Restaurants in Amsterdam
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.
Opened by the owners of the neighboring restaurant Envy, Vyne attracts oenophiles to its long, narrow, light oak bar with suede banquettes, behind which resides a vast collection of mostly European wines.
Located in a small alley by an Amstel canal, this elegant French restaurant reflects the English heritage and Japanese culinary training of its chef-owner, Jean Beddington.
Strong coffee and more than 40 types of Limburgse vlaai—buttery flanlike pastries—are served at this Dutch café. Traditional flavors like strawberry and rice pudding draw snack-craving crowds. Stop in, or order by phone for pickup before your flight.
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.