A Foodie’s Guide to Amsterdam
Whether you’re seeking Michelin star restaurants or local vegan hangouts, Amsterdam’s café and restaurant scene has something for everyone – but much like any European city, it can be overwhelming and easy to fall into tourist traps in the centre of Amsterdam. Grab this foodie’s guide for a perfect weekend of wining and dining canal-side.
(Warning: this post may make you drool and/or immediately book a flight to Amsterdam. Do not read this post while operating heavy machinery.)
First things first – brunch. The Amsterdam brunch scene is endless and finding the best brunch in a new city is one of my favourite things to do while travelling. Little Collins serves a traditional Australian brunch (we’re talking perfectly poached eggs and smashed avocado), or Coffee & Coconuts (housed in a former cinema from the early 20th century) features a fresh, vibrant and healthy breakfast menu. For an Instagram-worthy brunch, the Avocado Show serves visually stunning and incredibly tasty dishes (we’re talking flowers carved out of avocado) guaranteed to get those likes.
For a more local vibe, Monks Coffee Roasters industrial interior paired with great coffee is a perfect choice. It’s a great vibe and also serves a great breakfast. You will well and truly feel like a Dutch local here.
If you’re looking for something extra (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), G’s Really Nice Place serves brunch on a boat. For a fixed price you can enjoy an hour and a half of sailing through the canals, brunch, a bloody Mary and tea/coffee – this is basically what brunch dreams are made of!
Make your way to the leafy Vondelpark (the “Central Park” of Amsterdam) and head to the 1930s pavilion in the heart of the park. ‘T Blaywe Theehuis offers a lunch menu of hot and cold sandwiches with fresh mint tea or a hot chocolate. It’s the perfect place to people-watch so grab a chair, sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere for a couple of hours.
Meatless District is a great vegan option with a seasonal menu that is 100% vegan, and organic where possible.
If you’re up for just a quick snack on the go, Van Wonderen Frites for THE best fries in Amsterdam, you may have to wait in line but that isn’t so bad when you’re watching fresh potatoes become crispy fries right before your eyes! They also serve burgers and milkshakes.
De Hallen is an incredible industrial-style food hall. I’ve been to my fair share of food halls, pop up markets but this one takes the cake (by far). Serving some of the best G&T’s in Amsterdam beside trendy food trucks, the atmosphere is incredible. I would highly recommend the dim sims from Dim Sum Thing or the nachos from Fentos. With so much choice, you’ll likely want to come back for more.
If you’re looking for something more upmarket, Guts and Glory offers a ‘surprise menu’ where you pick the number of courses and they will serve the secret menu with matching wines. Envy is also a Michelin star restaurant serving a similar style dining experience at a reasonable price.
For after dinner drinks Bar Oldenhof has an absolutely incredible selection of cocktails. Vesper and Tales & Spirits cocktail bars are also really nice. Head to Door74 for a speakeasy experience with incredible cocktails and great service.
Wake up early and head straight to a local Sunday market. Noodermarkt is a haven for foodies and brings together local farmers and the freshest organic produce. Grab a quick croissant from one of the bakeries to keep you going until brunch.
For breakfast, head to the Pancake Bakery (a short 5-minute walk from Noodermarkt) for the most delicious pancakes with every topping imaginable. Again, you may need to queue here so best to arrive right on 9:00am to avoid the wait and squeeze more into your day.
You can’t leave Amsterdam without having a Stroopwaffel. My recommendation would be Van Wonderen Stroopwaffles – they are completely “extra” (and of course ‘gram worthy) but taste just as good as they look! While you’re in the neighbourhood, head to the Bloemenmarkt, the world’s only floating flower market and pick yourself some Dutch tulips to bring home. Make sure you squeeze in some time to stop in at Winkel43 for “the best apple pie in Amsterdam”, the recipe of which is a family secret.
If you’ve got a late flight home, be sure to stop into the rooftop bar, SkyLounge on top of the DoubleTree Hilton (conveniently close to Central Station). If you make it for sunset you’ll be treated with incredible views across the city whilst sipping an incredible cocktail. The perfect way to finish the weekend.