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Bang in the middle of vibrant Nieuwmarkt, the historic Waag—it was the city's weighing house in the 17th-century Golden Age—buzzes day and night; its outdoor cafe is filled to bursting all afternoon and it serves late-night snacks of nachos and Dutch cheeses to soak up any surfeit of alcohol. The formal restaurant inside the Waag is made for romance, with a candlelit dining room and long trestle tables ideally suited to one of Amsterdam’s oldest buildings. The menu is short and predictable, offering Aberdeen Angus steaks and fish of the day, but the cooking is skilled and the atmosphere laid-back.