A Grand Dame with remarkable souplesse
The Café Americain is inextricably linked to the recent history of Amsterdam. Built in 1902, as part of Hotel American, she formed the decor of the city that developed into a metropolis during the 20th century.
Built and decorated in Art Deco style, architect G.J. Rutgers brought the atmosphere of Brussels and Paris to the city on the river Amstel. It worked like a magnet on writers and artists; they met in Café Americain and they came to new insights.
Legendary is the story of writer Harry Mulisch, unknown at that time and a struggling writer in the early fifties of the last century. He had himself announced in the Café; “Phone call for Mr. Mulisch”, was shouted out by the waiters. By doing this, the beau monde of Amsterdam frequently heard his name.
Mulisch lived opposite the Café Americain and visited the restaurant almost daily. The classic reading table with view overlooking the City Theatre, now carries his name. Many locals still come to the Café Americain to have a coffee and read a newspaper or magazine at this famous reading table.