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Aug 5, 2013 10:01 AM

Early Sunday Lunch in Amsterdam's Old City Center

I am going to Amsterdam for the first time since I was a kid! I have already booked an Indonesian dinner (WOW, I really can't wait!!!), but don't know where to go for lunch the day that we arrive.

We arrive at the airport at about 10:40 AM, and with no checked bags, we hope to be at our hotel (the Sofitel Grand) within the hour. We will be a little tired and very hungry - where could we go nearby for a casual, sit down lunch?

I would love to try traditional Dutch food like bitterballen, raw herring, and smoked eel, but if I can't get those, any very nearby, tasty, and casual restaurant will do :)

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Singel 404, which is perhaps a 10 minute walk from your hotel.

    Fabulous sandwiches, good soups.

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    1. How about a pancake place? We will be there Saturday and I was thinking of having late breakfast/lunch at Pancakes! Amsterdam.

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      1. re: MisterBill2

        Oh, I have heard a lot about pancakes in Amsterdam! That's a great idea!!

      2. In de Waag would be perfect. About 5 minutes away in Nieuwmarkt.

        1. Gartine is lovely - a tiny place with great food, lots of fruits and vegetables from their own garden outside the city. Booking is a must though since it's tiny and very popular.

          Latei is a very fun and quirky place that doubles as a store where you can buy anything you see
          (yes that means also the plates you're eating from and the chair you're sitting on).

          and I recently discovered Mata Hari -

          unfussy, but interesting food, everything fresh and lovingly prepared.

          Oh and after lunch go to Metropoltan Deli in Warmoesstraat for some stroopwafel or fermented banana ice cream.

          1. Where's the Rijstaffel going to be at? So many of them are total rip-offs.

            And careful for Sundays in Amsterdam - so much is closed.