Amsterdam is a city jam-packed with restaurants, street food stalls and takeaways – its certainly not short of places to dine. But where is best to go I hear you ask?! Check out the selection of restaurants below which compiles some of the most quaint, unheard of gems within the Dam food scene. From eclectic Thai restaurants to the best cheese fondue, we’ve got you covered. Sit back and indulge – literally!
Where? Elandsgracht 29 – 31
Why go? For bold Thai flavours in an eclectic and colourful setting
Rakang has been around for a long time (since 1994 to be exact!) and for very good reason. This cosy Jordan restaurant is a real favourite with the Amsterdam locals thanks to its authentic Thai flavours based around three core pillars: simplicity of dishes, fresh ingredients and vibrant flavours.
Colourful and contemporary artwork adorns the walls and Eastern-inspired crockery fills the tables. Favourite dishes with the locals include the thom kha kai soup along with the beef tenderloin in oyster sauce and the fried prawns with curry powder and fiery red chillies.
2. Miss Korea BBQ
Where? Albert Cuypstraat 66-70
Why go? For a unique dining experience, you can enjoy with friends
All you can eat restaurants can often conjure up visions of unappetising mountains of buffet food. Not so at Miss Korea BBQ. Here, diners sit around a table with an inset barbecue at its centre and cook their own sizzling dinner, choosing from seasoned beef, pork belly, squid, prawns and veg. It doesn’t get much fresher than that.
Ingredients are unlimited but there is a penalty for uneaten food in a bid to minimise wastage. It’s a great social spot to head to with a group of friends (old or new!) You can spend a good few hours chatting whilst you cook up a storm. If you’re looking to eat like a local in Amsterdam, you could do worse than Miss Korea BBQ.
Looking for a spot to have a few drinks after dinner? Take a look at our guide to the best bars in Amsterdam.
3. De Zuid
Where? Azartplein 2A, 1019 PD
Why go? For cheese fondue and some of the best views across the city.
As a mostly residential area, Java Island isn’t well known to most visitors coming to Amsterdam. A pleasant walk from Centraal Station along the recently developed IJ Waterfront, this small island boasts some impressive modern architecture and great views overlooking the city. It’s certainly worth a visit if you’re looking to venture off the tourist track.
A hidden gem well-loved by Amsterdam locals is De Zuid. With friendly, smiling staff and a no-fuss atmosphere, this cosy pub does a delectable cheese fondue and has a great selection of Belgian beers. Once you’re finished, take a stroll across the street. Once you approach the water, head towards some giant concrete steps where you’ll get a beautiful view across the water to the city.
4. Sir Hummus
Where? Van der Helstplein 2
Why go? For simply the best hummus in town.
When? n.b. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
If you often feel overwhelmed with the sheer choice on menus these days, then Sir Hummus could well be the place for you. Located in the trendy De Pijp district, this local favourite serves just one thing … You guessed it: hummus!
Here at Sir Hummus, the well-loved chickpea dip is more than something to eat with a crisp or spread in a sandwich. It forms the basis of a whole dish. Served slightly warm with fresh herbs, a spicy sauce, pitta bread and a side salad, it’s a hearty and healthy lunch that really hits the spot. Add meat or mushrooms if you’re feeling particularly peckish.
5. Drovers Dog
Where? Eerste Atjehstraat 62, 1094 KP
Why go? To eat like a local in Amsterdam – via Australia
Aussies know how to do brunch and this place is absolute proof of that. Banging Bloody Marys, proper coffee and a cracking selection of brekkie dishes, this is a spot that Amsterdam locals return to again and again. The atmosphere, as you’d expect from a place run by Australians, is super relaxed.
So, if you’re looking for a leisurely way to spend a few hours – with friends or with a book or pile of newspapers – head to Drovers Dog. Brunch is our favourite here, but they do dinner too and we wouldn’t turn our nose up at that either. So popular is Drovers Dog, they’ve now got two other locations in the city.
6. Hotel de Goudfazant
Where? Aambeeldstraat 10H
Why go? For a special dinner in a spectacular setting
If you’re visiting Amsterdam for a special occasion, we’d heartily recommend a visit to Hotel de Goudfazant. Unlike its name suggests, this is not a hotel but rather a restaurant in an old industrial warehouse in Amsterdam Noord (not so far from ClinkNOORD).
The space manages to feel grand yet cosy with an impressive chandelier hanging from the high ceiling. For just €31.50 you can enjoy a three-course set menu which generally comprises of classic French-inspired dishes. Tables are filled mainly with groups of Dutch friends, families and couples so if you’re looking to eat like a local in Amsterdam, Hotel de Ghoudfazant is a ‘ghoud’ bet.
7. Yam Yam Trattoria Pizzeria
Where? Frederik Hendrikstraat 88-90
Why go? For pizza done right
Sometimes, nothing but a good pizza will do! Luckily Amsterdam has upped its game in recent years when it comes to good Italian food. Yam Yam is a local favourite in Amsterdam West. With a proper wood-fired oven and the feel of a chic Italian cafeteria, this is the perfect spot to enjoy crispy, authentic pizza and a nice bottle of red.
Plus, as the pizzas are light to eat, we’re quite sure you’ll have room for one of Yam Yam’s famous gelatos to finish off your dinner the proper Italian way.
8. De Wasserette
Where? Eerste Van der Helststraat 27
Why go? For cracking sandwiches and proper coffee
If you’re planning a visit to Albert Cuyp market, a favourite with Amsterdam locals, then De Wasserette is a great place to stop for a spot of lunch when you’ve wandered around a lot of stalls and starting to feel peckish.
Well known for their fantastic sandwiches, you’ll find a young, hip crowd here (the ones who always know where to find a good coffee!) With outdoor heaters you can even sit outside during the winter – a great spot for watching the colourful characters that go by in this vibrant neighbourhood.
Stuck for activities during your stay in the Dutch Capital? Check out our guide to things to do in Amsterdam.
9. Cafe Par Hasard
Where? Ceintuurbaan 113-115, Amsterdam
Why go? For classic and hearty dishes at a great price
What list of local favourites would be complete without a mention of a firm Dutch favourite snack – fries served in a paper cone with a good dollop of mayonnaise on top? You can pick up a delicious version of this on-the-go snack at the Friterie counter next to Café Par Hasard.
Or if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, then Par Hasard serves up hearty classics like bitterballen, fish and chips and steak tartare. The three-course menu for €27.50 is popular amongst locals and pretty good value in our book.
Although it’s great to eat like a local in Amsterdam, don’t forget, we serve up our very own affordable, all-you-can-eat breakfast each day at ClinkNoord. Our breakfast includes a selection of cereals, breads, cheeses, cold meats, salads, eggs, beans, fruit, and local foods like Hagelslag and Farmers Cake. As well as plenty of juices, tea’s and coffees to choose from.
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