Café de Jaren

Price guide: Budget

Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam, 1012 CP

Price guide: Budget

The bar

By Fred Mawer, your Amsterdam expert

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#5 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.9
3.9
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Singles, Relaxation

Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Café de Jaren

My favourite 'grand café' in Amsterdam - not least for its knock-out terraces.

This grandiose former bank, with its eye-catching two-storey-high bar and multi-coloured tiled flooring, is one of the most popular, and longest established, of the city's so-called 'grand cafés' (big, airy spaces, with a touch of style but welcoming all and sundry).

Food and drink: 

You can pop in for a coffee or beer, a sandwich, a bowl of soup or spaghetti, a slice of apple pie...And, in the evenings, the upper floor becomes a restaurant, with a good, extensive salad buffet (also available at lunchtime), and dishes such as leg of lamb with turnip mash, and grilled salmon with asparagus.

Ambience: 

Very relaxing. The place is vast, with lots of seating, including at communal, library-style reading tables kitted out with multi-national newspapers and magazines. If the weather's good, the seating on the two terraces overlooking the River Amstel is much in demand. The café attracts a very mixed crowd, from students (the university is just along the street) and arty types, to tourists and shoppers.

Service: 

Helpful and polite - and you can dawdle for ages without being hassled.

Location: 

On a side street in the centre, just down from the famous Hotel de l'Europe, and backing on to the Amstel River. 

Price advice: 

Filled rolls or a slice of apple pie cost just a few euros, a selection from the salad buffet 8.50-12 euros, and main courses in the evening (which include the salad buffet) around 14-19 euros.

More information on Café de Jaren:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café, Restaurant
Food:
International
Address:
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam, 1012 CP
Telephone:
020 625 5771
Website:
http://www.cafe-de-jaren.nl
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Sun-Thu 9.30am-1am; Fri, Sat 9.30am-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco, Cheap eats, Quick bites

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