• Café de Vergulde Gaper

Welcome to Café De Vergulde Gaper

In de centre of the Jordaan, near the Anne Frank house, the famous Westertower, the Noordermarkt and the many wonderful shops in the Prinsenstraat and Herenstraat, our café is located in an old drugstore. The name, de Vergulde Gaper (“the plated yawner”) is derived from the old sign (a “Gaper”) for pharmacies and drugstores and inside our café you can find many old drugstore paraphernalia. For more information about the history of a “Gaper” click on the Wikipedia link below.


De Vergulde Gaper has a gorgeous terrace on both sides of the Prinsengracht. The heating ensures you are able to sit outside until November, and on sunny days you can sit back and relax while enjoying a view of the beautiful Noorderkerk (Northern Church), and the many boats finding their way through the Amsterdam canals.

Come by to enjoy a coffee with apple pie, a delicious lunch, or to laze away on the sun-drenched terrace while enjoying a specialty beer and the world famous “bitterballen”. In the evening, feast on a delicious dinner in a casual, laidback atmosphere and finally find yourself at our cozy bar for one “last” drink. From locals to tourist, from young to old, De Vergulde Gaper is a bar for everybody at any time of the day and brings a new meaning to the term “self-medication”. 

The menu

De Vergulde Gaper is well-known as lunch café with great sandwiches, omelettes, soups, salads and other treats.

All day long we serve snacks including the famous Dutch “bitterballen”

In the evening, we serve delicious pub-food such as satay, beefburger with chili mayonnaise, ravioli and rib-eye steak. We also always serve one or more daily specials.

Please note: we are not serving dinner at the moment. But you are welcome to come in and enjoy a drink or snack in the evening. 

Here you will find the menu (drinks, snacks and lunch) in Dutch and English. Here you will find the dinner menu. To view this menu you need Adobe Acrobat which you can download here for free.


You can make reservations for Café de Vergulde Gaper in Amsterdam by filling out the form or sending an e-mail to info@deverguldegaper.nl. To make a reservation by telephone, please call 0031-20 6248975 (our staff speaks English).



We take group reservations for up to 25 people for dinner and up to 100 people for drinks (and snacks), depending on the time of the day. We also offer the possibility to host private parties.

Please contact us for the possibilities at info@deverguldegaper.nl or call  0031-20 6248975 (our staff speaks English).