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.
Great coffee and 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 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.
They serve coffee, wine and food. It’s in the East side of Amsterdam. Their cinnamon buns are amazing. They recently added a panko crusted egg sandwich to their takeout menu which is also worth a try.
Great coffee and the café is quite large for Amsterdam standards. It’s a short walk from Leidesplein.
This is my favourite brunch place. 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 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 Taiwanese dishes. Their iced black sugar pearl milk is amazing and they do serve Oatly.
For Bubble Tea:
They sell different kinds of bubble tea with dairy free options. They also have cream cheese tea. It is located at the Albert Cuypstraat. I also like their cheesecake.
This restaurant specialises in plant-based food. Their menu is vegan with a few options to add animal protein. Their a la carte tasting menu starts at €35 for 3 courses to up to 50€ for 6 courses (DEC 2019). We had 4 courses each and we were nicely full. Their dishes had very interesting combinations of ingredients and kept surprising our tastebuds. I also love their leek ash vegan cheese which is also sold at the Little Plant Pantry. We bought one to take home since we were already full. This restaurant is worth trying even if you are not vegetarian or vegan. The place is small so I advice you to make a reservation.
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.
This sushi place serves Omakase style dinner where the chef chooses which bites to serve. You choose how many bites you want. The Omakase 1 (20 bites) costs €45, Omakase 2 (25 bites) costs €55 and the Omakase 3 (30 bites) costs €75. Since it is the Chef’s choice, he will explain each bite, where the seafood comes from and how to eat it. It is a great experience. We had the Omakase 1 and we loved the food. Just one thing to keep in mind; since the chef will be explaining the bites throughout the whole meal, it might not be the ideal place if you are thinking of having an intimate dinner or a nice conversation with your date. Reservation is a must.
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.
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.
They offer amazing Neapolitan pizza. I recommend making a reservation since it is always busy. They also do take out but it is better to eat it at the restaurant. The steam that forms in the box gets the pizza a bit soggy which I think this is a shame since the dough is excellent. Due to Covid19, they are only selling folded pizza (pizza a portafoglio) for take out at their restaurant. During the quarantine, they developed a frozen pizza which is amazing. They are only sold via resellers (so not at their own restaurant) and they are also sold outside of Amsterdam. For the locations you can check out Nnea Frozen.
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.
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.
I love this ramen place. The noodles and the broth are delicious. The ambiance of the restaurant feels like you are in Japan. We went around opening time on a Saturday and we didn’t have to wait. But by the time we left there was already a waiting line, so I’d recommend to arrive early if you don’t feel like waiting. It’s right by Central station, next to the metro stop. They also have a vegetarian option.
This is an organic salad cafe. This is where I go when I crave a healthy meal. They have many locations around the city.
They sell Manoushe, a flat bread stuffed with many toppings like za’atar & halloumi or beef and labneh. Their homemade hibiscus lemonade is also delicious. They have 2 locations in Amsterdam. One in the Negen Straatjes & another one on the Utrechtsestraat (this one has more sitting space).
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.
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 since it is just takeaway.
For a savory bite to eat on the go or on a budget:
This is a new sourdough bakery & natural wine shop at the Jan Pieter Heijestraat (the street that crosses Kinkerstraat & Overtoom). I bought the olive & crème fraîche focaccia and a small loaf to take home. I couldn’t wait and ate the focaccia on the street. It was deliciously crunchy, chewy & juicy (in a good way) from the olive oil. Their menu is expanding so keep and eye on their Instagram page for more info. The shop also has a few tables, so you can also eat/drink there. If you like burrata, they also serve it with their focaccia. They serve coffee as well.
This bagel shop just opened (Nov 2019) also on the Jan Pieter Heijestraat. It is very close to Levain et le vin. Their bagels are amazing. Nice and chewy. I’ve been there twice for their carrot lox but I will definitely be back to try the rest. They have different schmears which includes vegan options. They do have seats at the bar and benches outside so can also eat it there. They also serve coffee & chocolate bakba. If you go on the weekend, I advice you to go early.
This is a food stand at Nassauplein 60. It’s on the corner of Westerpark towards Haarlemmerplein. They serve dumplings and Chinese crepes. I loved them both. The Chinese crepe is quite big so it is nice to share if you are also having other dishes. They have a few tables around the stand so you can sit there too. Full list of their menu is on their website.
This is a popular falafel bar chain. I usually go for their falafel in pita bread and you can stuff it with all the vegetable toppings that you want. They have four locations in Amsterdam.
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 cafe that specialises in empanadas from Argentina. They have a large selection with different fillings. And now they also sell alfajores de maizena (cornstarch cookies filled dulce de leche).
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.
This is a Japanese & Korean food market located at Gelderlandplein. They have a large stock of ingredients and they also sell ready to eat food. Their Onigiri is delicious. Wrapped in a way so that the seaweed stays crunchy, like in Japan. I love the Buta Kimchi one, it has stir-fried kimchi and pork. They are €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).
Vlaardingse Haringhandel (Dutch Herring stand)
Herring with chopped white onions and pickles is very popular in the Netherlands. It is not raw, it is preserved in a brine. I prefer it in a bun with extra pickles. This stand is located at the Albert Cuyp Market. You can also just buy a whole pickle here. Another one of my favourite snacks. Just ask the vendor to slice it for you because it can get messy with the juice spilling everywhere if you eat it right away.
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.
Strawberry covered in chocolate heaven. They also sell the cutest Amsterdam chocolate bars and cake pops.
This is the cafe of the Arket store on Koningsplein. Their sticky bun is drool worthy!
If you want to celebrate something special or just indulge in a beautiful high tea, the Waldorf Astoria offers you just that. It is my favourite one in Amsterdam.
This brown cafe has amazing apple pie. It is located right in the center, where the Brouwersgracht & the Prinsengracht canals cross. It is probably one of the most photographed buildings in Amsterdam. They only accept cash.
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
For Dutch Jenever:
Jenever is a Dutch liquor made with juniper berries. It is traditionally served in a small tulip shape glass (the size of a shot). The bartender usually fills it up to the rim and you are supposed to drink it in small sips. The should drink the first sip without lifting the glass (just bend over and have the first sip). And you usually drink it with a glass of beer. Alternating a sip of jenever with a sip of beer.
For the most traditional experience I recommend these two bars:
Another tip if you are visiting Amsterdam. There are often food markets or festivals going on around the city throughout the year. If you have Facebook, check out the events listed in Amsterdam. You can narrow your search to Food (or party, arts, ext).
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