Café-restaurant De Ysbreeker
Weesperzijde 23, 1091 EC Amsterdam, Netherlands
| +31 20 468 1808
Sun - Thur 8am - 1am
Fri, Sat 8am - 2am
People-Watching in AmsterdamSupposedly De Ysbreeker ('Ice breaker'), arguably one of Amsterdam's most coveted café terraces overlooking the Amstel river, was formerly an inn for men who broke the ice on the river - hence, its name.
Incarnations as a theater and dance hall followed before settling into its permanent role as a café/restaurant with prime people-watching real estate. When it changed ownership in 2010, it also underwent massive renovations to modernize the space. Today, it boasts a commodious interior which includes a bar, armchairs near a fireplace, a billiards table, a work space, loads of dining nooks and a concert hall in the back. Go for coffee and people-watching or a pre-dinner drink and nibbles, that's where it shines.