Amsterdam has emerged from the shadows of its trendy neighbours Berlin and Copenhagen, swapping its stag-do reputation for one of cool culture and cuisine. The dynamic Dutch capital seems to have it all: a village-like charm with a metropolitan buzz; well-crafted coffee to fuel a day of walking along the 17th-century canals, exploring museums and galleries (the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk museums have both been renovated in recent years); and exciting restaurants opening in what was once the red-light district. Check out our guide to some of the city’s most appetising places.
COFFEE & CAKE
Lot Sixty One
This is where you’ll find one of the best flat whites in town – plus, homemade banana bread and freshly baked chocolate cookies.
Head to this bright and airy café for an expertly poured, Scandianvian-roasted coffee. Don’t leave without trying a cinnamon bun.
Bakers & Roasters
If the sun is shining, pull up a chair on the terrace of this New Zealand/Brazilian café for plates of huevos rancheros and navajo eggs, washed down with a coffee or a bloody mary.
This weekly Saturday market offers the best organic produce in town. Stock up on fresh pasta, artisan pastries and Dutch cheeses.
While the artisan breads are the big draw here, don’t miss the Saint Joseph; a pastry made from croissant dough, filled with crème patissière and glazed with rum.
CT Coffee & Coconuts
Funky art and island vibes set the scene in this former theatre, now a café serving feel-good food and fresh juices. Don’t be put off by the queue – it moves quickly.
LUNCH & DINNER
This gem of a restaurant is not on the tourist trail, but do seek it out. Da Kas is housed in a former greenhouse, a great setting for delicate Mediterranean dishes.
Fou Fow Ramen
It’s hard to resist a steaming bowl of noodles at this restaurant from Chinese filmmaker Fow Pyng Hu, who travelled to Japan to learn the art of ramen making. The gyoza are a must.
Kaagman & Kortekaas
Owned by Dutch chef Giel Kaagman and sommelier Bram Kortekaas, this is inspired by the bistros of Paris. Expect regularly updated seasonal menus, homemade charcuterie and oysters served at the bar.
This rustic bar specialises in organic wines from France, Italy and Spain, and it’s worth letting the friendly staff guide you through the menu. The terrace makes the perfect spot for a glass of rosé when the sun is shining, too.
Café Wynand Fockink
Find Dutch brandy, gin and liqueurs in all sorts of flavours at this higgledy-piggledy café. Don’t forget to bow to your glass before you take your first sip – here, tradition is paramount.
Choose from the wine bar, beer bar or even the G&T bar in this former tram depot, while trying some of the best global street food Amsterdam has to offer.
With amazing views over the canal, stylish bedrooms and breakfast delivered to your door, there’s no better place to rest your head. The cocktails served in the bar are some of the best in the city, and there are some lovely boutique shops nearby.
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