Mata Hari

About us

The open kitchen, the homely decor, the pillars and the loft feature the unique atmosphere which is always frequented with a friendly buzz. Mata Hari uses sustainable, local and fair trade products wherever possible. For example: Cheese farmer Martin of the biological Noordermarkt provides our cheeses; Brandt and Levie our sausages; Wild van Wild our game meat; Tel our fish; and BBrood provides our bread. The menu is Mediterranean with Dutch accents. The dishes are seasonal and affordable.

Besides a good glass of wine or a cocktail, you can also find several draft beers including Zatte of brewery ‘t IJ, Erdinger Weiss, De Koninck and La Chouffe in our bar. On Fridays and Saturdays, the bar is open until 3:00 am.

Mata Hari is a place where you can read a newspaper at ease, play a game with friends, or just grab your laptop and work on the sofa… and yes, we also have free WIFI!

Both in summer and winter we have a waterfront terrace where you can enjoy a drink and snack.

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 22, Amsterdam

Who was Mata Hari?

Mata Hari, real name Margaret Gertrude (Griet) Zelle, (Leeuwarden, August 7, 1876 - Vincennes, October 15, 1917) was a Dutch dancer. She was convicted of espionage by the French for high treason and executed.

Mata Hari was famous for her ability to respond to the popular taste of her time. In 1905 she had her breakthrough in Paris with her 'Oriental' dance. She continues to be world famous, although there is no footage of her performances, let alone images with sound. Only a handful of pictures remain, as well as the stories about her. The Fries Museum Leeuwarden has documentation about her.

Some consider Mata Hari as a symbol of the old Europe, whose glitz and glamour went under in the First World War, while others regard her as a wealthy, artistic prostitute.