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Cafe Karpershoek

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Address: Martelaarsgracht 10, 1012 TP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 707 4566
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09:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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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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Don't miss the oldest bar in Amsterdam

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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.

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Bletchley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Good beer, great vibe, just the place to watch the world go by or shelter from the rain! We always call in when in Amsterdam and understand I is the oldest pub in the city.

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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

Staff were very friendly, beer was good. It was packed when we saw it first but when we wandered past later we got a seat. It'san old-style bar, not a restaurant (to my knowledge) and a nice place to have a few relaxed pints.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

I have been coming here for the last 10 years. After a hard day travelling to Hertogenbosch, I couldn't wait to get here and eat. It was a gloriously warm day and we could sit outside seeing the World pass by in its business. The staff are always courteous and 1 even spoke Hindi. Good food and eggs cooked the... More 

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Skegness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Been to Amsterdam three times now and always go in here. Bar opposite station and very close to P&O coach transfer point. Bar tenders very knowledgeable and was able to recommend a fruit beer for my wife. Good choice of beers for the seasoned drinker. This is reputedly the oldest bar in the city and is used by locals as... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2016

Since I first found this bar nearly forty years ago it has always been my first place to visit whenever I'm in Amsterdam. In all that time it has hardly changed at all, I'm pleased to say - only the coffee machine has been updated if my memory serves me well. In all other respects it retains it's traditional interior,... More 

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