After being neglected for decades, German culture is becoming increasingly en vogue in Amsterdam. Culture is food and food is culture, and an outstanding example of German bakery tradition is the Brezel, in the US also known as the Pretzl, and this little salty pastry is the name giver of lunchroom Brezel in the Sarphatistraat. It is a small cafe, only a few tables, but it all looks pretty (south) German.
The owner is dressed up in Dirndl, a typical southern German outfit that you might be familiar with if you have ever been to the famous Oktoberfest in Munich or anywhere else in the world. Instead of selling beer, Brezel offers typical southern German pastry: Brezel, Lebkuchen (gingerbread), different sorts of sandwiches and cakes.
Brezel is on my way to work, so occasionally I stop by to have a brezel and a cappuccino. If you are eating in, the brezels are served with butter and cream-cheese. The latter is not an absolutely necessary addition, but brezel and butter is an absolute must.
And really, a brezel for € 1 is an okay price for take-away (even though it’s of course more expensive than it would be in Germany), but to get it served, with butter AND cream-cheese, still for € 1 – I feel really spoiled. And I hope they won’t adapt their prices after having read my comment! Thank you Brezel!