Café Brecht


This looks like the living room of your nutty, sherry-spangled Granny. She overfeeds you cake and then insists on a game of Scrabble while tucking into the strong stuff. Oh, hang on, that’s us…

Daytime drinking gets quirky in this retro front room bar. There are mismatched tables and chairs, lots of lamps and comfy couches with worn upholstery and tattered corners. The patchily papered walls are adorned with black and white wedding photographs, antique mirrors and oddities like an insect display cabinet. Drink tea from vintage china, or just dig into their menu of artisan beers and good selection of wine. Located around the corner from the antique district, they’ve also got some pavement tables for summer drinks.

In homage to German playwright Berthold Brecht, you’ll see his trademark spectacles making appearances throughout the café. In celebration of all things German and cultural, they host poetry readings and performances by evening, with someone occasionally tinkering on the piano while the crowd plays at being intellectuals. But we like it best as a spot to while away a rainy day, playing board games, working our way through their menu of strong beers until we’re drunk enough to try our hand at knitting. NB. Needles and wool provided.

Photo credit: Tyler Wetherall



Weteringschans 157, 1017 SE Amsterdam, Netherlands Tel: +31 2 0627 2211


Sunday 11:00 - 01:00
Monday 11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 01:00
Thursday 11:00 - 01:00
Friday 11:00 - 03:00
Saturday 11:00 - 03:00



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