Hotel de Goudfazant

Top choice french in Amsterdam Noord

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 by having cars parked inside. Rockstar-looking chefs cook up a French-influenced storm in the open kitchen. There is no hotel, FYI, except in name.

Staff roll up the garage's big doors in warm weather and you can watch the passing barge traffic while you eat.

Get here from Centraal Station via bus 34 or 35, taking it two stops to Johan van Hasseltweg, and then walk along the street towards the water. It's about a 15-minute trip.