When you enter Cafe Brecht, you’re taken back in time. With its vintage fauteuils, antique lamps and peeling wallpaper, this Berliner-style bar is worth a visit.
STEP BACK IN TIME AT CAFE BRECHT
Located at Weteringschans just across from the Heineken Experience, this quaint but cozy bar stands out from the rest. Crocheted doilies, comfy floral sofas, and games of Rummikub and Mensch ärgere Dich nicht make it seem time stood still in this retro-furnished bar. Decorated with old photo frames and funky lampshades, this bar looks like an authentic German granny’s living room. Don’t be surprised if someone takes out their ball of wool and starts knitting! (yes I actually saw a guy do this here once)
The terrace outside is on a fairly busy street, but you might enjoy watching the bikes go by if you manage to find a spot. This cafe is a quiet and relaxing place to read a book with a cup of tea during the day, but becomes a busy place in the evening borreltijd.
Drinks are decently priced and the staff is very friendly. They also offer delicious piadine, freshly made cakes, croissants and tostis.
Apart from having the Czech Budweiser Budvar on tap, they serve lots of (bottled) German beers like Jever and Berliner. Bonus points for serving Augustiner, one of our favorites!
But Who or What is Brecht?
Eugen Berthold Friedrich (Bertolt) Brecht was a German writer, poet and stage director from Augsburg, Germany. Born in 1898, he fled the country in 1933 to the U.S. and returned in 1949 to East Berlin. Some of the more recognized works of Brecht are the Dreigrosschenoper, Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder and Baal.
Cafe Brecht owner Sandra Houtman and her son share a passion for German culture and its writers such as Goethe, Mann and – obviously – Brecht. Café Brecht regularly hosts performances for lovers of literature and poetry.
Brecht is a truly unique place in Amsterdam. If you’re looking for some Deutsche Gemütlichkeit, stop by Cafe Brecht!
Weteringschans 157, Amsterdam
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