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The Best of Brown Cafes

The very best of Amsterdam’s famous brown bars. This is definitely a place for “locals”, but the... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Denton, Texas
Total bliss!

Old as time itself, this amazing place is testament to the rule of "if it ain't broke don't fix... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Winchester, United Kingdom
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Established in 1624, Cafe Chris is Amsterdam's oldest "Brown Cafe," truly a historical landmark.
Bloemstraat 42, 1016 LB Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 5942
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Reviewed 11 May 2018

The very best of Amsterdam’s famous brown bars. This is definitely a place for “locals”, but the very friendly barman made these “tourists” feel like locals as we sipped a couple of pints of Amstel and snacked on the best (and least expensive) bitterballens we...More

Thank MarkMM55
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Old as time itself, this amazing place is testament to the rule of "if it ain't broke don't fix it"! We visited here on the day after Christmas, not only to visit probably the oldest Brown Cafe in Amsterdam, but also to escape the bitter...More

Thank Loppylugs22
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Really cosy brown cafe with super staff. I think they appreciated our efforts in Dutch despite obviously being tourists. It was busy with a locals (good sign) but despite this, the barman was keen on bringing our drinks to the table. Great choice of beer...More

Thank bryonywalden
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Highly recommended! It's a classic bar-pumb like. We also had something to eat there and it was nice too.

Thank jim_traveller_92
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Just happened to come across this lovely old fashioned pub. Lovely decor. Lovely staff. Got a smoking room at back with a large biljart (billiards table). No fancy cocktail menu just beer and spritits. Very welcoming would return

Thank 571carousellog
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Great little brown bar. I was here 9 years ago and just now return for a visit. Everything is the Same including the bartender. Great local spot.

Thank bennie g
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We stayed across the road from Cafe Chris and popped in for a drink on our first night. We tried a beer we hadn't heard of and had a cosy seat in the corner. The bar was quiet, but it was a rainy Monday evening....More

Thank AndyBex1977
Reviewed 25 February 2017

I stumbled across "Cafe Chris" whilst having a wander during my recent trip to Amsterdam. I felt an obligation to go in as the bar, rather than a cafe, is my namesake. I was impressed the moment I entered, noticing the old touches to the...More

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Reviewed 8 January 2017

We stayed across the street from this pub in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, and the owner of our apartment highly recommended that we grab a drink at Cafe Chris. We came here a couple of times to grab a leisurely beer and really enjoyed...More

Thank jillysp
Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Oldest brown cafe in the town. Fabulous place were the locals meet to talk, have a drink (or two) and a game of pool. Good selection of beers.

Thank nesveb
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One of Amsterdam’s most preferred outdoor markets and
some of the city’s favorite watering holes are but two
of the many reasons to save ample time for a stroll
through this especially convivial warren of narrow
streets with its unfair share of quirky shops and
quality galleries. Historically a haven for the
working class and emigrants, these days the Jordaan is
better known as an enclave for artists and designers.
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