There are so many great restaurants and bars in Amsterdam that I had a difficult time picking out the best ones for you. Here are my absolute favorites!
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This foodie guide, written by an Amsterdam lovin’ local, will help you discover all the most gorgeous and tasty locations to enjoy your breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner and maybe even some cheeky cocktails.
1. Bar Botanique
Welcome to paradise! Bar Botanique is the perfect place to escape from the busy city. It’s also a pretty famous Instagrammable hotspot due to the gorgeous tropical backdrops and scenery.
You can find this green oasis in the colorful neighborhood of Amsterdam East. Bar Botanique serves a delicious lunch and dinner menu but is also a great place to enjoy some late-night cocktails and yummy bar food like the famous Dutch Bitterballen.
2. Mama Kelly
Welcome to Mama Kelly, where pink isn’t just a color but an attitude. And they’ve sure honored that statement because this place is absolute heaven for pink lovers like myself.
Even though your table is gold and the staff treats you like a queen, this place is still pretty affordable when it comes to the yummy dishes on their lunch and dinner menu.
Mama Kelly serves one of the tastiest French farm-bred rotisserie chickens in Amsterdam. Alternatively, you can opt for a delicious Canadian grilled lobster or veggie risotto. You’ll even find Oysters on the menu!
Discover the perfect umami and ultimate happiness at Asian Streetfood restaurant Happyhappyjoyjoy in Amsterdam East, West and South.
The dishes and drinks here really bring out all the rich flavors and bright colors that Asia is famous for. The delicious smells and sizzling hot woks and barbecues will definitely transport you to another place.
Definitely order yourself one of those gorgeous colorful Bubble Teas to go with your favorite Asian food!
4. Hortus Cafe
Hortus Cafe is located in a centuries-old monument called The Orangery inside the gorgeous botanical gardens of Hortus Botanicus.
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Surrounded by countless rare and exotic plants this Instagrammable hotspot is one of the most beautiful outdoor cafes in Amsterdam. And when you opt for the three-course lunch menu, you’ll also get to enjoy free access to the gardens.
5. SkyLounge Amsterdam
Enjoy a fancy cocktail and one of the best panoramic views of Amsterdam on the award-winning roof-top lounge bar of SkyLounge Amsterdam.
This place serves some serious yummy coffee and is a great spot for lunch, dinner and late-night drinks.
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I love to go here whenever I have something to celebrate, but when you’re traveling through this gorgeous city that should be reason enough to spend some quality time here with your loved ones.
6. Meneer Nieges
Located on the IJ-river this cozy bar with great views is definitely worth your visit. The food here is great and I definitely recommend the strawberries and rhubarb dessert that’s currently on the menu. Yum!
I love to go hear on Friday nights, especially in Summertime. The big terrace, gorgeous river, and pink sunset are the perfect backdrop to dance yourself into the weekend.
7. Cafe Panache
What do you get when two best friends convert an old market hall into a vibrant bar and restaurant? Indeed, a gorgeous place located in Amsterdam West called Cafe Panache!
Enjoy a tasty fresh seasonal menu of sustainable dishes, all cooked over a charcoal fired grill in the open kitchen. You can end the night at the large bar or if you prefer the more intimate one in the front for a great selection of delish cocktails.
8. The Kanarie Club
The bright and colorful Kanarie Club is located in Amsterdam West in an iconic old public transportation museum. You can even still see the track details on the floor and the bar.
At the Kanarie Club you can fly in all day for some yummy meals, drinks, and tasty bites. If you need a place to work, you can also use their great workspace facilities. They even have a ‘pool bar’ with some killer cocktails for you to enjoy.
9. THE DUCHESS
If you’re in the mood (and have the budget) for something fancy, THE DUCHESS is the best place to please your tastebuds.
This gorgeous restaurant, inspired by the splendor and eminence of the Belle Époque is located in the former KAS Bank in W Hotel Amsterdam.
At THE DUCHESS you can enjoy the refined flavors from Southern France and Italy, known as Nouveau-Niçoise Cuisine. Try their iconic Fruits de Mer and definitely opt for the homemade ice-cream coupes, which are prepared at your table. How fancy!
10. Pllek Amsterdam
Getting to Pllek is already a great adventure. Hop on the free ferry at Central Station and head on over to NDSM Wharf for the best artsy and industrial vibes.
At Pllek you can enjoy some of the tastiest organic/vegan food in Amsterdam. Pick a spot on the waterfront beach terrace and simply soak up the sun.
This hotspot in Amsterdam is often a great location to enjoy live music and has a rich cultural program to keep an eye out for.
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I wish you a wonderful and super tasty time in Amsterdam. And as we Dutchies like to say before we dig in: Eet smakelijk!
I’d love to hear all about your travel adventures and favorite foodie finds in Amsterdam so feel free to share all your tips with me in the comments.