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“A Good Bar Run By Characters - Excellent”
Review of Cafe de Doelen

Cafe de Doelen
Ranked #1,027 of 4,182 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Dutch
Neighbourhood: Centrum
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Neighbourhood: Centrum
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Stopped in for a drink on our first day in Amsterdam. Lovely old bar, wood everywhere etc. It's in a quieter area of the centre too, but as Amsterdam centre is quite small, not too far away from most of the attractions.

At first it seemed the reception was a little cold, but I guess having endless tourists shouting at you in foreign languages does this to you. Anyway, as it was raining we stayed for a second drink and a some lunch (all good). We also got talking to the ladies behind the bar and it turns out they have a very dry sense of humour and are great hosts. On leaving I promised the next time we came back we would try to have learnt a little Dutch - the response was rolled eyes and "Good Luck".

Will definitely be back.

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Thank Chris S
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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

I give plenty of reviews, usually good, but this isn't one if them. Maybe they were having a bad day, but we did go twice just in case. The guy behind the bar was fine, no problem there. The woman (possibly the owner) was a right stroppy person, a smile would crack her face. We say inside first visit, it was so so. Second visit was last Saturday. Sunny day, strolling round so sat by canalside to watch life go by. V slow service and the first and only place on Netherlands to demand payment before serving a beer! Hey, ho, the view ways from the Bar was lovely. It wouldn't tempt us back, however. There's plenty of alternatives in Amsterdam, much friendlier.

Thank FellrunnerJim
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

When we arrived at our hotel we noticed a small cafe across the bridge and decided to have a quick coffee break. This quaint bruihuis, with it's small hanging Tiffany lights and candles was so inviting, and the staff so friendly, that it became our nightly haunt for a nightcap every evening. It was a short meander to our beds afterwards. I say 'meander', because after a few kopstoot (genever with a beer chaser, a headbutt) the distance was doubled as I wandered from sde to side LOL. The barstaff served genever in the traditional way, glass on the table and then fill it to the brim with only the meniscus holding the liquid in. I soon learned that the way the Dutch drink it without losing any is to take a sip, not by picking up the glass, but bending forward and sipping the first lipful. Loved that place.

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Thank norman1366
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

Great beer (my daughter who now lives in Melbourne says it's her favourite pub in Amsterdam), super healthy pub food, and friendly, patient staff.

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Thank Bluewatertim
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Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

Found this place to have a great breakfast fir ?7.i was there on a tuesday morning and found it to be great.the girl working there was very nice and ghe food lovely.they also sell guiness on draft which is nice with breakfast

Thank Ourlads
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