1. Café Hoppe
This august drinking den in the centre of town keeps its krulletters out of harm’s way: they’re emblazoned on the myriad ancient booze barrels behind the bar.
The “little man” to which this characterful corner bar owes its name has also made his way onto the windows of this café, underneath the original Amsterdamse krulletters.
3. Café de Eland
After a break-in some years ago, proprietor Mark Bollen salvaged the section of glass bearing the krulletters and had it painstakingly reproduced.
The krulletters here, which incorporate the two swans of the bar’s name, are among the best-preserved in Amsterdam, according to expert Ramiro Espinoza.
Look out for the clever krulletter sign, with curlicues incorporating some friendly looking fish painted by the Amsterdam Signpainters.
This new liquor dispensary serves the local tipple genever, which predates gin by years. The sign was painted by the Amsterdam Signpainters in 2016.
Photography by Jordi Huisman
This article was originally published in the May 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine.