tHUIS aan de AMSTEL is a Culinary & Artistic cafe situated in the director’s residency of the former gas factory, de Zuidergasfabriek which was built around 1910. Surrounded by nature and overlooking the water, and the city centre of Amsterdam just a bike ride away. Entering the house you feel the ambiance, which is full of life, creative, authentic and friendly. At any time of the day and evening tHUIS aan de AMSTEL offers a laid-back and homey setting where we serve tasty food & drinks. We are open seven days a week for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks and various specials.
Culinary and Artistic café
We are open seven days a week for breakfast, coffee, lunch, drinks and various specials. In the evenings we serve weekly changing platters with the choice between a fish, meat and vegetarian dish.
We cook with the seasons. Local producers and farmers are key when we select our products. Enjoy a cup of coffee with one of our home baked pies, a sandwhich with home smoked salmon or treat yourself to a typical Amsterdam draftbeer. Check out our lunchmenu and our appetizers. The dinermenu changes almost everyday.
You are welcome to come by anytime. If you are with more than six people please give us a call in advance.
Art & music
We have alternating art expositions and Jazz performances on a regular basis, check out our website for the agenda.
Café tHUIS aan de AMSTEL is situated in the former directors residency of the gas factory, de Zuidergasfabriek. A noble villa built around 1911.
Until the mid-sixties different directors families lived in this beautiful villa. After world war two living space was scarce and the former directors family decided to take musicians and artists in their house. This was no coincidence, the director and his wife were big music and art lovers. With these artists living in their house a party now and then was no exception.
The function of the gas factory changed in 1965, natural gas and gas from coal became the primary source of energy. Therefore the gas factory became unnecessary and other functions got added to the terrain. The biggest part of the gas factory terrain became property of the municipal energy company (very recently: NUON/Alliander). The directors residency stayed in the property of the municipal and the artist Joost van Roojen lived in the house until 2008. In 1988 the villa got the status of national monument, Rijksmonument.
A new life for the old directors residency
With the exploitation plans for the new residential area Amstelkwartier the municipal was looking to create a new public space in the villa. The preservation of the directors residency was considered to be in the public interest because of the architectural-historical and typological value and as a historical-functional part of de Zuidergasfabriek complex.
Stadsherstel N.V. is the new owner since 2013, they completely renovated the whole building which was brought back into the original state as much as possible. Because of lack in maintenance in the previous years it was quite a job, but the result is mind blowing and all the original details were still intact. The garden is also laid out in its original design.
At this moment the surroundings of de Zuidergasfabriek are being developed. In a couple of years this terrain will be a public parc with some outstanding elements that belong to de Zuidergasfabriek; the water tower, the administration office, the porter’s house, the little harbour, the regulator houses and the house of the deputy director. At this moment you can only see it from a distance when you stand on the small white drawbridge.
Monday - Thursday 08.30 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Friday 08.30 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 01.00 a.m.
Sunday 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 p.m.
Our kitchen is open until 9.30 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
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Special opening hours
On holidays we open at 09.00 a.m.