Café de Jaren

Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam, 1012 CP, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 625 5771

- Budget

4.4

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
3.9
90%
Service
4
90%
Food and drink
3.9
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Relaxation

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