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Restaurants in Amsterdam

Restaurants cover all price categories and cuisines ranging from Dutch and European to Indonesian and fusion. Popular dining is found in the Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein areas. Indonesian restaurants have an important place on the city's scene, and Bojo is a fine budget performer. Many Amsterdam kitchens close at 10pm, so either dine early or choose a place that stays open late. Service and value-added tax are generally included but check the bill.

Bojo, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Bojo
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Blauw aan de Wal

17th-century charm

A blue light announces Blauw aan de Wal at its restored 17th-century setting in a tranquil, tree-shaded courtyard in the city's red-light district. Diners have a choice of several atmospheric rooms with wood floors and brick walls in which to enjoy exceptional French-inspired cuisine. In summer they can eat on the outside terrace.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 6pm-11.30pm

Address

99, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Amsterdam 1012 DD

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 330 2257

Transport

Nieuwmarkt metro

2

Zuid Zeeland

Cosmopolitan dining with canal views

In a terracotta-toned dining room speckled with modern art and flowers, Herengracht's Zuid Zeeland takes a fresh, breezy approach to the cuisine and service that makes this a first-class restaurant. Some diners might find the portions a tad small for their appetites. There's a fine view of the Herengracht canal and an outside terrace.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-11pm; Sat & Sun 6pm-11pm

Address

413, Herengracht, Amsterdam 1017 BP

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 624 3154

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5 to Koningsplein

Website

Zuid Zeeland Website

Breitner, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Restaurant Breitner
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Breitner

Elegant and contemporary dining

Next to the River Amstel and the Herengracht canal, Breitner serves world cuisine infused with Amsterdam's cosmopolitan spirit. The plush red carpet, chandelier and wine cupboard suggest classical timelessness, yet modern decor and paintings create a contemporary mood. A seat at one of the big windows guarantees fine views of the river or the canal.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 6pm-10.30pm

Address

212, Amstel, Amsterdam 1017 AH

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 627 7879

Transport

Tram 9, 14 to Waterlooplein

Website

Breitner Website

4

Osaka Restaurant

Japanese hotpots

Enjoy traditional Japanese food alongside teppanyaki and an array of seafood at Osaka Restaurant just north of the city centre. Menus are named after different Japanese cities, and for those who love variety, Oasaka borrows the Indonesian rijsttafel concept where guests can sample a variety of dishes.



Opening Hours

Wed-Mon 5-11pm

Address

22a, Rode Kruisstraat, Amsterdam 1025 KN

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 632 2380

Transport

Bus: 32, 33, 38, 105, 109, 336, 361, 362, 611, 614, or 693 to Rode Kruisstraat

Website

Osaka Restaurant Website

La Rive, Amsterdam. © 2004 InterContinental Hotels Group. All Rights Reserved
5

La Rive

Ultimate Michelin-star experience

At the highest end of the Amsterdam price scale, La Rive at the Amstel Hotel affords a first-class dining experience. Master chef Edwin Kats's intimate, wood-panelled restaurant, overlooking the River Amstel through tall French windows, has gained two Michelin stars for flawless service and presentation, a large wine selection and superior cuisine.



Opening Hours

Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm & 6.30pm-10.30pm; Sat 6.30pm-10.30pm

Address

1, Professor Tulpplein, Amstel InterContinental Amsterdam Hotel, Amsterdam 1018 GX

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 520 3264

Transport

Tram 7, 10 to Sarphatistraat

Website

La Rive Website

The College Hotel Restaurant, Amsterdam. Courtesy of The College Hotel
6

The College Hotel

Student chefs

As students of the city-centre Amsterdam Hotel Management School, most of the chefs and waiters at The College Hotel and its restaurant are the future elite of Holland's catering profession. Learning on the job, they create and serve sophisticated cuisine, based on Dutch classics, in a 19th-century school converted to a top-class boutique hotel.



Opening Hours

Daily 7am-10am (until 10.30am Sat & Sun), 12pm-2pm & 7pm-10pm (from 12.30pm Sat & Sun)

Address

1, Roelof Hartstraat, Amsterdam 1071 VE

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 571 1511

Transport

Tram 3

Website

The College Hotel Website

7

Take Thai

Modern design and menu

The dazzlingly white interior and minimalist style of this restaurant, on the chic shopping and dining street of Utrechtsestraat, shifts Take Thai away from the traditional subtropical look of many Thai restaurants. Modernism extends to the menu, which has updated elements of the national cuisine, although some dishes are still incredibly spicy.



Opening Hours

Mon-Thu 6pm-10pm; Fri-Sun 6pm-10.30pm

Address

87, Utrechtsestraat, Amsterdam 1017 VK

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 622 0577

Transport

Tram 4 to Keizersgracht or Prinsengracht

Website

Take Thai Website

Café Americain, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Amsterdam American Hotel
8

Café Americain

A glittering haunt of artists

A 1900s Leidsekade monument of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Café Americain has long been a place where Dutch and international artists, writers, dancers and actors went to see and be seen. Now a more diverse clientele dines on wide-ranging cuisine amid the leaded windows, reading tables, velvet upholstery, frosted-glass chandeliers and carved columns.



Opening Hours

Daily 7am-10.30pm (until 11.30pm Fri-Sun)

Address

97, Leidsekade, Amsterdam American Hotel, Amsterdam 1017 PN

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 556 3232

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5, 7, 10 to Leidseplein

Website

Amsterdam-American

9

Hemelse Modder

Welcoming canalside restaurant

With a pair of plain dining rooms beside the Waalseilandsgracht canal and, on warm sunny days, a pretty, tree-shaded terrace, Hemelse Modder presents a deceptively simple face to the world. Its imaginative and quite refined international cuisine has strong French and Italian influences, and there's always a dish or two on the menu for vegetarians.



Opening Hours

Tue-Sun 6pm-12pm

Address

11, Oude Waal, Amsterdam 1011 BZ

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 624 3203

Transport

Nieuwmarkt metro

Website

Hemelse Modder Website

10

Café-Restaurant De Brakke Grond

Flemish food and beer

Close to the Dam, Café-Restaurant De Brakke Grond is the tasteful bar and restaurant of the Flemish Cultural Centre. It serves dishes primarily from Belgium's Flanders region, an area with a reputation for fine food served in satisfying quantities, ideally washed down with a Belgian beer. The outside terrace is used in good weather.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-1am (until 2am Fri & Sat)

Address

43, Nes, Amsterdam 1012 KD

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 626 0044

Transport

Tram 16 to Spui or Dam

Website

De Brakke Grond Website

11

Nam Kee

Authentic taste of China

In the heart of Amsterdam's small but growing Chinatown, in the city's historic Zeedijk district, busy Nam Kee has very basic décor. However, it has become one of Amsterdam's most popular Chinese restaurants, due to its authentic Chinese food at an affordable price.



Opening Hours

Daily 11.30am-12am

Address

111-113, Zeedijk, Amsterdam 1012 AV

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 624 3470

Transport

Nieuwmarkt metro

Website

Nam Kee Website

12

De Keuken van 1870

Value for money tradition

Founded in 1870 as a soup kitchen to provide meals to poor people, De Keuken van 1870 has kept a budget outlook at heart while adapting to meet modern food trends. In a plain but far from downtrodden setting in the city centre, it serves traditional Dutch fare supported by some more exotic dishes.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 5pm-10.30pm

Address

4, Spuistraat, Amsterdam 1000 XX

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 620 4018

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 to Martelaarsgracht

Website

De Keuken van 1870 Website

Bazar, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Bazar
13

Bazar

World cuisines on a plate

Set in a former church in the Pijp district, Bazar is a huge restaurant that covers a vast range of cuisines from North Africa and Turkey, through the Middle East and Iran to India and beyond. If there are really too many different food types for any to be considered best-of-class, the exotic nature compensates.



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11am-12am (until 1am Fri); Sat & Sun 9am-12am (until 1am Sat)

Address

182, Albert Cuypstraat, Amsterdam 1073 BL

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 675 0544

Transport

Tram 16, 24 to Albert Cuypstraat

Website

Bazar Website

14

Kantjil & de Tijger

Authentic Indonesian specialities

Of Amsterdam's many "Chin-Ind" (Chinese/Indonesian) restaurants, Kantjil & de Tijger near the Nine Streets neighbourhood stands out. Authentic Indonesian specialities on the menu include rijsttafel (rice table), made up of many tasty small dishes, or smoor babi - pork simmered in sweet soy sauce with nutmeg and cloves.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-11pm

Address

291-293, Spuistraat, Amsterdam 1012 VS

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 620 09 94

Transport

Tram to Dam Square

Website

Kantjil & de Tijger Website

Bojo, Amsterdam. Courtesy of Bojo
15

Bojo

Friendly Indonesian

Bojo is a cheap, cheery and often crowded Indonesian restaurant in two side-by-side rooms with separate entrances just off Leidseplein. It serves meals until early in the morning amid a décor of bamboo and lanterns. Worth sampling are the longtong rames (special boiled rice served with chewy rice cakes) and rijsttafel (array of small dishes).



Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 4pm-2am (until 4am Fri); Sat & Sun 12pm-4am

Address

49 & 51, Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, Amsterdam 1017 NG

Telephone

+31 (0) 20 622 7434

Transport

Tram 1, 2, 5 7, 10 to Leidseplein

Website

Bojo Website

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