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One of two remaining wood-fronted houses in Amsterdam,
In’t Aepjen was built in 1550 as a sailors’ hostel, and is
now a bar. The name means “In the monkeys”; when sailors couldn’t pay,
they would barter – sometimes with pet monkeys.
We called in on a recent trip after reading about the history of this place and really enjoyed it. Their own ‘monkey beer’ is excellent, pilsner is good too, but the decor is just fascinating. Well worth a visit.
Another fabulous pub at the edge of the Red Light district. Try the Gerardo’s Dubbel or Aepjen Bier if you want a really great Dutch Beer. Built as an inn in the 1600’s, this SWEET bar is oozing with charm.
We stopped in for a quick beer just to see the place. It is one of the oldest remaining brown bars in Amsterdam. Be sure to read up on it beforehand, there isn’t anything there to explain its history. Interesting decor and delicious beer.
The famous monkey bar has a beautiful decor. From the inside and out it reeks history. Our beer and coffees were just what we needed after a brisk walk of the neighborhood. I especially enjoyed my sweet cookie that was served with our coffees. The...More
This is a lovely, small bar with a lot of history. When we visited, there were a few visitors but it was easy to get a seat and the bar staff were really friendly.
The beer was excellent quality and it was a lovely place...More
I love int Aepjen. I loved it when I first set foot in this historical bruin "brown" cafe in 1998 and I loved it even more almost 20 years later. Amazing beer and friendly staff located a 5 minute walk from the main train station.
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
less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.