Top Choice French in Western Canal Ring

De Belhamel

In warm weather the canal-side tables at the head of the Herengracht are an aphrodisiac, and the sumptuous art-nouveau interior provides the perfect backdrop for superb French- and Italian-inspired dishes such as tr…
Top Choice Fast Food in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


Vleminckx has been frying up frites (French fries) since 1887, and doing it at this hole-in-the-wall takeaway shack near the Spui for more than 50 years. The standard is smothered in mayonnaise, though you can also …
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 International in Oosterpark & South Amsterdam

De Kas

Admired by gourmets citywide, De Kas has an organic attitude to match its chic glass greenhouse setting – try to visit during a thunderstorm! It grows most of its own herbs and produce right here and the result is i…
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 Thai in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Thais Snackbar Bird

Don't tell the Chinese neighbours, but this is some of the best Asian food on the Zeedijk – the cooks, wedged in a tiny kitchen, don't skimp on lemongrass, fish sauce or chilli. The resulting curries and basil-laden…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Jordaan & the West

Balthazar's Keuken

In a former blacksmith's forge, with a modern-rustic look, this is consistently one of Amsterdam's top-rated restaurants. Don't expect a wide-ranging menu: the philosophy is basically 'whatever we have on hand', whi…
Top Choice International in Jordaan & the West


Foodies swoon over pocket-sized Marius, tucked in 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 re…
Top Choice Bistro in Texel


This petite, welcoming restaurant serves a daily changing set menu (à la carte) of contemporary Dutch cuisine along the lines of smoked duck breast with asparagus, herb-crusted Texel lamb with oven-baked potatoes, a…
Top Choice Bistro in Deventer


Chef Pieter adds a French accent to local organic ingredients while sommelier Heleen chooses the right wines at this homey cafe below a small theatre. Service is polished – like the silver. Book ahead.