The Amsterdam Winter - Like a Local!
Believe it or not: many Dutch people don’t mind the winter in Amsterdam. Probably because the city is built for it! Ever heard of the Dutch word ‘gezellig’? A real translation doesn’t exist, but the English word ‘cozy’ comes pretty close.
In the Netherlands we put a lot of effort in making a place look and feel ‘gezellig’. You won’t see many restaurants with fluorescent light, or café’s with the television on and music playing at the same time. A lot of cafés in Amsterdam use wood and warm colours for the interior combined with dim light, sometimes comfy couches and nice little corners. Since the houses are very old, it’s exceptional to get a license for a fireplace. Some places have one though, and in this article we share the best ones with you. Just because nothing beats a glass of red wine in front of the fire after a whole day of strolling around in Amsterdam !
The Tara Irish Pub - Rokin 85-89, Amsterdam (close to the Flying Pig Downtown)
‘A little piece of Ireland in the heart of Amsterdam.’
The Tara is one of the biggest bars in Amsterdam - although it still maintains that special intimate and friendly atmosphere, mainly because of its 2 open fireplaces and different little corners with interesting and very cozy furniture and decoration. There’s also a pool table.
How to get to The Tara?
The Tara can be found close to Dam Square - a short walk from Central Station, Rembrandts Plein and Leidse Plein. See map.
Café de Wetering – Wetering 37, Amsterdam (close to the Flying Pig Uptown)
‘A tiny place with a huge fireplace!’
This little café is very popular amongst the locals. There are 2 (actually 3) floors: the ground floor is only for the regular customers and you should be happy with this, since the best part of this bar is upstairs, where the massive fireplace is! You can also sit on a little balcony above the bar, or play pinball in the (ugly) basement.
How to get to Café the Wetering?
This café can be found on one of the site streets of the Leidseplein – in the direction of the Rembrandtsplein.
Pacific Parc – Polonceaukade 23, Amsterdam (Cultural Park ‘Westerpark’)
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‘Is it industrial, is it an old farm, or is it a trendy bar?’
This café is situated in a renovated heritage building. From the outside it looks industrial, from the inside like an old hay-loft. There is a lot of space and in the middle of the building is a massive fireplace; very gezellig! The whole area is pretty interesting, by the way.
How to get to the Pacific Parc?
The area is ‘Westerpark’, close to the Jordaan. From Damsquare, walk into the Nieuwendijk (where the FP Downtown is situated) and follow that street all the way into the Haarlemmerstraat and then Haarlemmerdijk. From there, see the map.