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Blue Pepper

Blue Pepper

Suitable candidate for the best Indonesian restaurant in town, the superior Blue Pepper brings a pleasing contemporary touch to complement popular standards such as per-table only rijsttafel . The menu changes every season –... Read More

Bojo

Bojo

This is one of two small outlets alongside each other, both serving perfectly acceptable Indonesian classics, to a pre-bar hopping and late-night crowd. A main dish of rice with a pile of seafood or meat should not run to much over... Read More

Blauw aan de Wal

Blauw aan de Wal

You are guaranteed a high-class dining experience at this tucked-away culinary haven, incongruously set in the Red Light district. The interior is all starched-white and formal, but waitstaff are friendly and happy to guide diners... Read More

Amstelhaven

Amstelhaven

What better spot to mingle with the beautiful people of Amsterdam than on the deck of this fashionable canal-side bar, restaurant and DJ spot. Open past midnight all week and way past at weekends, the Amstelhaven comes into its own when... Read More

Warung Spang Makandra

Warung Spang Makandra

Founded back in 1978 as a laid-back and improbably cheap spot to sample Surinamese and Indonesian cuisine, this establishment now has three venues around Amsterdam. The Gerard Doustraat branch is the original, and still offers... Read More

Pont 13

Pont 13

This quirky-yet-fashionable spot is housed in an old ferry on the water on the west side of town. With lunch and dinner menus dovetailing, Pont 13 can offer house fish soup or lentil salad for wallet-friendly dining by day or night.... Read More

Nevy

Nevy

The sister operation to justifiably popular deli-cum-diners Envy (www.envy.nl/en) and Vyne (www.vyne.nl/en), this is a hip and classy fish restaurant. For lunch, hit the raw bar for oysters in three kinds of garnish or let the staff... Read More

Getto

Getto

This long-established gay- and lesbian-friendly eaterie in the Red Light district is known for its Getto burgers, served with home-made fries. But it can also offer grilled duck breast, deer-and-mushroom stew or crab raviolini from its... Read More

D’Vijff Vlighen

D’Vijff Vlighen

Orson Welles, Mikhail Gorbachev and Mick Jagger have all eaten at this reassuringly expensive, traditional restaurant founded in 1939. Expect the likes of duck breast with celeriac fondant, suckling pig or halibut with smoked mushrooms... Read More

De Vliegende Schotel

De Vliegende Schotel

At the pricier end of the cheap bracket, the vegetarian-focused “Flying Saucer” does a decent job of creating meat-free mains such as tajine and lasagne, while keeping them satisfying and tasty. You could also order a... Read More

De Peper

De Peper

Extremely cheap and healthy sustenance is available four evenings a week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday) at this not-for-profit organic café in the former Netherlands Film Academy. It’s a rehearsal, concert, film and... Read More

De Kas

De Kas

Opened by Michelin-star chef Gert Jan Hageman, this unique, high-end restaurant is set in an old greenhouse that formerly belonged to Amsterdam’s Municipal Nursery. Converted into a fashionable dining room by Piet Boon, for over a... Read More

Café Restaurant Dauphine

Café Restaurant Dauphine

It seems only appropriate that the menu here is heavily French-influenced given that the Dauphine is housed in a former Renault car showroom. In fact, the menu does make the occasional foray over the border (Burgos lamb, ravioli with... Read More

Café-Restaurant Amsterdam

Café-Restaurant Amsterdam

Up towards Westerpark past the Jordaan, this 19th-century pumping station now serves accomplished Dutch and French fare in chic, semi-industrial surroundings, illuminated by the floodlights from the old Ajax football stadium. There’s... Read More

Bridges inspired by Ron Blaauw

Bridges inspired by Ron Blaauw

Blaauw is one of Holland’s finest chefs, who here teams up with his former colleague Joris Bijdedijk to oversee top-notch gastronomy at a top-notch hotel in Amsterdam’s former City Hall. The focus is on fish, with caviar and oysters... Read More

Brasserie Harkema

Brasserie Harkema

You can lunch quite frugally or splash out completely at this quality, centrally located establishment, which specialises in contemporary Parisian cuisine. Sitting either in sleek dining areas on two storeys or out on the shaded terrace... Read More

Brasserie De Roode Leeuw

Brasserie De Roode Leeuw

Part of the Hotel Amsterdam in the city centre, this dark-panelled landmark dates back over a century. Renovated in 2006, the Red Lion specialises in traditional Dutch dishes, such as Volendam fish soup or baked cod in Zaanse mustard... Read More

Bazar

Bazar

Open daily but with a main kitchen that works evenings-only (by day, it’s snacks, soups and sandwiches only), this cheap-to-mid-range Arab-influenced spot occupies an old church in Albert Cuyp Market in the Pijp. All meat, including... Read More

Balthazar's Keuken

Balthazar's Keuken

It’s pretty much reservation-only at this locally renowned spot in the Jordaan – and not only because opening hours are limited to evenings, Wednesday through Saturday. A hand-written weekly menu lists five starters and three mains,... Read More

Bagels & Beans

Bagels & Beans

Now with branches across the Netherlands, including others in Amsterdam, this sympathetic and wallet-friendly Dutch mini-chain is all about quality breakfasts and brunches, plus superior daytime snacks. The Japanese-style bagel comes... Read More

A-Fusion

A-Fusion

In the heart of the Red Light district, this funky spot presents decent pan-Asian dishes in a fashionably dark if smallish space. You may have to wait for a table at the bar, though late opening hours help. The daily specials are Thai,... Read More


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