Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, locals' favourite 't Smalle is one of Amsterdam's charming brown cafés. Dock your boat right by the pretty stone terrace, which is wonderfully convivial by day and impossibly romantic at night.

It's so gorgeous, so authentic and so Dutch gezellig that there's a reproduction of it in Japan.