Where to eat and drink in Amsterdam

Here is a collection of my favorite spots in Amsterdam where me and my friends are hanging out. In general - avoid everything in the city center and instead travel around by bike in the neighborhoods of Jordaan, Oud-West, De Pijp, East and Noord. In this guide you will find a mix of cool outdoor bars, inspiring restaurants, chill vibe restaurants with great prices, brunch spots and cafes where we hangout and work.

Cafés

Bocca Store (Central)
Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters (Oud-west)
Van Stapele Koekmakereij (No coffee – only cookies. However, the best I’ve had in a really long time. Central)
Bar Botanique (East)
Toki (Great spot for working | Jordaan)
Hut Spot (Cafe & Store | De Pijp)
Coffee & Coconut (De Pijp)
Dignita Vondelpark (Oud-west)
Winkel 43 (Jordaan)
White label (Great spot for working | Oud-west)

Brunch spots

The Breakfast Club (Jordaan + Oud-west)
Little Collins (De Pijp)
Mook pancakes (Oud-west)
Georges (Multiple Locations)
Bar Botanique (East)
Grand Krasnapolsky (Hotel brunch in a classical building | Center)
Dignita Vondelpark (Oud-west)
The Avocado show (De Pijp)
Libertine Cafe Cafe (Jordaan / Center)

Bars & Cocktails

Glou Glou (Nature Wine bar | De Pijp)
Vesper Bar (Great cocktails | Jordaan)
Bar Centraal (Nature Wines and great food, Oud-West)
Bar Brecht (German beer bar, De Pijp / Central)
Cafe ‘t Smalle (Old school brown bar | Jordaan)
Papeneiland (Old school brown bar  | Jordaan)
FC Hyena (Small dishes to share – everything from the wooden fired oven | Noord)
SkateCafe (Crowded, noisy, indoor skate ramp, live music and great food – what not to love? | Noord)
Garage Noord (Restaurant/club next door to skatecafe, burgers, salads and fries, don’t bring your kids | Noord)
Cafe De Ceuvel (Local, organic and chill. The venue is really cool and their homemade Tonic is a must | Noord)
Oedipus Brewery (Local brewery with wonderful beer, great burgers, nice art and sometimes live music, Noord)
Pllek (Cool vibe and great industrial venue, food & drinks all day – all night | Noord)
Noorderlicht (BBQ, drinks, festivals, live music, chill vibe | Noord)
Mesh (Thai food, great terrace when sunny | De Pijp)
Waterkant (Nice terrace by the water during the hotter months | Oud-west)
Café Panache (Nice atmosphere and great cocktails | Oud-west)
Edel (Nice terrace by the water during the hotter months | Oud-west)
Struik (Nice bar with great music and djs play most of the nights. Nice warm up spot located at Rozengracht | Oud West)
De School (Underground techno club during weekends | Oud-West)
Roest (East)
Bar Botanique (East)

Chill vibe restaurants

Coba Taqueria (A beautiful place with so much vibe in everything from the food, drinks, music, lightning and interior. A must. | Noord)
FC Hyena (Small dishes to share – everything from the wooden fired oven | Noord)
SkateCafe (Crowded, noisy, indoor skate ramp, live music and great food – what not to love? | Noord)
Garage Noord (Restaurant/club next door to skatecafe, burgers, salads and fries, don’t bring your kids | Noord)
Oedipus Brewery (Local brewery with wonderful beer, great burgers, nice art and sometimes live music, Noord)
Cafe De Ceuvel (Local, organic and chill. The venue is really cool and their homemade Tonic is a must | Noord)
Bar Central (Modern and playful cuisine which is REALLY good | Oud-West)
De School (Cafe, Restaurant and Club, book in advance for restaurant | Oud-West)
Pazzi (Great pizza | Oud-west)
Foodhallen (Nice food court with many small food truck-stylish venues | Oud-west)
Razmataz (West)
Calle Ocho (Mexican | De Pijp)
Donnies (Great kebab with influence from Suriname and Indonesia. Great place to start of your evening in De Pijp. A lot of great places close by like Bar Mesh, Calle Ocho and the wonderful Natural Wine bar Glou Glou.)
Ku Kitchen Bar (Sushi place – make sure to try their tempura maki rolls | Center)
Libertine Cafe Cafe (Italian | Jordaan / Center)
Fou Fow Ramen (Japanese | Jordan / Center)
HappyHappyJoyJoy (East Asian |  East + Oud-West)
Louie Louie (Mexican |  East)
Lalotta (Pizza | East)

Photo: Jochem van Grunsven

Foto: Jochem van Grunsven

BAK Restaurant – Photo: Jochem van Grunsven

 

 

 

Inspiring restaurants

BAK Restaurant (Modern with focus on seasonal produce | Houthavens)
Hotel De Goudfazant
(Modern | Noord)
FC Hyena (Small dishes to share – everything from the wooden fired oven, also a small indie movie theatre inside | Noord)
Jacobsz (Modern | East)
Coba Taqueria (A beautiful place with so much vibe in everything from the food, drinks, music, lightning and interior. A must. | Noord)
Guts & Glory (Different themes all the time, same owner as the acclaimed Breda | Central)
Bar Centraal (Modern |  Oud-West)
Breda (Modern cuisine with a fancy touch | Central)
REM Eiland Restaurant (Old crane in the port, cool venue located at Houthavens | North/central)
De Kas (Modern, Organic  – located in a green house| East)
Toscanini (Italian | Jordaan)

 

Markets

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Noordermarkt on a Saturday lunch

Noordermarkt (Farmers market with a great selection, oyster bar, vintage furniture, and bubbles Saturdays in Jordaan)
Ten Kate Market (A great selection of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheese, fish and small food trucks. By Kinkerstraat in Oud-West)
Albert Cuypmarkt (De Pijp)
Flee market in Noord (Last Sunday each month)

 

Stores to visit

Anouk Bereents
An old vintage mirror shop in central Amsterdam. You need to reserve your visit in advance.
Website: http://www.anoukbeerents.nl/

Photo: Anouk Bereents

Foto: Anouk Bereents

Mirror Atelier Anouk Bereents – Photo: Anouk Bereents


De Olijewinkel
(A fine variety of olive oils in a small boutique in Jordaan.)
Van Dijk & Ko (A huge warehouse with really nice vintage store in Noord close to Cafe De Ceuvel. Not very cheap but some amazing pieces. Worth a visit. Noord)
Kiloshop (A great selection of vintage clothes which you buy based on the items weight and fabric. De Pijp)
T.I.T.S
Ari
(A great selection of vintage interior design. Located at the street Overtoom in Oud-West)
Hut Spot

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Bar Botanique | East

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