It's no secret that I'm quite fond of residing in Dordrecht. It's an ideal city for someone who loves rustic, historical enchantment, modern conveniences and progressive community. Living very close to centrum, most of the buildings are at least 100 years old and many date back to the 17th century. I find myself getting lost in the beauty and history on a regular basis.
One evening, we were out doing just that, and JP suggested we stop in Cafe de Tijd (cafe the time) for a beer. While I was certainly all for the idea of adding beer to the equation - I was not as excited about breaking up the historical exploration. Eventually, I gave into my thirst and I'm quite happy we did.
Walking into Cafe de Tijd felt like visiting a cafe from another time - though I can't put my finger on which point in history. The walls are covered in vintage beer signs, the bar is made of marble, the floors are rough wooden slabs and the building has been standing since 1603! No frills, it's just cozy - like you'd expect to find your great-great grandfather partaking in an afternoon of chess with his closest pals.
Great-great grandfathers aside, you're sure to sit with old men and hipsters dressed old men at Cafe de Tijd - this places draws a diverse crowd. And, you can even play chess, as the cafe offers a tower of board games and plenty of space for their patrons to get competitive.
Warm and friendly service matches the homey atmosphere - and it gets better, de Tijd offers a selection of more than 150 beers (I tried the Bacchus Kriekenbier and highly recommend it, maybe I'll do a review?).
While we didn't order anything to eat - the food looked tasty, and I certainly appreciated the complimentary bowl of chips served with our drinks. I'll report back on the bitterballen and tosti.
Cafe de Tijd, thanks for being so pleasant, we'll definitely be returning and in the mean time, I'll keep my eyes peeled for the next beer tasting. (This was not a sponsored post)