Top Choice Cafe in Southern Canal Ring

Buffet van Odette

Not a buffet but an airy, white-tiled, sit-down cafe with a beautiful canal-side terrace, where Odette shows how good simple cooking can taste when you start with great ingredients and a dash of creativity. Soups, s…
Top Choice Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


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…
Top Choice Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

De Laatste Kruimel

Hmm, what to look at first: the uber-cute interior decorated with vintage objects from the Noordermarkt and the recycled pallets being used as furniture? Or the glass cases stacked with pies, quiches, breads, cakes …
Top Choice Deli in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Sterk Staaltje

From the fruit stacked up in crates on the pavement, Sterk Staaltje looks like an unassuming greengrocer's, but inside it's a veritable treasure chest of ready-to-eat treats: Teriyaki meatballs, feta and sundried to…
Top Choice Cafe in De Pijp

Bakers & Roasters

Sumptuous brunch dishes served up at Brazilian/Kiwi-owned Bakers & Roasters include banana nutbread French toast with homemade banana marmalade and crispy bacon; Navajo eggs with pulled pork, avocado, mango sals…
Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Villa Zeezicht

While it serves decent pastas and sandwiches, it's really all just clumsy foreplay for the homemade appeltaart (apple pie) main event, a deserved Amsterdam legend. Fork into a mountain of apples dusted in cinnamon, …
Cafe in Jordaan & the West


This sprawling, indoor-outdoor space is great for people-watching, popular for coffees and small meals, and out-of-the-park for its tall, cakey apple pie. On market days (Monday and Saturday) there's almost always a…
Cafe in Jordaan & the West

De Prins

On a picturesque stretch of the Prinsengracht, this brown café is a wonderful spot for a drink on the canal-side terrace or in the cosy bar. But these days it's best known for its excellent kitchen. Lunch specialiti…
Cafe in Amsterdam

Café Noorderlicht

Café Noorderlicht, set in a flag-draped greenhouse, provides food, drinks and a hip ambience. To find it, look for signs posted from the NDSM-werf ferry dock.
Cafe in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


Run by students for students (flashing your ID gets you 25% off), this friendly cafe-bar is an excellent place to get fat sandwiches on thick slices of multigrain bread, and healthy main dishes with chicken, fish or…