Amsterdam has a plethora of amazing restaurants but without a bit of homework, it’s easy to go to an average restaurant just catering to the numerous tourists that visit the city every year.
Having been lucky enough to have lived nearby, we visited Amsterdam quite a lot over the past three years and here are eight great restaurants in Amsterdam that really impressed us.
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If you want a great steak, then this cosy restaurant is the place to go. Located in a pretty neighbourhood this restaurant is small and the owners are so friendly they feel like friends. Book ahead because the restaurant is popular and once you try the steak you’ll see why. Delicious food in a local restaurant. Don’t forget to try the homemade chimichurri sauce.
Located in northern Amsterdam, we went to Stork on a sunny day and were dazzled by the sunshine and the gorgeous views over the water. We love seafood so went for the seafood platter which did not disappoint and was a very generous portion. We happily worked through the yummy platter whilst knocking back some rose. A must visit if the sun is shining and a great opportunity to get out of central Amsterdam.
The restaurant only has around 5/6 tables so book ahead if this takes your fancy. You can create lots of waffle creations, sweet and savoury. We went for a waffle with avocado, egg and bacon and indulged in their wonderfully spicy homemade sauce. Great coffees too and the friendliest staff who provided loads of feedback on some lesser-known art museums to visit. The best way to start your day.
We went for a very spoiling meal at Michelin Starred Sinne and enjoyed several tasty courses from their menu. The menu allows you to choose how much you want to eat, ranging from 3 to 8 courses! We went big and loved every course. The food was fresh and exciting but also felt very indulgent. If you want a special meal, then Sinne can be highly recommended. A lovely atmosphere, great staff and lots of lovely bars nearby for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.
In the centre of Amsterdam, this restaurant serves some seriously good Dim Sum. When we went on Sunday we hadn’t booked but were willing to wait when we saw the number of people queuing. The menu is comprehensive and full of mouth-watering Dim Sum options. Book in advance to avoid a long wait.
The concept revolves around temperature. The dishes that they serve experiment with how food can taste so different depending on the temperature it’s cooked at. A really interesting idea and the food was outstanding. The cocktails are also fabulous and are not to be missed. We celebrated a birthday here and the staff really made us feel very special, making it a memorable evening.
Bistro De Fles
A quaint restaurant by the canal, we sat in the sunshine and every time the food came out, everyone was hoping it was their order because everything looked so appetising. Incredible starters and amazing mains, it could easily be somewhere you walk past, but it’s worth a visit. Enjoy the canal views and chill out in beautiful Amsterdam.
If you like street food and lots of delicious options under one roof, then this extremely well decorated and refurbished food hall is the place for you. Full of incredible options, there is a cuisine to suit everyone.
Fabulous burgers, tangy Mexican, huge Dim Sum platters and wonderful craft beers and ciders nearby, it’s always full and perfect for an afternoon of grazing. Once you find a seat, don’t give it up until you’re full. It remains busy all day and into the evening.
We hope you enjoy these restaurants as much as we did.
Do you have any favourite restaurants in Amsterdam you could recommend to us?