Claiming a number of Amsterdam's historical prestige points, Cafe Papeneiland is a comprehensive look back at the timeless traditions of Dutch cafe life. Though the clergy-concealing tunnel that transported Catholics to a hidden church across the canal is no longer in use, the historical affect of this timeless spot lives on. First erected in 1624, this cafe has seen centuries of change whisk by its beveled glass windows, remaining mostly unchanged with its wood paneled walls and centrally-placed stove. The seating is exceptionally limited inside, numerous locals and visitors flocking to the ever-cramped upstairs smoking section while the remainder battle it out for one of four stools or a place at the heavily coveted booths lining the walls. Those who do find a niche for themselves will be treated to drafts from, of course, Amsterdam's oldest filtered tap line in, of course, Amsterdam's oldest bar. The apple pie is quite reputable as well, a frequently cited favorite of many visitors. Equal parts landmark and watering hole, Cafe Papeneiland is a historical highlight for Amsterdam travelers of a different bent.
- Open Hours: Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 AM to 01:00 AM, Friday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 02:00 AM
- Type: Bars