May 11, 2018
When the sun shines on Amsterdam you’re going to want to head to one of the best and brightest terraces in the city at Café Pieper. A gem in the popular Leidseplein area, the café is a self-styled ß-tapperijß-, which essentially means a pub serving a range of beers on tap. Inside you’ll find a historic space, rich in character and atmosphere. Dating back to 1665, the building features the original stained glass windows and is said to be one of the oldest brown cafés in the city. It’s the kind of place with a coating of sawdust on the floor, antiqye lampshades, a cosy fireplace, beer pumps dating from the nineteenth century, lots of elegant, dark polished wood and tankards glinting from the ceiling, which incidentally is on the low side so watch your head. Even the cash register is an artefact, a relic of another time. The bar stocks classic Dutch beers like La Chouffe and the citrusy Wieckse Witte and of course, there’s that smallish but indisputably lovely terrace overlooking one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals. If the weather behaves itself, there’s nothing nicer than sitting with a glass of wheat beer out by the water’s edge and watching the world go by.