Amsterdam’s rich and varied demographic make-up is reflected in its gastronomic scene: it is a fun place to eat and if you enjoy exotic tastes you’ll be in for a treat. The selection of cuisines is nearly endless.
Indonesian food is particularly well represented and one thing you should try is the rijsttafel, which has become the signature meal of Amsterdam: a rijsttafel (Dutch for rice table) includes a bowl of (fried or steamed) rice served alongside a dozen or more side dishes of meats, seafood, vegetables and satays. The amazing array of sweet, spicy, salty, and sour dishes make for a tantalizing dining experience. Prices range from €15 to €40 at the fancier places.
Address: Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 27, Amsterdam
Monday – Saturday: noon to 2 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm.
Situated near the Rijskmuseum, Sama Sebo is one of the best and oldest Indonesian restaurants in the city, so the place is often packed with locals. Their 23-sidedish-rijsttafel is hard to beat or you can order a la carte. Two of the highlights are the nasi goreng and bami goring. Very Indonesian decor with rush mats and batik prints in the main dining room.
Prices: lunch menu 15€; rijsttafel 28€
Address: Amstelveenseweg 158-160, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 6755000
Traditional Indonesian cuisine in a modern dining area split across three levels. Beside the rijsttafel, Blauw serves Satay Ayam (chicken), Gado Gado (vegetables with peanut sauce), Daging Rendang and other Indonesian classics.
Prices: € 29.50 for the rijsttafel
Address: Nassaukade 366, Leidseplein, Amsterdam
The restaurant has gained a solid reputation thanks to its chef, Sonja Pereira. The menu changes regularly and offers a refreshing change from other rijsttafel restaurants with a smaller selection of exquisite dishes, delicately flavoured with kafir lime leaves, lemon grass, black bean or satay sauce. You can choose from 3 set menus or eat a la carte. An elegant setting for a refined meal.
Prices: set menus from 40 to 55 euros
Opening times: 6 pm -10.30 pm daily
Amsterdam has hundreds of small restaurants, many with outside seating in the summer. We have selected a few eateries:
Address: In the American Hotel (at Leidseplein),
Its dining room is a national monument to Art Nouveau and Art Deco with leaded stained-glass windows, patterned velvet upholstery and frosted-glass Tiffany chandeliers from the 1920s. The restaurant offers a good selection of seafood dishes including monkfish and perch, as well as meat dishes. There is a special Sunday jazz brunch, from 12.30 to 3.30 pm.
Address: Spuistraat 273-275, Amsterdam
Intimate and cosy old Dutch decor with lots of wood-panelling and brocaded benches, Haesje Claes serves hearty Dutch food at reasonable prices. Try some of their specialities, hutspot (stew), stampot (mashed potatoes and cabbage) and eel stews.
Address: Van Baerlestraat 134, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 20 671 4248
De Knijp combines quality dining with a cozy atmosphere. Located near Amsterdam's concert hall, it is a good place to eat after a night out. The menu features Dutch and European dishes and everything is beautifully prepared.
De Witte Uyl
Address: Frans Halsstraat 26, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0) 20 670 04 58
De Witte Uyl’s 1920s interior provides a charming setting for a fine dining experience. The seasonal menu is prepared from the finest ingredients and includes good vegetarian options. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list. Its chocolate board is legendary.
Address: Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
The restaurant is situated in the former city nursery and the chef, Gert-Jan Hageman, prides himself on a menu based on organic products, often grown in the restaurant greenhouses. You will enjoy delicacies like roasted carrots or basil-marinated endives. Vegetarians are in for a treat. The greenhouse provides a spacious and airy interior and there is a large outside terrace in the summer.
Opening times: 6 pm –11 pm.
Lunch: Monday to Friday noon - 2 pm. Closed Sunday.
And finally do not miss Amsterdam pancake houses
The ideal place to enjoy a pannekoek is a traditional pancake house. The Dutch eat them for lunch or dinner and menus include both sweet and savoury pancakes with an endless list of fillings. Pancakes costs between 5 and 10 euros, but portions tend to be large.
Canal dinner cruises
Address: Raadhuisstraat 6, Amsterdam,
Located behind the Dam, it serves a wide selection of unique recipes such as the smoked salmon and hot dill sauce pancake or the tasty cajun chicken pancake, as well as delicious sweet ones. Highlights include the mixed nuts-coconut-amaretto-whipped cream pancake and the pear-sugar-whipped cream-almonds-chocolate sauce pancake.
Blue Boat Dinner Cruise
Address: Stadhouderskade 25, 1071 ZD Amsterdam (opposite the Park Hotel and Holland Casino, near Leidseplein)
A 2-hour dinner cruise through Amsterdam canals, while you enjoy your dinner.
Price: 59 euros
Amsterdam dinner cruise
Address: Holland International dock, Prins Hendrikkade 33a, Amsterdam
(in front of Amsterdam Central Station)
Combines a cruise through the illuminated canals with a sumptuous four-course dinner.
Price: 69 euros
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