The previous "engineers residence" of Amsterdam South's Gas Factory has been restored and started a new life as a culinary and artistic café. "tHUIS aan de AMSTEL" is authentic, creative, organic, approachable and above all: tasty food and drinks. For every moment of the day and evening tHUIS aan de AMSTEL offers a laid-back and homely setting.
We are open seven days a week for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks and various specials. Have a look at our lunchmenu and appetizers. In the evenings we serve weekly changing platters which always gives you a choice between a fish, meat and vegetarian dish.
Our facilities can be used every day of the week for art expositions, music performance, business meetings, parties, workshops and more. Wifi is freely available, so you are also welcome to work on your laptop in the café with good coffee.
See you soon at tHUIS aan de AMSTEL!
As part of the Southern gas factory, this house was built around 1911, for the director of the Gas factory.
In Amsterdam there were 4 gas factories where gas was produced out of coal, for example for lightening the streets of the city. This gas factory was built between the river Amstel and the railroad, which made it possible to supply it with coal by boat as well as by train.
Between 1911 and 1966 4 directors with their families lived in this house. The last family moved in right after world war 2. Because it had so many rooms and space was scarce in that time, the family invited musicians and artists to live here with them.
The family moved out in 1966. The gas factory no longer needed to make gas out of coal as since 1965 mainly natural gas was produced and used. After that the southern gas factory transformed into the municipal energy company, for the supply of natural gas and electricity. Here in this house one of the artists that was invited to live here by the directors family, stayed after they moved out. First he lived here with his wife and child, but when they separated he lived here on his own. He saw everything change around him. He didn’t have the money to maintain the building, but he also didn’t remove or change anything so all original details are still here. Unfortunately he died in 2010, without becoming very famous. His name was Joost van Rooijen. After his death this house was used by some small companies, until 2013.
In the last couple of decennia, the city grew towards the factory. Around it a large business park was developed and in 2013 the first houses were being built. That was just two years after we noticed this beautiful building and imagined it to be a café.
In 2011 we managed to find an organisation in Amsterdam that buys, rebuilds or renovates old houses and buildings to save them from demolishment. This organisation now owns many houses and buildings, among which also some churches, in Amsterdam. Many of these buildings are monuments.
This house is also a monument, so we are very proud that together we were able to buy and renovate this house and to put it back into its shape and style of 1911. Is was built in eclectic style.
All former rooms are intact. The living rooms downstairs together with the terrace form the café. The former bedrooms on the first floor are used for meetings, business lunches or drinks, small parties, weddings, baby showers and condolences. The balcony room is the former bedroom of the director and his wife.
On the second floor, where the maids used to live, we have 3 more meeting rooms.
We have many items that were being used in the gas factory in the process of making gas, and a lot of items that were used by consumers, running on gas or later on electricity. We inherited these items from the municipal energy company that left the former premises of the southern gas factory 2 years ago.
Monday - Thursday 08.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Friday 08.30 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
During holidays we open at 10.00 a.m.
New Year's Eve we close at 5 p.m. The 1st of January we open at 12 a.m.
Our kitchen is open until 9.30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday (during winter time our kitchen might close at 8.30 p.m. depending on the bustle)
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