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Cafe Karpershoek

Martelaarsgracht 10, 1012 TP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 707 4566
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lunch

Came here for lunch. Service was good from the starts. The food was above average but not... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
scottttyh
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Glasgow
Have a drink in this pub and take in the atmosphere

Well worth a visit even if it's just to have a beer. Notice the sandy floor and be sure to glimpse... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Suz2002
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Almancil, Portugal
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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 atmosphere. Have the innkeeper pour you a Heineken while you have a conversation with a local customer.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good43%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“brown bar” (4 reviews)
“centuries” (2 reviews)
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Martelaarsgracht 10, 1012 TP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for lunch. Service was good from the starts. The food was above average but not excellent. Price were standard for central amsterdam Overall would go again if in the area.

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

Dear scottttyh, Thank you for your positive review. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the good service from the very beginning as well as the delicious food. We hope to have you back soon!! Kind regards, Cafe Karpershoek

Reviewed 9 May 2017

Well worth a visit even if it's just to have a beer. Notice the sandy floor and be sure to glimpse some of the photos scattered throughout.

Thank Suz2002
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2017

Dear Suz2002, Thank you for your positive review. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the typical Dutch ambiance and overall visit ;) We hope to have you back again in the future!

Reviewed 12 April 2017

I have known this unique place for ages, still at the time it was not yet the oldest café in town (historical evidence came afterwards). Still, it is very much a local café (with lots of seats outside too) and no posh tourist museum ;-)...More

Thank AnnefromBelgium111
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2017

Dear AnnefromBelgium111, Thank you for your very detailed review. We are sorry to hear your experience has not always been great, we hope you will still keep coming to our traditional and amazing brown bar. Have a great day!

Reviewed 1 April 2017

After all trendy wine bars here in Amsterdam its not easy to find bars as they were a few years ago,Not quite ,Allo,Allo,but this is as good as it gets,a welcombe by the two gents behind the bar,they can tell where you come from very...More

Thank tchell2016
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2017

Dear satchell2016, Thank you so much for your positive review. We are very happy to hear you liked our traditional brown bar as well as the beer and service! It is a very cozy and relaxed place indeed! We hope you will visit us back...More

Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

Wife and I stopped by for few drinks on our way back to our B&B. Place reeks of history a traditional Brown Bar with lovely ambience and a great staff.

Thank chache47
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Had a beer here when passing. Lots of original features, this place is old school and authentic. Nice ale, nice staff, busy when we went....try the berry beer, this is a nice option for the ladies or those who don't like lager/local darker beers. Stumbling...More

Thank Kim D
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Really nice place i saw the pub is here from 1609. Staff members are amazing i have spoken with Jouri I think he is the manger. He knows Amsterdam like is own pocket. The place is in front of central station so just have a...More

Thank joselopez333
Reviewed 10 December 2016

The place might be nice for certain tourists except for those who might feel ill. Saw an elegant elderly man victim of a fainting fit at the terrace who was in the verge of collapsing. After 20 minutes, the waiter came and asked if he...More

1  Thank Monboyard
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Fun, small bar with old beams and exposed wood, sloped floors in front of the bar - from centuries of patrons standing there? all makes for a cool experience. We stopped in for a few beers and to stay out of the rain on a...More

Thank AudsDC
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We visited, well we had too, it's the oldest bar in Amsterdam and that makes it "the law". Anyway, lovely helpful staff, good beer, great atmosphere and overall just a great time in the pub. What more can I want??? B

Thank cccsl
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Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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