May 11, 2018
De Zotte (which roughly translates as The fool) doesn’t look like much from the outside just another generic brown cafe. But this Belgian beer pub has a pleasant, warm atmosphere that’s really appealing as well as beer, lots and lots of lovely beer. Inside it’s rather dark with an abundance of oak-panelling. Despite the gloom, it’s a busy, buzzy space which stocks around 130 mostly Belgian and Dutch varieties along with the odd international beer. Their huge selection included the famous and familiar Hoegaarden, Amstel and the like as well as much rarer and more unusual brews, things like Brugse Zot and Kwak. The latter comes served in a long glass with its own special holder. There are Tappist beers and wheat beers and even the odd fruit beer if that’s the way you roll. The staff are good-natured and happy to provide a few pointers. If you’re in need of a bite to eat, they do a decent variety of Belgian bar snacks and more substantial dishes to soak up all the beer. The signature Hartige Tart, a kind of quiche-like thing, is well worth a try, and they also do a nice line in hearty Flemish steaks. Its central location near the bustle of the Leidseplein means it can get pretty rammed. If you’re fortunate enough to grab a table, make the most of it.