The most central, very old twin-pub in Amsterdam, 'Sitting Hoppe' on the left with its cozy enclosed terrace is the ... More
The most central, very old twin-pub in Amsterdam, 'Sitting Hoppe' on the left with its cozy enclosed terrace is the place to read your newspaper and have an espresso with a brandy on the side, or criticize the never-ending stream of people passing by on foot or bike. For the more serious drinker, the bar on the right has mainly standing room with a few small tables for the very tired. Coffee can be brought to you through the connecting door to the rear. Very little has changed here in the last 300 years except for the computer the barman uses for his bookkeeping. It is said that even Queen Beatrix and Crown Prince Willem-Alexander drop in for the occasional beer. Do not forget to try at least one tiny glass of Wees Old Geneva.
Cafe Hoppe is where Hoppe "gin" originated. On the Spui it's easy to find, and open on sunday. It's got great atmosphere but the drinks are a bit pricey and because it's "famous" it tends to have lots of tourists.
A better stop is the Cafe de Zwart (look for the black awning) on the same square. No tourists to speak of and the "real deal" dutch brown cafe experience.