This ‘brown cafe‘ serves a good selection of tasty sandwiches, a soup of the day, and various snacks.
Beer, food, and good coffee can be obtained here at reasonable prices — plus friendly service.
If it looks like every seat is taken, press on and check whether there is room on either the lower level or on the balcony.
Cafe van Daele is located at the corner of Paleisstraat and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, a stone’s throw from Dam Square. If that’s the direction you’re coming from, face the palace. Then take the street to the left of it along the side of the palace. At the traffic lights, cross the street and enter the cafe (across from it to your right is the Albert Heijn supermarket – a good place to stock up on food and other supplies).
Cafe van Daele was named after a Belgian author of childrens’ books. In his time he was known as the Belgian “Theo Thijssen.” The latter was a famous Dutch writer, and it so happens that the folks who own Cafe Van Daele also own Cafe Thijssen – one of the most popular cafes in de Jordaan district.
Do note the stained-glass windows and the ornate art-deco lamps.
Cafe van Daele
1012 ZL Amsterdam
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