Cafe Slijterij Oosterling is one of the most outstanding and remarkable bars in Amsterdam. At the corner of Utrechtsestraat and Frederiksplein, the family Oosterling started here in 1877. Today brothers Oscar and Marcel from the 4th generation of Oosterlins and Pierre are serving you and they are friendly professionals that are witty and make you feel welcome.
When I enter Oosterling, it’s like time’s stood still here and it feels like coming home. The interior is great. The old wooden barrels that were used way back when to ship the beer are witnesses of a time gone by. The stone floor and the low counter add to the unique setting of Oosterling. The low counter dates back to the time that the VOC (East India Company) traded spices, coffee and tea here, starting in 1735.
All the various bottles of different whiskys, vodka, champagne, jenevers etc. add an extra colourful dimension to the scenery. Oosterling is not only a bar but also a liquor shop, which is very convenient when you want to take a bottle home. They have Oude Jenever & Corenwijn from Zuidam (!), Bols and Oosterling (house brand!), and according to Het Parool, the best meat balls in town (January 2017).
The Amsterdamse ossenworst from Louman, combined with leverworst, cheese, some pickles and mustard go well with the beer and make me stay longer. Bitterballen and kaasstengels are ordered from a snackbar around the corner, that’s why the guy with the helmet comes in every other 15 minutes! So cheers to you!