Red Light District Tours

Cafe Aen ‘t Water

Posted on: June 9, 2014

Cafe Aen 'T Water in Amsterdam's Red Light District

Cafe Aen ‘t Water is one of the best cafes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District

It has a view which is truly stunning! Probably the best view of the Red Light District. Just next to the water, you can enjoy the beautiful architecture, boats cruising by and people who’re enjoying life. It’s great! Sitting on the terrace of Cafe Aen ‘t Water will make you forget about time.

Cafe Aen ‘t Water in Amsterdam is a cafe which is a bit hidden, it sits on a corner. You have to walk by to see it. Therefor, it isn’t too crowded. “Aen’t Water” is essentially Dutch slang for “At the water” and it was an appropriate name given the bars location at the canal.

The view from Cafe Aen 't Water

The terrace at Cafe Aen ‘t Water is really great. Where one sees boats of all sorts go by and try to go through a lock. I see one having a black flag with skulls and bones. Another tiny one is loaded with too many people: 10 persons cannot move a pinky, so stashed is the boat, which almost sinks!

Cafe Aen 't Water in Amsterdam

The view at Cafe Aen ‘t Water is absolutely amazing!

Just steps away from the crazy world, it’s very relaxing to sit here under elm trees, being amused by what one sees. Looking up at your other side, you see a frontage stone in the 17th century house depicting a barrel.
Cafe Aen ‘t Water doesn’t accept cards, at least not on the terrace, which is a bit disappointing. But hey, who cares when having a great view, enjoying nice drinks and good service. We would definitely recommend you to go to this cafe!

Cafe Aen t Water and its beautiful view in Amsterdam's Red Light District.
This picture was shot from the Sea Dike in Amsterdam. On the right you’ll see the terrace of Cafe Aen ‘t Water.

Ambiance: 9/10
View: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Romantic: 6.5/10

What else is good about Cafe Aen ‘t water?

Some people like to sit in the sun, other prefer the shadow. This cafe offers that both! The terrace is located beneath a big tree, which offers shade during the hottest hours of the day.

Cafe Aen 't Water in Amsterdam has one of the best views in the Red Light District.

This cafe is located in the oldest part of town. Here’s a picture of what it used to look like, a couple decades ago:

Amsterdam Red Light District, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, 70's
Amsterdam, Red Light District, ’70’s.  J. Stam, Collectie Stadsarchief Amsterdam.

Next to Cafe Aen ‘t Water you’ll find Cafe De Haven van Texel. CLICK HERE to check it out.

During our Red Light District we pass by this wonderful cafe. This is definitely one of the best spots for photographing Amsterdam.
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