55 X THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM CITY CENTER TO GO TO NOW
Do you still think that there are only brown cafe’s and extremely touristy spots in the center of Amsterdam? Well, think again! ;-) You can find so many nice restaurants in the Haarlemmerbuurt and the Jordaan, the Wallen, Nine Streets, the Canal District, and right in the center. From fine dining to a quick or casual bite to eat. Take a look at our list with 55 restaurants in Amsterdam city center.
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Apostrof: a nice bistro where you can eat delicious French food, we definitely recommend that you try the smoked salmon.
De Pizzabakkers: pizza’s with a thin crust and the best toppings is what you can get at De Pizzabakkers.
Boca’s: shared dining is a big thing at Boca’s, perfect for a night out with your friends or your lover.
Meneer Nieges: this hotspot is one that you’ll want to tick off your bucketlist, just like their bbq meat dishes, they’re so good.
L’ Invité: go for a 3, 4, or 4 course meal with a French vibe!
SLA: for fresh salads that you can put together yourself.
Brandstof: a great all-day spot where you can have a very nice dinner.
Hummus Bistro: you can order the best hummus and falafel at Hummus Bistro.
Salmuera: a great restaurant with Argentinian cuisine with a modern coating. Lots of meat from the grill, but also a ceviche bar!
Festina Lente: a favorite eatery in the Jordaan! For a good price you can eat delicious dishes. Order a few different dishes; nice to share.
Toscanini: for the best Italian food.
Mos: dinner with a view! At Mos you can enjoy French-international cuisine while looking out at the IJ.
JD Williams Whisky Bar: for asian dishes and the best whisky cocktails.
Mata Hari: a super nice restaurant right on the Wallen where you can eat Italian dishes.
Bar Jones: a hidden spot close to the Dam, this place will take you back in time.
Restaurant Anna: high quality food in an informal setting!
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Libertine Café: our favorite all-day hotspot is even more cosy in the evening. The atmosphere is always good, just like the food.
Jansz: the perfect spot for date night! Get dressed up and enjoy a great night at this modern restaurant.
Burgerlijk: the best burger in the Nine Streets can be found at Burgerlijk. You can also put together your own burger here.
De Luwte: a hidden gem on the canals, at De Luwte you can order Mediterranean dishes, so good!
Poké Perfect: thé place in the center where you need to order poké bowls.
Guts & Glory: the menu at Guts & Glory is very nice; every day they have different dishes on their menu!
Kitchen & Bar Van Rijn: a nice, hip restaurant on the Rembrandtplein. The vibe here is very relaxed and the cocktails are so good.
La Cage: eating, drinking, and dancing. At this French restaurant / cocktailbar you can get it all.
Ron Gastrobar Oriental: a gastrobar with an Asian touch! Order lots of small dishes to share. So nice!
Ellis Gourmet Burger: burgers, burgers, burgers, and more burgers. They also have a veggie or a skinny variety, so there’s something there for everyone.
Ô Mai: a personal favorite at Yourlbb, located on the Utrechtsestraat! You can get authentic Vietnamese food here.
Ali Ocakbaşi: this Turkish restaurant started in Turkey, but now has many spots all around the world. So you can expect real, authentic dishes!
Lotti’s: het restaurant van het hippe The Hoxton Hotel.
Mr Porter: you can go here for a nice cocktail and a good steak, and enjoy the view of the Dam.
Pata Negra: for the best Spanish tapas and extreme cosiness.
The Seafood Bar: oysters, lobster, fish and chips, and much more. Here you can go for the best seafood.
De Bajes: the first ever street art restaurant in Amsterdam is definitely worth a visit
Meat & Greek: for Greek specialities!
Bo Nam: this restaurant takes you to Vietnam with the interior and tasty dishes!
Terpentijn: you can go here for good French-Asian dishes. For lunch, dinner, or some nice drinks.
Cannibale Royale: for late night dining and good meat you need to go to Cannibale Royale.
The Duchess: one of the restaurants that’s part of the W hotel in Amsterdam. Put on your nicest outfit and enjoy a night of good food.
Wolf Atelier: you can order a 6 course menu of tartare here, how good is that?
Jon Dory: at Jon Dory you can get delicious fish dishes for a nice price.
Choux: at walking distance from central station you’ll find restaurant Choux. Go for the 3, 4, or 7 course menu.
Restaurant Vermeer: this Michelin-star restaurant can’t be left out of this list, of course. You should definitely try it out.
Pressroom: you can go here for lunch or dinner, this restaurant in the INK hotel is a real recommendation. They serve delicious small dishes, and in the weekend there’s a DJ that plays nice lounge music.
What are your favorite restaurant in Amsterdam city center?
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
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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.
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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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