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.

Slowth Brunch

They serve Taiwanese dishes. Their iced black sugar pearl milk is amazing and they do serve Oatly.

Kazerne 88

I recently discovered this all day brunch place through a friend of mine. It’s located on the Albert Cuyp straat, at the beginning of the market. We had lunch here. The food is good and the portions of our dishes were generous. I had the fish toast with Mackerel and my friend had the tender chicken one. They also sell kombucha.

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. During the weekend, they are open for brunch.. 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.

nNea Pizza

They offer amazing Neapolitan pizza. Love their dough

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.

Ramen Kingdom

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.

The Lebanese Sajeria

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.

Restaurant Moer

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.

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 or on a budget:

Levain et le vin

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 sourdough 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. Loved the sourdough as well, so I will definitely be back. The shop also has a few tables, so you can also eat/drink there. They also serve coffee.

Dumplings (Food Stand)

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.

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.

Shilla

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). H

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.

Arket Cafe

This is the cafe of the Arket store on Koningsplein. Their sticky bun is drool worthy!

The Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

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.

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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Macaron by RJA

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This pastry shop which specializes in macarons, eclairs, and classic French pastries just opened its doors on April 1st at the Cornelis Schuytstraat 50 in Amsterdam. Macaron by RJA was a big success in South Korea due to Ruben Jan Adriaan, a very well know pastry chef in Asia. After 11 years abroad, he decided to come back to his homeland and open here this French pastry shop. He has worked for Pierre Hermé in Paris. I mean enough said there, I couldn’t wait any longer and stopped by for a taste today.

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It is a lovely shop where you can also enjoy some coffee, tea and sodas. They are waiting for their alcohol license so they can offer a glass of bubbles, wine or high wine. And at the end of August, they are going to open a second shop at the Utrechtsestraat 18a.

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I went there with my husband and we were greeted by Marlijn. She was super friendly and very happy to explain the concept of the store. It was hard to choose as everything looked so beautiful. We tasted the canelés there and got the rest for takeaway.

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We got the Inca which is made with a banana compote, mango, passion fruit and a mousse made with 55% chocolate from Brazil. The Desire, made with milk chocolate mousse, vanilla, raspberry crème brûlée and cacao nibs. We also got a small box of macarons. We chose Pistachio/Rhubarb/Berry, Sakura/Strawberry, Yogurt/Grapefruit, Earl grey/Raspberry, Rose/Lychee/Raspberry and Olive oil. Seconds after I was done taking these shots, we dug in. And OMG were they delicious, a real treat for the taste buds as well as for the eyes. The Inca and Desire were both rich and decadent. And the macarons, a wonderful combination of flavors in each bite. And being only a 10 minute bike ride from my home, I am coming back for sure. You can see more of the shop through my Snapchat: cravingsinams.

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Macaron by RJA

Cornelis Schuytstraat 50, Amsterdam

Open every day from 8am till 8pm except for Tuesdays

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Le Clair

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Last week I went to the official opening of Le Clair, an éclair café located at the Ijpassage in Amsterdam central station. Robert Kranenborg advised on the concept which is now lead by pastry chefs Tjade Klaver (Bord’eau) and Tarik Azaujan (Dutch Home Made).

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The eclairs are made on a daily basis and the flavors will vary depending on the seasons. Right now they have flavors like coffee & salted caramel, lemon meringue, mango & passion fruit and red fruit & yogurt. They also offer savory versions like with smoked salmon, Caesar salad, hot dog and croquet monsieur.

FullSizeRender (1)A great addition to Central station if you want to stop by for some treats, or if you are on your way to visit someone and would like to treat them. I mean who wouldn’t want to receive a box of beautiful and delicious pastries? They also make custom made eclairs for especial occasions. And if you are not planning on going to Central station, you can now order them through Fodora and get them delivered.

Le Clair

Ijpassage, Amsterdam Central Station

 

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SNCKBR – Healthy Snack Bar

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SNCKBR is a new healthy and cozy hotspot in De Pijp. Traditional Snackbars here are known for serving a lot of fried items like croquettes and fries. Something I don’t mind at all, but it limits how often I visit them. SNCKBR on the other hand, offers a very extensive menu with healthier alternatives. And it’s open from breakfast till late at night and yes, you can go have drinks there too. They make everything with sustainable ingredients. You can still get your guilty pleasures but in a healthier way, think spelt bread instead of white, baked instead of fried. With people being more aware of what they put into their bodies, this place makes complete sense.

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I went to their opening for breakfast. I really liked their chia pudding with avocado & chocolate mousse and their spirulina granola. I also tried some of their fruit/vegetables juices and I loved the one with beets. I love to eat beets but in juice, I always find them too strong and this one had a really nice balance and was not too sweet.

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I came back the next day late in the afternoon with my husband. We shared the poached egg with hollandaise and marinated salmon; and their Frikandelicious. Their healthier version of the typical Frikandel (which is usually fried and made with mystery meat), this one is 100% organic and low in fat. It’s baked and made with chicken, sweet potato, oatmeal and homemade skinny mayo and ketchup.

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SNCKBR

Van Woustraat 34-36, Amsterdam

 

My Place / Carrots & Co. (Element Amsterdam Hotel)

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Yesterday afternoon I was invited along with some fellow bloggers to taste the menu of the new Element hotel in Amsterdam. A long stay hotel (part of Starwood hotels) which will open its doors to the public next Monday the 8th of February. The concept of this hotel is based on sustainability and that transmits into the food it will provide to their guests. The hotel has two restaurants, one called Carrots & Co. where you can grab a snack or healthy lunch in an informal atmosphere. And the other one is called My Place and it’s the hotel’s full service-restaurant. My Place focuses on the 80/20 rule, meaning more healthy vegetables and less meat and fish. The tasting started with a very tasty carrot salad served over a bed of quinoa, and a roasted beetroot appetizer with a poached egg and horseradish dressing.

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This was followed by a creamy goat cheese risotto with peas and croutons, and a juicy flat iron steak with fleur de sel and chimichurri.

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And finally dessert, a rich chocolate tart with fleur de sel and caramel ice cream, and a gluten free raisin bread pudding with orange glaze.

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Since the hotel has a big terrace, the chef told us he has plans to have his own herb garden and wishes to have a bee hive so they can produce their own honey. And for all the coffee lovers, they are also going to offer coffee from Lot Sixty One. If you are not familiar with Lot Sixty one, it’s one of the best coffee roasters in Amsterdam.

After the tasting we got a tour of the hotel and got to see the rooms. The best part, since it’s a long stay hotel it has a kitchenette. It comes with a glass stove top, an oven/microwave, sink, mini fridge, Nespresso machine and dishwasher. And since the hotel is located in a shopping center that has a supermarket, it makes it easier to be able to cook your own meals if you wish to do so. During the summer months, they are going to have BBQs in the terrace and guests are going to be able to grill their own food.

You can get a peek of the rooms here*:

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Element Amsterdam Hotel

A.J. Ernststraat 577, Amsterdam

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(*pictures of the rooms were provided by the hotel)

Yay Health Store & More

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Besides selling sustainable products, Yay is also a raw cafe, and they offer yoga classes. They want to promote a healthy lifestyle and they sure offer that. Last Friday morning, I started my day with my first ever yoga class there. The class was very enjoyable and relaxing. After yoga, I had breakfast at their cafe. I was very curious about their menu as I am still new to the concept. I had the raw banana – chocolate almond pancakes with cacao nibs and wild berry compote. It was delicious! They also offer a variety of pies. The picture below is their raw pumpkin pie. If you want to go there with friends, they also offer a high tea.

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Yay has a very good location, it’s on the same street as the Albert Cuyp market. So if you are doing a market run, you can also stop there for a moment of Zen and delicious goodies.

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Yay Health Store & More

Albert Cuypstraat 101-103, Amsterdam

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