I’ve been meaning to write this food guide for a while now. The most popular DM that I get asked on my Instagram is which places do I recommend to go eat. So here are my favorites places in Amsterdam. From where to get coffee, brunch or food on the go, to my favorite restaurants and places to satisfy your sweet tooth. I’ll keep updating this list as I try new places.
They also do very cute latte art. If you want latte art different from a heart (they do bunnies, lions, etc), it is better to ask for it when you order though. The guys working there are very friendly so don’t be shy to ask for it.
They have nice coffee and tea. And I love their desserts which change often. They also serve brunch dishes, I still need to try them. I usually go for my cuppa and something sweet.
They sell very good coffee. I find the coffee here stronger in taste than in other coffee shops.
I love their coffee and they also sell Kombucha. They also have cakes and brunch dishes. It’s close to Central Station
Great spot if you are in De Pijp area. Don’t forget to try their cinnamon buns. They also serve some brunch dishes.
Their concept is a bit more unique. They serve coffee, wine and food. It’s in the East side of Amsterdam.
Great coffee and the café is quite large for Amsterdam standards. It’s a short walk from Leidesplein.
They have two locations. One close to Vondelpark and the other in the east of Amsterdam (Hoftuin). The one in Hoftuin has a big garden, so nice to go if you want to be in the sun. They serve all day brunch.
They sell all day brunch with plenty of sweet options. This place is also Instagram heaven. They have two locations (not far from one another) in the Nine Streets area.
They serve lunch and dinner. Their three course lunch menu starts at €37,50 and their five course dinner menu starts at €69. It is very well priced for what you get. The dishes are very creative. They also have a vegetarian menu.
Their menu is divided based on the different temperatures the dishes are prepared in. C stands for Celsius. Open for lunch and dinner. Two course lunch menu starts at €29. Four course dinner menu starts at 47.5 euros.
Mexican meets California type of food. They are open for dinner. It is quite popular in summer because they have a large terrace, so go early if the weather is nice.
They have 5 locations in Amsterdam. All their pastas are homemade. Nothing fancy, just well prepared and home-style pasta dishes. Perfect to get your carb fix. Open only for dinner.
Cozy restaurant offering Neapolitan pizza.
This Korean restaurant close to the Amstelpark is not in a very popular location but it’s worth a visit if you are craving Korean food. Only open for dinner and reservations are a must. Last time we were there, the waiter had to tell people coming in that they were fully booked. Even to a group that was waiting outside before the restaurant even opened. This is their phone number: 020 646 3722. They don’t have a webpage.
Indonesian restaurant that specializes in street food and rice tables. Located very close to Central station, above Hudson’s bay department store.
If you are craving junk food, this is a great place to go even if you are not vegan. They sell vegan bitterballen (a bite size version of the Dutch croquettes, so if you are vegan and want to try them, this is the place). I love their Flashy (loaded) sweet potato fries. It is open for lunch and dinner. They have 4 locations all over Amsterdam.
So far this is my favorite burger place in Amsterdam. I love their Kimchi burger and loaded fries. It’s in Amsterdam Noord.
This restaurant is just 5 minutes from Leidesplein, at the end of Vondelpark. They serve an organic menu where they focus more on vegetables, but they do serve meat as well. Their 4 course dinner menu starts at €44.
Ramen place close to Leidseplein.
For typical Dutch Croquettes:
This is where I take any family or friend that comes from abroad. They sell typical Dutch croquettes and sandwiches. It’s is close to Rembrandtplein in the city center. But it is a bit hidden, located on a small side street. The people working there all wear white coats and it has a very old, almost dinner feel to it.
They have two locations in Amsterdam. One in De Pijp and another one in Oud West. They made the traditional Dutch Snackbar (where you get fries, croquettes and other fried foods more often to go) trendier. Their fries are really good.
It is a well-known bakery (I love their cheesecake) but they are also very popular for their croquettes. There is no place to sit here though since it is just takeaway.
For a savory bite to eat on the go or on a budget:
They sell delicious Iberico ham sandwiches. The bread that they use for their sandwiches is amazing too. You can sit inside or just take them to go.
This is a good alternative If you are in the center and want something to eat on the go and very cheap. It’s a Chinese restaurant but they have a small bakery in the front. They sell different kinds of pastries like bbq pork buns. Mostly everything is under 2€ and you can ask them to warm it up for you. It is located on Zeedijk which is Amsterdam’s Chinatown. I’ve only tried their bakery, not the restaurant itself.
As the name says, this little shop close to the Albert Cup market sells onigiri. They are about €2.50 each.
Vleminckx (Fries in a cone)
Fries in a cone are very popular here and this place is great at it. It is very well known so there is often a line, but it goes quickly so you don’t have to wait for long. One thing to remember if you are new in the Netherlands, sauces are sold apart so they cost extra (even at places like McDonald’s and Burger King). It’s located on a side street of Kalverstraat (Amsterdam’s most popular shopping street). What I like about this shop is that they have a small bottle of vinegar next to the napkins that you can also add to your fries (this is for free). When I order my fries with mayo here, I add a squirt of vinegar since I like it a bit more sour.
If you don’t live in NL, Hema is a very popular store here. They sell a bit of everything. They usually have a bakery in the front where you can order a sandwich with Rookworst. It’s their popular smoked sausage. Nice with mustard.
For your sweet tooth:
It’s a cute little shop that only sells one type of cookie. Dark chocolate stuffed with a soft white chocolate filling. If you are lucky, you get them still warm from the oven. They are very popular and there is often a line outside but it goes fast. They also sell them in tins, so it also makes a nice gift.
Like the name says, they sell matcha desserts. My favorite is their Japanese fluffy cheesecake (it has no matcha). It’s so light that I could eat a whole cheesecake by myself.
Strawberry covered in chocolate heaven. They also sell the cutest Amsterdam chocolate bars and cake pops.
Try their popular apple pie.
Ice cream place. One of the few places that sell mint chocolate chip. At least that I know of.
Poffertjes are tiny yeasted pancakes. They are usually made with buckwheat flour. And they are served with a small piece of butter and covered in powdered sugar. You can usually find at least one stand at any market. If I crave them, I go to the Albert Cuyp Market.
These are delicious super thin waffle cookies with a caramel syrup filling. They are best when they are freshly made and still hot. You can also buy them at supermarkets and place them on top of your cup of tea or coffee, and they will warm up and soften.
I love the ones at the Albert Cuyp market. They are many stands there but the little blue & red cart with the Original Stroopwafels sign is the most popular one. You can buy them at the market starting at 1.5 or 2 euros. The markets are only open from Monday to Saturday.
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels (located at the Kalverstraat) are also very nice, they serve them with a large variety of toppings but of course they are more expensive than at the market.
Popsicle bar in Amsterdam West
They sell unconventional gelato flavors
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