Brown Cafe in Southern Canal Ring

During WWII, this stained-glass-trimmed bruin café (traditional Dutch pub) was a meeting place for artists who refused to toe the cultural line imposed by the Nazis, and the spirit lingers on. It's still an artists' cafe, with waistcoated waiters and a low-key feel by day, but it gets noisier at night, fitting with its Leidseplein surrounds.

Events range from musical bingo to poetry slams.