café de pels (amsterdam)

Café de Pels (Huidenstraat 25) is a typical Amsterdam “bruin” or brown cafe in the Nine Streets. What makes it typical? “Well, aside from the tobacco-stained walls that give them their name, there’s an untranslatable word in Dutch – gezellig – meaning cosy, intimate, relaxed” (The Guardian). Basically, it’s just a good time. My Italian friend told me, “In Italy, we don’t just go sit in a bar and read a newspaper,” and to be honest, I kind of love that about Amsterdam.

Loved the newspaper racks, the black and white photographs on the walls and the many lights hanging from the ceiling…

Café de Pels can be found on the Huidenstraat between the Herengracht and Keizersgracht. The cafe is open daily from 10am to 1am, and Fridays and Saturdays till 3am. Click for another great brown cafe in Amsterdam-OostCafe Koosje (Plantage Middenlaan 37), and there are plenty other great ones to try including Cafe Van Zuylen (Torensteeg 8), Cafe de Jaren (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20), Cafe ‘t Smalle (Egelantiersgracht 12), Cafe Oosterling (Utrechtsestraat 140) and Cafe Wetering (Weteringstraat 37). More here. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.

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