List of Amsterdam Favorites From a Local Expat/Traveler (Always Updating)

My favorite places and things to do, eat, and drink in Amsterdam

Things to do (mostly eat and drink) Amsterdam 

JORDAAN / 9 Streets

Negen Straats (shopping area)

Ann Frank (get tickets months in advance)

Cheese Museum (for the free samples)

Winkle 43 (must-have apple pie)

Dam Boat Guys (boat tour)

Pulitzer Hotel Bar

Bar Oldenhof (cocktails)

Pancakes Amsterdam (dutch pancakes)

Venus & Adonis (dinner)

Proeflokaal Arendsnest (beer)

Proeflokaal van Wees (beer)


Albert Cuypmarkt (Europe’s longest street market – get a fresh stroopwaffel)

Bakers and Roasters (brunch)

Bar Mash (Drinks and Thai)

Heineken Experience

Rayleigh and Ramsay (wine bar – multiple locations)

Coffee & Coconuts (brunch)

Dopey’s Elixir (brown bar)

Gambrinus (brown bar)

Scandinavian Embassy (coffee and cinnamon buns)


Spaghetteria (pasta – multiple locations)

Mangiacora (brick oven pizza)

Massimo Gelato

Romios Greek Taverna (small greek restaurant)

Armoury Bar (nerdy board game bar)

Calle Ocho (Miami street food)

Cafe Carbon (Steak)

Bulls & Dogs (fun hotdogs)

Volt (dinner)


Cannibale royale (burgers – multiple locations)

Amsterdam Museum (temporarily closed)

Cafe Hoppe (very old bar)

W Hotel Rooftop Bar

The Happy Pig (dutch pancakes)

Mata Hari (Mediterranean)

Kitchen and Bar Van Rijn (tasting menu)

FuLu Mandarijn (chinese)

Sky Lounge DoubleTree rooftop bar

Seafood Bar

Toastable (grilled cheese)

Tales & Spirits (cocktails)

Blue (rooftop cafe)

De Laatste Kruimel (bakery) 

Cafe De Dokter (very dusty small bar)

d’Vijff Vlieghen (tasting menu in a really cool space)

Cafe “In the monkeys” (old brown bar)

Dutch Courage (cocktails)


Cafe Gollum (beer – multiple locations)

Tia Rosa (romantic tapas)

Klaver 4 (breakfast)

Café Onder de Ooievaar (poffertjes and tostis and beer)

Willet Holthuysen Museum (canal house museum)

Lombardo’s (burgers – not much seating)

Kop van Jut (Dutch cuisine)

Zuivere Koffie (cafe outdoor seating in back)

Full Moon Garden (Chinese)


Browerij ‘et IJ (windmill brewery)


Vergulder Eenhoorn (farmhouse vibe with outdoor seating)

Box Sociaal (brunch)

The Cottage (British Sunday roast)

Cafe de Sluyswacht (tilted brown bar)



Foodhallen (food hall)

Lomanstraat (cool trees)

Moco Museum

Biscuit Baby (Fried chicken & biscuits – I work here)

Gertrude Restaurant & Bar

De Japanner (Japanese)

Flos (bagels)

Craft & Draft (beer)

Il Rei di Puglia (Italian)

Fiko (Italian – owned by Martin Garrix)

ZuiderMRKT (Saturday farmers market)

Salmuera (latin american)

Ron Gastrobar Indonesia (indonesian)


A’Dam lookout

De Ceuvel (outdoor bar restaurant)

Pllek (outdoor bar live music)


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

October 10, 2018 at 5:54 pm

Have you been to Gartine for brunch?? It’s my favorite and I haven’t seen it on any lists!

Courtney Duerigreply
October 12, 2018 at 4:44 pm
– In reply to: Anonymous

No! I’ll have to try it. I’ve never heard of it before.

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