De Ysbreeker

Top choice brown cafe in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

This historic but updated bruin café first opened its doors in 1702, and is named after an icebreaker that used to dock in front to break the ice on the river during the winter months (stained-glass windows illustrate the scene). Inside, stylish drinkers hoist beverages in the plush booths and along the marble bar.

It's great for organic and local beers (such as De Prael) and bar snacks like lamb meatballs, and there's a glorious canal-side terrace for watching the river boats glide by.

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