by Jctravel1983 on December 13, 2010
I had a nice trip to Amsterdam, starting with a tour accompanied by a guide. The meeting point was Karpershoek cafe. Near Central Station, so easy to reach. Address: Martelaarsgracht 2 in Amsterdam.LocationYou come out of the station. Just to the right and then walk over a bridge and see the name of the cafe already adorn the facade. Right on the corner with a small terrace on two sides.Then you actually step into a living room. There are wooden tables and chairs. The most central location to the wall, the bar. A nice nostalgic wooden bar. The tap consists of 7 buttons with 7 different beers. There are some stools along the bar. By the back corner is the toilet. Well maintained, but small.InteriorYou enter and the first thing you notice is the wooden floor with white sand. The color combination is dark brown. Just wonderful, the brown wood paneling. In the dark pub is little light through the windows. On the wall are many attributes that display the history of the building. Old prints of old Amsterdam. The café tables are 7 and there is a larger table. Along the wall are couchers. It is clear that the whole room was two rooms where a wall was broken down to make a larger space. There’s more than enough to look with all the decorations and inscriptions. But what struck me most is next to the sandy floor the Amsterdammertje. You know the typical poles of Amsterdam. This pole is now at the entrance to the cafe.StaffA pleasant man, with a speed of Amsterdam to talk, ask us what we want to drink. He's friendly. He is clearly set on larger groups of people, because our order, went into a fast pace and without paper. And it was good. At the end I had to pay and it was exactly what we had order. For the price you do not have to leave because they were reasonable. For the group of 12 people I paid less than 25 euros. Here you also have to remember that the toilet cost of 50 cents per person, are included!On the wall hangs a large sign that there are many beers on sale from the normal lager beers. You can even eat a bite. Meatballs, sandwich ham and cheese for 4 euros.DisabledWith a wheelchair is a little difficult to maneuver, because it is not a large cafe. But it is possible.HighliftsIn the city walks in Amsterdam, they stop at this café because it’s one of the oldest pubs in Amsterdam. I believe in 1600, from the time of the VOC. But I do not know the year.The interior is especially nice with a fireplace in the living room. A beautiful Delft blue painting on the wall. But note here also the statements on the wall. Here are wisdom in life, such as we treat you like a king, if you behave like an emperor. ConclusionWe chose the cafe because it is an ideal point, near the Central Station of Amsterdam. It is a cozy pub. Small, in a sort of a cozy living room. You should expect nothing special. But it is fun and nostalgic.
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