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Nov 24, 2009 12:39 PM

Amsterdam must-visit restaurants?

Going to Amsterdam from 12/26-12/31. Any must-visit restaurants you would recommend? Breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner suggestions welcomed. Thanks!

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  1. Lunch at Amstel Hotel -
    'The Choice Of Royalty, Nobility And Celebrity Since 1867' for food and the quality of place

    Dinner at De Kas -
    light and airy lunch time, truly romantic by night, with excellent food and a restored glass house setting guarantees the alll-senses-satisfaction.

    A drink at a brown cafe -
    Hoppe being one of the oldest and most central being a truly good choice. You must try the local gin - jenever(younger) or korenwijn(older) with the 'bittergarnituur' snack collection with 'bitterballen' and 'osseworst' being a must.

    Snack at HEMA -
    department store chain and a national pride, serving the supposedly best sausage in the country

    Pancakes AND Poffertjes for lunch -
    at either Pancake Bakery on Prinsengracht:
    or De Carrousel on Weteringcircuit:

    And, now, I've received a call and must go. But will return with more!

    1. Hi kmesquita:

      I guess it really depends on your food preferences, so it would help if you could be a bit more specific.

      I have two lists of recommendations that are very popular. One is about the best restaurants in Amsterdam. The other lists some good authentic Dutch cuisine options.

      De Kas, as suggested by Kamchaska, is on the best Amsterdam restaurant list alongside Balthazar's Keuken, Marius and De Witte Uyl. Each is great for a different reason.

      I put together the best authentic cuisine list to give people some options for local specialties. There are very different types of food on that list including rijsttafel at Tempo Doeloe, pancakes at Pancakes! and fantastic French fires to go at Vleminckx.

      Hope this helps! Please provide some more input or have a look at other posts about Amsterdam on Chow for more ideas!


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      1. re: dutchgrub

        Hi! It's my husband's first time in Amsterdam, and will be my third. Looking for a mix of Authentic dutch places, hot-spots, a romantic place, and great lunches with a cool vibe. Hope this helps!

        1. re: kmesquita

          OK, so here are some ideas.

          You seem to like smaller and more informal restaurants, so you might want to try De Witte Uyl for an intimate Dutch fusion style dinner.

          The Jordaan is the best neighborhood for cool vibes. I would suggest "Small World Catering" for lunch. They make amazing sandwiches and there is a great busy but super friendly vibe. For dinner you should consider Balthazar's Keuken - also in the Jordaan, also cool but friendly and also great food.

          Authentic is more difficult as there are many diverse options, none of which in all honesty are great. Check my blog for a list of suggestions.


          1. re: kmesquita

            I loved Blauw aan de Wal and Restaurant As and would recommend both.

            1. re: Nancy S.

              Vleminckx and Bleu de Wolvega if you can find it.

        2. i like du lac on (i think) haarlemerstraat

          1. I just recently returned from Amsterdam and although I did not have a great meal at Tempo Doeloe, I really enjoyed my meal at Balthazar's Keuken which had a good review in the NY Times a few months back. I had a wonderful selection of appetizers and a delicious (and huge) piece of fresh halibut (the other main course offering was duck with couscous). My only complaint is that it did not come with any side dishes. I loved the atmosphere and because it quite small and is only open a few days a week, has only two seatings - you feel like you are in a special club.

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            1. re: Sharon S.

              Hi All, Having some problems because most of these restaurants you so thoughtfully recommended will be closed the week between Xmas-NY. If you do know of any others that you love that are open, please pass those along!