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10x delicious dining in Amsterdam

The capital’s best restaurants

Eating in a studio, sampling Asian street food or dining with the (Michelin) stars: Amsterdam has it all, whether you’re a bit peckish or ravenously hungry, and up for a quick snack or a chic dinner.

Eating in a studio, sampling Asian street food or dining with the (Michelin) stars: Amsterdam has it all, whether you’re a bit peckish or ravenously hungry, and up for a quick snack or a chic dinner.

#1 Worst

A wine bar where worst (sausage) takes a starring role. At Worst, you can sit down for a glass of red accompanied by the tastiest charcuterie. From pâté to ham to sausage, everything costs between €9 and €12. Vegetarian? Sweet tooth? Don’t worry: non-meat-eaters and dessert lovers get their money’s worth at Worst too!

Barentszstraat 171, deworst.nl

#2 Izakaya

Japanese tapas, prepared while you watch. Although tapas may sound a bit irreverent: one of the chefs of star restaurant Nobu is responsible for the menu. At Izakaya, you get to savour the most delicious sashimi (and much more) and enjoy top wines from all over the world, all in a stunning modern setting.

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, izakaya-amsterdam.com

#3 Fa. Pekelhaaring

The Pijp is full of restaurants, so choosing can be difficult. But head for Firma Pekelhaaring on the Van Woustraat, and you’re always in the right place. Whether it’s a quick bite with friends or a festive birthday dinner, a pleasant evening is guaranteed. It’s also a good place for a substantial lunch, as you can order dinner dishes from noon. The cuisine is classic Italian: simple but well-prepared dishes for reasonable prices.

Van Woustraat 127-129, pekelhaaring.nl

#4 Vermeer

Nice and easy: in the (one) Michelin-starred restaurant Vermeer, you only have to say whether you want four, five or six courses (costing €70, €85 or €100). The seasons determine the menu, with vegetables and herbs playing a major role – and sometimes they’re fresh from Vermeer’s own roof garden!

Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, restaurantvermeer.nl/

 

#5 Happyhappyjoyjoy

Street food as they make it on Asian street corners. From noodles and curry to dim sum, with a matching Asian soft drink or beer. Portions are the size of a side dish, and cost between €6 and €12. The location on the Ceintuurbaan in Amsterdam Zuid is our favourite. But you can also try the branches in Amsterdam West, Oost, Centrum and Zuidas.

Happyhappyjoyjoy South, Ceintuurbaan 256, happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

 

 

6 Betty’s

No meat, no fish and no eggs. The kitchen at Betty’s – run by Gido and Lien – produces completely vegetarian dishes. Starter and main course are fixed, but you can choose which cake you want for dessert. A menu costs about €36, a matching wine arrangement starts at €18.75.

Rijnstraat 75, bettys.nl/

#7 Foodhallen

Perfect for a quick bite, but for a full three courses too, thanks to an extensive range of food stalls serving everything from bitterballen (Dutch croquette balls) to Vietnamese street food, spare ribs, patisserie, sushi and frozen yogurt. An outing in itself, especially with the cinema just around the corner.

Bellamyplein 51, foodhallen.nl

#8 Meneer de Wit Heeft Honger

Inspired by his grandma’s cooking in Morocco, chef Simo serves the kind of dishes cooked by mothers (and grandmothers) around the Mediterranean. That means lots of herbs, (seasonal) vegetables – plus plenty of fish, meat and poultry too – and lots of sharing.

Witte de Withstraat 10, meneerdewitheefthonger.nl

#9 Wolf Atelier

Michael Wolf’s studio is located in a large, glazed space on an old railway bridge. His menu is just as special – and extensive. Choose from à la carte, the set menu, a selection of various tartares from his ‘tartaria’ – meat, fish or vegetables – and the epic tasting menu of 15 courses, showcasing his latest creations.

Westerdoksplein 20 bridge, wolfatelier.nl/

#10. Paloma Blanca

Authentic Moroccan dishes have been on the menu here since 1999. The interior transports you to Morocco and, if you’re lucky, you’ll score a table with one of the traditional divans. Start with the harira soup – tomato soup with chickpeas, finely chopped meat and cinnamon. You also shouldn’t miss the steamed couscous dishes – choose from vegetables, lamb or spiced chicken. The fact that the food is colourfully presented on beautiful dishes makes it even more enjoyable. Don’t feel like going out? No problem, you can have these delicious Moroccan dishes delivered to your door!

Jan Pieter Heijestraat 145, palomablanca.nl/

Location & route
  1. Worst
  2. Izakaya
  3. Fa. Pekelhaaring
  4. Vermeer
  5. Happyhappyjoyjoy
  6. Betty's
  7. Foodhallen
  8. Meneer De Wit Heeft Honger
  9. Wolf Atelier
  10. Paloma Blanca
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