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Cafe In ‘t Aepjen

Posted on: juni 1, 2023

Amsterdam's cafe Int Aepjen on the Sea Dike

Cafe In ‘t Aepjen in Amsterdam

Candles burn even during the day at this age based in a 16th-century house, which is one of two remaining wooden buildings in Amsterdam. This bar is located on the Sea Dike (or Zeedijk in Dutch), just a 5 minute walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station. The Aepje means Monkey or the Ape. In the 16th-century this was a tavern or a hostel for sailors. The seamen could always stay the night. The exterior of Cafe In ‘t Aepjen is still in the same shape as it use to be: Just plain wood! You won’t find many bars in Amsterdam that has a wooden exterior. Obviously, this is material isn’t fire best friend. So, this is main reason why wooden exteriors aren’t much around in Amsterdam.

History of Cafe In ‘t Aepjen

Cafe In 'T Aepjen in Amsterdam
An old picture of Cafe In ‘t Aepjen on Amsterdam’s Sea Dike. This picture was shot between 1910 and 1935.

Amsterdam's Cafe in 't Aepjen on the Zeedijk in 1986.
This is what it looked like in 1986. In a time when the Red Light District was not a safe place.

The interior of Cafe in ‘t Aepjen

Cafe In ‘t Aepjen has a washed floor in this brown café as the Dutch like to call it. Red velvet stool tops. A set of three apes in bronze stare at you. They replace the real ape a customer and sailor left behind as payment for his drinking. Since then the gimmick of the place where old theatre doors and old advertisement signs decorate the scene, together with old stone jenever bottles.

Cafe In 't Aepjen Amsterdam
The interior of Cafe In ‘t Aepjen. Old bottles of Jenever (which is Dutch gin), signs that promote portions of Dutch meat and cheese which are available for 4 Euros.

You’ll get a full glass when you order a white wine, that’s pretty nice as well!

If you wouldn’t know that this bar, located on Zeedijk 1 (Sea dike 1), is such a little treasure you’d easily walk by it. Cafe In ‘t Aepjen is definitely a special bar, which we would like to recommend to everyone! Go visit this cafe, have some typical Dutch treats, like Jenever or some cheese… And enjoy everything around you.

Amsterdam's Cafe In 't Aepjen in the Red Light District
A classic, style-full and timeless interior… A perfect place for a nice drink and a good old talk with your friends.


The inside of Cafe In 't Aepjen in the Red Light District
An old advertisement for the real Amsterdam Jenever, called “Genever”. Translated the ad says: “Schoot-An, real Jenever from the Sea Dike”

Full of vintage details, Cafe In ‘t Aepjen with a complete wooden frontage is definitely worth a visit.
If you’d stand in the street in front of this cafe, look up to see the whole building. It’s really amazing!

For the connoisseurs and only 500 yards from Amsterdam’s Central Station!


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3 Responses to Cafe In ‘t Aepjen

  1. Robbie schreef:

    Amsterdam The Barderij is stopt with schootan.

  2. […] little cages as entertainment so his guests had what to see in Amsterdam. This explains the name of Café In T’ Aepjen (Monkey). Besides a great historical setting they also serve some quality Dutch Jenever (gin). A […]

  3. Arthur Kirmss schreef:

    My wife and I visited there. It was very late at night, with a mist coming down. Very quiet! The place has strong historical atmosphere; we drank some Dutch beer with some cheese; I was very glad to be enjoying the really old setting!

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