December 17, 2012 Rozanne Woodward 0 Comments
For the more serious drinking the bar on right has mainly standing room with a few small tables for the very tired. Coffee and a tosti may brought to you through the connecting door to the rear. Very little has changed here in the last 200 years except for the computer the barman uses for his bookkeeping. There are ash-trays, but most clients drop their ash on the sand on the floor.
Anyone who is anyone in Amsterdam may be seen here. It is said that even Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander drop in for the occasional beer. There is no music to disturb the ongoing chat about politics, cars, acquaintances and other important topics. There is Amstel beer on draught and many more exotic beers in bottles (Guinness, Carlsberg). Do not forget to try at least one tiny glass of Wees Old Geneva. Apart from the tosti you may have a warm meat ball, a cup of soup or a baguette with cheese or ham.
— Cafe Hoppe, Spui 18/20, Amsterdam, 1012 XA +31 20 420 44 20, www.cafehoppe.com