Restaurants

Top Choice Fast Food in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Vleminckx

Frying up frites (fries) since 1887, Amsterdam's best friterie has been based at this hole-in-the-wall takeaway shack near the Spui since 1957. The standard order of perfectly cooked crispy, fluffy frites is smother…
Top Choice Dutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

D'Vijff Vlieghen

Spread across five 17th-century canal houses, the 'Five Flies' is a jewel. Old-wood dining rooms overflow with character, featuring Delft-blue tiles and original works by Rembrandt; chairs have copper plates inscrib…
Top Choice Dutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Lt Cornelis

Blending Golden Age and contemporary elements, Lt Cornelis' downstairs bar crafts signature cocktails like drop (liquorice), caramel stroopwafel and apple pie with cinnamon. Upstairs, the stunning art-gallery-like d…
Top Choice Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Laatste Kruimel

Decorated with vintage finds from the Noordermarkt and wooden pallets upcycled as furniture, and opening to a tiny canal-side terrace, the 'Last Crumb' has glass display cases piled high with pies, quiches, breads, …
Top Choice Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Gartine

Gartine is magical, from its covert location in an alley off busy Kalverstraat to its mismatched antique tableware and its sublime breakfast pastries, sandwiches and salads (made from produce grown in its garden plo…
Seafood in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Bridges

Celebrated Amsterdam chef Ron Blaauw is one of the gastronomic heavyweights behind this Michelin-starred restaurant in a historic setting on Amsterdam's oldest canal. Seafood is the speciality – from caviar and oyst…
Crêpes in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Crêperie Bretonne Cocotte

Savoury galettes (made with organic, gluten-free buckwheat flour from Brittany's oldest mill) come with scrumptious fillings such as Breton sardines and sautéed sliced apples, or an Amsterdam version with smoked her…
Burgers in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Butcher

Amsterdam success story the Butcher continues to stake out new territory across the city, including these gleaming premises inside the former bank also housing Dutch design emporium X Bank. It doesn't take reservati…
Burgers in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Burgerij

Bypass Centraal Station's fast-food mega-chains and head to this contemporary spot for outstanding burgers. Its 14 varieties include a towering beef Double Decker with tangy barbecue sauce, plus vegie and fish optio…
Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Aardbei Amsterdam

Aardbei is Dutch for 'strawberry', which is the star of every dish at this light, bright crowd-funded cafe. Strawberries come in cups or waffle cones or on sticks (plain or choc-dipped), as well as in smoothies, fro…