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Cafe "t Mandje

Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 622 5375
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Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe

Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe on the Zeedijk where everyone is welcome no matter what color, race... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2017
Andre_C_de_Jong
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
History and atmospehere second to none

We'd been told about this place on our guided tour the night before, but it had been so rammed, we... read more

Reviewed March 27, 2017
Paul1960_4
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Benfleet, United Kingdom
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Cafe 't Mandje (meaning "little basket") was opened in 1927 by the legendary Bet van Beeren. Eldest daughter of a family of 14, born in 1902 in De Jordaan, lesbian Bet was a pioneer in human rights and she openly welcomed gays, lesbians etc. in times when homosexuality was illegal, to mingle with the sailors, neighbors, artists and intellectuals who also frequented the little bar. Inside still remains the enormous collection of souvenirs: cut-off men's ties, underwear and lots and lots of photo's.Fun and respect since 1927. We don't know any better.
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Jul 19, 2017
“Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe”
Mar 27, 2017
“History and atmospehere second to none”
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Hours Today: 5:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Zeedijk 63, 1012 AS Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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+31 20 622 5375
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Reviewed July 19, 2017

Amsterdam's oldest gay cafe on the Zeedijk where everyone is welcome no matter what color, race, sexuality etc.They have a great variety in beers and other drinks and friendly people behind the bar and service with a smile.

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Reviewed March 27, 2017

We'd been told about this place on our guided tour the night before, but it had been so rammed, we couldn't get near the place. We opted to give it a go the next day. When you appreciate the history of the place, and the...More

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Reviewed March 7, 2017

I'd previously visited 't Mandje before and found it to be a lovely little gem with a great atmosphere and history, but a return visit was ruined by an absolutely rude bartender. When I arrived it was extremely noisy from loud music and large crowd,...More

2  Thank LageLandenLoper
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Reviewed March 5, 2017 via mobile

We went on Saturday in the day after long day of sightseeing. The lady behind the bar was an absolute legend! She kept us talking and laughing and then told us where we can go out later on, and even wrote the name down for...More

Thank David H
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Reviewed February 14, 2017

Surprise find! The owner of this bar is quite simply superb at creating a fantastic atmosphere doubling as bar tender and D.J. at the same time. Tables are moved out of the way and everyone can dance to the great tunes. So worth a visit....More

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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Great interior and memorabilia and great music. The owner turns her hand to everything... bar woman, D.J. and top dancer! She knows how to get the bar talking and dancing together. Highly recommend it. We'll be back. Thanks for the music...

Thank Rosie H
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Reviewed December 14, 2016

If you can ignore that the owner is a bit of a grumpy sod, then it's a cosy and comfortable little pub well worth a visit. Full of chirpy locals with an interior that is full of it's proud history. Definitely not suitable for large...More

Thank generator5000
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

Really liked this bar, which concluded our Red Light District Tour. Cozy place, friendly waiter, fast service. The decorations where from the old days. The bar was opened in 1927 by a lady named Bet van Beeren. It is supposed to be the first gay...More

Thank Doreen S
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Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

Nice place to drop by for a drink. Interior is pretty cool. Prices are reasonable. it's a small place so probably better for couples.

Thank AvaDublin
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Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Arrived between Euro Pride and Amsterdam Pride, so expected a lovely atmosphere. It was quieter than expected, but it was a Tuesday evening. We weren't very welcome by the bar man. He continued chatting to other customers in Dutch. He was rude snappy in tone,...More

5  Thank Alex F
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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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