In ‘t Aepjen

Amsterdam-Damplatz

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May 11, 2018

This characterful brown café is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, one of the only two remaining wooden buildings in the whole of Amsterdam.

This characterful brown café is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, one of the only two remaining wooden buildings in the whole of Amsterdam. It dates all the way back to 1475, and there’s been a tavern on the site since the 17th century. The ground floor has only been a café since 1990 but the atmosphere of the place is unquestionable. The name translates to “in the monkey” in English, and the place was once a haunt of the sailors of the Dutch East India company who, legend has it, once brought a monkey back from the Far East in lieu of payment. Located directly across from Central Station and on the edge of the city’s Red Light District, it’s a popular spot, which attracts a lively crowd out to have a good time, and attracted by the building’s character and reasonably priced drinks for a bar in such a central location. Inside its small and dark yet welcoming with a decent array of beers and spirits to choose from. Try a splash of locally made jenever if you want to have a properly traditional Dutch experience.

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