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Downtown Lunchroom
Very Good
Netherlands
Amsterdam

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Downtown Lunchroom is a small gay-friendly cafe and lunchroom in the centre of Amsterdam, where you can enjoy a good cup of coffee, delicious pancakes and various sandwiches. Downtown also has a large and sunny terrace.

      HISTORY

Downtown is situated in the oldest existing building of Reguliersdwarsstraat, dating back to 1642. As such, it is a fine example of a 17th century Dutch house with a storefront. In 1970 two gay friends, Fokke IJsinga and Frits Blaauw, opened one of the first espresso bars of Amsterdam here. They named it Coffeeshop Downtown, since those were the days before coffeeshop was used to refer to a shop that sells softdrugs. Downtown was meant to be an ordinary coffee bar, but when more and more gay people started to visit, the place became the first open gay cafe of the city. Earlier, all gay bars had closed windows and a door policy. By the end of 1979 Downtown was taken over by Frans Monsma and Guus Silverentand. They began organizing the first big and fancy parties in the street. Besides the art exhibitions, they also published the avant garde Downtown Magazine. A year later they also opened the world famous café-bar April, and with those two venues the Reguliersdwarsstraat turned into the most well-known and trendy Amsterdam gay street.

OPENING HOURS:

Mon - Wed: 10:00 - 19:00 Thu - Sat: 10:00 - 21:00 Sun: 10:00 - 19:00

Lunchroom Downtown Reguliersdwarsstraat 31 1017 BJ Amsterdam +31(0)20-789 05 54

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fitz
Excellent
Liked very much!!!
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Victoria
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Amazed by its pretty fashionable interior. Drinks and snacks I bought there were always tasty.  I also liked its location (the centre), easy to find it! The waiter who served me was quick and smiley! I will definitely call at in August when join Amsterdam Gay Pride!
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Patrick
I have found this place suddenly, as all similar places with my friends during our walk! I can say that I like such places, where it is possible to stay inside, if you want to have a calm atmosphere and outside, to have a possibility admore the ordinary life of walking people. There is a variety of different dishes, but we heard a lot about the pancakes, so we orderend with cheese. They were tasty as for me, and a…
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Tim
This is one of my favorite places already) I have been here several times already, with my partner and with friends, and would come here again soon! It is situated in the center od the city, so you would not have problems if you would decide to find it! This is a small acfe, but very cozy, that has some link with the past, if you would look on its architecture! There is nothing special in the desing, a simple…
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Downtown Lunchroom
Very Good
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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