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A hidden gem time machine

What a fantastic cafe - possibly THE best Amsterdam brown cafe I've visited in my (so-far) 3 months... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Tiny gem

Popped in for a La Chouffe and discovered a quintessential dam local . Tiny and busy it only serves... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2018
Buckingham, 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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 June 2003

This brown cafe is in a quiet backstreet in Amsterdam. The dark interior hides a friendly drinkers bar, full of locals and tourists who chat, smoke and imbibe. The gents toilet is flushed by a chain on the wall in the bar-no such facility for...More

13  Thank Paradise12160
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Reviewed 30 December 2009

Lived near this place during my time in Amsterdam. Was always a quaint bar and fun to take family & friends to drink where Rembrandt drank. Now they are more worried about letting the alcoholic old locals smoke in there (it's not allowed to smoke...More

4  Thank AmsterdamDame
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Reviewed yesterday

What a fantastic cafe - possibly THE best Amsterdam brown cafe I've visited in my (so-far) 3 months in the city, Cafe Chris is located just a short walk from the the Noordmarkt, Westermarkt and Anne Frank House, and yet down a side road it...More

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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

Popped in for a La Chouffe and discovered a quintessential dam local . Tiny and busy it only serves booze and is just a great little local bar to hang out in for an hour or so

Thank Skinboy
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

2  Thank Chris R
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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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