Café Hoppe

Brown Bar / Pub
Café Hoppe Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city's intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs. Amsterdam Holland 52.368793 4.888766
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Café Hoppe - Brown Bar | Pub in Amsterdam.
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Party Earth Review Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city’s intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs. Scholars and highbrows still convene at this quaint pub... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–Th, Su 8am–1am, F–Sa 8am–2am; smaller bar opens at 2pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Hoppe Review

The Scene

Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city's intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs.

Established in 1670, Café Hoppe is a traditional Dutch bar where the city’s intellectuals have gathered for hundreds of years to discuss politics and world affairs.

Scholars and highbrows still convene at this quaint pub, but nowadays their heated debates are illuminated by the neon lights of oversized Amstel signs and rivaled by the bustling sounds of Spui plaza.

Two distinct areas serve a diverse clientele, with the conversationalists tending to stick to the smaller bar where they won’t be disturbed by the music. Here, the antique stained glass windows and fresh layer of sand on the floor add to the 17th-century watering hole vibe.

The other area has a more casual feel, and the music and food attract a younger crowd, especially on the nights when the bar hosts college functions. The covered terrace, meanwhile, is usually filled every night with regulars who gather to chat, drink, and people-watch.

The bar gets pretty busy after working hours and on some weekends, too, when patrons spill onto the streets to share beers and trade stories.

Café Hoppe’s genuine, open atmosphere and intriguing history have won it a loyal following from all over the country, and it’s still one of the best places for a casual beer on Spui square.

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Tip from Jonah:

This place is as genuine as a bar can be. You’ve got to pop in at least once to experience this Dutch classic, not to mention all the interesting people both young and old.

  • Crowd

    Conversational, intellectual regulars, 30s and up. Special functions and events attract a young, hip crowd.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Classic hits and modern favorites.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Fresh, traditional Dutch sandwiches like liver sausage and farmer’s ham with pickles served during the day. Snacks include various cheeses and deep-fried bitterballen.

  • Prices

    Snacks €3.75–€4.75, sandwiches €4.50–€6. Beer €2.50, wine €3.50, mixed drinks €5.80, genever €2.75.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekdays after work hours and weekends around 10:30pm.

  • Close By

    Next door is another brown bar, Café De Zwart, which has a similar vibe to Café Hoppe.

Café Hoppe User Reviews

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touristy history?
Stéphanie T. Dec 3, 2012
Hoppe is allegedly the oldest typical Dutch brown bar in Amsterdam. This might be the reason why the terrace is always full of people standing under the heaters and most of the people and tourists consider it a must-see. However, I did not really get what the fuss is about. Yes, the bar setting tries to keep its charm of yesteryear, but I found it tacky to keep pouring sand on the floor like they used to when snuff was popular when the bar applies a smoking ban. On the other hand, I find the staff nice and dedicated which is not really the norm in Amsterdam.
Whatever!
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
Hoppe is a funny one because it's in a small touristic square but it's overflowing with locals. But if you go there and order a drink, you might have a hard time understanding what makes this place so special. I'm assuming it's the heaters outside that are welcoming for smokers. Since my Dutch is awful and I never know what anyone's talking about, the locals at least look like frat students, or Jordaan locals doing either some pre drinking or after work beers. I feel like the partygoers are the type that continue on to Werck and such, but not always. The vibe by early day is totally different, empty and great for a coffee/people watching morning.
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