RIJKS Pop-up Zuidas Amsterdam


Why the RIJKS POP UP at the Zuidas in Amsterdam is an absolute must-visit

3 November 2023
Photo credit: © RIJKS,

Until mid-November foodies can enjoy fine dining at the Zuidas in Amsterdam at the RIJKS POP UP restaurant. While the distinctive RIJKS Restaurant at the Rijksmuseum is remodelled, chef Joris Bijdendijk leads his pop-up establishment with the same approach: giving Dutch cuisine a fresh twist, using only the best ingredients.

RIJKS Pop up Amsterdam – all you need to know

We love pop-up restaurants. The atmosphere is always vibrant, guests go the extra mile (after all, it’s a one-time experience), and chefs pull out all the stops. This is true for Joris Bijdendijk and his team as well, who view their temporary restaurant as a culinary playground with a sustainable purpose. He explains: ‘It’s about more than just great ingredients; we must also advance Dutch gastronomy in the long term. That’s why profound improvements in food and beverage production and logistics are necessary for the future of our industry and all of the Netherlands.’ The pop-up isn’t just a whim: the ‘real’ location of the RIJKS Restaurant is currently under renovation. Although the place is not a replica of the original restaurant, the chefs are taking a new direction and experimenting extensively with the pop-up.

the fine dining Menu at RIJKS pop up can be a quicky

You can savor typical RIJKS classics at the brand-new pop-up while enjoying the chefs’ new experiments. Joris Bijdendijk explains, “The POP UP may be the last chance to taste some signature dishes from the current RIJKS. We will use this temporary location to discover new products, combinations, and preparation methods with the team we’ll feature at the new RIJKS.” And so, the restaurant offers a unique preview of a flavourful future.

At this temporary location, you’re not only in the right place for an extensive dinner, as you would expect from the concept, but also for a quick bite. There’s a traditional Dutch “trekmuur” (snack wall) where you can get snacks to accompany your drinks from Tuesday to Friday.

If you want to kick off your weekend with RIJKS, there’s also the POP UP STORE, where you can pick up the tastiest ingredients for an elaborate dinner at home. Their regular suppliers are also available for the ‘ordinary person’ at this temporary shop, offering cheeses from Fromagerie L’Amuse, sourdough bread from Wils Bakery Café, and Urker TA’IM fish sauce from the North Sea. And there’s even more good news: before the renovation of RIJKS, the entire restaurant was cleared out, so the store also sells items from the restaurant, such as aprons, cookbooks, and cutting boards.

You can visit the RIJKS POP UP on the Zuidas for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Friday, and dinner only on Saturday. During lunch, the 3-course menu can be served within an hour for those on their lunch break!

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RIJKS Pop-up Amsterdam Zuidas

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RIJKS Pop-up Amsterdam Zuidas

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RIJKS Pop-up Amsterdam Zuidas

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RIJKS Pop-up Amsterdam Zuidas

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Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
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
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
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
The Upside Down
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 >>
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
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.
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.
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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