Amsterdam abounds in food choices. Happy streets for hunting include Utrechtsestraat, Spuistraat and any of the little streets lining and connecting the west canals such as Berenstraat.
1. The Pantry
This cosy restaurant has a touch of homemade
flair and comfort that makes you just feel at home straight away. The menu has
traditional dishes using fresh ingredients, with the meatballs being highly
2. FEBO Kiosks
Try something a little different and head to one
of the many walk up kiosks around the city. FEBO is well known as the place to
get a quick bite at a cheap price through vending machines. Simply walk on up,
put your coins in, and you’ll get your hot fries, hamburgers or cold drinks.
Try the croquettes, they are super tasty!
3. The 301
301 is an ex-squat
house that has been converted into a not for profit business run by artists
with exhibits, music and debates, plus the odd dance studio and rehearsal rooms.
They also have an ‘organic
cultural kitchen’ (vegan café) that is well worth checking out.
4. Pannenkoekhuis Upstairs
This quirky little Pancake House found near the
centre of Amsterdam is in a typical Dutch style house from the 16th
century. Inside you’ll find teapots hanging from the ceiling and other
decorations that make it cosy. They only have 4 tables, making it pretty small,
but it’s worth it for the scrumptious sweet and savory pancakes that line the
5. Moeders, Rozengracht (Mothers).
A restaurant packed with things that will leave you feeling like you’re back at
your mother’s house. Quirky décor with mismatched glassware and crockery is overlooked
by photos of mothers plastered on the walls. This place has a great vibe, like
you’re at a family gathering eating the local classics like stamppot with sauerkraut,
sudderylees and hachee, or you can order a dinner sampler with a variety of
dishes all on one plate.
Housed in a former church, this is truly Amsterdam’s temple of music. The old building still has a sense of grandeur with its large stained glass windows and two level balconies, making it perfect for looking down onto the stage when there is live music on. Not only do they have live bands playing, but also festivals and club nights are held and it’s not uncommon to find 5 different events being hosted on the same night!
2. Sound Garden
Sound Garden is a grungy, all ages dive bar. All walks of life congregate here, brought together by their diehard love of rock and roll. The Ramones and Black Sabbath are just some of the many artists who have played here. There are also a handful of pool tables and 80’s pinball machines that add to the venue’s magical atmosphere.
3. Coco’s Outback
Want a little slice of home? This Aussie pub is in the centre of town and a great place to catch up on some Aussie footy, with big screens for all the action. Coco’s also serves Aussie beers, homemade pies and tasty burgers. Late at night the venue usually turns up the music and puts on one of its regular club nights.
4. Brouwery 't IJ @ Funenkade 7
A small brewery housed in a former bathouse with a windmill next to it. The locals love this place so much that they use it as their local pub. It’s a great place to try some of the local produce with their organic blonde & dark beers or even go on a short guided tour.
5. The Jet Lounge.
A haven for music lovers that are keen to rock out, The Jet Lounge hosts live bands most nights and even the odd open mic nights as well. There’s a laid-back vibe to the place and cool décor with guitars hanging from the ceiling and walls plastered with memorabilia.