Amsterdam is not only a city of gorgeous architecture, rich history and illicit pleasures, it is also a city of fantastic food, both in terms of what’s out there and the value for money you get. With more restaurants and cafes than you can shake a stick at, you never have to go far to find good eats. Despite a reputation for bland and boring food, Amsterdam’s culinary scene is modern and on par with any major European capitol.
As with any major tourist destination, many establishments in the centre are overpriced and not frequented by locals. It’s worth travelling that little bit further out to get the best value and the local experience. Here we’ve given you a selection of Amsterdam restaurants that we consider to be worth a visit.
A note about Febo: FEBO is a chain of fast-food automats. They typically dispense croquettes, souffles and mini hamburgers “out of the wall”. Food is prepared by an employee behind the automat and replenished when it is eaten. Although Febo is mostly fried and fairly low quality, for only a Euro they’re great places to grab a snack whilst on the move or on the way home from the bar. With 22 automats in Amsterdam alone, you’re never too far away from one. Try the French Fries.
Lombardo’s – The best burgers and sandwiches in the city. Full range of choices, fresh ingredients and friendly, fast service.
Cuisine: Sandwiches and Wraps
Address: Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 50, 1017 DG Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 420 5010
Thai Snackbar Bird – Stunning Thai restaurant with traditional dishes, wonderful flavours and a crowded, bustling atmosphere. Be sure to book ahead as there are only five tables. Alternatively try their sister restaurant of the same name across the street, with more seating and a more relaxed feel. The Pad Thai is one of the best in the city.
Address: Zeedijk 72 (Chinatown)
Tel: +31 (0)20 420 6289
Price: Appetisers around €6, Mains around €15
Pancakes! – An original and inventive take on the typical Dutch pancake establishment. A massive selection of delicious sweet and savoury pancakes, with outdoor seating available and very good value for money.
Cuisine: Pancakes, blinis and crepes.
Address: Berenstraat 38
Tel: +31 (0)20 528 9797
Price: Up to €12.50
Greetje – Very traditional Dutch dishes alongside French classics make this restaurant a must visit. The location is convenient (close to Central Station) and at the same time off the main road. The building has it’s own old-world charm and it’s a favourite of locals. Reservations are a must. Closed on Mondays.
Address: Peperstraat 23-25 (Old Jewish Quarter)
Tel: +31 (0)20 779 74 50
Kantjil & de Tiger – Gorgeous asian food, full of spice, aromatics and bursting with flavour. A meat-eaters paradise. Always busy with a buzzing, vibrant atmosphere and friendly service, look no further if you’re of the Asian persuasion (in culinary terms of course). The Nasi Goreng is great.
Address: Spuistraat 291 (New Side)
Tel: +31 (0)20 620 09 94
Rembrandt Corner – A lovely little gastropub with internet. Solid food of typically good quality. There is a lovely terrace on which to while away the hours people watching in the summer.
Address: Jodenbreestraat 2 (Old Jewish Quarter)
Tel: +31 (0)20 627 4463
De Blauwe Hollander – A Dutch restaurant with a huge selection of home-cooked dishes, grandma style featuring such tasty morsels as smoked herring, Dutch stew and some really scrumptious soups. The service is as friendly as you’d expect it to be and the locals love it, so book in advance.
Address: Leidsekruisstraat 28
Tel: +31 (0)20 6270251
Dimitrij – An absolute gem of a sandwich place. Located among a nice array of boutique shops, it’s an ideal place to stop for a spot of lunch. Quite honestly the most delicious sandwiches in Amsterdam, wide selection and nice salads too.
Cuisine: Sandwiches and salads
Address: Prinsenstraat 3
Tel: +31 (0)20 627 9393
Barney’s – A stunning brasserie with gorgeous outdoor seating. They serve the best breakfast in the city, along with the most amazing strawberry milkshake.Cuisine: BrasserieAddress: Haarlemerstraat 98Tel: +31 (0)20 4279469Website: www.barneys.biz
De Korte Prins – Located in the heart of The Jordaan District, the friendly service, great breakfast and lunchtime snacks and gourmet coffee make this a great spot to relax in the mornings and afternoons. Try their selection of deserts with a cup of coffee for that little bit of holiday indulgence.Cuisine: Breakfast and Lunch CafeAddress: Nickeriestraat 54Tel: +31 (0)20-612 5517Website: www.dekorteprins.nl
Proust – Not the easiest place to find as it is slightly off the tourist track, Proust is a favourite of Amsterdamers, and for good reason. Inexpensive and delicious food, hearty portions and a great atmosphere combine to make this a must see.Cuisine: DutchAddress: Noordermarkt 4Tel: +31 (0)20 623 91 45Website: n/a
STOUT! – Modern and trendy bar/restaurant with a young crowd and mattresses laid out on the terrace.Cuisine: ContemporaryAddress: Haarlemmerstraat 73Tel: +31 (0)20 616 36 64Website: www.restaurantstout.nl
Vliegende Schotel – A great vegetarian restaurant with huge portions of scrumptious food, in an authentic, unforced atmosphere. Although not located right in the centre, this place is definitely worth the detour. The wine list offers organic and fair trade wines and there is a non-smoking room.Cuisine: VegetarianAddress: Nieuwe Leliestraat 162Tel: +31 (0)20 6252041Website: www.vliegendeschotel.com
Akbar – Good quality, traditional Indian food from various regions. Friendly service with a relaxed atmosphere.
Cuisine: Indian vegetarian (Muslim/Hindu friendly)
Address: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 15 (Near Leiden Square)
Tel: +31 (0)20-6242211
Price: Main courses €15-20
La Margarita – A vibrant Caribbean themed restaurant with huge portions, massive side dishes which come with the meal and three vegetarian options. Not only is the food great but the place is decorated with fantastically and magical themed art. A perfect place for lovers of spice (ask for the home-made hot sauce!). We recommend that you book ahead.
Address: Reguliersdwarsstraat 49 (Near Rembrandt Square and the flower market)
Tel: +31 (0)20 623 07 07
Price: €20-30 per person, with drinks.
Proeverij 274 – Top quality restaurant with a relaxed and warm, cozy atmosphere. A must for gourmands with a seasonal menu and located on one of the main canals. Great for a romantic dinner.
Cuisine: French with Italian and Asian influences
Address: Prinsengracht 274
Tel: +31 (0)20 421 18 48
Price: €54 for the three course chef’s menu with wine
Amsterdam Jewel Cruises – Luxury cruise and three course dinner.
Cuisine: Luxury cruise restaurant
Address: Singel 235 (Near Dam Square)
Tel: +31 (0)20 422 13 85
Price: Cruise and 3 courses dinner €115-125