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Bennies Amsterdam: from pop-up to permanent restaurant in Amsterdam South

21 April 2024
Photo credit: © Your Little Black Book

For years, Bennies Amsterdam roamed our capital as a pop-up restaurant. At the end of last year, the restaurant settled in Helikopterstraat in Amsterdam South, which turned out to be a golden move. It went so well that the owners decided to establish themselves there permanently.

Why you’ll want to visit Bennies Amsterdam

By the end of 2023, it was the talk of Amsterdam South: Bennies’ pop-up on Helikopterstraat. The entrepreneurial duo behind Bennies Amsterdam, chef Rick Swinkels and entrepreneur Isidoor van Esch, decided to take the plunge, and thus, the permanent establishment of their restaurant became a reality.

However, a lot went into it, including months of renovation and a brand-new interior designed by Studio Elèn Letort (also from Amsterdam). Together, they transformed the ample space into a unique, modern, inviting area. The light yellow custom-made kitchen island stands out against the stainless steel tables and the frequently used wood. It truly makes Bennies a delightful place to be.

Bennies Amsterdam

© Bennies Amsterdam, @benniesamsterdam

Menu Bennies Amsterdam

At Bennies Amsterdam, they prefer to keep things simple: no menus that take fifteen minutes to decipher, only to end up in a state of decision paralysis. Simple dishes made from good ingredients require little fuss, as evidenced by this place. They all shine, from sea bass ceviche to salmon tostada and burrata with peppers and tomatoes. And for those who love natural wines, Bennies is a paradise. The staff happily recommend matching glasses (or bottles) for you.

You’re also in the right place for lunch here. The scrambled eggs with comté are a favourite, as is the burrata with dates (a must!) and their brunch plate with eggs, comté, jam, bread, and butter. Then there’s the snack menu, jokingly adorned with mini “frikandels” alongside fried chicken gado gado. What’s extra nice: a large part of the restaurant is available for spontaneous walk-ins. Because good restaurants where you don’t need a reservation are rare in Amsterdam, and the owners find that unacceptable.

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Bennies Amsterdam

© Bennies, @benniesamsterdam

Bennies Amsterdam

© Bennies, @benniesamsterdam

Bennies Amsterdam

© Bennies, @benniesamsterdam

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Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
FOOD EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
BEST BIKE TOURS IN AMSTERDAM:
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
FIRST TIME VISIT TO AMSTERDAM – MUST SEE & DO’S:
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
INSTAGRAM MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Youseum
The Upside Down
DAY TRIPS FROM AMSTERDAM:
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
AMSTERDAM WITH KIDS:
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
FALL / WINTER IN AMSTERDAM:
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
VERY VERY NICE // €€
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
AFFORDABLE (FOR AMSTERDAM PRICES) // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
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 several locations in Amsterdam.

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