My Amsterdam Restaurant, Café & Coffee Guide (where to eat in Amsterdam)

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.

For Coffee:

Trakeren Koffie

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.

Coffee Sometime

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.

Lot Sixty One

They sell very good coffee. I find the coffee here stronger in taste than in other coffee shops.

Toki

I love their coffee and they also sell Kombucha. They also have cakes and brunch dishes. It’s close to Central Station

Scandinavian Embassy

Great spot if you are in De Pijp area. Don’t forget to try their cinnamon buns. They also serve some brunch dishes.

4850

Their concept is a bit more unique. They serve coffee, wine and food. It’s in the East side of Amsterdam.

Bocca

Great coffee and the café is quite large for Amsterdam standards. It’s a short walk from Leidesplein.

For Brunch:

Dignita

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.

Pluk

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.

Restaurants:

Daalder

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.

C Amsterdam

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.

Flora

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.

Spaghetteria Pastabar

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.

Pizza Beppe

Cozy restaurant offering Neapolitan pizza.

Restaurant Khan

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.

Ron Gastrobar Downtown 

Indonesian restaurant that specializes in street food and rice tables. Located very close to Central station, above Hudson’s bay department store.

The Vegan Junk Food Bar 

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.

The Beef Chief 

So far this is my favorite burger place in Amsterdam. I love their Kimchi burger and loaded fries. It’s in Amsterdam Noord.

Umaimon 

Ramen place close to Leidseplein.

For typical Dutch Croquettes:

Eetsalon Van Dobben

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.

Par Hasard

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.

Holtkamp

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:

Ibericus

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.

Hoi Tin Bakery

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.

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.

Hema

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:

Van Stapele

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.

Matcha Bar 

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.

Polaberry 

Strawberry covered in chocolate heaven. They also sell the cutest Amsterdam chocolate bars and cake pops.

Winkel 43

Try their popular apple pie.

Piza Ijs

Ice cream place. One of the few places that sell mint chocolate chip. At least that I know of.

Poffertjes

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.

Stroopwafels

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.

Ijsmanschap

Popsicle bar in Amsterdam West

Ludo & Hedo

They sell unconventional gelato flavors

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Amsterdam Grocery and Market Guide

When I moved to Amsterdam (from Lima, Peru), it took me some time to gather my favorite places where to do groceries and find certain ingredients. Pieter is Dutch but it was his first time living in Amsterdam, so this city was new for the both of us. Since I often get emails and messages from you guys asking me where to buy certain ingredients, I thought it would be nice to write an Amsterdam grocery and market guide.

Supermarkets:

Even though the product range in supermarkets has improved a lot since I moved here. I often still need to visit several places before I can complete my shopping list. If you are new in Amsterdam, keep in mind that not every supermarket chain will have the same products. If you live in the city center, you will probably find very small Albert Heijns (one of the main supermarket chains in the Netherlands). And of course since they have limited space, they also tend to only have the basics. The AH at the Dam and the AH XL (There is one in Osdorp and one in Gelderlandplein) are the ones that have the most variety of products. The AH XL (at least the one in Osdorpplein) has free parking. We don’t own a car so once a month we order though ah.nl to get our groceries delivered. They deliver to your kitchen which is great if you live on a higher floor. This is by no means an advertisement for AH but we do love their service. We’ve been ordering from them for years. We only order once a month to get non-perishables and bulky (or heavy) stuff like toilet paper, cleaning materials, rice, pasta, drinks, etc. Doing big groceries on a bike is not fun.

All that being said, AH is not the cheapest. I just find it the most convenient as you find AH everywhere. I also like going to the Dirk (Dirk van den Broek), Jumbo and Lidl, which are cheaper. If you like to buy biological, Eko plaza is a good place. I like it because there you can find Kombucha, nutritional yeast and a big variety of grains and seeds. This is where I like to buy black rice, different types of quinoa, superfoods and unsweetened puffed rice among other things. Another supermarket that I also like is Marqt. I buy there my burrata and Oatly barista edition. They also have a good selection of spices, seafood and cheeses.

Farmer’s Markets:

Noordermarkt (Saturday) is my favorite Farmer’s market. You can buy there edible flowers, herbs that you usually don’t find at regular markets, plants, a lot of cheeses and oysters that are chucked in front of you. There is a mushroom stand with a lot of variety. You can also get a mushroom omelet there.

Niewmarkt Farmer’s market (Saturday) and the Zuidermrkt (Saturday) are quite small but also worth a visit, especially if you are or live in the area. The first one is located in Chinatown and the latter in Zuid.

 

Markets:

The most popular market here is the Albert Cuypmarkt (Monday- Saturday). It gets a lot of tourists so it is not the cheapest. But I love it because it has a lot of variety, also with ready to eat food stands. I love getting a freshly made stroopwafel, my favorite are the ones from the Original Stroopwafels stand. You can also get fresh juices for 1 euro. I also like buying my flowers here. De Versmarkt is a fruit & vegetable stand at this market that I really like because it has a very large variety of produce, some of which are hard to find. Some of the things you can find here are (depending on the season of course) purple potatoes, Padrón peppers, edible flowers, yellow raspberries and a variety of heirloom tomatoes.

The Ten Katemarkt (Monday- Saturday) is another market worth visiting. It is cheaper than the Albert Cuypmarkt. There is a famous vegetable stand at the beginning where you can buy a lot of vegetables and herbs for about 50 cents per package. At the end of the market, you will find a truck called Gouden Tent. Their hummus is delicious and they have a large variety of flavors. Besides their regular one, I like the one with mango. They also sell really nice falafel wraps. If falafel or hummus is not your thing, you can also buy lumpias for 1.20 euros or a portion of poffertjes (small yeasted pancakes) for about 2 euros.

The Lindengracht market is another nice market to visit. It is located in the Jordaan area. It is only open on Saturdays.

The Dappermarkt (Monday – Saturday), located at the Dapperstraat 279, is another big market in Amsterdam and it’s it also quite cheap.

 

Bakeries:

If you follow my Instagram stories, you probably already know this one since I visit it often. Le Fournil de Sébastien is an artisanal French bakery located at Olympiaplein. They have the best baguettes in Amsterdam, the most flakey croissants and delicious canelés. If you don’t live in the area, you can buy their baguettes and freeze them. And when you want to eat one, just bake it for about 10 minutes at 180C/350F.

Specialty stores:

Tokos (Indonesian for shops) are stores in the Netherlands which sell mainly Asian food products. In these stores is where I buy my noodles, green papaya, daikon, Thai basil, kimchi, frozen dumplings, miso, matcha, frozen water chestnuts, plantain chips and sauces. But they also sell things like dulce de leche and Milo. This is also where I buy baking soda. When I first moved here, it wasn’t sold in supermarkets. And still now, not every supermarket has it.

My favorites are the Honk Kong Superstore (because it has a lot and is the closest to my house), located in the Kinkerstraat and Dun Yong (because it is big, which means a larger product range). The plus size of Dun Yong, is that it sells tableware and kitchen supplies in the basement and on the 3rd floor, it has a small restaurant called Taka Japanese Kitchen. The restaurant is very small and only has one chef (Taka). He serves ramen among a few other bites. If you want to go, check out their Facebook page for their opening times because the kitchen is only open untill he sells out. The first two times we went there, he didn’t have any food left anymore. Our third time was the charmed one when we arrived when he just opened. Don Yong is located in Zeedijk (Amsterdam’s Chinatown). There are also other smaller Asian shops there but another big one is Amazing Oriental located in Niewmarkt 27.

Another Toko that I really like it Tijn’s. It is located on Eerste van der Helststraat, a side street of the Albert Cuyp market. Besides your usual Asian products; they sell Peruvian, Mexican and American products. I buy my Peruvian chili pastes there, Cholula and Valentina sauces. They also sell corn tortillas, tomatillos and American seasonings among other things.

De Volkskruiden is an herb and spice shop located on the Kinkerstraat 142. They also sell pulses, Lebanese bread, preserved lemon, different kinds of couscous and tea, nuts, etc.

At the end of the Kindkerstaat (355), you will find Finalmente Brazil. Like the name implies, it is a Brazilian store. I love it because they sell exotic fruit pulp like Acai, passion fruit and guanabana (soursop). They also sell different cuts of meat, great for BBQs.

And talking about meat, Kema Vlees is a butcher with a wide range of meats and the prices are much better that at any supermarket. Their staff is always super friendly.

If you are looking for more high-end cuts of meat or for example Wagyu beef, then Slagerij De Leeuw at the Utrechstraat 92 is a great choice.

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