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At a crawl distance from Central Station and, for example, café de Karpershoek, you will find a wine and liqueur factory on the corner of Haringpakkersteeg whose history began more than 300 years ago.

Jan van den Broek started a wine trade on the Nieuwendijk, which must have been around 1710. Barely ten years later, Jan died, but his wife managed to continue the business until her daughter took over the helm together with her husband (Johannes Boelen). They eventually sold the business, after which it became a café, many owners followed.

In 1917 Piet de Vreng bought the business and the building next to it. Piet wanted something special because you could drink a drink anywhere. He bought good drinks, but also had gin matured for a long time in the cellars under the house.