Amsterdam is packed with hundreds of eateries covering cuisine from every corner of the world. Unfortunately, tourists are often herded towards the ‘Argentinian steak houses’ around Dam Square. These are neither Argentinian nor Dutch and you’ll never hear a word of the local language spoken in any of them. So, if you’re looking for awesome food and a slice of the real Amsterdam, check out this list of 10 best places to eat like a local in Amsterdam
BEST FOR BREAKFAST
Tracy certainly knows her way around the best places to eat like a local in Amsterdam.
Scandinavian Embassy is a small café in the hip Pijp district serving the best coffee in the city. So good in fact that there are rumours that they might be the first coffee store in the world to get a Michelin star. Their poached eggs and other Scandi delights are also unmissable.
BEST FOR BRUNCH
De Bakkerswinkel is one of Amsterdam’s most beloved cosy or ‘gezellig’ places to eat. There are three branches in the city, but our favourite is the one in the Westerpark. This gorgeous and expansive space with fabulous terrace is the place to enjoy pastries, scones, soup, sandwiches and quiches – and the best home-made jam in town.
BEST FOR LUNCH
De Ysbreeker is one of Amsterdam’s original grand cafes. Located on a street lined with Linden trees along the Amstel River, this is THE terrace to enjoy in Summer. In Winter the buzz moves inside with a roaring fire large tables to sit and read the papers whilst enjoying fabulous Dutch brasserie food.
BEST FOR TEA OR COFFEE
The Blauwe Theehuis is a total Amsterdam institution. It might look like a flying saucer in the middle of the vast Vondelpark but this modernist building is the place where Amsterdammers stop by on their bikes for a coffee and cake. Ask for a ‘koffie verkeerd’ which is a kind of café au lait with warm milk, and enjoy the little biscuit served on the side.
BEST FOR APPLE PIE
There’s only one place in town to head for real Dutch apple pie and that’s Winkel 43 in the historic Jordaan neighbourhood. Pull up a chair on the terrace with the locals and enjoy a huge slice served with a cloud of whipped cream.
BEST FOR AMSTERDAM BANTER AND A REAL KROKET
Amsterdammers LOVE krokets and if you want the real deal head to the very traditional Van Dobben Eetsalon in town. Grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the broad Amsterdam banter from the ladies serving whilst you gobble up a kroket stuffed inside a white roll. If you’re feeling brave ask for a glass of buttermilk on the side.
BEST FOR STEAK
The best steak in Amsterdam can be found at the beloved Loetje restaurants. There are a number of branches, some more modern but our favourite is the original Café Loetje in the museum district. The steak only comes one way – tenderloins served with gravy – but it will be the best steak you’ve ever had in your life. Guaranteed.
BEST FOR A BUZZY NIGHT OUT
For a fun night out, head over to the hip North side of the River Ij and grab dinner at Hotel de Goudfazant. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is no hotel but a vast industrial restaurant that has vintage cars inside and some really fabulous, reasonably priced food.
BEST FOR A DATE NIGHT
Know what you want? The food in Amsterdam makes me drool!
One of our favourite restaurants for authentic Dutch food is Wilde Zwijnen in the East of the city. If you’re up for a fixed menu, try out the main restaurant which serves exceptional seasonal food. Rather choose your own? Then head next door to Wilde Zwijnen’s baby brother – the Wilde Zwijnen Eetbar which serves small plates of the most delicious food in town.
BEST FOR HERRING
Amsterdam has options for food on the go too!
You can’t come to Amsterdam and not sample the original Dutch speciality – herring. Brined rather than cooked, herring can be eaten on its own or served in a roll with tiny cubes of onion and slices of pickle. The best herring in Amsterdam can be found at the stall in the Albert Cuyp market. You’d be mad to miss it!
So, there you have it. 10 wonderful places to avoid the tourists and enjoy the very best of Amsterdam dining.