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Best Bars in the Jordaan, Amsterdam


To blog about the best Jordanese bars, we called in the help of a trendy Jordaan yuppie originally from London. From breakfast places to the wee-hours-joints, he's the expert.

Moving to the Jordaan was an obvious choice for the Londoner; "The idyllic feel of the Jordaan is truly unique. It’s close to the city centre without the annoying trams and herds of tourists. It is a safe and lively part of town ".

Also see the posts:
- Best Shops of the Jordaan
- Life in the Jordaan


Great Terraces on the Canals

Cafe van Zuylen and De Blaffende Vis (picture left) are the most gezellig terraces in town. There's always a great mix of people; this is Amsterdam at its best. Cafe van Zuylen, Torensteeg 8, Amsterdam.  and De Blaffende Vis, Westerstraat 118, Amsterdam. 

The terrace of De Belhamel, which has a stunning view from the Brouwersgracht straight down the Herengracht. De Belhamel is also an ideal place to have a romantic dinner. De Belhamel, Brouwersgracht 60, Amsterdam.

Also read the posts:
- Best Terraces in Amsterdam

Morning and Afternoon places

For a quick bite I hop over to Small World Cafe. The place is run by a chatty Aussie and the international clientele give the place a cosmopolitan, lively feel. All food is home made and fresh; consequently, what’s on offer changes daily. The sizes are unfashionably lavish and the sandwich menu is lengthy. They also do catering. Small World Cafe, Binnen Oranjestraat 14, Amsterdam.


To recover from a good party, I have a brunch at Greenwoods, a small and friendly English place (see photo far top of the post). Everything is home made, even the bread. Apparently the cheesecakes are great, too, but I haven’t tried that; I usually have one of their fry ups, which aren’t overly greasy here. Greenwoods, Singel 103, Amsterdam.

For a shot of vitamins, I celebrate Jay's Juice bar. Especially the wheatgrass is good for the body. Jay's Juice, Haarlemmerstraat 14, Amsterdam.

Best Pubs in the Jordaan

The best beer house is ‘t Arendnest which is specialized in Dutch beers; it has over 30 Dutch beers on tap and another 70 Dutch beers in stock. Arendnest, Herengracht 90, Amsterdam.

For a late night drink, Cafe ‘t Kalfje, is an address to remember. On Fridays and Saturdays they are open till 4am, and on other nights they close an hour earlier. Cafe ‘t Kalfje, Prinsenstraat 5, Amsterdam

The best pool table in town is at Cafe Mooy, which happens to be my local hang out. It’s a typical Amsterdam brown bar without any fuzz or non-locals. Usually it rather quiet and you get quickly acquainted with the other bar regulars. Cafe Mooy, Kolksteeg 12, Amsterdam.


Reader Comments (1)

Small World Cafe looks so homey. Definitely a comfortable place to be at especially for tourists who're after a yummy breakfast.

September 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHalley | Postcards

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