Cafe Americain

The Hampshire Hotel Amsterdam American is a landmark within the City of Amsterdam. It’s eclectic architecture is unique and the location next to Leidseplein second to none. The characteristic façade with fountains in front of it has been used for many movies, television series and commercial shoots.


Once inside, you feel the Art Nouveau charm. The famous Bar Americain serves the best cocktails and it’s terrace is ideal for people watching. The epic Café Americain displays all the Art-Deco glamour that was so typical for the roaring twenties. It is open all day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, theatre menu and classy dining.


In this monumental building, filled with stories, you will find modern facilities both within the guest rooms and the conference rooms. A business centre, fitness area with sauna, art exhibition and music recording studio complete the offering in the Grand Old Lady that is the American Hotel. Many guests from the entertainment scene find their way to the hotel.

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Because of the large terrace in front of the restaurant, the vicinity to theatres and pop music venues and the classic dishes from Dutch and international cuisine. Accessible by tram, bus and boat, that all stop in front of the hotel, the location could not be better. The hotel is in walking distance from the museum district, main shopping streets, Vondelpark, Anne-Frank-house, canal district and nightlife area. Indulge & enjoy!

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Whilst enjoying your drinks and snacks in the Café Americain, don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit the rest of the building. The hotel had many illustrious guests such as Mata Hari, the world famous spy from WWI that had her wedding night at the hotel. The first American hotel was built in 1880, but was demolished in 1900. Immediately, the build of the current building started and was completed in two years.


The Cafe received its Art Deco entourage in 1928 to be ready for the Olympics that year. Unfortunately they just missed that deadline. However, a famous Cafe was born that stood the test of time until today. Resulting in, amongst other things, the creation of the famous “filet Americain”. A dish that derived its name from the Café Americain.


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