Cafe Belgique, Amsterdam
Even if you are not much of a drinker, this place is well worth finding. On Graven straat, just off Dam Square, it is one of the smallest bars in the city.
As the name suggests, the bar specialises in beers from Belgium. Worth a try, I never drink beer but enjoyed a glass of Kwak (complete with odd shaped glass!)
The bar has around 40 types of beer to choose
There are not many places to sit inside but there are a couple of bench seats outside, good for people watching.
I was extremly lucky, it was mild enough in October to sit out!!
Dress Code: Whatever you like!
Okay, I know, we are in Holland and drinking Belgian beer. Don’t worry, we also drank our fair share of Amstel and others but we did also enjoy visiting this tiny, fantastic bar for a few Trappist – and more – ales!
The bar is tiny and with wooden tables, stone floor and tan walls covered in old-fashioned advertisements for many of the beers they sell. It specialises in Belgian Beer, having 8 on tap and 30 in bottles. The beer menu is very well written, informative but also very amusing, giving you background to where the beer was brewed and also the percentage alcohol content (the 11% Kasteel Bruin was like dark, sweetish and treacly, reminding me of autumn evenings) very important if you in tend to stay, as we did, for more that one or two!
The girl behind the bar was extremely friendly and also knowledgeable about the beers on sale. You can also order bar snacks such as toasties, cheese and mustard (perfect with beer) and spicy (VERY spicy according to Steve) sausage.
I’d recommend a visit!
Another great beer joint, but this one is even smaller than Cafe Gollem. This
bar specializes in Belgium beers and has maybe 6 stools at the bar, a
few very small tables and a sofa area. That's it. I was drawn to this
place due to their logo being designed by TLP(The London Police), a
famous grafitti crew that originated in Amsterdam. Their restrooms are
located up the stairs in a very narrow windy staircase. Like many of the
bars I went to in Amsterdam, this bar has so much character and the gal
working the bar was very friendly.
Dress Code: Casual