Posted on: June 25, 2014
If you want to experience a real Amsterdam place, Cafe ‘t Mandje is an absolute must. It has been a part of the Red Light District for nearly 100 years. It’s known for being the first gay friendly bar in Amsterdam, everyone is welcome here. Tourist or local, male or female, straight or gay, it doesn’t matter here. In this cafe you can just be yourself and have a super fun evening in the middle of one of the oldest streets of Holland’s capital. Do you only hear Dutch inside? Don’t be afraid, feel free to enter. They enjoy seeing new faces in this cafe.
Cafe ‘t Mandje was started back in 1927 by Bet van Beeren, a lesbian, and she didn’t hide it from anyone. It was her openness about her sexuality that has made the café an important symbol in Amsterdam’s gay history. This little café was included in the canon of Amsterdam as a symbol of tolerance through the centuries. When the original bar got closed down a replica with all the original interior parts was shown in the Amsterdam Museum. In 2008 the youngest sister of Bet, Greet, decided to re-open the original cafe which had been preserved and the interior parts were moved back in. So besides visiting a fun bar you are also visiting a part of museum quality Dutch tolerance in the flesh!
Cafe ‘t Mandje is located on the Zeedijk in Amsterdam’s very own (little) China Town. You can find all kinds of Asian restaurants close by. So why not combine having dinner in this area and closing off with some drinks in this historic cafe? Our asian restaurant tips that are located close to Cafe ‘t Mandje: Thai restaurant Bird, Malaysian restaurant Wau and Chinese restaurant Chuan Yan.
The cafe is sometimes a highlight during our Red Light District tours.