If you’ve seen my Amsterdam photo diary then you’ll know I’ve recently got back from a trip to Amsterdam with Tom. It may come as no surprise to you that the first thing I researched were places to eat. Of course I had heard about certain Dutch street foods such as Bitterballen, stroopwafel and patatje oorlog (which are basically french fries) but, I wanted to have a varied list of restaurants ready for all situations. I am really glad I did the research before going as we found it extremely hard to stumble across nice restaurants or bars. Most of the best places we visited were in the De Pijp area which is just outside the main canal belt and city centre, great for us as we were staying on Prinsengracht.
After spending 5 lovely days in Amsterdam here are my top recommended places:
Buffet van Odette
We were lucky enough to be staying opposite this place but funnily enough I’d researched it and not realised we were so close. This is a great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch. If it’s sunny you can enjoy your meal or have a coffee outside by the canal. Or if you’d prefer inside they have varied seating available at the bar or individual tables. We had amazing brunch here – yummy cheese and bacon omelette. Just what you need before setting off for a day of exploring.
Taqueria Taco Bar
I am so glad we found this little gem. We had dinner here on our first night and was really helpful as it was close to our Airbnb, we didn’t quite have our bearings yet and didn’t want to get lost on our first night. Tucked away on the corner of a little residential street in the Oud-West region, you’ll find Taqueria. As it was a Friday night there was a little bit of a wait but we sat outside on the comfy bench seating. As the restaurant name suggests, it only served Taco’s for mains. We decided to choose 3 tacos to share – beef, fish and pork, then we ordered chicken legs, tortilla chips and guacamole to share also. They were delicious, very messy but, delicious. Be prepared to use your fingers!
This wasn’t one I actually researched before I went, I spotted this little place as it was down the road from the taco bar. As you all probably know by now, I love Italian food so I couldn’t resist. We went for dinner on Saturday so it was quite busy but after a short wait we managed to get a lovely little spot out on the patio. Needless to say it was amazing. Freshly made pizza with delicious toppings, all washed down with a few glasses of prosecco. If you enjoy Italian food I definitely recommend going here for dinner.
Coffee and Coconut
Out in the De Pijp area in a former 20’s cinema, Coffee and Coconut is an amazing restaurant. The interior is stunning and it has such a good vibe, not to mention the amazing menu. This was definitely one of my favourite places for brunch but it is also open for dinner, so good for any time of the day.
Teds All Day Brunch
Monday was a pretty rainy day so we sought shelter in Teds for brunch. A warm welcome from the lovely waitress and a nice snug corner so we could warm up. The menu was amazing with good variety and it had a chilled out vibe so you could stay there for hours.
Last but by no means last, Pluk. I feel in love with Pluk a little bit. Out of all the coffee shops we visited this was definitely my favourite. It was such a shame in a way, that we found this place on our last day but, needless to say I am still glad we did. From the huge windows, marble work surfaces to all of the lovely merchandise dotted around the shop, I was in interior heaven. If I could have purchased everything I would have done. Now, on to the food – we only popped in for a coffee and little snack but I wanted everything on the menu. It offers a wide variety of healthy snacks and juices. If I was ever to move to Amsterdam I could imagine myself spending endless hours in the place, catching up with friends or taking a moment for myself.
Having said that we didn’t really stumble across anywhere nice, there were a few spots we discovered while we were there. But, if ever you go to Amsterdam I would definitely recommend the above. I am sure there are many more lovely places to discover but for now these are my favourite spots.