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Amsterdam Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Terpentijn
Rokin 103, Centrum
It’s refreshingly unexpected that such a hip and immaculately turned out restaurant would call the largely tourist-packed Centrum home—though you’ll be grateful it’s there come dinner after a day of doing touristy things. The French/Asian menu is heavy on street food—spring rolls, fish cakes, dim sum—and the piping hot, delightfully flavorful pho broth is heavenly in the colder months. There’s a bar on the ground level, but you can get your booze on at dinner, too: ask for the house-made iced tea spiked. Trust.
Dim Sum Now
Ferdinand Bolstraat 36, De Pijp
A testament to the power of good branding and even better food, this little dim sum joint is one the busiest doors in the city. The adorable baskets of dumplings, gyoza, and buns are prepared “slow fast”—the slow refers to the care the cooks apply to only using natural, MSG-free ingredients, and fast because, well…it doesn’t take long to steam a freshly made dumpling. Fast is also a word one might use to describe their bike-delivery option, which services the majority of the city.
Bakers and Roasters
Kadijksplein 16, Kadijksplein
Breakfast and lunch at this cheery spot are the equivalent of a mini trip around the world: the menu is equal parts New Zealand and America—huevos rancheros, incredible fresh-baked pastry, and a ton of fresh juice options—while the bright interior (the living wall at the original De Pijp location is definitely a focal point) is a nod to one of the owner’s Brazillian roots (the other is from New Zealand). In true Kiwi tradition, the flat whites are on point.
Bakers and Roasters
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, De Pijp
Breakfast and lunch at this cheery spot is the equivalent of a mini trip around the world: the menu is equal parts New Zealand and America—huevos rancheros, incredible fresh-baked pastry, and a ton of fresh juice options—while the bright interior (the living wall is definitely a focal point) is a nod to one of the owner’s Brazilian roots (the other is from New Zealand). In true Kiwi tradition, the flat whites are on point. There's a second location in Kadijksplein.
Buffet van Odette
Prinsengracht 598, Grachtengordel
This sweet soup-and-salad spot is set up right in the center of Amsterdam’s most notable sights and offers the kind of light-yet-nourishing breakfasts and lunches—including a robust salad bar where you can get heaps of fresh veggies for a good price—that fill you up without weighing you down. If staying late at the museums, the three-course dinner changes daily according to what’s in season. Weather-permitting, grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables.
Seafood Bar Spui
Spui 15, Spui
Right near the city center, this conveniently located lunch spot makes for a surprisingly quiet reprieve on a day of sightseeing (there's another location near Vondelpark). The décor is crisp and bright, with white subway tiles occupying one wall and exposed brick on the other. The first thing you’ll see when you walk in is a deli counter stuffed with fresh seafood, from King crab legs to oysters. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are the fruits de mer seafood plates, but the fried cod and simple grilled fish dishes are also excellent. You won’t go wrong with a crisp glass of white wine.
Seafood Bar
Van Baerlestraat 5, Museumplein
Right around the corner from P.C. Hooftstraat and a short walk from the Rijksmuseum, this conveniently located lunch spot makes for a surprisingly quiet reprieve on a day of sightseeing (there's another location in city center). The décor is crisp and bright, with white subway tiles occupying one wall and exposed brick on the other. The first thing you’ll see when you walk in is a deli counter stuffed with fresh seafood, from King crab legs to oysters. It should come as no surprise that the must-orders here are the fruits de mer seafood plates, but the fried cod and simple grilled fish dishes are also excellent. You won’t go wrong with a crisp glass of white wine.
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