't Smalle Jordaan Brown Cafe
This picturesque cafe and bar in the heart of the Jordaan has a great outside terrace overlooking the canal and cosy interior. Typical of the local Jordaan pubs.
Jordaan Brown Cafe
One of our favourites is 't Smalle as listed in our post:
Best Bars in Amsterdam
The original location of 't Smalle in the Jordaan district was occupied from 1780 by the Pieter Hoppe liquor and gin distillery. Hoppe gin is one of the most famous of Dutch gins and is known throughout the world. The current bar opened in 1978 - which is extraordinary because when you visit 't Smalle you could be convinced the bar is at least 200 years older. Many of the original architectural features have been preserved and it is well worth climbing the wooden spiral staircase for the lofty view of the bar below. The glass windows are fabulous originals and date from 1900.
Although 't Smalle is really popular with visitors to Amsterdam (not least because it's mentioned in 1000 Places to Visit Before You Die!), it is also loved by Amsterdammers and is the local for many Jordaaneze. They can be spotted on cold winter's evenings sitting up at the bar reading the papers or on Saturday afternoons laden with their shopping bags on their way home from the Noordermarkt.
The traditional beer pump dispenses 'Amsterdammertje' (the local name for a 0.25cl glass of beer)... in years passed customers would bring a pitcher or their own bottles for a top up.
Winter snacks - The traditional Dutch Erwtensoep (a thick pea and ham soup with slices of sausage) is very good here - it's homemade and served with black bread topped with slices of ham. Other bar snacks include Bitterballen and kaas jonge en oude(young and old cubes of cheese) traditionally served with mustard.
The stunning location of 't Smalle is what makes this brown cafe so popular - situated at the end of one of the most picturesque canals in Amsterdam, the Egelantiersgracht, and with its own pontoon terrace right over the canal - you can sit here and bask in the afternoon sun watching the world go by. Amsterdammers will come and moor up in their sloops and have a beer alongside. Always a great place to arrange to meet friends and an excellent end to exploring the Jordaan. More on Amsterdam Bars.