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Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

In ʼt Aepjen

Candles burn even during the day in this 15th-century building – one of two remaining wooden buildings in the city – which has been a tavern since 1519: in the 16th and 17th centuries it served as an inn for sailors…
Top Choice Fast Food in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Vleminckx

Frying up frites (fries) since 1887, Amsterdam's best friterie has been based at this hole-in-the-wall takeaway shack near the Spui since 1957. The standard order of perfectly cooked crispy, fluffy frites is smother…
Top Choice Dutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

D'Vijff Vlieghen

Spread across five 17th-century canal houses, the 'Five Flies' is a jewel. Old-wood dining rooms overflow with character, featuring Delft-blue tiles and original works by Rembrandt; chairs have copper plates inscrib…
Top Choice Palace in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Royal Palace

Opened as a town hall in 1655, this resplendent building became a palace in the 19th century. The interiors gleam, especially the marble work – at its best in a floor inlaid with maps of the world in the great burge…
Top Choice Distillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Wynand Fockink

Dating from 1679, this small tasting house in an arcade behind Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky serves scores of jenevers (Dutch gins) and liqueurs. Although there's no seating, it's an intimate place to knock back a shot g…
Top Choice Dutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Lt Cornelis

Blending Golden Age and contemporary elements, Lt Cornelis' downstairs bar crafts signature cocktails like drop (liquorice), caramel stroopwafel and apple pie with cinnamon. Upstairs, the stunning art-gallery-like d…
Top Choice Brown Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Hoppe

An Amsterdam institution, Hoppe has been filling glasses since 1670. Barflies and raconteurs toss back brews amid the ancient wood panelling of the bruin café at No 18 and the more modern, early-20th-century pub at …
Top Choice Bar in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Cut Throat

Beneath 1930s arched brick ceilings, Cut Throat ingeniously combines a men's barbering service (book ahead) with a happening bar serving international craft beers, cocktails including infused G&Ts (such as blueb…
Top Choice Design in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

X Bank

More than just a concept store showcasing Dutch-designed haute couture and ready-to-wear fashion, furniture, art, gadgets and homewares, the 700-sq-metre X Bank – in a former bank that's now part of the striking W A…
Top Choice Distillery in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Drie Fleschjes

A treasure dating from 1650, with a wall of barrels made by master shipbuilders, the tasting room of distiller Bootz specialises in liqueurs, including its signature almond-flavoured bitterkoekje (Dutch-style macaro…