I found myself back in Amsterdam again, okay…that’s twice this year, but this time I was there for a little longer. This time I got to visit more of my favorite restaurants and little stops and thought I’d share them with you so that you too will know where to eat and drink in Amsterdam.
The food in Amsterdam is varied. It’s not quite like Prague, where you’ll find meat and dumplings on every menu. It’s really a mix of foods from all over. But the food that you get is made with fresh ingredients.
I wrote about where to eat and drink in Amsterdam way back in 2012 on here. While I still go to those places, I thought I’d tell you about a few more of my favorite places to eat. Yes, I started my trip with dinner at Cafe Bern, Nieuwmarkt 9, with a big pot of melted cheese, a plate of cooking beef, a tomato salad and several Heinekens, but over the days I got to visit some of my other favorite places. So here they are.
Cafe de Fles (or properly named Eetcafe de Fles), Prinsengracht 955, is a restaurant I discovered on our first visit to Amsterdam, but didn’t get a chance to visit. It caught my eye because the restaurant windows are literally at street level because you have to go down a steep set of stairs to get into the restaurant. Unless you’re there in the summer and you can eat outside along the Prinsengracht canal.
The menu at Cafe de Fles varies from a fresh fish of the day to slow roasted bbq spareribs and the menu changes regularly. Lots of the dishes come with a ridiculously fresh (and huge) salad and light, pillowy fries served with homemade mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise is the preferred dipping sauce in Amsterdam. One of the regular items on the menu is Ron’s (the owner) sgroppino. Definitely make sure that you order that at the end of your meal. It’s so good!
Kapitein Zeppos, Gebed Zonder End 5, is down a hidden little passage off Grimburgwal that you’ll miss if you’re not looking for it. On a nice day you can eat outside on this little passage that’s surrounded by apartments and lights strung overhead. If the weather’s cold or you just don’t feel like eating outside, the eclectic inside is warm and cozy.
The menu at Kapitein Zeppos has sections of Vegetarian, Seafood and Meat so there’s definitely something for everyone here. This restaurant is always full of locals and I’m pretty sure every time I’ve gone there they’ve had some kind of party going on at one of the adjacent tables. Usually a birthday, but once in a while an anniversary. The people that work here are very friendly and are willing to walk you through anything on the menu that you might have a question about. And the portions they serve here will not allow you to go away hungry.
Soup Enzo, Jodenbreestraat 94, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 54, and van Baerlestraat 81, is a walk up restaurant that only serves soup and salad with house made bread. There’s a couple of tables inside and couple outside, so it’s very small. There’s usually around 10 soups on the menu everyday and they’re all made fresh on the premises. When you walk in they’ll ask you if you want a sample of anything…and you do! These soups are a-mazing! You’ll probably see someone making the soups when you’re there, the soups are just that fresh.
Something else that you want to get when your there is the brown bread. They’ll ask you if you want bread and you need to answer yes. Then they’ll ask you if you want white or brown bread. I can’t stress enough that you want to answer that question with “brown bread.”
Soup Enzo is the perfect place to stop in when you’re out wandering around the canals, it’s cold out and you realize it’s a few hours before you can go eat dinner but you’re a little hungry. Pop into Soup Enzo and get yourself a warm cup of soup to walk around with. Even though it was warm when I was just there, they had cold gazpacho that I could slurp down while I waited out the long hours until dinner.
Cafe de Doelen, Kloveniersburgwal 125 Staalstraat, is the perfect place to sit outside and have yourself a beer and watch the world go by. It’s on a corner which give you maximum outdoor seating. In the colder months the overhang is fixed up with heaters. You might get lucky and the bar cat will make itself comfortable on your lap and keep you warm. The bar has lots of choices of beer or not beer, should you want something stronger.
Cafe de Doelen is right on a canal so not only can you watch the bikes and walkers pass by, you can occasionally catch a boat pass by. This is one of the quieter canals in Amsterdam. Should you opt for inside, there’s plenty of seating at the bar or one of the tables.
So these are just a few of the places where you should eat and drink in Amsterdam. None of these restaurants that I’ve listed is super expensive and they’re all casual so you don’t need to get dressed up either. You’ll see lots of locals in them (although Cafe Bern has gotten quite big on TripAdvisor so you’ll see lots of tourists mixed in with the locals there) too.
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