From the best beer cocktails to foodie-proof dishes from Amsterdam
At Your Little Black Book we know the menu from most restaurant hotspots in Amsterdam by heart. We know exactly where you can drink the best craft beers and where there are beer cocktails on the menu that are perfect for a night at the bar with your girlfriends. Or just a normal draft beer from the tap that always goes well with a snack platter!
It surprises us that a lot of ladies in Amsterdam don’t dare to order beer with their food. We Love Beer! So we thought it was about time to share our favourite beer / food combinations for you to enjoy :-). Because let’s be honest: a hamburger or chicken off the rotisserie tastes best with a glass of beer, right!
Our favourite food & beer dishes in Amsterdam:
1 >> CHICKEN & BEER
Chicken off the spit is hot! And I’ll be honest, I also think it’s incredibly good. Especially if I’m with the girls I’d feel as if this is just a little bit healthier than having a hotdog or burger as a quick bite. I oftentimes have some chicken at De Biertuin in Amsterdam East. It’s really a dish that just tastes the best with a beer. The hotspots where you can have these trendy bar bites usually also have a long list of (specialty) beers on tap.
This is where you eat chicken in Amsterdam: De Biertuin, Rotisserie Amsterdam, Kip in het IJ & Café Lennep.
2 >> SURF ‘N TURF & BEER
YUM! If there is anything that you could wake us up for, then it must be lobster. And what’s beter than to mix two guilty pleasures into a single dish: the surf & turf. A juicy hamburger combined with half a grilled lobster. So delicious! I love eating them at Smokin’ Barrels and then I’d order the Sorachi Ace from Brooklyn Brewery.
This beer is in a sort of champagne bottle (complete with a cork) and comes to your table with a wine cooler bucket. Very girly!
This is where you eat surf & turf in Amsterdam: Smokin’ Barrels, Hummbar and George Bistro.
3 >> COTE DE BOEUF & BEER
We don’t say no to a good piece of meat! And what’s more delicious than a Cote de Boeuf to share with your tablemates. At least that’s what I like doing when I’m eating with the boyfriend. Luckily you see it on the menu more often in Amsterdam now. Delicious with salsa verde, baked potato and a ‘Pils’ beer from the draft.
This is where you eat Cote de Boeuf in Amsterdam: Panache, Smokin’ Barrels, Café de Paris and Cannibale Royale.
4 >> seafood & BEER
A few weeks ago I had a chat with Tessel en Do from ‘Gebrouwen door Vrouwen (Brewed by Women)’. The first female brewers from Amsterdam. I thought it was really cool to see these two tough chicks who like beer just much as I do, are brewing their own beer. You can drink it at Mossel & Gin in Amsterdam. During the season you can enjoy great mussels there, but all year round they have yummy seafood on the menu. And seafood, like pulpo, and white beer go together very well we can tell you!
This is where you eat seafood in Amsterdam: Mossel & Gin, The Seafood Bar
5 >> APERITIVO & BEER
You know how things go: you’re eating out but you actually want to have a special drink first to kickstart the evening. At Smokin’ Barrels they have amazing craft beer cocktails with beer als the main ingredient. My favourite? That’s no doubt the Mr. Wallace with rum, orange-cinnamon sorbet and Brooklyn Lager! A real must-try if you’re in the neighbourhood.
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>
Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
Let’s get social
I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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