Café Hoppe 2013 — Photo courtesy of Café HoppeDrop by Café Hoppe one Friday at 5:00 p.m. You’ll be surprised at the crowd of people standing outside. From students finished with their classes for the week and coworkers relieved to see the weekend to old friends catching up and tourists grabbing a quick drink, this Amsterdam brown café attracts a diverse crowd. Almost everyone is there for the same reason: to kick back, relax and have a good time.
“It has always been a good mix of very different kinds of people,” said Pepijn Zonneveld, owner of Cafe Hoppe. “All these different sorts of people don't 'bite each other.' Everyone feels welcome.”
While Zonneveld claims the café is not necessarily fancy or hip, it is nevertheless a popular hangout for both locals and tourists alike. Aside from the congenial atmosphere, Café Hoppe is known for its typical Dutch combination: beer and bitterballen. Plus, according to Zonneveld, they always aim for the best of the best, for example in service, food, maintenance and drinks.
Café Hoppe circa 1900 — Photo courtesy of Café HoppeHowever, Café Hoppe wasn’t always a café. It has quite a long history. The building was originally home to a distillery, founded by the Hoppe family in 1670. It later became a guesthouse hotel and ultimately a café. Today, Cafe Hoppe is comprised of two parts, Spui 18 (the right side, which was declared a national monument) and Spui 20 (the left side).
“It became a monument because of the historical value of the old distillery,” said Zonneveld. “The right building is still as it has always been since the founding.”
With its history, atmosphere, delicious bitterballen and mixed crowd, Café Hoppe is definitely unique to Amsterdam. Come by and make yourself at home.