Neon lights and tourism have taken over the Rembrandt square, and locals will try to avoid it or pass it as quickly as possible. The whole Rembrandt square? No, there is a little place that resists: hidden in plain sight, there is Café Schiller.
The history of this café goes back more than a century, when it was part of the hotel owned by the Schiller family. During that century, artists and intellectuals would gather at the café and stay in the hotel. Now, the hotel belongs to a big global brand but the café is still independent and it is a great place for a drink and a meal!
The affordable, French menu with oysters, duck liver terrine, lobster, steak tartare and choucroute on it, and all really good, make sure that just one visit won’t cut it. And when in a hurry to get to a theater close by, the daily specials, most of the time traditional Dutch hotchpots, are an excellent pick.
When you are not going for the food, the interior of Café Schiller gives you plenty of reason to do so. It is all in Art Deco style and when stepping inside the mosaic on the wall, the chandeliers and the paintings made by Frits Schiller will help you do some time traveling to a time when places like this were the home of debates about society, arts, and literature.