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I traveled solo to Amsterdam, it was my first international solo trip and it was truly unforgettable. What better way to see/experience a city than by eating your way through it?! As a self-proclaimed foodie, it was my mission to try all the things on my self guided food tour of Amsterdam.
After researching, asking for recommendations, and just stumbling upon cute and local-looking places, I had the foodie adventure of a lifetime and basically had to roll myself out of the country. In this food guide to Amsterdam, I’ve narrowed down my favorite places to eat and drink in Amsterdam.
The Best Restaurants in Amsterdam (reserve in advance)
A super charming modern Italian Michelin restaurant in Amsterdam, tucked away in a cute neighborhood. I went for lunch and ordered myself the 4-course tasting menu (€68pp) and a beautiful glass (or 2) of Chablis (my fave white wine). TREAT YO-SELF AMMIRITE.
Everything was delicious and the presentation was stunning. I literally stayed for 2 hours on the terrace people watching and eating delicious food. It was a modern take on Italian and the dishes included a prawn starter, burrata & tomatoes with the most insane watermelon sauce, seafood pasta, grilled octopus, a meat dish, and a tart with coconut sorbet.
Yes, you counted right- I got two extra courses thanks to the chef/owner who was so kind and let me try extra dishes. The only bummer was that they didn’t have their bone marrow signature dish available. 10/10, one of the must-try Michelin star restaurants Amsterdam has to offer – Go!
Address: Noordermarkt 7, 1015 MV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Another modern Italian style, this Amsterdam restaurant was where I got my pasta fix. I ordered a prosciutto starter and asked the waiter what he recommended. Lobster or truffle pasta he said, and to that I responded: I’ll get both! Epic decision on my part, because they were both amazing and I wouldn’t have been able to imagine just trying one.
Address: Reestraat 28-32, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venus & Adonis
This Amsterdam restaurant was close to my hotel and packed every time I passed by it was packed with locals and non-locals alike.
I was impressed with the number of vegetarian options and decided to do a veggie dish. I ordered a grilled zucchini with wild rice, saffron sauce, and pomegranate. MY GOD. This dish almost brought tears to my eyes, not only because it was super delicious and unique, but it was also incredibly nostalgic and clearly must have been inspired by Persian cuisine.
The saffron sauce, with rice and pomegranate, made me feel like I was at the healthiest farm-to-table Persian restaurant. I want to try to recreate this Amsterdam dinner at home. Just wow.
Address: Prinsengracht 274, 1016 HH Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Seafood Bar
If you are looking for cool restaurants Amsterdam has to offer, this is a must!
I came here with a friend, the restaurant was packed, and they asked us if we wanted to eat in their downstairs speakeasy, Zum Barbarossa, which has the same menu. This freaking speakeasy had a DJ, so I was THRIVING.
We ordered the octopus, the seafood platter for 2, and an amazing bottle of white wine. It was such a luxe experience, and really good. The most unique part of the platter was the crab salad. I could have eaten it for every meal.
Address: Spui 15, 1012 WX Amsterdam, Netherlands
A Teppanyaki restaurant in the Hotel Okura. Think Michelin Benihana… sounds amazing right? IT WAS. I got wined and dined. We ordered the classic tasting menu (€195pp) so we could try everything. Started with a glazed salmon amuse bouche, then moved into a salt-encrusted fish dish.
After that, we had a lobster dish with garlic sauce followed by the star of the show, Wagyu beef from Japan. This dish was worth every penny (even though it wasn’t my penny lol) and I’ve never had anything like it.
Lastly, we had a Japanese pancake filled with bean paste, grilled pineapple, and brown tea ice cream for dessert. It was all insanely good and the service was also fabulous. I think this has to be one of the best Japanese restaurants in Amsterdam.
Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Top Snacks in Amsterdam
van Wondern Stroopwafels:
The viral stroopwafel place you’ve seen on TikTok and Instagram. Was it good? Yes. Was it expensive for what it was? Also, yes. I’m glad I tried it though, I feel like stroopwafels are a must-try Dutch food in Amsterdam. Next time I want to try some other stroopwafel places to compare.
Address: Kalverstraat 190, 1012 XH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anyone who knows me knows French fries are my weakness. There was a line around the block for this French fry place, so obviously I had to check it out. Fabel Friet is so popular because of its wide selection of sauces and toppings. I got parmesan fries with a truffle sauce and ate them by a bench on the canal. It was a lovely snack.
Address: Runstraat 1, 1016 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Café ‘T Smalle
This bar is where I ordered a beer, classic Dutch bitterballen (Dutch meatballs), and fries. Obviously, I couldn’t leave Amsterdam without trying some Dutch snacks. They make bitterballen with meat or vegan- so you have options!
A great option if you’re looking for casual restaurants in Amsterdam.
Address: Egelantiersgracht 12, 1015 RL Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Best Bars in Amsterdam
I came to this Amsterdam bar twice – it was super close to my hotel and a total VIBE. Think moody library vibes with some of the best craft cocktails in Amsterdam.
Address: Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
I went here with a friend on my last night in Amsterdam. It’s a cool speakeasy-like cocktail bar. Bartenders Francois and Bob were so kind and made us cool and unique drinks (off-menu).
Address: Elandsgracht 84-H, 1016 TZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Café Twee Prinsen
This is a cute local spot in Amsterdam to sit outside and order a glass of wine or beer. I definitely got local vibes here.
Address: Prinsenstraat 27, 1015 DB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Food Guide: more options
Below are places to eat in Amsterdam (and drink) that I wanted to try but ran out of time… guess I have to go back!
- Chez Nina
- Little Collins de Pijp
- Waterkant bar
- Door 74
Let me know if you try out any of these restaurants in Amsterdam on your trip!
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