People have always come together of food and eating, and that's especially true in Europe. In Amsterdam that's certainly true when it comes to drinking beer. I actually learned to enjoy beer here, something I thought would never happen. One of my favorite things to research when I travel to a new place is where I'm going to eat and drink. Whether that's just coffee or a fancy three course dinner, everywhere has it's special delicacies or foods that it's known for. Part of the excitement of traveling is seeking out those special places and creating those memories. Besides beer, Amsterdam has many other amazing foods and tasty treats to offer. The Dutch are known for many strange but delicious foods, like their sprinkles on toast or bitterballen. I have to say I think the Dutch really do sweets best. Whether it's Dutch apple pie, stroopwaffles, or poffertjes you really can't go wrong. They also have amazing chocolate, cheese, and coffee. Which might explain the copious amounts of chic hip cafes found in Amsterdam where you can get a juice or latte and a flakey pastry or a spot of lunch. These are some of my favorite places I found to eat and drink while living in Amsterdam. Some are just for coffee or snacks, others are huge three-floor restaurants, but each one is unique and has something special to offer.
1. PLLEK- Not many people go to the north, or nord when they visit Amsterdam, which is a shame because it is home to some of the most unique places in the city and is full of amazing people, art, and culture. For starters there’s Pllek, a one-stop-shop for food, drinks, and music with amazing views of the water and the city. During the day it's the perfect place to come to enjoy a great meal outside by the water and take in the view. In the summer you can come here and relax on the beach, sip cocktails at happy hour, and watch the sunset. Or come in the evening for drinks, live music and dancing all night long. With a variety of musicians and events there's always something fun and different going on.
2. CAFE DE CEUVEL- Just a 15 minute bike ride from Pllek you’ll find Café De Ceuvel, which is so much more than just a café and really one of the most interesting urban places I've come across in Europe. De Ceuvel is former shipyard turned into a sustainable workspace for creative and social enterprises. It consists of a thriving community of artists and entrepreneurs with a café, work spaces, studios, and a bed & breakfast. All the food at the café is organic, local, and sustainably produced, and so so tasty! Everything on the property as been reused, up cycled, or repurposed, it’s truly such a special and unique place.
3. RUM BABA - As I mentioned before Amsterdam is the Queen of cafes! Rum Baba is one of my favorites for it's fun and friendly atmosphere and bright funky decor. It has lots of tables inside and out, and plenty of reading material to go with it's amazing pasties, homemade baked goods, coffee, juices, and teas. It's eastern location means you won't find many tourists here, only locals stopping by or passing the day with a good book and a flat white.
4. BETER & LEUK- Also in the east, Beter en Leuk is unique for it's combination of cafe, restaurant, and thrift shop. It's the kind if place that feels cool and comfortable at the same time. Also a great spot for lunch or tea time, it's always filled with locals, and if you're not interested in another cup of coffee just yet come and browse their curated clothing selection and cute accessories and stationary made by local businesses.
5. COFFEE & COCONUTS- Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this three-story converted concert hall will have you feeling like you just walked into a so-cal beach rental. It's cute, calm and collected and the perfect place to grab lunch with a friend or just to relax and people watch. Enjoy some excellent food from a menu with a wide range of options and fresh still-in-the-coconut water while you relax with friends and enjoy the chill vibes and relaxed, fresh atmosphere of this place.
6. FOODHALLEN- If you’re familiar with food halls like Chelsea or Grand Central Market then you can appreciate the diversity and appeal of a place like Foodhallen. As an indoor food market it’s a great place to try out different local specialties all at once. There’s everything from a bar that specializes in gin cocktails, to hotdogs, acai bowls, and of course dessert. One of my person favorites is Bulls and Dogs.
7. G's A REALLY NICE PLACE- And last but not least, G’s A Really Nice Place is the best brunch place I’ve tried in Amsterdam. Although brunch spots are almost as abundant as cafes G’s is a really special place for its quirky charm and décor and amazing menu which covers all the brunch classics with a few special items and of course amazing cocktails, featuring TWELVE varieties of bloody mary’s. There are two locations, one in the Jordaan and one in Oost (east). I haven’t done it but they also offer a brunch boat ride option on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if you’re looking for a really special Amst. brunch experience.
8. CAFE P96- Located on one of the prettiest canals in the picturesque neighborhood of the Jordaan Café P96 is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon beer and take in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. It's best feature is it's docked boat bar, although they also have seating inside and serve a small food menu it’s a really great place to sit, relax, and enjoy the fresh air and the view of Westerkerk tower.
9. WINKEL 43- Only a short walk from Café P96 is Winkle 43, famous for having the best Dutch apple pie in Amsterdam. If you’ve never had Dutch apple pie then you’re in for a treat. It's best explained as somewhere between a pie and a cake but that really doesn't do it justice. At only 4 euros it's probably the best deal in Amsterdam and be sure to ask for a side of slagroom, also known as whipped cream.