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It always amazes us how a country of a relatively small size such as the Netherlands can be so vast in food diversity and quality! From the typical stroopwafel, to be found basically in every corner of the city, to fries with all sorts of toppings and cheeses that rival most other famous versions in Europe, Amsterdam has great street food and markets, as well as amazing restaurants and vibrant bars. Haring fish is controversial, bitterballen will save you if you happen to be drinking too much Dutch beer, poffertjes have been upgraded to include Nutella as an alternative to the traditional sugar sprinkles, and do try snerts if you are there in winter. Should you feel like having good old pasta or a top-notch international meal you will not be disappointed, as there are abundant options of excellent restaurants in town. Check it out!

We believe street markets are an immersion into local culture, and this market has a particularly vibrant and authentic atmosphere. You will see a few tourists around, yet will soon realize this open-air market caters mostly to locals looking to buy food, books, clothes or to eat and drink a beer in one of its 300 stalls. We recommend you try some Dutch Gouda cheese,… Read more »

Unpretentious yet delicious, this café is a good option for a quick meal near Vondelpark. Mainly frequented by locals, it serves sandwiches, soups, salads and uncomplicated brasserie type dishes. Try the carpaccios, croquettas or tuna sandwiches, those were our choices and very satisfying ones, and do taste some local brew. Tables outside are lovely, if the weather allows, and the inside room is quite cozy… Read more »

Izakaya is located at the Sir Albert Hotel in the trendy De Pijp, this vibrant restaurant serves a reinvented Japanese Menu. Take your pick from sashimi, sushi, temaki or noodles, all beautifully presented and intended to please your eyes and taste buds in equal measure. The chef also offers a sophisticated and original set menu, worth a try.  Izakaya has a fabulous vibe, with a DJ… Read more »

Whether you side with the loyal clientele who class it as the best meat served in the Netherlands or those who say it is just top three, Café Loetje is a hot spot for locals and a must for your visit. The décor is relaxed, as is its ambiance, but it can get quite busy. We highly recommend the mouthwatering tenderloin with the house´s traditional… Read more »

Mr Porter is a  modern steak house at W Hotel in central Amsterdam it is quite different from what you would expect from a butcher’s place. You take the elevator up and as you step out you may be momentarily confused as to whether you are at a steak house or a private clubhouse. And we found out it is kind of both, actually. In the… Read more »

We had already read about Brut de Mer but were postponing a visit, since we were enjoying our meat-feast meals while in town, but savvy locals recommended it so highly we tried it out. The restaurant, which calls itself a seafood bar, is indeed the best seafood place in town. It is located in cool De Pijp neighborhood and with its casual atmosphere and the… Read more »

Behind closed doors sits this dynamic upscale market,Foodhallen,  in the hip Oud-West neighborhood, the perfect place to taste great food at more reasonable prices. High ceilings, communal tables and mezzanines adorn this lively setting, packed with locals enjoying the vast food and drink options. We opted to share a few dishes amongst three adults and never regretted it: kebabs, Spanish tapas, Vietnamese rolls, Chinese dim… Read more »