday open till 3.00.
Where? Zeedijk 1.
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