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Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam: for shared dining and cava in the middle of the Wallen

31 October 2017

Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam, a little bit of spain in amsterdam

Cravings for cava, paella bitterballs and pulpo? Then Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam might be your new favourite spot to celebrate the weekend with friends. In the middle of the Wallen, in the Lange Niezel, you’ll find the just opened Xampanyeria Centra, a Spanish restaurant with quite a history. Seventy years ago Restaurant Centra opened its doors here and introduced the Spanish cuisine in Amsterdam. This became very successfull. All of Amsterdam came and enjoyed the Spanish chaotic cooks, ignored the bright TL lighting and they all eat the big pans with paella. Restaurant Centra went bankrupt last year, but got a new start with Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam.

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Although you find the restaurant in the middle of the Wallen, they mainly focus on the Amsterdammer and you’ll notice that immediately. Tourists walk pas the champagneria and the restaurant slowly fills up with real Amsterdammers. Fun! The Spanish cava’s are popped, the light slightly dimmed and the divine manchego cheeses are served. It almost feels like we actually are in Spain for a while… Fun: the “fans” of Restaurant Centra who regularly came to grab a bite, now love to go to Xampanyeria Centra.

Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam for cava’s from spain

Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam is of course more than a Spanish restaurant, you can choose from 9 different types of cava from Spain ánd the restaurant’s own cava (recommended!). Also you can get Spanish cider here; order sidra. A slightly sour but no less tasty cider.

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spanish dishes to share at Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam

Perhaps there is not much left of the interior of the Spanish restaurant that served paella since 1947, the menu still contains lots of Spanish dishes made with love. Ánd paella, but then in a crispy jacket. Here you can have paella bitterballs and believe me, those are delicious! At Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam everything is about shared-dining, small dishes that you can share with everyone. Fun for date night with your lover or a night out with friends! Even at night you can walk in here for a glass of wine and a snack. And not regular snacks; sardines! Conserved sardines from Spain and Portugal, served with toasted bread, lemon and pickled vegetables.

Vegetarian? No problem! At Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam there are many vegetarian dishes on the menu. Have the Ajo Blanco with cauliflower, grapes and almonds ;-)

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Manchego with homemade Membrillo and Cecina De Leon – dried and smoked beef ham

Paella bitterballs, Ajo Blanco with cauliflower, grapes and almonds and Baquerones with ansjovis, egg, lemon and smoked pepper

Conserved sardines, hand-filled ;-)

My favourite: roasted pulpo with rice, seaweed, mussels and peas

Duroc ribs with green plums and sherry lacquer

Homemade Nutella, olive oil, sea salt and toast and in the background Catalan bread pudding with orange, cinnamon and crispy caramel

Will you come soon to taste the Duroc Ribs at Xampanyeria Centra Amsterdam?

Amsterdam Bucketlist
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!)
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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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
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.
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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Xampanyeria Centra

Lange Niezel 29

Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Center)