There’s certainly no scarcity of places to enjoy delicious food and drink in Amsterdam. Venture for just a few minutes and you’re sure to stumble across something to your tastes: a cosy pub, a cute cafe or, as locals will likely suggest, a cheery canal-side terrace bar for drinks in the afternoon sun.
An abundance of restaurants throughout the city satisfy every hungry traveller’s craving – whether on a budget, after high-end dining, or adventurous – from vegetarian and vegan delights to Indian, Italian, modern Dutch cuisine, and many more.
The trendy neighbourhood of Jordaan is one of Amsterdam’s best restaurant precincts. Despite the area’s popularity, restaurants here remain quaint and authentic; look particularly for restaurants serving traditional Dutch cuisine. The lively quarter of De Pijp is your summer-time pick for terrace dining and is sure to please foodies with three Michelin-starred restaurants in the area. Be sure to visit Rembrandtplein for a smorgasbord of dining options as well.
Singing a completely different tune once the day’s spun away, Amsterdam lets loose with wild clubs, bars, live music and performances, and of course the world-famous Red Light District. The noisiest night-time hubs include Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein. If your ideal night out is more on the quiet side, head to one of Amsterdam’s famous candlelit ‘brown cafes’ (folksy pubs) for a pleasant drink: Cafe ‘t Smalle is a popular choice among locals.
With a growing list of trendy Amsterdam cafes serving specialty brews on the scene, finding quality coffee in Amsterdam is easier than you may think. Surprisingly, you’ll find some of the best cups in the tourist-haven Red Light District. Blauwe Theehuis, located in the popular Vondelpark, presents the perfect end to a beautiful stroll through the park grounds. Be weary though, coffee shops don’t actually serve what they say, so you may need to keep looking past these signs.
Hit Amsterdam’s Oud-West for your food market fill. Here you’ll find De Foodhallen, an enormous indoor marketplace offering a delectable array of high-end street food from all over the world, from hand-rolled sushi to Spanish tapas and Italian wood-fired pizzas. Alternatively, take your pick from one of many food markets dotted around the city: Noordermarkt’s Saturday market features fresh local ingredients, or enjoy an authentic stroopwafel at Albert Cuyp Market in De Pijp.