- Amsterdam is known for its smoke-filled coffee shops and lively nightlife, but it also boasts a large variety of eateries. To find out more about some of Amsterdam’s best restaurants, we asked for your help over on our Hostelworld.com Facebook page, with the best answers winning a free Hostelworld.com Gold Card worth $10. Here’s what you told us...
Janine Schoeman says:
If you have dinner at BoomChicago (Leidseplein) you don't just have a great dinner but an awesome show !!! Make sure you don't spit out any food when you have to laugh :) PS. it's stand up comedy for the people that haven't heard of Boomchicago
Boom Chicago is an Amsterdam institution. Making people laugh since 1993, this comedy club also serves a great selection of food and drink. Offering a mix of European and Asian flavours, the menu here includes meat and fish dishes, with plenty of vegetarian options also available.
Location: Leidseplein 12.
Opening hours: Dinner served before the show.
Green House Coffeeshop
Darren Smith says:
The Greenhouse coffeeshop is the best restuarant in Amsterdam. The chef can make some of the best deserts I have ever tasted and is frequently visited by Quentin Tarrantino.
With a funky interior and a clientele that has included some very recognisable faces, Green House is one of Amsterdam’s popular and well-known coffee shops. Prices are reasonable and portions generous in Green House. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you’ll find it here. Then menu includes scrambled eggs, toasted sandwiches, burgers, steak, wraps, desserts and more.
Location: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 191.
Opening hours: Breakfast/lunch served from 9am-6pm, dinner served from 6pm.
Wok to Walk
Robyn Halfyard says:
Wok to Walk ... i miss it so much. i went there almost everyday when i was in amsterdam
Wok to Walk is also recommended by: Akseli Virtanen and Chillton Hostels.
Wok to Walk has four different locations around Amsterdam serving up delicious and wholesome fast food. The menu here follows three easy steps: first you pick your base of rice, noodles or mixed vegetables, then you choose from a selection of meat, vegetables, tofu and more, and finally you pick your favourite sauce. With such delicious and reasonably priced fast food, it’s no wonder that this chain of restaurants has really taken off.
Location: Kolksteeg 8, Leidsestraat 96, Reguliersbreestraat 45 and Warmoesstraat 85.
Opening hours: All branches open daily.
Riso Medzihradsky says:
Last time we were in Amsterdam we ate at Gauchos. The food was delicious and they have an affordable daily menu.
On the menu at these Argentinean steakhouses you’ll find, unsurprisingly, plenty of steaks in a variety of cuts and sizes. Other main courses on offer include lamb, pasta and salmon, along with a selection of starters and salads. Gauchos has a few different branches throughout the city and offers a couple of great value set menus.
Location: Beethovenstraat 55, Damstraat 5, Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 69, Reguliersbreestraat 18 and Spuistraat 3e.
De Silveren Spiegel
Tomas Sabol says:
absolutely the best restaurant in Amsterdam is DE SILVEREN SPIEGEL.
With a history dating back to the 17th century, this restaurant serves up a selection of Dutch specialities using the top local and regional ingredients. Menus of three, four or five courses are available at set prices, while wine and dine menus are also available.
Location: Kattengat 4-6.
Albert Casadessús says:
golden temple or something like that, is a very nice vegetarian rest in asmterdam!!
This first-rate vegetarian and vegan restaurant offers a variety of dishes, many of which use organic ingredients. The menu at the Golden Temple is a mixture of Indian, Middle Eastern and Italian dishes, with lots of tasty salads and some Mexican food also available.
Location: Utrechtsestrasse 126.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 12pm-3pm & Mon-Sun 5pm-9.30pm.
Theresa Waldhäusl says:
La place, also called la mangerie ... awesome salad buffet!!
La Place is also recommended by: Antonio Ruiz.
A popular spot, La Place and it’s Mangerie food store serves up a great selection of lunch dishes including salads, pizzas and more. As it’s also a bakery, expect a delicious selection of fresh breads and sweet treats too!
Location: Rokin 203.
Reda Kisieliute says:
asian restaurant on Constantijn Huygensstraat IWAN "KONG NAM"! small cozy flowery place with very good food, hosted by wonderful woman Monique
Kong Nam is a small restaurant serving a selection of dishes including Chinese and Indian food.
Location: 2e C Huygensstraat 48.
Wendy Beentjes says:
Go to Yam Yam trattoria/pizzeria near the famous Jordaan district! Seriously good pizzas & pastas plus a proper local feel. ps I don't work there, just loving the food
Offering up a menu packed full of Italian favourites, Yam Yam is a popular spot with a casual, welcoming feel as well as tasty, great value food. Alongside pasta dishes like linguine and ravioli, you’ll find plenty of meat dishes as well as a great selection of pizzas. Tiramisu and Sicilian ice-cream are just a couple of the great desserts on the menu, while a number of specials are also offered.
Location: Frederik Hendrikstraat 88-90.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat from 6pm, Sun from 5.30pm, closed on Mondays.
Melissa Lew says:
La Perla is a really good pizza restaurant on Stadhouderskade
A small and very popular pizza place with a few seats inside plus benches outside where you can sit and enjoy your slice. Freshly made pizzas are the key here, with a large selection of toppings to choose from.
Location: Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 14.
Opening hours: Daily 5pm-10pm.
Aleš Matýsek says:
i used de kas - Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
De Kas is also recommended by: Kálmán Szalai.
Housed inside an old greenhouse belonging to the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery, this beautiful restaurant is visited by around 50,000 hungry diners each year. Serving contemporary cuisine, the menu offered here consists of three courses which changes often. A comprehensive wine list is also available for you to choose from.
Location: Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm & 6.30pm-10pm, Sat 6.30pm-10pm, closed Sundays.
D’Vijff Vlieghen or the Five Flies
D’Vijff Vlieghen or the Five Flies is recommended by: Antonette Goroch and AshleaJayne Russell.
At Five Flies you’ll be treated to a selection of dishes prepared using fresh local products. The ‘New Dutch Cuisine’ offered includes meat dishes such as pheasant, hare and steak, fish dishes like scallops, and a variety of starters and desserts.
Location: Spuistraat 294-302.
Opening hours: Daily from 6pm.
Mandar Karlekar says:
Mr Tong's! =)
A long-running establishment, Mr. Tong’s is one of Amsterdam’s most popular Asian restaurants. The specialties here include pancake duck along with a selection of Tiepan, Szechuan and Cantonese dishes.
Location: Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 119-121.
Opening hours: Daily 3pm-11pm.
Estrella Gordillo says:
Greetje (local food). Located in Peperstraad, 23, Amsterdam !!! good service, delicious food :-)
Restaurant Greetje is also recommended by: Leandro Monteiro de Freitas.
Opened in 2005, this restaurant serves traditional Dutch dishes along with some French specialities. Using fresh local ingredients, some of the dishes offered include Dutch shrimp, veal liver, pheasant and more. A comprehensive wine list is also available.
Location: Peperstraat 23-25.
Opening hours: Tues-Fri & Sun 5.30pm-10pm, Sat 5.30pm-11pm, closed Mondays.
Letting is recommended by: Igor Isaenko.
This restaurant is located inside two adjoining houses, giving it homely feel. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, Letting boasts a varied menu. Along with its popular champagne breakfast, the menu also features a selection of sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta dishes, pies and cakes. Plenty of coffees, juices, wines and more are also available.
Location: Prinsenstraat 3.
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 8am-9pm, Mon-Sun 8am-5.30pm.
Albert Fernandez says:
My favourite restaurant is a Febo! It's Awsome! xD
Febo is also recommended by: Martina Mendelová and Luke Shi.
These interesting food outlets look something like a bank of post boxes with a variety of fast food dishes behind the little doors. Some of the snacks on offer include ‘kroket’ (a deep fried ragout), Dutch sausages and more. So, just pick what you what, insert your money and head away with your food straight away.
Location: Various locations throughout Amsterdam.
Leticia Suzuki says:
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant...
Based on Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London, Fifteen Amsterdam brings in around 15 young people each year and helps them train as chefs. Opened in 2004, Fifteen Amsterdam serves up a great selection of dishes, many with a Mediterranean feel. These include risotto and ravioli, with dishes such as venison also available. A special four-course menu deal is also available.
Location: Jollemanhof 9.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-10pm, closed Sundays.
Brasserie de Brakke Grond
Javier Berlana Hernández says:
My favorite is the Brasserie de Brakke Grond. Un saludo!
Both café and restaurant, Brasserie de Brakke Grond serves up a selection of dishes, some with a Belgian twist along with a number of daily specials. Close to Dam Square, this eatery also offers Belgian beer on tap plus a great selection of bottled Belgian beers.
Location: Nes 43.
De Groene Lanteerne
Marcelo Ferreira says:
De Groene Lanteerne , definitely!!
Gourmet French cuisine is on the menu here at De Groene Lanteerne, so named for the green lanterns gracing its interior. Dishes such as fondue, duck and lobster feature on the menu here which is complimented by an extremely comprehensive wine list.
Location: Haarlemmerstraat 43.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 7pm-1am, Fri-Sat 7pm-3am.
Andrei Sorin Blotor says:
Restaurant Merkelbach !!
Located in a converted coach house beside Frankendael Park, Restaurant Merkelbach serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the lunch menu here you’ll find paninis, baguettes and salads, while the dinner menu features a wide variety of dishes including ravioli, duck and more.
Location: Middenweg 72.
Opening hours: Daily 8.30pm-11pm.
Café De Prins
Jing Ma says:
Café De Prins
Café De Prins is a popular spot with both locals and visitors. It serves lunch, dinner and a selection of snacks. The lunches includes baguettes, meatballs, omelettes and salads, and for dinner you can choose dishes like gratin pastas, cheese fondues, wraps and more. A selection of delicious desserts are also offered.
Location: Prinsengracht 124.
Opening hours: Daily 10am-10pm.
Debs Kemp says:
The Mexican restaurant Cafe Pacifico - Warmoesstraat 31, Centrum - especially on margarita night!!
A short walk from Amsterdam’s central train station, this Mexican restaurant offers up a lengthy menu. Some of the dishes on offer include fajitas, enchiladas and burritos, along with many other Mexican specialities.
Location: Warmoesstraat 31.
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 5pm-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm.