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Cafe Karpershoek

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Address: Martelaarsgracht 10, 1012 TP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 707 4566
09:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 02:00

The oldest café of Amsterdam. It was built directly at the harbour of...

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.

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REALLY THE oldest... sand on the floor, +++ original, but... (and is NOT a racist place as some claim)

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 ;-) I love to have a drink there, a coffee or a 'citroentje' or a 'besje'-... More 

Thank AnnefromBelgium111
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this review

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! More 

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 quickly,great chat,cosy ,rustic Brown bar,seating,two pull pumps plus good range of bottled beers here,try the... More 

Thank satchell2016
Mike B, Guest Relations Manager at Cafe Karpershoek, responded to this review

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 again soon! More 

Cherry Hill
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114 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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 distance from the central station and very worth a drink and a chat. If you... More 

Thank Kim D
Malaga, Spain
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 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 beer and have fun!!!! See you soon

Thank joselopez333
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411 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
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 was ok before being followed by the manager who asked the man to leave at... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 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 day of wandering around. Friendly staff, good beer choices.

Thank AudsDC
Amersham, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
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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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

It was a nice place. Good selection and easy to get to from central station (across the street). We went late and I think the bartenders were ready to go but mostly friendly.

Thank David D
Elgin, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

After visiting Anne Franks House and strolling along the canals. It was nice to sit in the sun, for a couple of hours , sipping interesting beers, relaxing and watching the thousands of cyclist that use the nearby junction. Found the staff and customers friendly and engaging

Thank CulbinSands

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