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Top Choice Brown Cafe in Jordaan & the West

't Smalle

Dating back to 1786 as a jenever (Dutch gin) distillery and tasting house, and restored during the 1970s with antique porcelain beer pumps and lead-framed windows, locals' favourite 't Smalle is one of Amsterdam's m…
Top Choice Dutch 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 boasting a 360-degree panorama over the industrial docklands.…
Top Choice Seafood in Jordaan & the West

Mossel En Gin

Mosselen (mussels) and gin are the twin specialities of this spectacular double-height mezzanine space within Westergasfabriek, which opens onto two sun-soaked beer gardens. Mussels-and-fries come in four styles, in…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Jordaan & the West

Wolf Atelier

Atop a 1920 railway swing bridge, a glass box with pivoting windows is the showcase for experimental Austrian chef Michael Wolf's 'Tartar-ia' (serving six styles of tartar, including steak, tuna and salmon, each in …
Top Choice Brewery in Jordaan & the West

Brouwerij Troost Westergas

De Pijp's brewery proved so popular it opened a larger outpost in this cavernous, industrial Westergasfabriek space punctuated by big silver tanks cooking up saison, blond ale and smoked porter varieties; the brewer…
Top Choice European 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 resul…
Top Choice Coffee in Jordaan & the West

Monks Coffee Roasters

Monks' phenomenal house blend, prepared with a variety of brewing methods, is hands down Amsterdam's best, but the cafe also serves superb coffee from small-scale specialists such as Amsterdam's Lot Sixty One and Wh…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Jordaan & the West

Balthazar's Keuken

In a former blacksmith's forge, with a modern-rustic look and an open kitchen, this is consistently one of Amsterdam's top-rated restaurants. Don't expect a wide-ranging menu: the philosophy is basically 'whatever w…
Top Choice Bar in Jordaan & the West

Westergasterras

Overlooking reed-filled ponds and a weir, the massive decked terrace is hotly contested on sunny afternoons, but the soaring brick-and-steel post-industrial interior is also crammed every day of the week. Sophistica…
Top Choice Market in Jordaan & the West

Lindengracht Market

Dating from 1895, Saturday's Lindengracht Market is a wonderfully local affair, with 232 stalls selling bountiful fresh produce, including fish and a magnificent array of cheese, as well as gourmet goods, clothing a…