This 'brown café' has been open in its place since 1624, serving beer and bitterballen to the locals for hundreds of years.

What's a brown café you ask? Brown cafés are the Dutch equivalent of the local pub, named so for their dark wood interiors. Being in one of these bars almost feels like sitting inside a big wooden ship amongst all the rough and tumble pirates and deckhands; you're one of the crew.

Brown cafés are the place to sample the traditional Dutch snack, bitterballen, a sort of croquette and to try the nation's many, many beers on tap. But best of all, these bars present an opportunity to get to know some colourful neighbourhood characters in their local watering hole.

Bloemstraat 42,

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