Exterior of Cafe't Small during late afternoon in Jordaan area.

't Smalle

Top choice in Jordaan & the West

Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, this locals' favourite is one of Amsterdam's most charming bruin cafés (brown cafes; pubs). Dock your boat right by the pretty stone terrace, which is wonderfully convivial by day and impossibly romantic at night.

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