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16 X best Korean restaurants in Amsterdam to try out

9 February 2024
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Korean restaurants in Amsterdam are hotter than ever, and new hotspots and low-key spots are popping up regularly. Whether you’re in the mood for Korean barbecue in Amsterdam or Korean fried chicken, in this new list, we’ve compiled the best Korean restaurants in Amsterdam for you. We’re blessed with a diverse range of establishments, from authentic ones with round tables to low-key and take-away bibimbap. One thing is certain: Korean food is absolutely delicious and a must-try. Enjoy!

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16 X the best Korean restaurants in Amsterdam

Soju Bar Amsterdam

How to recognize a good Korean restaurant in Amsterdam? Anyone who regularly passes through Ferdinand Bolstraat has likely noticed the queue at the new Korean restaurant SOJU Bar! Located in De Pijp, just around the corner from Marie Heinekenplein, SOJU Bar is an address not to be missed for all your Korean food cravings. This hotspot is particularly known for its Korean Fried Chicken, craft beers, and the wide range of Soju flavours. But those who have dined at SOJU Bar know that this restaurant has even more to offer. You can also enjoy Bibimbap (Korean rice dish with meat and vegetables), Kimbap (Korean seaweed rice roll), and Bingsu (shaved ice with condensed milk and many toppings!). But wait, there’s more… Here, you truly feel like you’re in Seoul, as Korean drinking games with soju and/or beer are played in every corner of the restaurant. They love a good drink and a friendly atmosphere, as evidenced by a beer pong table right in the middle of the venue! In short, you go to SOJU Bar for the food and stay for the vibe. Tip: Make a reservation to skip the queue at the door!
Ferdinand Bolstraat 13-15, Amsterdam – SOJU Bar

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Kim’s So Korean Food

One of the newest Korean restaurants in Amsterdam. You’ll find this establishment in a side street off Zeedijk, one of the city’s best food streets for Asian cuisine lovers, tucked away in an alley in the Red-Light District with many red-lit windows. Perhaps for lunch with your kids, you might choose a different suggestion from this list ;-). If you’re dining with friends and in the mood for Korean food, this is the right place from lunch until late. During lunch, you can enjoy Korean dishes ranging from dumplings to pancakes and Tteokbokki to fried chicken. I visited during lunch, but the team informed me that the evening menu is completely different, with Korean barbecue being the most popular. So, I’ll definitely be going back!
Molensteeg 13H, Amsterdam – kimsso.nl

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Motti

Actually, Motti is a Korean concept store, but because you can also grab a bite there, I certainly don’t want to withhold this tip from you in the Amsterdam Jordaan. You go to Motti for specific Korean ingredients, as well as cookware that helps you cook even more delicious Korean dishes at home. I often cycle by when I fancy something tasty around lunchtime. They offer items like Kimbab, kimchi toasts, and more delicious options to go or to eat on a stool by the window.
Eerste Looiersdwarsstraat 28, Amsterdam – Motti

Seoul Sista

You might already be familiar with Seoul Sista from Rotterdam, but in the heart of the city centre, you can also join in for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ in Amsterdam. Not culinary masterpieces, but definitely tasty, and by the end of the evening, you’ll know exactly where you stand budget-wise. The interior is modern and trendy, the food turnover is super high, and I often visit with my son. They have adjusted prices for kids, and selecting dishes with the tablet is such a joy.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 20, Amsterdam – seoulsista.nl

 

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Hongdae Amsterdam

Chances are the last time you were in Lange Leidsedwarsstraat was during your student days. We get it! However, we’re putting this street back on your radar because despite being crowded with tourists flocking to the first Argentinian restaurant they see, there are also a few interesting Asian restaurants that you really want to know. Like Hongdae Amsterdam, a Korean street food restaurant serving finger-licking dishes. If you’ve been to Korea, you’ll recognize the dishes from the street food stalls and reminisce about all those holiday memories!
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 57, Amsterdam – hongdae.nl

GAJA Korean BBQ & Bar

One of the newest Korean barbecue restaurants in Amsterdam, and perhaps the best! Gaja means LET’S GO, and that’s exactly what you should do with your friends. Join in for an evening of all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and other tasty dishes. They have different prices depending on the day of the week, and there’s a special rate for kids. Besides the restaurant, they also have a bar where you can order delicious snacks. The bar opens at 12:00, and you can start with the barbecue from 16:30.
Oosterdokskade 145, Amsterdam – gajabbq.com

 

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Restaurant Nomi Korean BBQ

For friends who prefer sushi to Korean barbecue, Nomi is the place to be. Here, these two worlds come together while enjoying a delicious cocktail. No surprises at Nomi, as the all-you-can-eat concept lets you know exactly what you’ll be spending when you dine here. Part of the menu will look familiar, as you’ll find those dishes on the menu at the well-known sushi all-you-can-eat spots. However, what you definitely want to try at Nomi are the red bean-filled Korean waffles shaped like fish and the sliced wagyu that you can order at an additional cost. So delicious!
Vijzelstraat 26 H, Amsterdam – restaurantnomi.nl

 

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Gangnam Chicken

For those who are fans of Korean fried chicken, Gangnam Chicken is undoubtedly well-known. Here, they do one thing, and they do it exceptionally well! I must admit that when I have Gangnam, I usually order it. Dropping by and devouring this divine fast food on the spot is actually a better idea, as it becomes perfectly crunchy and super fresh.
Eerste Helmersstraat 251h & Beukenweg 31, Amsterdam – gangnamchicken.nl

 

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De Patchka

At De Patchka, you go for vegan Korean and Japanese cuisine. This small restaurant is located on Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp, and the name is derived from Japanese Depachika, the gourmet sections in department stores that I personally love when travelling. Here, all dishes are vegan and slightly elevated in flavour. They have a fixed menu, but also regularly changing dishes, so it’s always a surprise what you can order!
Albert Cuypstraat 89, Amsterdam – depatchka.com

 

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Khan

Buitenveldert seems to be the epicentre of Korean cuisine in Amsterdam, or perhaps even the Netherlands. Not only will you find the incredible Korean supermarket Shilla at Gelderlandplein, but there’s also a plethora of Korean restaurants. One such place is Khan, housed in a far-from-attractive building on a quiet corner of the neighbourhood. Despite its unassuming appearance, the traditionally Korean dishes are everything you hope for.
Nederhoven 9, Amsterdam – Khan

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Seoul Food

From the outside, Seoul Food may resemble a small supermarket, but you can indeed indulge in incredible street food here, both for take-away and eat-in! The menu includes typical Korean delights such as kimchi, bibimbap, and pajeon. A big plus: everything is freshly prepared.
Kinkerstraat 73A, Amsterdam – Seoul Food

Miss Korea

In a list of Korean restaurants in Amsterdam, Korean barbecue must naturally be included. And where else would you go but Miss Korea? The well-known all-you-can-barbecue concept lets you grill to your heart’s content on your own BBQs, but also serves Japanese dishes. Best of both worlds, indeed. This low-key spot is a favourite of Team YOURLBB!
Albert Cuypstraat 66-70, Amsterdam – Miss Korea

Damso

Secretly, Damso is just outside the city limits, but who cares? Just like at Khan, here you can enjoy the best Korean food you’ll taste outside of Korea in a low-key atmosphere.
Dorpsstraat 88, Amstelveen – Damso

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Restaurant Korea

Let’s go back to Buitenveldert because Restaurant Korea on Van Boshuizenstraat should also not be missing from the list. They opened their doors back in 1983 and have since been a favourite among many enthusiasts of traditional Korean cuisine. Here, you can enjoy dishes ranging from bulgogi to chonkol and everything in between.
Van Boshuizenstraat 207-209, Amsterdam – Restaurant Korea

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Hwa Won

Close to Khan, you’ll find Hwa Won, another traditional Korean gem, in the southernmost part of the city. The same advice applies to Hwa Won: don’t be put off by its appearance, and let yourself be amazed by the phenomenal food. That’s why this recommendation definitely should not be missing from the list of the best Korean restaurants in Amsterdam.Nederhoven 13-15, Amsterdam – Hwa Won

The Bab

Op de hoek van de Ruyschstraat en de Camperstraat op het randje van Amsterdam Oost en De Pijp opende de eerste locatie van The Bab, dé Korean hotspot voor eenvoudige Koreaanse gerechten. Naast Bibimbap (hence the name) kom je hier ook voor andere gerechten als Koreaanse pannenkoekjes, Gimbab (een soort sushirol) en meer. Extra fijn: de meeste gerechten kunnen op verzoek Vegan worden gemaakt. Inmiddels is The Bab een begrip in de stad en hebben ze locaties in Oost, De Pijp en West.
Camperstraat 36 & Cornelis Troostplein 3A, Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 41H – Amsterdam – The Bab

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On the corner of Ruyschstraat and Camperstraat, on the edge of Amsterdam East and De Pijp, the first location of The Bab opened, the Korean hotspot for simple Korean dishes. In addition to Bibimbap (hence the name), you can also indulge in other dishes such as Korean pancakes, Gimbab (a type of sushi roll), and more. Extra nice: most dishes can be made vegan upon request. By now, The Bab has become a fixture in the city with locations in East, De Pijp, and West.
Camperstraat 36 & Cornelis Troostplein 3A, Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat 41H – Amsterdam – The Bab

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(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
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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:
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Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
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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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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb and @yourlbb.amsterdam you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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