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Cafe Karpershoek

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Decent coffee, great location

If you’ve just had your canal ride and you need a coffee where you can really people watch, then... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
OlderGuy1956
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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People watching.

Stopped here for a drink before returning to our hotel. Sat outside with the dog people watching... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2018
eeyorelover
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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The oldest café of Amsterdam. It was built directly at the harbour of Amsterdam in 1606 and used to be an inn for sailors and tradesmen. Nowadays, Café Karpershoek is a “bruine kroeg” (brown pub). Here you can have a drink in a real Amsterdam...more
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’ve just had your canal ride and you need a coffee where you can really people watch, then this is the place. Looking out over the Central Station this place is atmospheric, served decent coffee and has thousands of people passing by.More

Thank OlderGuy1956
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear OlderGuy1956, We are happy you visiited us for a nice coffee after your cruise. We are indeed on the corner of one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. Every day is different and you will never get bored when watching all the people that...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The pub itself was very cute inside, with an old school vibes which I did like. However When we first arrived it had just stopped raining, so we decided to sit outside and get a beverage. At first the waiters were just waiting around drinking...More

Thank lifeononewaytickets
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear slewandoski, Thank you very much for taking your time to provide us with a review. We are sorry to hear that you didn't receive a warm welcome as the service towards our customers is of great importance to us. We would like to point...More

Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for a drink before returning to our hotel. Sat outside with the dog people watching,- a bit hectic as they had road works going on outside, but interesting. Chatted to people outside, very friendly older age range when we were. Waiter not over...More

Thank eeyorelover
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2018

Dear eeyorelover, Thanks so much for your kind review and rating. We couldn't be happier to hear you and your dog enjoyed your visit to the Cafe Karpershoek. Being the oldest pub in the city, it is always a great spot for people watching and...More

Reviewed 13 June 2018

This place is always the first and last place I visit when in Amsterdam as its location opposite Centraal Station is ideal for a drink after (or before!) a flight. It's as authentic as they come and the staff are super friendly. One of the...More

1  Thank Drake_Sheldon
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Dear Drake_Sheldon, Thank you for this amazing 5-star review! We are delighted to know we are the first ones to welcome you when you arrive in Amsterdam and the last ones who you visit before leaving our fantastic city. We sincerely hope to keep on...More

Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

We stopped here on our way to our hotel after an evening meal onboard a canal cruise. Thank goodness we did. This very old 'brown pub' was a real find with great atmosphere, good beer and very friendly staff. It made for an excellent end...More

1  Thank onebrawlad
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 27 April 2018

Dear onebrawlad, Thank you for your kind review and words. Coming to the Cafe Karpershoek for a drink is always a great idea and we are happy you decided to stop by and enjoy some time in the oldest pub in Amsterdam, too bad you...More

Reviewed 21 April 2018

A friend and I stopped in for a few pints and were greeted with a warm smile! We were unsure if we could drink outside (first visit to Amsterdam) and the gentlemen who served us were very helpful and friendly. When I went in to...More

1  Thank Alisha D
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2018

Dear Alisha D, Thank you for your kind comments and review. The Cafe Karpershoek sure is a great place to drink some pints of delicious and authentic Dutch beer and its location is also perfect to watch the people go by around the busy streets....More

Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

When you can drink anywhere why not rap with an iconic group of locals? They have my favorite Danish apple tart and beer. Along with red or white wine. And this is the most ideal spot to crowd watch and see some bicycle terrorists crash...More

1  Thank Kathy T
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2018

Dear Kathy T, Thank you for taking the time to write this great review! the Karpershoek is definitely a wonderful place for those who want to enjoy some drinks and snacks among locals and in a perfect location. A lot of our guests do have...More

Reviewed 9 April 2018

One of the first places i visited and hard to miss as you get off Amsterdam Central Station. I never felt rushed and had a great relaxing time. Always felt welcomeMore

Thank Rahul M
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Dear Rahul M, Thanks so much for your kind review and rating. We couldn't be happier to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Cafe Karpershoek, and that you thought it was a relaxing place to be. Being the oldest pub in the city, we...More

Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

What a lovely atmosphere to enjoy a cold beer. Excellent service and knowledgeable staff, not only about the cafe, but also the history of Amsterdam and current issues.More

1  Thank zamboon2000
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2018

Dear zamboon2000, Thank you for your kind review. It is really a pleasure for us to read you had such a great time at the Cafe Karpershoek and that you enjoyed not only the friendly service provided by the fantastic staff but, also, the nice...More

Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

When you got Centraal Amsterdam Station and you have no idea what to do, just go there, take a seat and drink some beer/coffee!More

Thank Rafael S
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Dear Rafael S, Thank you for your kind review and words. Coming to the Cafe Karpershoek for a drink is always a great idea and we are happy you decided to stop by and enjoy some time in the oldest pub in Amsterdam. We look...More

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