Café Proust

Brown Bar / Café
Café Proust Café Proust is an upscale bar and Café that caters to the Jordaan's artsy yet cosmopolitan population of well-heeled young professionals. Amsterdam Holland 52.3801619 4.8876818
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Party Earth Review Café Proust is an upscale bar and café that caters to the Jordaan’s artsy yet cosmopolitan population of well-heeled young professionals. A fresh take on the typical Dutch brown bar, the sleek... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M 9am–1am, Tu–Th/Su noon–1am, F noon–3am, Sa 9am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Café Proust Review

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Café Proust is an upscale bar and Café that caters to the Jordaan's artsy yet cosmopolitan population of well-heeled young professionals.

Café Proust is an upscale bar and café that caters to the Jordaan’s artsy yet cosmopolitan population of well-heeled young professionals.

A fresh take on the typical Dutch brown bar, the sleek and spare décor features a sparkling revolver-shaped chandelier amusingly aimed at a bullet hole sketched on the front windows – a nod, no doubt, to the French writer and philosopher with a passion for romance and crime novels for whom the bar is named.

While the enchanting mirrored and candlelit interior is perfect for a tranquil evening of cocktails and conversation, the outdoor terrace, surrounded by lush foliage, provides a peaceful place for wining and dining.

Ensconced in the heart of a “real” neighborhood and attracting a local clientele, Café Proust’s authentic, intimate feel and swanky vibe set it apart from other cafés and make it a must-see spot in this romantic Amsterdam quarter.

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Tip from Adriana:

Come to this gorgeous and trendy place to enjoy a few drinks and lots of charm – especially on a Friday night, when Café Proust is the place to see and be seen among sophisticated locals.

  • Crowd

    Sophisticated, artsy locals and young professionals, mid-20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Wide variety of mellow DJ music. Pub quiz held on the last Monday of each month.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Steaks, burritos, cheese plates, and gourmet burgers.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks €4.50+, appetizers €7.50+, entrées €12+, desserts €5. Beer €2.20+, wine €3, mixed drinks €6.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Smart casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The entire Noordermarkt is happening on Fridays, which means the crowd at Café Proust is shoulder to shoulder. Monday mornings are popular for a light snack and watching the market come alive.

  • Close By

    Next door is Finch, another bar with a larger liquor selection and a bit older crowd. Also nearby is Bordewijk (Noordermarkt 7), a posh bistro serving a menu of delicacies starting at €20.

Café Proust User Reviews

Average rating:
Not quite gezellig, but pretty darn close
Craig B. Dec 10, 2012
Cafe Proust is pretty sweet--it's one of the many trendy spots in the Noodemarkt square, it serves great food and drink at a fairly reasonable price, and it caters to a mostly Dutch clientele--but these facets can also prove negative. Since it's a cool looking place in a cool area, it is bound to be crowded. Since the food is so good, it can get pricey in a hurry (especially if you are entertaining guests from out of town). But the Dutch patronage is always a plus. The Dutch are rarely touchy when it comes to your inability to speak their language, and more often than not they're willing to teach you a few relevant or helpful words or phrases before you part ways. Cafe Proust gave me the opportunity to learn and try out a few, which I positively butchered, but it's a relaxed place to enjoy a coffee or beer and chat with local strangers.
Nice rest stop
Amster M. Dec 1, 2012
Proust is a place I stop by when in the Jordaan neighborhood any time of day or night. It's good for a morning coffee, an afternoon beer while people watching, and an evening pit stop while bar hopping. It doesn't stand out from the rest, which means it's a nice relaxing hole in the wall with style. I always meet a few curious locals that want to know why I live in Amsterdam and why I don't speak Dutch yet. Hardy har har. The first ever Max Zorn tape art was hung just outside there on a street lamp. It was there for years, just recently swiped... but I hear he's planning to hang up a new one.
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