Slowly Amsterdam-North is earning its own hotspots. While it was long thought to be a place either too far away or not worth the bike or ferry ride, that attitude is exactly what has given Amsterdam-North the opportunity to grow and give the ‘other side’ a reason to make the trip worth it. Well, we can certainly say we’ve found one place that’s 100% worth the ride: Hotel de Goudfazant. Located in an industrial/abandoned warehouse along the water we couldn’t think of a better place with a high contrast between culinary food and its location, which makes it even more spectacular.
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As briefly described above, it is the restaurant’s location that first caught our eyes. We absolutely love restaurants that are located right next to the IJ and provides a stunning view across the water. If it’s from the north side of Amsterdam or the south, this view gives you an absolute free feeling, especially in such a big city, which gives you loads of romantic vibes once the sun goes down and you’ll see all the lights across the water. However, a stunning view doesn’t necessarily mean good food because it doesn’t matter how stunning the view might be when the food’s a horror we’re gone. Luckily that wasn’t necessary at the Goudfazant.
The ‘restaurant’ part of the hotel can best be described as a warehouse since that’s exactly what you’re located in. Nevertheless, the most beautiful and unique warehouse we’ve ever had dinner in. Luckily we were informed by friends that the place can get pretty cold during the winter (so take a coat with you). Luckily, the sun was shining when we arrived so the shutters opened, which gave us the feeling as though we were sitting outside.
When the sun really comes out to show its face you can even enjoy your meal on the outside terrace, which gives you an even better view across Amsterdam without flying menus and a #badhairday.
However, enough chit chat about this unique location because how was the food?! Good thing you ask because the food was all kinds of perfect. A little bit on the small portion side but we’ll explain that all in detail in a bit. We had oysters and grilled artichoke an appetizer, and delicious flank steak as the main course. Every piece of food perfectly cooked with added vegetables. Nevertheless, we were still hungry after the delicious meals. Couldn’t we order side dishes like in most restaurants nowadays? Unfortunately not, the only ‘side dish’ on the menu was a green salad so that probably wasn’t going to help a lot. The only side note on the otherwise perfect evening. The solution in the lasting hunger was found in the delicious cheese platter and dessert, which we usually can’t make because we’re so stuffed by then. Furthermore, the prices are also very accessible since you pay €33 for a three-course meal with quality. Not a restaurant to go to on an empty stomach but definitely worth everything else.
Hotel De Goudfazant
Amsterdam, the Netherlands