Papeneiland Cafe and Bar - as listed in our Best Bars in Amsterdam
In an ancient building built in 1642 directly on the corner of the Browersgracht and Prinsengracht, Cafe Papeneiland has been a bar for almost two hundred years.
A typical Amsterdam Brown Cafe it is now a popular haunt for local Jordaan residents and passersby from many countries around the world. It's a very friendly crowd, there is no music playing here, so conversation is king.
You'll be forgiven for thinking that each corner of the bar resembles an old master painting. Antique delft tiles surround the pot belly wood burning stove and the candles on each table create a romantic and cosy atmosphere at night.
The current owners, born and bred Jordaaneze's - Tiel the elder and Tiel Junior have been running the bar for the past forty five years. Originally, Tiel the elder and his wife lived in the premises upstairs whilst managing the bar below - which was a handy way to keep an eye on the children as they slept.
These days the family now live in the house next door and their former upstairs accommodation has been turned into one of the few 'smoking rooms' in Amsterdam. Properly enclosed and ventilated it's a very popular section of the bar as there are not so many places for smokers to indulge in Amsterdam these days.
For the rest of us - this 'gezellig' bar is the perfect local to pop into, Babs and Tiel give a very warm welcome and on warm sunny days the terrace at the front is busy - overlooking the Prinsengracht corner - there's always something going on.
Great range of Dutch and Belgian beers on draught, Dutch liqueurs and genevers from the famous Amsterdam based distillery van Wees and some tasty snacks - sandwiches, toasties and bitterballen.
We have to make a special mention of the homemade, traditional Dutch Apple Pie - now made by Tiel the younger to a secret family recipe - it's well known by Dutchies as the best Dutch apple pie around!
Busiest on Saturday's and Monday's due to its close proximity to the Noordermarkt and Lindengracht Markets.
Papeneiland Cafe & Bar
1015 DV Amsterdam
tel: 020 6241989
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