At the end of the year, the media like to release list after list. The best of this, the best of that. We decided to turn things around and instead, start the year with a list for the coming year. To be more exact, a list consisting of all the must-visit restaurants in Amsterdam, our hometown so you can be sure that we’ve tested all of the restaurants mentioned. One criteria we always like to maintain, whatever restaurant we go to is that it’s not about its status. A restaurant can serve amazing food but if it’s being served by a bad-tempered waiter, who’s clearly not interested in food nor visitors, it’s a no-go. Take out your notes because every single one of these restaurants are date-material.
Even though the restaurants on this list are mentioned in no particular order, we would like to start with our absolute favourite. Every time someone asks us if we know any special must-visit restaurants in Amsterdam, Choux is always the first one that crosses our mind. Everything is just perfect over here. The food, the wine (we highly recommend the arrangement), the service, the location and – most importantly – the value.
De Ruijterkade 128, 1011 AC Amsterdam
T: 020 210 3090
In the far west part of Amsterdam, you can find an abandoned school transformed into a cultural hotspot. Besides epic parties, they also host a gym and restaurant. We already mentioned the great value at Choux but De School tops this. Want to enjoy good food without having to pay too much, this is the place to go. Also, the best place to start an evening of partying with loads of snacks, wine and comfortable chairs (always important).
At restaurant Breda, you might pay a bit more than the previously mentioned restaurants but we can assure you that the 6-course meal will be one to never forget. Perhaps best to take a date you know is here to stay.
Singel 210, 1016 AB Amsterdam
T: 020 622 5233
Italian restaurant Primi has got to be our favourite ‘discovery’ of last year. At the moment, most Amsterdam blogs write about this new hotspot in west but when we visited the place last year, there was hardly no one to be found. So make sure to make a reservation as it’s also very affordable ánd delicious. Don’t forget to check out the drinks because Italians here focus on a good drink (cocktailsss).
Van der Hoopstraat 96II, 1051 VL Amsterdam
T: 020 737 1468
Most locals tend to avoid what’s probably one of the most popular steak restaurants in Amsterdam because of the overload of tourists that tend to go here. Nevertheless, Loetje is a guilty pleasure of ours because the food’s just perfect, especially because you exactly know what you’re going to get (steak!). The steak is a bit on the expensive side but it is part of the experience. Prefer a more ‘casual piece of steak’ then we advise Piet de Leeuw on the Noorderstraat.
Johannes Vermeerstraat 52, 1071 DT Amsterdam
T: 020 662 8173
For the following two restaurants you’ve got to take the ferry behind Central Station but those 5 minutes will be totally worth it. At restaurant Modern the food’s good but what’s even better is the service. We believe many Dutch restaurants can learn a lot over here. Additionally, Modern is also a small boutique hotel so you can just stay the night if you’ve had too much to eat.
Meidoornweg 2, 1031 GG Amsterdam
T: 020 494 0684
We’ve mentioned the Tolhuistuin in the north part of Amsterdam on the blog before, focusing on the amazing terrace during summertime but we would like to stress that the food is also great whatever season it is. No culinary treats as you’ll get at Choux, Breda and Envy but there’s a relaxed vibe, kind of like what you get at a hotel bar. The building also hosts a concert hall so there are often a lot of people coming and going but that only adds to the positive vibrant vibes.
Ijpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam
T: 020 760 4820
Don’t be surprised to find a ‘regular’ pizzeria on this list because this is hands down the best pizzeria in Amsterdam. Every night this place is filled with locals from both the neighbourhood or the other side of town. Try the pizza YamYam and you won’t want anything else ever. No worries if pizza isn’t your thing because they also serve pasta.
Frederik Hendrikstraat 88-90, 1052 HZ Amsterdam
T: 020 681 5097
YamYam is located in a culinary part of Amsterdam because just a few streets further you can find restaurant Plato Loco. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining (big chance it is) because at this Caribbean restaurant it’s always one big tropical party. The Jamaican Jerk Chicken has become a legendary dish on the menu and we can highly recommend it. Feeling blue? Plato Loco it is!
Rombout Hogerbeetsstraat 29, 1052 VN Amsterdam
T: 020 358 5047
We’re ending this culinary list with our surprise of last year. We must admit we didn’t know we were going to face such a culinary experience when entering restaurant Envy last year. Chef Floris can Straalen is making magic happen over here. Don’t get fooled by the ‘dark’ interior because once seated you’ll only have eyes for the extraordinary food experience. Highly recommended if you’re not scared to be surprised by some amazing food.
Prinsengracht 381, 1016 HL Amsterdam
T: 020 344 6407