Our trip to Amsterdam in early January was filled with lots of sightseeing and eating – my favourite things to do while travelling! Though we were only there for 2.5 days, we certainly made a point of trying some of the best foods Amsterdam had to offer. As I usually do, I made a Google map with a variety of restaurants to check out during our trip. (I did the same thing in Berlin, Hamburg, Prague, Vienna, Barcelona, Vancouver…I’m a compulsive food planner).
I’ve put together a list of my recommended restaurants in Amsterdam. After the name of each spot, I’ve included the address.
My Top Amsterdam Restaurants
The Pancake Bakery
Prinsengracht 191, 1015 DS Amsterdam
When my friend Lacey recommended The Pancake Bakery to me before our visit to Amsterdam, I knew without a doubt that I would make it a priority to visit. Promising the best pancakes in town, The Pancake Bakery lived up to my high expectations, so much so that we returned there a second time during our short stay in the city. Offering both sweet and savoury pancakes as well as poffertjes (small, pillowy Dutch pancakes), this restaurant is not to be missed while you’re in Amsterdam!
De Koffie Salon
Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 82, 1054 BX Amsterdam
With several locations across the city, De Koffie Salon is a casual and cozy café offering up excellent coffee and pastries. We snacked on enormous stroopwafels alongside our coffees and admired the elegant art nouveau decor while warming up after a long day of sightseeing.
Rozengracht 106-H, 1016 NH Amsterdam
After our first full day of sightseeing, we had our sights set on a big meal at a pizza and pasta restaurant that my friend Lacey had also recommended. Unfortunately when we walked up to the building, we discovered that it was closed despite arriving there during its regular opening hours.
Undeterred, we wandered around for a bit until we stumbled upon Salmuera, a highly-rated Latin American restaurant. Luckily we were able to get a table for 3 without waiting and enjoyed a tasty meal of quesadillas, empanadas, steak, and other appetizers. The portion sizes were a little bit small, but the food was very flavourful and the service was excellent.
Overtoom 68IV, 1054 HL Amsterdam
We were eager to try some more Indonesian food after the delicious pasteis and spekkoek we sampled on our Hungry Birds food tour. We opted to try Kartika which came highly recommended to us by Zosia, our Hungry Birds tour guide. We tried the Rijsttafel, which translates to ‘rice table’. It consists of several small dishes of meat, fish, and vegetables, all with different flavours, textures, colours, and degrees of spiciness. All the small dishes are served on a heated tray and are served with rice on the side. Though we were unsuccessful at trying to make a reservation beforehand, they were able to accommodate us when we arrived. It was truly a fantastic meal – I definitely recommend that you try some Indonesian food while in the Netherlands.
In addition to my recommendations above, I can also highly praise all the stops we visited during our Hungry Birds food tour in Amsterdam, especially Van Stapele for the best chocolate cookie of your life, Original Stroopwafels for freshly made wafer-caramel treats, Toko Ramee for Indonesian takeaway, and Tjin’s for broodje pom (a Surinamese chicken dish served on a fresh bread roll).
I’ve included a map below of the Amsterdam restaurants and cafés I mention above (marked in yellow), plus a few other recommended restaurants that we didn’t get a chance to visit (marked in blue). Hopefully this will be a helpful culinary guide for you as you prepare for your trip to Amsterdam!
What are your favourite Amsterdam restaurants? Which restaurants must I check out during my next visit? I’d love to hear in the comments below!