Restaurants in Amsterdam
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.
Situated in a converted greenhouse in Frankendael Park, De Kas is adjacent to a nursery and garden where much of its ingredients are grown. The elegant dining room has views of the open-plan kitchen, and is sheltered by a high, glass-pane ceiling.
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.
White tablecloths and Mediterranean-blue china dress up this contemporary French restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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.
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.