The Cold Pressed Juicery
Willemsparkweg 8, Oud West
The Cold Pressed Juicery has two locations in Amsterdam: One in De 9 Straatges and one on Willemsparkweg near Vondlepark—both well situated for grabbing a juice/smoothie in the morning before touring around the city. The juices are cold-pressed and organic, and largely made from locally grown produce. This is also a good option for a quick lunch (salads, wraps, soups)—instead of throwing out juice pulp, they use it to make nut milks and other snacks.
Bellamyplein 51, Oud West
This is the first large-scale indoor food market in the Netherlands and it’s already proven to be a great idea. Here, you can choose between Vietnamese banh mi, gourmet grilled cheese (this is the birthplace of gouda, after all), brick-oven pizza, Swedish meatballs, and so much more. Kids—and grownups with a sweet tooth to quell—go especially nutty for the crêpe stand and the dress-your-own-waffle station. Fair warning: seating room is very much first-come, first-served, so there may be some awkward stalking involved.
Bilderdijkstraat 165 F, Oud West
While the location is slightly out of the way, this modern, dizzyingly beautiful interpretation of a gardening store is well worth the walk, whether you’re a green thumb or not. The goal here is to encourage city dwellers to try their hand at gardening by providing everything they need—from tools, to planters, to actual plants. While you’re here, grab a coffee and a slice of homemade cake and enjoy it under a canopy of hanging houseplants before perusing the selection of plant-inspired jewelry, art, and books.
Overtoom 68, Oud West
The Indonesian food scene has long been thriving in Amsterdam, and Kartika, which has been around for decades, is still the best of the best. The a la carte menu is a sure bet, but the specialty here is the rijsttafel (something like the Indonesian answer to dim sum). You can request the vegetarian version or opt for the meat, either way, each of the dozen or so lovingly prepared, incredibly flavorful dishes promises to be exceptional.
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