Party Earth Review Specializing in Belgian beer, Café Belgique is a small brown tavern oozing with rustic charm and filled with colorful characters. Ever since the well-known graffiti crew London Police took a liking to the place years ago... ... read full review
M–Th, Su 3pm–1am, F–Sa 3pm–3am
Nieuwe Zijds, Amsterdam –
Specializing in Belgian beer, Café Belgique is a small brown tavern oozing with rustic charm and filled with colorful characters.
Ever since the well-known graffiti crew London Police took a liking to the place years ago, street artists have gathered here regularly to showcase their talents in the bar’s narrow alleyway. On a nice day it’s common to find an urban artist or two busily decorating the walls outside with their latest psychedelic musings.
The interior décor consists of all the typical elements of a cozy Belgian bar, from the dusty collection of bottles and rusty beer signs to the sparkling glasses, low lighting, and simple wooden benches and tables.
Café Belgique is also an herb-friendly place with an easygoing vibe where a bit of strong ale and some good conversation are always warmly welcomed by the locals, artists, and expats who call this place a second home.
Pull up a stool at the bar and have a chat with Philip, the knowledgeable and friendly owner, or grab a seat outside to mingle and watch the artists at work. For beer selections, try the popular La Chouffe or the locally-brewed Vlo, but beware – they’re high in alcohol content (the highest tops out at 11.5% abv).
Grungy, alternative, and artistic. Many expats from Italy, Spain, England, and North America, 20s and 30s.
Range of music from alternative rock to trippy beats. Live music on Monday nights in the off season (May to early September) features bands with a jazzy, bluesy, bluegrass vibe.
Typical Belgian and Dutch bar snacks like peanuts, tostis, beer-dipped Trappist cheese, Gouda cheese with mustard, and Spanish sausages.
Snacks €3–€7.50. Beer €3+, mixed drinks €6.
The best scene is Thursdays through Saturdays after 8pm, as well as off-season Mondays for the live music.
Across the Nieuwe Zijds Voorburgwall at Molsteeg is Café Molé, which offers filling and spicy donor kebabs.