Where to Eat & Drink in Amsterdam

Oh, Amsterdam- a city I’m truly smitten with.

With delicious eateries, charming boutiques, and incredible museums, there’s no shortage of things to do in Amsterdam.

Every time I’m in Amsterdam, I check out new places to eat & drink, and revisit my favorites. The below picks are places I try to visit on every trip.

Where to Eat

  •  The Pancake Bakery: When you’re in Amsterdam, it only makes sense to eat a Dutch Pancake. This restaurant may be tiny, but they make amazing sweet and savory pancakes. You’ll also find the best poffertjes (mini pancakes) in the city here
  • Moeders: I’ll admit I was skeptical of Dutch food (my diet in the US is plant and whole grain based, so I was worried traditional Dutch food would be too heavy). But, you really can’t go wrong mixing potatoes, cheese and vegetables- hotpotch is where it’s at. Moeders does a great presentation of the Dutch classics, and the photos of mothers everywhere are super adorable
  • Foodhallen: Beautiful food hall with lots of great vendors. Don’t miss the gin & tonic stall
  • Omelegg: There are a few locations in the city, which makes it easy to have a great breakfast (awesome omelets) wherever you’re staying
  • La Perla: Wood fired pizza, def the best in Amsterdam
  • SLA: Healthy, tasty salads. Usually a go-to for me for lunch if I know dinner is going to be a ‘treat yo self’ meal

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Where to Have Dessert

  • Winkel 43: The place to be for traditional Dutch Appeltaart (so good)
  • Van Stapele Koekmakerij: Get a warm chocolate cookie with white chocolate center and walk the canals with your treat
  • Stroopwafelkraam: Located at the Albert Cuyp market and Zaanse Schans, these stroopwafels are made fresh and served hot. Few things are better than crispy wafers with gooey caramel sandwiched in between

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Where to Have a Drink

  • If you’re in the mood to sample some of the best beer in Amsterdam, head to Brouwerij ‘t IJ, a modern brewery next to a windmill producing organic blonde and dark beers. We ordered the sampler to try a few local crafts and really enjoyed the experience of drinking them in the garden with the after-work crowd. The brewery also offers tours if you’re interested in the creation process
  • Door 74: Known as the first speakeasy in Amsterdam, the cocktails are amazing. If you don’t have a reservation, come early- otherwise, be prepared for a wait
  • Tales & Spirits: Phenom and inventive cocktails. If you tell the waiters what kind of flavors or spirits you like, they’ll take care of you. And, if you’re here on a warm day, try to grab a table outside
  • Cafe P96: There are a lot of places to sit and enjoy a drink along the canals, but I’m a fan of this one because it’s on a super cute street, and there’s houseboat seating

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Where to Have Coffee

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