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You want to try out the best gourmet restaurant? You’re looking for a cosy café? You’re looking forward to relishing local specialities? Or you want to turn the night into day at a cool club? Let our select choices inspire you.

    • Blauw

      Indonesian cuisine
      It is said that the Indonesian cuisine in Amsterdam is even better than in Jakarta. There is a tremendous choice, and it’s not easy to choose. At ever-popular Blauw, even the appetisers such as the homemade sambal (spicy sweet chilli paste) and kroepoek (fish crackers) will have you wanting more … and more. Those who are new to Indonesian dining would do well to order the «rice table».
      Amstelveenseweg 158
      1075 XN Amsterdam
      +31 20 675 50 00
      restaurantblauw.nl
    • Envy

      14 Gault Millau points
      The heart of this innovative yet comfortable restaurant is without doubt its open kitchen. It uses market-fresh ingredients to conjure up fabulous Italian dishes with Dutch accents. Whatever you do, don’t miss this: Chef Michael Wolf’s Monday taster menu with of 5 typical Envy courses costs around € 36. Envy belongs to the IQ Creative group, as does the legendary Supperclub, Nomads restaurant and the wine bar Vyne.
      Prinsengracht 381
      1016 HL Amsterdam
      +31 20 344 64 07
      envy.nl
    • Tunes

      Top restaurant
      Tunes Restaurant in the historic part of the Hotel Conservatorium has views of the Paulus Potterstraat and the Stedelijk Museum, and is one of the leading restaurants in Amsterdam. Head chef Schilo van Coevordens adds his own unique interpretation to every one of his dishes A culinary must for any visitor to Amsterdam.
      Van Baerlestraat 27
      1071 AN Amsterdam
      +31 20 570 00 00
      conservatoriumhotel.com
    • Buffet van Odette

      Trendy organic cuisine
      Whether brunch or lunch, Odette is the perfect place for either. Enjoy the excellent organic cuisine with fresh salads, pasta, cakes and freshly squeezed juice, in the company of Amsterdam’s bohemians and with views of the Prinsengracht, before heading off, fortified, for some shopping or sightseeing.
      Prinsengracht 598
      1017 KS Amsterdam
      +31 20 423 60 34
      buffet-amsterdam.nl
    • Vlaams Frites Huis

      The best French fries in the city
      Tucked away in a side alley off the Heiligeweg is the place that serves what are without doubt the best fries in the city! It has been serving these golden, deep-fried potato delicacies since 1955. And with over 20 sauces to choose from – such as Belgian mayonnaise, curry ketchup, peanut or onion sauce – you simply won’t know how to decide. However, as you will probably have to wait for a little while, you’ll have plenty of time to think about it.
      Voetboogstraat 33
      1012 XK Amsterdam
      +31 20 624 60 75
    • De Kas

      All organic
      This friendly restaurant is situated in an enchanting greenhouse. Surrounded by the idyllic greenery of the Prince Bernhard Park, enjoy and be amazed by the 2-course lunch or 3-course dinner menu. De Kas uses seasonal products that are grown in the adjoining greenhouses and on the restaurant’s own farm. Booking ahead is essential.
      Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3
      1097 DE Amsterdam
      +31 20 462 45 62
      restaurantdekas.nl
    • De Bakkerswinkel

      Breakfast in the park
      De Bakkerswinkel in the pretty Westerpark is the perfect spot for a good start to the day. Visitors enjoy homemade bread and delicious cakes in a unique atmosphere. And there are two other branches: one in the centre and one in the south of Amsterdam.
      Regulateurshuis
      Poloceaukade 1
      1014 DA Amsterdam
      +31 20 688 06 32
      debakkerswinkel.com
    • Small World Catering

      Popular deli
      Amsterdam’s sandwich Mecca is always full, its creations always delicious. Ciabatta or rosemary focaccia are available in countless variations with prices starting at € 7.50, and its freshly-squeezed juices are just the thing for the thirst left by a long stroll around town. And afterwards, a homemade muffin and delicious coffee for dessert. Big sandwiches in a small world!
      Binnen Oranjestraat 14
      1013 JA Amsterdam
      +31 20 420 27 74
      smallworldcatering.nl
    • Pluk

      Organic café
      This friendly café is located in the middle of the Negen Straatjes district, home to a multitude of small boutiques and restaurants. It serves up home-made cakes, an abundant variety of healthy food and a few decorative items for the home. The natural wooden décor creates a wonderfully cosy interior and turns the Pluk into an oasis of tranquillity – the perfect place to take a break from all the commotion in the shops.
      Reestraat 19
      1016 DM Amsterdam
      +31 20 363 5977
      pluk.nl
    • Café de Jaren

      Amsterdam’s loveliest terrace
      Whether students, lecturers, tourists or stylishly dressed ladies, every day a highly colourful mix of guests gathers at the Café de Jaren. Delicious snacks are served on the fabulous terrace with its views of the Amstel, and in the evenings guests can also enjoy a fine dinner. The hummus sandwiches are a particular treat.
      Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22
      1012 CP Amsterdam
      +31 20 625 57 71
      cafedejaren.nl
    • Waterkant

      Bar on the banks of the canal
      A cool setting, a chilled crowd and great drinks – Waterkant is located right on the banks of the canal, beneath a car park. Day or night, it is the perfect place to meet friends for a few drinks, relaxing by the water's edge and really chilling out.
      Marnixstraat 246
      1016 TL Amsterdam
      +31 20 737 11 26
      waterkantamsterdam.nl
    • Bar Twenty Third

      Cocktail bar in the Okura Hotel
      Above the rooftops of the city. The Twenty Third Bar in the exclusive Japanese Okura Hotel is situated on the 23rd floor, and offers guests wonderful views of Amsterdam by night with its sea of lights. Highly recommended: the Whisky Sour and wasabi snacks. Incidentally, the Lobby Bar and excellent restaurants in the Okura Hotel are also well worth a visit.
      Hotel Okura Amsterdam
      Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
      1072 LH Amsterdam
      +31 20 678 71 11
      okura.nl
    • Club NL

      Glamorous
      The place to be for Amsterdam’s fashionistas. You can party here on six days out of seven. Tuesdays are reserved for private parties. The «in» crowd is to be found in the numerous little seating corners and lounges. You'll be lucky to get in at the weekends. If you do make it on to the guest list, you’ve won.
      Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 169
      1012 RK Amsterdam
      +31 20 622 75 10
      clubnl.nl
    • Tuschinski Kino

      Cinema
      This building is a veritable pearl of a cinema: it’s a mix of Art Deco, the Amsterdam School and neo-Gothicism that instantly transports visitors back to the Roaring Twenties. And although most of the movies shown here now are blockbusters, its impressive appearance makes the cinema itself an excellent night programme.
      Reguliersbreestraat 26-34
      1017 CN Amsterdam
      +31 20 900 14 58
      pathe.nl
    • Hannekes Boom

      Paradisal setting on the canal
      Like a beach bar without the sand – just a green lawn and shady trees. Hannekes Boom, an insider tip among the young Amsterdam crowd, is located right on the waterfront. When the sun comes out, just grab a beer and a snack from the bar, and sit and dangle your legs over the side of the canal. Boat-owners often put in a pit-stop here, too. And in winter, the rustic restaurant with fireplace is the perfect place for cosying down. Fantastic!
      Dijksgracht 4
      1019 BS Amsterdam
      +31 20 419 98 20
      hannekesboom.nl
    • Paradiso

      An Amsterdam institution
      Clubbers and concert-goers will have a fabulous time in this former church! While major stars such as Lady Gaga perform in the Main Hall, new stars are born in the Small Hall. For instance, Franz Ferdinand and the Kings of Leon made their debut here. Club im Paradiso offers a particularly amazing nightlife. Indie fans, for instance, will love the atmosphere on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Style: Underground.
      Weteringschans 6-8
      1017 SG Amsterdam
      +31 20 626 45 21
      paradiso.nl
    • Hiding in Plain Sight

      Terrific cocktails
      There's no beating about the bush: drinks in this bar are simply out of this world! Anyone who begs to argue will stand corrected in Hiding in plain sight. The cosy, intimate ambiance is one of the factors that keep people coming back. The bar is located somewhat out of Amsterdam centre, making it the ideal starting point for a party night in the city.
      Rapenburg 18
      1011 TL Amsterdam
      +31 6 25 29 36 20
      hpsamsterdam.com