Lonely Planet Writer

High art and high-end food: Rijksmuseum restaurant is awarded a Michelin-star

If you’re looking for a cultural and culinary experience, look no further than Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, where the art museum’s in-house restaurant has just received a Michelin star.

The staff at the restaurant.
The staff at the restaurant. Image by Rinze Vegelien

RIJKS, which is led by Chef Joris Bijdendijk, received the honour in the latest Dutch edition of the Michelin guide, which celebrates culinary excellence.

The restaurant opened its doors in 2014 in a wing of the museum, bringing Bijdendijk on board to create food that takes its inspiration from ingredients of Dutch origin, combined with international flavours that have influenced Dutch cuisine.

RIJKS in Amsterdam.
RIJKS in Amsterdam. Image by Erik Smits

While the restaurant has its own entrance separate from the museum, the two are linked, with the restaurant even bringing in guest chefs like the museum brings in guest curators.

Bijdendijk said in a statement: “I’m extremely proud that, thanks to my team, more than 160 guests a day can enjoy our Dutch tastes. That our efforts have been rewarded with a star is a dream come true. Even with this star, we’ll remain as accessible as before; RIJKS is for everybody”.

RIJKS in Amsterdam.
RIJKS in Amsterdam. Image by Rinze Vegelien

The restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.