Top ChoiceFast 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...

Top ChoiceDutch 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...

Top ChoiceDutch in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Silveren Spiegel

Hung with replicas of Old Masters, the 'Silver Mirror' is an exceedingly elegant space inside a 1614-built, step-gabled red-brick townhouse. Exquisite dishes served on handcrafted porcelain might include lobster...

Top ChoiceDutch in Jordaan & the West

REM Eiland

Towering 22m above the IJ, this fire-engine-red sea rig was built in the 1960s as a pirate radio and TV broadcaster and now houses a top-notch restaurant with a 360-degree panorama over the industrial docklands....

Top ChoiceDutch in Southern Canal Ring

Van Dobben

Van Dobben

Open since the 1940s, Van Dobben has a cool diner feel, with white tiles and a siren-red ceiling. Traditional meaty Dutch fare is its forte: low-priced, finely sliced roast-beef sandwiches with mustard are an...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Jordaan & the West

Daalder

An unassuming black facade conceals a spectacular interior with terrazzo floors, a marble bar and designer lighting. Daalder serves unforgettable contemporary Dutch cuisine. Surprise menus might span a lobster...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in De Pijp

Ciel Bleu

Mind-blowing two-Michelin-star creations at this pinnacle of gastronomy change with the seasons; spring, for instance, might see scallops and oysters with vanilla sea salt and gin-and-tonic foam, king crab with...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in De Pijp

Graham's Kitchen

A veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens, chef Graham Mee now crafts intricate dishes at his own premises. Multicourse menus (no à la carte) might include a venison and crispy smoked-beetroot macaron, cucumber and...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Frank's Smokehouse

Frank is a prime supplier to Amsterdam's restaurants, and you can try his renowned smoked fish and meats at this smart deli-restaurant. Delicious takeaway sandwiches (smoked halibut, truffle cheese or warm smoked...

Top ChoiceIndonesian in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Ron Gastrobar Downtown

Beneath a striking curved glass-and-metal ceiling, superstar chef Ron Blaauw showcases cutting-edge Indonesian cuisine: saté kambing (grilled goat skewers with peanut sauce), udang peteh (shrimp with bitter beans...

Top ChoiceCafe in De Pijp

Avocado Show

A world first, this cafe uses avocado in every dish, often in ingeniously functional ways (burgers with avocado halves instead of buns, salad 'bowls' made from avocado slices). Finish with avocado ice cream or...

Top ChoiceCheese in Amsterdam Noord

Proeflokaal Kef

Specialising in Dutch and French cheese since 1953, Fromagerie Kef has a few shops around town, and here, at their canal-side tasting room/cafe, you can sample the goods. Book ahead for cheese tastings (€25 per...

Top ChoiceDutch in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Greetje

Greetje is Amsterdam's most creative Dutch restaurant, using the best seasonal produce to resurrect and re-create traditional recipes, such as slow-cooked veal with Dutch-brandy-marinated apricots and suckling...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Jordaan & the West

Mossel En Gin

Mosselen (mussels) and gin are the twin specialities of this spectacular double-height mezzanine space within Westergasfabriek, opening onto two sun-soaked beer gardens. Mussels-and-fries come in seven styles,...

Top ChoiceFrench in Amsterdam Noord

Hotel de Goudfazant

With a name taken from lyrics of the Jacques Brel song 'Les Bourgeois', this extraordinary gourmet hipster restaurant spreads through a cavernous former garage, still raw and industrial, and sticks to the theme...

Top ChoiceFood Hall in Vondelpark & the South

Foodhallen

This glorious international food hall in soaring ex-tram sheds has food stands surrounding an airy open-plan eating area. Some are offshoots of popular Amsterdam eateries and breweries. Look out for Viet View...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Jordaan & the West

Marius

Foodies swoon over pocket-sized Marius, tucked amid artists studios in the Western Islands. Chef Kees Elfring shops at local markets, then creates his daily four-course, no-choice menu from what he finds. The...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Jordaan & the West

Wolf Atelier

Atop a 1920 railway swing bridge, a glass box with pivoting windows is the showcase for experimental chef Michael Wolf's wild flavour combinations: hazelnut-crusted foie gras, langoustine tartare with...

Top ChoiceCafe in De Pijp

Bakers & Roasters

Sumptuous brunch dishes served up at the Brazilian–Kiwi-owned Bakers & Roasters include banana-nutbread French toast with homemade banana marmalade and crispy bacon; Navajo eggs with pulled pork, avocado,...

Top ChoiceInternational in Vondelpark & the South

Rijks

In a beautiful space with huge windows and high ceilings in part of the Rijksmuseum, Rijks was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Chef Joris Bijdendijk uses locally sourced ingredients, adheres to slow food ethics...