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May 11, 2018

T' Smalle is an atmospheric example of the Amsterdam brown café. Find out tips, opening hours and useful information on World's Best Bars.

Located on a quiet canal in the Jordaan neighbourhood, T’Smalle is an atmospheric example of the Amsterdam brown café. Centrally located across the way from the Prinsengracht Canal – and the inevitable queues outside the Anne Frank House – T’Smalle’s main draw is its attractive canalside terrace, leafy and green and ideal for warm evenings.

The interior is pretty lovely too though, an intimate space with striking stained glass windows whose panes tend to fog up when it’s chilly outside and lots of old warm wood. As with many similar bars in the city, T’Smalle started out as a jenever tasting house in the 18th century. The space was carefully renovated in the 1990s to capture something of its rich history and the room boasts handsome antiques and vintage beer pumps.

T’Smalle has a varied drink menu including a better than average array of wines and a number of beers on tap. Traditional Dutch bar bites are available if you want something to eat while you enjoy the cool beer, the good company and your view of the canal.