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Cafe 't Mandje

Closed Now: 17:00 - 01:00
Open today: 17:00 - 01:00
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Great little pub and memorable experience!

If I ever go to Amsterdam again, I will be going again. It was the highlight of the weekend... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Porthcawl, United Kingdom
A true gem

Cafe t Mandje is a lovely, little bar in the middle of the Red Light District. After wandering into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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Cafe 't Mandje (meaning "little basket") was opened in 1927 by the legendary Bet van Beeren. Eldest daughter of a family of 14, born in 1902 in De Jordaan, lesbian Bet was a pioneer in human rights and she openly welcomed gays, lesbians etc. in...more
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Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 5375
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If I ever go to Amsterdam again, I will be going again. It was the highlight of the weekend. Really friendly and quirky little place. Met some lovely people and had a little boogie too.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank charlottesm1972
281dianavlaa, Owner at Cafe 't Mandje, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Glad you enjoyed yourself. You're very welcome next time! Diana, Café 't Mandje

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cafe t Mandje is a lovely, little bar in the middle of the Red Light District. After wandering into it by accident, it became a regular spot during my stay in Amsterdam. If you are looking for a true, Dutch bar experience, this is the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank TravellingNutter77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were taken by our local friend to see this famous bar. Three straight blokes and one straight girl were made to feel very welcome in what we are told is a very old lesbian bar. Seems to me it doesn't matter what you are,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank noholdluggage
Dianalaa, Owner at Cafe 't Mandje, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed yourselves. Be back soon!

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Came across this little bar by accident. Doesn't matter if gay, or straight. Fabulous staff, music and drink. You must go - didn't want to leave

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank G2351HQheatherm
Reviewed 13 August 2018

I was there on a Sunday night and the bar was busy but not too crowded or too noisy. there is a good selection of draft beer, a very friendly bartender, and loads of history. Definitely worth a stop in for a drink if you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank doctordonn
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

This is a tiny bar, but chock full of character and characters. I went two nights and both nights the bartenders would sing and dance along with the awesome music. Lots of disco and funk. The whole bar sang along to songs from “Grease.” Drinks...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank maryq333
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe on the Zeedijk where everyone is welcome no matter what color, race, sexuality etc.They have a great variety in beers and other drinks and friendly people behind the bar and service with a smile.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Andre_C_de_Jong
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We'd been told about this place on our guided tour the night before, but it had been so rammed, we couldn't get near the place. We opted to give it a go the next day. When you appreciate the history of the place, and the...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

I'd previously visited 't Mandje before and found it to be a lovely little gem with a great atmosphere and history, but a return visit was ruined by an absolutely rude bartender. When I arrived it was extremely noisy from loud music and large crowd,...More

Date of experience: March 2017
3  Thank LageLandenLoper
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

We went on Saturday in the day after long day of sightseeing. The lady behind the bar was an absolute legend! She kept us talking and laughing and then told us where we can go out later on, and even wrote the name down for...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank K2491VLdavidh
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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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