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The Grand Café, housed in the legendary Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky overlooking Amsterdam’s Dam Square, has been imaginatively revived, along with the hotel’s other food and beverage offerings and public spaces. Elegant and contemporary but also clearly within the tradition of noble European cafés, the venue is three times the size of its previous iteration and has been sectioned into three adjoining areas, each accommodating different dining experiences. A fully glazed pantry housing enticing patisserie displays stands by the entrance, surrounded by compact booths. The next space in the enfilade is dominated by a magnificent seafood counter dressed with a white Carrara marble top and custom lamps, and framed at each end by a floor-to-ceiling champagne wall. The far end is balanced with a floor-to-ceiling display of fine teas and sharing tables, with bespoke pendant lights hang throughout to articulate the space and capture the attention of passers-by.