Restaurants in Amsterdam
Traditional Dutch cuisine is hearty, stick-to-your ribs fare like erwtensoep, a meaty pea soup, or simple meat dishes such as kip (chicken) and biefstuk (beefsteak). But given its European locale, plus its long history of global trade, Amsterdam restaurants also serve up a lot of international fare, as well as "New Amsterdam" farm-to-table cuisine. Here are some of our favorite restaurants in Amsterdam:
Bolenius: This restaurant by the city's World Trade Center serves up New Amsterdam cuisine -fresh, local fare using only seasonal ingredients and garnished with fresh herbs and vegetables grown in the restaurant's own garden. Try the risotto with cauliflower, ricotta and herring eggs, or the gooseberry crumble with brown butter.
Stamppotje: During most of the year, this small Amsterdam restaurant chain offers a classic Dutch dish: Stampot, which consists of mashed potatoes, carrots and onions mixed into a hearty stew. During summer, the name changes to IJscuypje, and the restaurant sells ice cream.
Hofje van Wijs: This legendary coffee and tea house dates back to 1792, and features a traditional Dutch menu with an assortment of spiced stews, alongside an excellent selection of scones and sweets.
Located inside The College Hotel, this restaurant, headed by Dutch native Chef Wilko Hoogendoorn, mixes international food with Dutch cuisine. The space that houses the restaurant is unique: it lived its former life as a 19th-century high school gymnasium.
Highly addictive oliebollen—deep-fried dough balls dusted with powdered sugar, akin to New Orleans’s famous beignets—are sold at wheeled wooden carts stationed throughout the airport during the autumn and winter.
This unpretentious restaurant is known for its slow approach to food, meaning each ingredient is prepared to order, making dinner a sometimes longer-than-expected experience. Chef and owner Wil Demandt frequents each table himself, explaining the multiple-course and a la carte menu options.
Take-out edibles from still-warm croissants to house-made pastas tossed with fresh, seasonal ingredients like basil and mozzarella are served at this open-front Mediterranean delicatessen with terracotta-tile walls.
Owned by Dutch celebrity chef Herman den Blijker, this two-level restaurant has a dining room upstairs and a cocktail bar downstairs.
A pub specializing in all things Irish, Murphy’s features stick-to-your-ribs dishes such as potato pancakes and beef, carrot, and potato stew. Wash it all down with one of the eight beers on tap, including Harp Lager, Guinness, and of course, Murphy’s Red.
Despite being located in a former tobacco warehouse in Amsterdam’s old town center, this popular Parisian-style brasserie looks forward with its energetic atmosphere, wide-open layout, rainbow-striped walls, and designer furniture.
The 17th-century pirate ship décor may be a bit overboard (no pun intended), but that makes this restaurant a selling point for families: parents can enjoy a glass of wine and simple bistro fare while kids are taken in by the oars, rope ladders, and life-size, sword-bearing pirate statues.
From across the canal, candles and lanterns glow invitingly in the paned-glass windows of this intimate wood-paneled, one-room restaurant. But the simple interior belies some seriously adventurous work being done in the kitchen downstairs.
Like many metropolises, Amsterdam has its share of ethnic restaurants, leaving expats with no shortage of choices when a craving for “home food” strikes.
Despite its location down a graffiti-covered alleyway in the Red Light District, this white-clapboard restaurant draws crowds of foodies with its menu of seasonal, gourmet fare.
Located in a sunny, coach house attached to the 17th-century Huize Frankendael manor on the outskirts of Amsterdam, Merkelbach infuses tradition into its often-changing, French-influenced menu designed by “slow food” devotee chef Geert Burema.