Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a fabulous place in which to dine, drink, and enjoy the multitude of eating and drinking establishments.  Now, I’m not talking about the tourist churners on Rokin, or the red light Thai places, or the restaurant touters on Leidseplein.  I’m talking about tasting cuisines from around the world, all in the most pleasing and very walkable city of Amsterdam. Here is my guide to eating and drinking in Amsterdam:


This post was inspired by Jessica Lipowski’s book ‘Flavors of Life’, about expat restauranteurs in Amsterdam, and the array of amazing establishments they have opened to feed the madding crowds!


Here are some of my favourite eating and drinking establishments in the city of canals:

  • Bakers & Roasters – they have 2 locations, one in De Pijp (Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat), or Centrum (Kadijksplein).  They serve a fusion of New Zealand comfort breakfast food combined with Brazilian flare and flavours, such as Huervos Rancheros!  You sometimes have to wait for a table at B&R, because it’s so damn popular… but only because it’s so damn good.  Thanks to Jessica Lipowski for tipping me off to this one!

    L&P and the Huevos Rancheros - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

  • Waterkant (Marnixstraat 246) – Set beneath an imposing, but weirdly beautiful multi-storied carpark, Waterkant serves beautiful Surinamese cuisine, and a fine drink selection, in a fabulous eclectic beer-garden setting.

    Couple at Waterkant - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

  • De Belhamel, (Brouwersgracht) – Watch the world go by as you sit in the candlelight with views down the Herengracht.  The setting of this restaurant really is so picturesque.  Serving modern French cuisine in an art nouveau setting, this is my pick if you want a romantic dinner.

    De Belhamel - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

  • Proeflokaal De Admiraal is a restaurant and genever tasting room for the van Wees distillery on Herengracht.  Genever is distilled using malt-wine and is the predecessor of English gins (the English tried to copy the recipe, but making the malt-wine defeated them, so gin was born instead).  De Admiraal have an utterly fantastic selection from the van Wees distillery.  Try the sausage and cheese selections, and the bitterballen while you’re there!

    De Admiraal - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

  • Stout! (Herengracht 211) – This stylish bar and eatery serves gin and tonic like an artwork.  It isn’t a cheap place to drink, but it has a lovely outdoor sunbathing bed + tables that a perfect for watching the world go by.

    Stout! - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam

  • Verhulst (Johannes Verhulststraat 105) – I love Verhulst for brunch or lunch – the atmosphere is laid back, yet stylish, and the food is hearty yet adventurous (and thoroughly delicious)!

    Verhulst - Eating and Drinking in Amsterdam


Read more of my Amsterdam articles here: 24 Hours in Amsterdam OR Bicycles in Amsterdam.


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  • Stef says:

    We want to make a trip to Amsterdam soon, so we will definitely be referencing your blog again when we go! All the drinks look delicious!

  • Brooke Herron says:

    Love some thinly sliced cukes in my gin as well… looks like some great imbibing and noshing spots for when I finally make it to Amsterdam!

  • Great list! When I was in Amsterdam I was obsessed with the cheese- there’s no question, the Dutch do it well 🙂

  • noel says:

    Eating outdoors and by the water looks so Ideal so I would definitely enjoy a meal at De Behamel,actually would love to try all your recommendations some day.

  • Brianna says:

    Saving this for my trip to Amsterdam this summer. Bakers & Roasters songs like a great place to start the day, I love Brazilian food!

  • Jody Robbins says:

    They all look SO romantic. Is De Belhamel, the one where you can sit overlooking the canals? I’m pretty partial to those Fry trucks they have everywhere.

  • We’ve always enjoyed eating and drinking in amsterdam so much but as we’ve not been for a few years, great to see a list of recommendations, none of which I’d come across last time!

  • we found tons of different cuisines in Amsterdam including japanese, spanish and argentinian. there were always unusual bistros and cafes popping up on every street. all your suggestions seem wonderful

  • Indrani says:

    Those are some cool places to grab a bite. I would like a table by the canal and have iced drinks.

  • rosemary says:

    Love the idea of the sunbathing beds at stouts. Not to mention the delicious looking drinks. The only time I was in amsterdam was in the winter and too cold to sit outside. I love this guide for a visit in warmer weather. De Belhamel sounds like my kind of place!!

  • Renata Green says:

    It’s just like you say: amsterdam has so many good options to eat and drink – already from their multi cultural mix. the options you picked are certainly all worth trying.

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