Amsterdam Sights

Tasting rooms (Proeflokalen)

In the 17th and 18th centuries Amsterdam was the centre of the European beer and spice trade, and out of this grew a tradition of distilling 'medicinal' spirits, that developed into a full range of liqueurs. The proeflokalen specialise in these alcohols, and they have a disturbingly large range of beers and traditional liqueurs that you will never have heard of.

home brewed draft beers

Brouwerij 't IJ
Brouwerij 't IJ
Funenkade 7 - Oost
Amsterdam beer!
The tasting room, located in a windmill, with a large terrace during the summer.

oldest proeflokaal in town

Café In 't Aepjen
Zeedijk 1 - Old Centre
Amsterdam's oldest café
old sailors' tavern near the Centraal Station and IJ Waterfront

30 types of draft beer

't Arendsnest
Herengracht 90 - Grachtengordel
beer from Dutch breweries

17 types of geneva

De Admiraal (proeflokaal)
Distilleerderij De Ooievaar
Herengracht 319 - Grachtengordel
Distillery that makes traditional Old Dutch and Amsterdam spirits and liqueurs. Founded in 1782, and still family run.

cheese tasting workshops

Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room
Reypenaer Proeflokaal
Singel 182 - Grachtengordel
A cheese tasting room in the centre of Amsterdam. Try the renowned Reypenaer Cheese or other cheeses produced by a small cheese dairy according to a traditional method.

liqueurs and genevers tasting

Wynand Fockink from 1679
Pijlsteeg 31 - Old Centre
Dutch and Belgian Jenevers
Situated in a back alley of Dam Square. On display: collection of liquor bottles on which all Amsterdam's mayors since 1591 are portrayed.

4 home brewed beers

De Bekeerde Suster
(The Converted Sister)
Kloveniersburgwal 6 - Old Centre

Beer brewing takes place on Wednesday or Thursday
⟩ mon-thu 15:00-01:00, fri-sat 12:00-02:00, sun 12:00-00:00

23 beers on draft

In de Wildeman from 1690
Kolksteeg 3 - Old Centre

tasting room with 17 beers on draught and about 200 bottled beers from Belgium, Holland, Germany and the UK
⟩ mon-thu 12:00-01:00, fri-sat 12:00-02:00

10+ beers on draft

Proeflokaal de Prael
Proeflokaal de Prael
Oudezijds Armsteeg 26 - Old Centre

Cozy beer tasting room of Brewery De Prael. Taste different beers and eat good Dutch meals.
⟩ open daily from 12-24:00

6 home brewed beers on draft

Proeflokaal Butcher's Tears
Butcher's Tears
Karperweg 45 - Oud-Zuid

A low profile brewery and tasting room located on a canal side.
⟩ open wed-sun from 16-21:00 h

Poesiat & Kater speciaalbieren worden voor je neus gebrouwen en gaan direct in de taptanks van de bar.

monastery craft beer

De Proefzaak
Hullenbergweg 6 - Zuidoost

beer tasting room from Brouwerij Kleiburg & eetcafé, housed in green barrack between large buildings of multinationals
⟩ tue 11:30-17:00, wed-sat 11:30-23:45

Terrace cafes

The most idyllic café terraces to drink a cup of coffee or glass of beer outdoors

Did you know that ...

.. the Dutch invented gin or jenever as the Dutch call it?

Coffee shops

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