Restaurants in Amsterdam

Stroopwaffels - Restaurants in AmsterdamAmsterdam’s restaurant scene – like its population – is an international melting pot of different cultures. It's renowned for its Indonesian food, but other Asian influences from Thailand to Japan to China are evident everywhere.

While good-quality authentic Dutch food can sometimes be hard to come by, the proximity of the Netherlands’ neighbouring countries means that French and Mediterranean kitchens are well represented.

There is no shortage of restaurants in Amsterdam, but the price-quality ratio can be unfavourable compared to some other European cities. For a hearty good-value meal, head to one of the city’s "brown cafés", named for their nicotine-stained walls, where diners can sample the local beers alongside staples such as steaks, satay and salads. Chinatown (along Zeedijk, close to Nieuwmarkt) also offers a plethora of reasonably priced Asian restaurants. At the other end of the scale, there are some serious fine-dining options.

While in Amsterdam, expats should try some of the local snacks: pancakes (often savoury), pickled herring (look out for the brightly coloured fish stalls, usually at canal intersections) and chips with mayonnaise (look for the "Vlaamse frieten" signs).

Service is renowned for being poor in Amsterdam, as waiting staff do not rely on tips for their salary. If diners do receive good service, however, it’s customary to leave a 10 percent tip.

Recommended restaurants in Amsterdam

Address: Peperstraat 23-25, 1011 TJ
The place to go for authentic Dutch food. It’s not cheap, but the service is some of the best in the city.
Address: Amstelveenseweg 158-160, 1075 XN
Slightly off the tourist-beaten track, this modern, trendy Indonesian restaurant is a fine example of the country’s cuisine.
Take Thai
Address: Utrechtsestraat 87, 1017 VK
Minimalist and elegant, this restaurant offers great Thai food for a reasonable price – especially considering its location on the fashionable Utrechtsestraat.
De Italiaan
Address: Bosboom Toussaintstraat 29, 1054 AN
De Italiaan is a neighbourhood restaurant that serves authentic, good-value Italian dishes.
Blauw aan de Wal
Address: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD
A chic and tranquil eatery in the heart of the bustling Red Light District, diners can enjoy Mediterranean fare in a minimalist setting.
Upstairs Pannenkoekenhuis
Address: Grimburgwal 2, 1012 GA 
At the top of a precipitous staircase, hungry visitors can pack into the smallest restaurant in Europe for tea and pancakes.

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