As you would expect from a country that has seen an influx of foreign immigrants over the years, Amsterdam has a rich and diverse culinary heritage that can be found in the hundreds of globe-spanning cafes and restaurants which line the city’s streets. From baguettes to fine dining, there is food for everyone, and every moment. Traditional Dutch restaurants sit alongside Japanese, Mediterranean and Ethiopian Restaurants. Fresh fish restaurants are also very popular and have are well stocked with fresh produce to suit all tastes.
Where you dine can be just as important as what you eat, and Amsterdam offers venues large and small, traditional and modern, cheap and expensive. Sometimes the choice can be a little overwhelming so here are a few venues that we think you should check out during your visit.
Dining on the river is a popular past-time in Amsterdam and is a great way to experience the unique atmosphere that the waterways bring to the ambient night-life. Moored at the Eastern Docks of Amsterdam you will find the Odessa merchant Ship, now a restaurant and dance venue and perfect for a romantic night out.
Or if you like a little more adventure with your dining experience why not take the free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station to the IJ-Kantine restaurant, on the Northern Harbour. This brasserie offers a superb menu range, as well as amazing views across the water.
If you fancy cruising while you dine, visit www.canal.nl for a range of cruise experiences that include dining.
Restaurant De Kas
This former set of greenhouses, with its huge glass windows, used to belong to the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery and dates back to 1926. It prides itself on serving fresh produce, most of which is home grown. Outside dining is also available, weather permitting. Visit www.restaurantdekas.nl for menu options and more information.
“Timeless, cosmopolitan and sparkling”, located on the ground floor of the Park Hotel, Momo offers Far Eastern flavours and recipes in a stylish and intimate setting.
Visit www.momo-amsterdam.com for full menu information
If award-winning food is what you crave, then look no further than the Restaurant Sinne. Classic French cuisine and Mediterranean recipes with a modern twist are on offer in abundance at the Michelin renowned restaurant, which lies in De Pijp area of Amsterdam.
Another Michelin starred restaurant that is worth a visit is the Vermeer which has a reputation for using local Dutch ingredients such as beetroot and prawns in inspired culinary creations.
A boutique restaurant set up by Chef Sonja Pereira, who emigrated to the Netherlands in 1985 and opened this boutique restaurant to “revive the splendor of festive Indonesian cooking”.
“Blue Pepper brings back to life what a royal Indonesian feast tasted like. Avoiding an extensive menu as well as ‘’simple’’ home cooking, Sonja focusses on a small selection of obsessively prepared dishes that change seasonally.
Her rijsttafel takes you from mellow hints of spice to wickedly complex, rich dishes where spices remain an obsession but using them properly is revealed as an art form.”
L’INVITE le RESTAURANT
Located in an Amsterdam canal house, dating back to 1628, L’invite specialises in French, artisanal cuisine and organic/vegetarian creations. In the summer months you are able to dine on the waterside terrace.
“At L’invité le Restaurant we work exclusively with pure, unprocessed ingredients. Freshly caught fish, Dutch local meat and beautiful, mostly organic, vegetables of the season. All dishes are honest and artisan prepared.”
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Growing from its humble beginnings as a tapas bar, the French Connection is now a popular destination for groups or couples who love good food. Chef Jef van den Hout has transformed the bar into a home of modern French cuisine.
This Michelin star winning restaurant offers an intimate and historic setting in which to taste the French creations of Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers. The classic yet contemporary style French cuisine is described as “exciting, modest and refined”.
Located on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, this restaurant offers spectacular views across the city, alongside a spectacular dining experience. Fine wines and magical culinary creations from this Michelin starred kitchen, combine to offer a unique dining experience.
It is highly recommended to reserve your table well in advance. It is possible to make an online booking, or contact the Restaurant Reservations team via +31 20 6786 450
Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter, De Pijp, the Restaurant Zaza is owned by Ireland’s Susie Roche and is probably the most intimate dining experience you will encounter in Amsterdam. With just 12 tables, it offers a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with a special emphasis on attention to detail and great customer service. Offering an International menu, here you can sample home-made culinary delights, influenced by Asia, France and Mediterranean recipes.
This wine bar and restaurant is a must visit location for all food lovers who enjoy experimenting with tastes and do not want to take their dining experience too seriously. Restaurant Tomaz is a cosy venue that features traditional and contemporary Dutch recipes, all prepared by Tomaz himself.
“Tomaz uses the secret recipes of his father and grandma and gives them a modern twist! Traditional dishes as well as contemporary Dutch cuisine, Tomaz wants to surprise and treat his guests.Using only the best ingredients, everything is freshly made in the Tomaz kitchen. Stamppot, stews, Dutch seafood; Tomaz lets you experience the best Dutch food. Tomaz serves lunch and dinner, but he likes you also to pass by just for a cup of coffee or a beer with a snack. Tomaz wants you to feel at home and even has a wide variety of board games and free wifi in case you want to do something else than strolling around in our lovely town!”