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.
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.
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.
Located on a square, this spacious place draws a largely local crowd with its modest pricing and easy-going, cafe environment. The interior is high-polished dark wood throughout, with a long bar and intimate tables. Sandwiches are the focus at lunch, and a small number of meat, fish,
Like many metropolises, Amsterdam has its share of ethnic restaurants, leaving expats with no shortage of choices when a craving for “home food” strikes.
Make up for a missed flight by sipping champagne (choose from 15 by-the-glass options) at this minimalist lounge with an impressive saltwater aquarium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Less ornate than Pompadour's flagship tearoom at 12 Huidenstraat, this second, brick-front location sells elegant baked goods and pastries along with chocolate and light lunches.
Grab a sandwich at this hip organic bakery.
Grand ceilings and windows, a curved, polished-wood bar, and Art Nouveau touches give Het Paleis a historic yet elegant ambience. If plane spotting is a hobby, a seat on the intimate terrace is highly recommended.
Owned by Dutch celebrity chef Herman den Blijker, this two-level restaurant has a dining room upstairs and a cocktail bar downstairs.