With high ceilings and hand crafted tables, this erstwhile 1886 constructed schoolhouse is now a spacious cafe. Cold, Dutch winters are leavened if you seek refuge in its cozy interior, where you can down a bowl of spicy soup or Belgian vegetarian pie with leeks, chicory, cashew nuts and cheese. The summer months signal the opening of Ponteneur’s seasonal terrace, a favoured hangout.
At once a pub, cafe and restaurant, the joint’s atmosphere changes according to the time of day—by morning, have a cream cheese bagel and pick up some literature from the well stocked reading table; by afternoon, order an early evening local brew tap beer; by night, convene with friends for a light cheese fondue with crudités prepared with fresh ingredients and a glass of red wine. If you’ve had a long day browsing at the nearby Dappermarkt, stop by at Ponteneur to rest your street-weary feet and enjoy a simple repast.