Favourites: Eat

Jo and MP’s recommendations in Amsterdam

Most are within easy walking distance (approx times indicated) – by bike it’s about 1/3 time


Vinnies Deli / cool ambiance
Haarlemmerstraat 46 great organic deli with vintage minimalist décor (also serves lunch and dinner to stay or to go, until 8pm) 2 mins walk

Vlaamsch Broodhuys / delicious tarts
Haarlemmerstraat 108 (just across the street) bakery and café, 30 sec walk

Il Tramezzino / Italian coffee
Haarlemmerstraat 79 (around the corner) for Italian coffee, sandwiches etc, 30 sec walk

Petit Gateau / pretty little cakes
Haarlemmerstraat 80 (around the corner) for the cutest cakes in a myriad of flavours and breakfast up high, dangerously close to the apartment! 30 sec walk

G’s Really Nice Place / weekend brunch
Goudbloemstraat 91 bar on Thurs/Fri nights, great brunch on Sat/Sun mornings, 7 mins walk

Greenwoods / all day breakfast
Singel 103 – English tea room with huge all day breakfasts. Very small tables and always full so go early. 6 mins walk

Gebr. Niemeijer / best croissants
Nieuwendijk 35, excellent French breads and croissants, café in the back, 5 mins walk

Pompadour / patisserie
Huidenstraat 12 (in the 9 streets, patisserie every day, great croissants but only on Saturdays) 15 mins walk


Small World / best brownies and sandwiches
Binnen Oranjestraat 14, the best brownies and sandwiches in town – 5 mins walk

De Bakkerswinkel / eclectic cafe
Regulateurshuis in the Westerpark or Warmoesstraat 69, the best scones, also soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes, good for breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea – 17 mins walk

Ibericus / Spanish ham
Haarlemmerstraat 93 (corner of our street) – this pata negra has to be tasted to be believed! 10 seconds walk

Stout / trendy local
Haarlemmerstraat 73 for lunch in modern trendy atmosphere, also dinner – 2 mins walk

SLA / fabulous salad bar
Haarlemmerdijk 50 – Super delicious salads and super healthy – choose one of the specials or design your own – 4 mins walk (more locations across Amsterdam)

Burgermeester / best burgers
Elandsgracht 130 for excellent hamburgers and vegetarian too (also open for dinner and to go 423 6225) – 20 mins walk (more locations across Amsterdam)

Vleminckx French Fries / prize-winning fries
Famous frites at the Voetboogstraat, of the Spui (just look for the queue, it’s a little hole in the wall) – 20 mins walk

Lavinia Good Food / healthy and delicious
Kerkstraat 176, Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, juice – whatever your dietary requirements, they can cater to you here. Perfect for breakfast or lunch near Rijksmuseum – 25 minutes walk

Soup en zo / fantastic soups
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 54, The most delicious soups from this tiny corner location. There are a couple of stools inside or a bench outside, otherwise you can take your soup with you. Great for a pit stop before or after museums – 25 minutes walk

Archipelago / tea in style
Prinsengracht 827, The most intimate and glamourous interiors/tea shop in town. The strawberry cake tastes exactly how a cake should taste! – 25 minutes walk

Buffet van Odette / lunch on the canal
Prinsengracht 598. Great place for lunch (or dinner) if you’re visiting the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. Ottolenghi-esque selection of salads, soups etc. Advisable to book at lunch time or go early or late. 25 mins walk

FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS in the area (easy walking distance)

Toscanini / Italian institution
Lindengracht 75 – the most busy and buzzy restaurant in town for 30 years – bookings essential! 5 mins walk

Domenica / new kid on the block
Noordermarkt – set up by the previous chef and sommelier from Toscanini but not directly related, modern Italian, booking essential. 4 mins walk

Bistrot Neuf / French
Haarlemmerstraat 9 – excellent French bistrot with over 80 wines by the glass, attached to Chabrol, the best wine shop in town, 4 mins walk

Wolf Atelier / haute cuisine
Westerdoksplein 20-brug – opened in summer 2015, experimental and highly acclaimed young chef in a stunning glass box on an old railway bridge above the water, 5 mins walk

Thai & Co / Thai
Haarlemmerstraat 54 – good Thai, also take away. 2 mins walk

Sushi Me / Sushi
Oude Leliestraat 7, tiny restaurant, great sushi, 10 mins walk (also delivery 627 7926)


Belhamel / stunning views inside and out
Brouwersgracht 60, art deco interior, views down the Herengracht. Lunch, dinner. Playground next door. 2 mins walk

EYE Film Institute / space age design and great views
IJpromenade 1. Take the free ferry from behind Centraal Station to Buiksloterweg and visit this space age design film institute housing a cinema, very good restaurant for lunch or dinner and great terrace. 10 mins walk then 5 mins ferry then 1 min walk

Spanjer & van Twist / canal side
Leliegracht 60, (on the canal side almost at boat level). Simple food for lunch, drinks, dinner with a lovely location. 10 mins walk

Tabac / drinks on the corner
Brouwersgracht 101, drinks and snacks, no dinner. 3 mins walk

Stout / lounge like a local
Haarlemmerstraat 73, grab the outside high cushions. Lunch, drink, dinner. 2 mins walk

Libertine Petit Café / French classics
Noordermarkt 4, the terrace is good for people watching and the simple bistro food is well prepared. Coffee, drinks, dinner. Playground across the street. 4 mins walk

At the Noordermarkt there are also a few ‘gezellige’ cafes with good terraces:
Noord-West and Winkel (famous for apple pie). 5 mins walk

MORE DINNER OPTIONS further afield

De Hallen / Food halls
Hannie Dankbaar Passage 33, Amsterdam’s new food halls. Very hip, very now, very busy. 30 mins walk

Raina Rai/ Algerian
Prinsengracht 252, Algerian delicatessen with small eat in area. Also now a second restaurant in the Westerpark. 15 mins walk to deli, 25 mins to restaurant.

Balthazar’s Keuken / small on space, big on taste
Elandsgracht 108 – open for lunch and dinner Wed-Sat, inventive set menu changes every week, great food. 20 mins walk

Hotel de Goudfazant / modern Dutch, unique location
Aambeeldstraat 10-H, Amsterdam Noord. The menu is only in Dutch, you won’t find (m)any tourists here but despite it’s out of the way location it’s packed every night of the week. Go if you want to go where the locals go. You’ll need to take a taxi to get there or ask us for directions if you want to go on a bike adventure! PS it’s not a hotel.

De Kas / fine home-grown dining
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, a restaurant in a green house and now an Amsterdam institution. They grow their own food or source it locally. Excellent. You’ll need to take a taxi/tram to get there

Rijks / inspired by art
Museumstraat 1, in a wing of the Rijksmuseum, food inspired by the colours and flavours of the Dutch Empire and the treasures housed in the museum. 30 mins walk.

Restaurant As / the eternal pop-up
Prinses Irenestraat 19. A temporary restaurant in a 1950s seminary with the kitchen in a tent, this has been a firm fixture on the scene for several years and rightly so. A daily changing, select menu with sharing plates. Always excellent and worth the out of the way detour. You’ll need to take a taxi/tram to get there

Moeders / typical Dutch
Rozengracht 251. Traditional Dutch cuisine is simple, farmer’s food and this restaurant provides exactly that in a gezellig atmosphere. A great place to take your mother! 20 mins walk

D’Vijff Vlieghen / Holland’s Golden Age
Spuistraat 294-302. Fine Dutch dining in five 17th century houses. Excellent service, traditional Dutch ingredients. 18 mins walk

Tempo Doeloe / Indonesian
Utrechtsestraat 75. Indonesian cuisine has a strong tradition in the Netherlands due to the Dutch colonial heritage and is known for it’s refined flavours and strong spices. This is one of the best regarded Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam and a good place to go for Rijsttafel. If it’s full, there is also Tujuh Maret next door. 30 mins walk

Blauw / Indonesian
Amstelveenseweg 158. Modern interiors and highly regarded tradtional Indonesian food by a renowned Dutch chef. You’ll need to take a taxi/tram to get there


La Perla / it’s a pearl!
Tweede Tuindwarststraat 14 (from the Noordermarkt walk down the Westerstraat, take the third street on the left and it’s on the second corner on the right) wood fired pizza oven and ingredients imported from Italy. It’s really worth going because these are the best pizzas we’ve ever tasted. Small eat in bar area or take away – also their new restaurant across the road from the pizza oven. 15 mins walk

Da Portare Via  / canalside
Leliegracht 34, wood fired pizza oven, bench outside or take away. Truffle pizza is the best! 10 mins walk

De Pizzabakkers / interesting toppings
Haarlemmerdijk 128, wood fired pizza oven, have a glass of prosecco while you wait, take away or eat in. 8 mins walk

Lucca / summer evenings by the playground
Palmgracht 39, wood fired pizza, also pasta and other Italian specialities, lovely playground across the street. 8 mins walk

Lucca Due / conveniently close
Haarlemmerstraat 130 (around the corner) average pizza but good value and convenient when you want something simple and quick, also pasta and other Italian cuisine, eat in or take away. 2 mins walk


Pancake Bakery / Touristy but big and close by
Prinsengracht 191, Amsterdam wouldn’t be Amsterdam without some huge Dutch pancakes! 7 mins walk

Pancakes! / Cute on the 9 Streets
Berenstraat 38, tiny space but the pancakes are big, 15 mins walk

De Carrousel / near Heineken Experience and the museums
H.M. van Randwijkplantsoen 1, next to a large playground, great poffertjes (mini pancakes) and big ones too, 35 mins walk

Boerderij Meerzicht / Goat farm in Amsterdamse Bos
Koenenkade 56, nice half day trip with kids, walk in the forest, feed the baby goats, play in the playground and load up on pancakes. You need a car/taxi to get there.

De Hop / in Amstelpark
Amstelpark 12, pancakes in the park. Take metro to RAI.

De Pannenkoekenboot / Canal cruise and all you can eat pancakes – 2 birds, 1 stone!
Great fun with kids – take the free ferry from behind Central Station (the leftmost one) to the boat. Various tour lengths and departure times. Ball pit in the bottom of the boat. Prebook!

Het Pannenkoeken Fort / Castle and pancakes
Fort aan de Drecht. 40 mins drive away in Uithoorn, a castle to explore and pancakes to feast on. You’ll need a car/taxi to get there.


Puccini Bomboni / our favourite
Singel 184 (opposite Villa Zeezicht for apple pie) 10 mins walk

Dutch Homemade / macarons in every flavour
Haarlemmerstraat 122 (around the corner) 1 min walk

Chocolatl / speciality chocolates from around the world
Hazenstraat 25, 20 mins walk

Haarlemmerdijk 14 (opposite Albert Heijn supermarket) 5 mins
Prinsengracht 292 (by Elandsgracht) 20 mins
Delicious ice creams and sorbets, freshly made every day from April-October. In winter they offer traditional Dutch dish of stamppot – mashed potatoes with added ingredients.

Please ask if you would like advice on anything else!