De Waag

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Marianne on May 31, 2002

It’s evening, it’s dark, it’s half past nine. The key creaks in its lock and is brought to the city hall for safekeeping. The Sint Anthonius Gate is locked and everyone in the city is safe. It used to be one of the gateways to Amsterdam, but this was in 1488.

But Amsterdam expanded. At the beginning of the 17th century the Sint Anthonius gate stood within the city walls and was no longer a defence tower.

It was then transformed into a weighing house. Merchants liked it because it was conveniently situated near to the river. Soon they a weekly market in front of the Waag.

In 18th century the Nieuwmarkt, the new market, developed into one of Amsterdam's most important trade centres.

If you are interested in history you must visit De Waag. It served as the city archives. Napoleon used it for public executions.

But on a sunny day, the Waag is the a good place to do some people-watching..

All dishes are prepared by using organically grown ingredients. They work together with a group of farmers who allow their livestock to roam freely about. No pesticides are used to control weeds. All vegetables are grown organically. On the menu: "tender veal from calves who have spent their entire lives with their mothers". For me this is no recommendations, it makes eating meat worse as I can see mother cow and child calf happy together.....

So I order a vegetarian dish.

Restaurant Café in de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands
(020) 422-7772

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