Along the Prinsengracht, you will find a characteristic Amsterdam sight: canals in the foreground crossed by an arched bridge, with streets connecting it to a picturesque, 17th century step-gabled building. It is no surprise this corner café is one of Amsterdam’s most photographed places. But after capturing the scene, make sure to step inside, as a typical Amsterdam experience awaits. At Café Papeneiland it is as much the idyllic location as the people that craft its cosy atmosphere. “We don’t play music, so you can chat to one another,” says Tiel Netel who runs the family-owned café. “There aren’t enough places around anymore where you can just sit, relax and have a nice conversation, but here you can.”


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