selected for you: the best lunch hotspots in amsterdam of 2016
Lunch is always a good idea when you ask me. Sometimes I enjoy it even more than dinner on a week day. Last year many new lunch hotspots opened the doors in Amsterdam and in this blog I’m sharing ten of my favourite addresses. Some of them are open for a longer time already but are still my go to places in town. Whether it’s lunch with my lover or with friends, I just keep going back to these spots. Enjoy if you’re going to check them out in 2017 too!
10 x great (new) lunch hotspots in Amsterdam
Pluk At Pluk in the Nine Streets you want more than just lunch. It’s not only the healthy sandwiches, salads, juices and coffee that make you hungry, also the beautiful lifestyle and interior items make your mouth watering. The menu, decor and vibes are just about right here.
George Bistro: Thanks to the delicious comfort food, George in Old-South is a true favorite when in comes to the best lunch spots of the past year. The tuna pizza, caesar salad and steak tartare are always the same: very, very good. The interior feels like a classic bistro, like you’re in Paris for the minute ;-)
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Gartine: Gartine is not really new, but grew up to an absolute favorite lunch spot thanks to its delicious high tea. So once a hidden gem and now a well known address in the heart of the city centre. At Gartine they work as much as possible with organic ingredients and preferably from the kitchen garden. I like to go to Amsterdam Gartine for lunch because it is one of the few small and cozy tents in the center :-)
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METROPOLITAIN: 2016 just might be the year of the Rokin. Suddenly all the construction works disappeared as snow in the sun and made room for quite nice terraces on the sidewalk. At the sidewalk in front of Metropolitain as well, the place to hop in for all day extended breakfast. Croissants, porridge, fruit and eggs benedicts, sandwiches, burgers, salads, they have it all!
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Meatless district: They already announced their opening in 2015, but their dream location wasn’t founded until mid-2016. Meatless District alighted on the Bilderdijkstreet and it feels if it has never been otherwise. The menu is totally – like the name already suggests – vegetarian and yet carnivores can eat delicious food here as well ;-)
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Vinnies: Since this joint opened the doors at the Haarlemmerstraat this is one of the favourite spots of many Amsterdammers. They open at 07.30 and it’s a great place for good coffee, delicious croissants and good sandwiches. All organic where possible. Last year they opened a 3rd branch at the Scheldestraat!
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The Meets: From the moment that The Meets opened its doors, this hotspot had already won. That s partly due to its delicious sugar-free and gluten-free dishes and wonderful interior. Here they have something delicious for each time of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. The sugar and gluten-free cakes in combination with good coffee makes The Meets the ideal spot for daytime!
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De Plantage: Oh oh, how we love having lunch at the Plantage. We do this either after out walk by Artis or just whenever we feel like it. The location – next to the zoo – is unique and the interior of the building (lights, high ceilings and large) makes it the perfect lunch spot of choice to just forget everything around you and enjoy the delicious food.
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Louie Louie: Yay, we’re so happy with the introduction of Louie Louie. This building was in decline for years and now finally got his well-deserved upgrade. Louie Louie has a large terrace, a large bar and an extensive menu with Argentinean touch. You do lunch here with salads, egg dishes, soups and more!
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Breda: Breda opened the doors with one mission and that is the to take the Bourgondische enjoyment to a higher level. Burgundian enjoyment to a higher level. Whether they will get that coveted Michelin star, we won’t know until December 12, hey have conquered our hearts. Here you lunch (and dine) the most delicious dishes in an elegant setting, with high ceilings, white linens and ornate lamps. Love! Go to Breda here >>
What is your favourite lunch spot?
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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