Café 't Hooischip is a traditional Amsterdam brown café. It used to be a real sailor's café, because of its location right on the Amstel. It is a very nice and cozy brown café with purebred Amsterdammers. And of course, known for the delicious homemade meatballs from Joop!
There is a nice homely atmosphere in which people have a nice chat with each other, which is often directed by the staff. In the summer it is completely enjoyable, cozy with friends and acquaintances a nice drink and snack on the terrace. Feel free to drop by and judge for yourself!
THE HISTORY OF CAFE 'T HOOISCHIP
It often happens that the name of an Amsterdam café has something to do with the old situation on the spot or with an event that took place in the neighborhood. This is how the name of Cafe 't Hooischip came about. Because of the supply of the goods, most markets were located on the water, including the Hooimarkt on the east side of the Amstel, between the Nieuwe Heren and the Keizersgracht. Straw and hay were items for which there was a constant need in Amsterdam in the 18th century.
Hay and straw were also used as bed filling, perhaps not by the more upscale Amsterdammer but certainly by a large number of residents of the city. The hay did not only come from pasture areas, but also from Friesland and North Holland. The straw and hay was then transported by ships to the Amsterdam Hay Market. At that time, the current Waterlooplein consisted of two perpendicular canals. The Leprozengracht from the Amstel and the Houtgracht to the Zwanenburgwal. In 1874 these were filled in and the square was created, which was later called Waterlooplein in 1883.
Undoubtedly, unloading and stacking straw and hay would have been a heavy and dusty job that made you thirsty. At that time there were a large number of pubs around the Hooimarkt. The cityscape has changed a lot in this area over the years, and many of these pubs have disappeared, but you can still walk in at cafe 't Hooischip for a delicious drink and snack!