Everybody loves Louis
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS © LOUIS
Entering café Louis is like stepping into a piece of heritage, topped off with a cosy laid-back interior and the feeling of a local pub. This hidden favourite at the Singel effortlessly combines casualness with a feeling of exquisiteness. With a beautiful view of Amsterdam’s scenic water- ways, the terrace is inviting on both warm sunny afternoons and colder autumn nights. Great company at all times is the picturesque sunset and the never-ending line of people walking by. So, what is on the menu? “Specialty beers,” laughs Joes Janse, owner of Louis. “We serve over 50 types of specialty beers, many from small local breweries.” Do not leave without trying the ‘Broodje Sukade’ (sandwich with Blade steak), a Louis classic. Besides Joes, there is another boss running the place: cat Louis. This cute black and white creature casually strolls along tables, stylishly conquering chairs and making every customer fall in love with him. “Does he steal food? He is pretty well behaved,” Joes smiles.
As the night continues, Louis gets fuller, and the music goes down. “The sounds of voices is the best music out there,” enthuses Joes. Because that is Louis: your planned 20-minute trip to this gem might just magically turn into five hours of good conversation alongside specialty beer and a unique Dutch ambiance. You are warned.