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Early Sunday Lunch in Amsterdam's Old City Center

sarahe1 Aug 5, 2013 10:01 AM

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. linguafood RE: sarahe1 Aug 5, 2013 02:20 PM

    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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      sarahe1 RE: linguafood Aug 5, 2013 02:30 PM

      Thanks, linguafood!

    2. MisterBill2 RE: sarahe1 Aug 6, 2013 06:43 AM

      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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        sarahe1 RE: MisterBill2 Aug 6, 2013 11:09 AM

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

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        charlesbois RE: sarahe1 Aug 6, 2013 06:24 PM

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

        1. Klary RE: sarahe1 Aug 9, 2013 06:24 AM

          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.

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            jounipesonen RE: sarahe1 Aug 16, 2013 08:10 AM

            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.

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