One of the best things about living overseas is getting to show friends from home around your new city! While I don’t actually live in Amsterdam, I visit often enough that I feel I have a basic grip on the must-do attractions and I love doing more research then taking my friends to all the best spots. Today I’m sharing my personal favourite places to eat in Amsterdam, whether it’s for a sweet snack or a sit-down meal. These are my personal choices for ‘coolest’ places to eat in Amsterdam because they have a fun mix of delicious food, great atmosphere, location and decor. I will also be updating this post whenever I find a new cool place, so check back often!
The Dirty Chicken Club
The Food Department
Pigs & Punch
van Wonderen Stroopwafels
The Butcher Social Club
Cereal & Chill (closed)
*Unfortunately, Cereal & Chill didn’t survive the pandemic and is no longer open, but I’m leaving this here so you can see how cool it used to be. Maybe one day they will re-open at a different location – fingers crossed!
Map of the Coolest Places to Eat in Amsterdam
I’ve put all these locations onto a map for you so it’s easier to figure out where they are and how to get to them. Hope it helps!
Food Tours in Amsterdam
If it’s your first time in Amsterdam and you don’t feel confident finding yummy places by yourself, or you want some company, or just to experience something a little bit different… then you could also join a food tour of Amsterdam.
I haven’t personally been on any, mostly because I have my own Dutch tour guide in the form of my husband (and usually I am showing my friends where to go) but I did spend a lot of time reading through the ones available on GetYourGuide and narrowed them down to four that I would probably do if I was to do one. Obviously I haven’t been on any of them (not yet at least) but based on reviews and the way they combine sightseeing with eating, these are the four I would suggest if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed!
This Amsterdam Walking Food Tour: This one is a combination of sightseeing some of the famous spots in central Amsterdam with a local guide who will take you to photo spots, food stalls and also explain some of Amsterdam’s history and culture. Highlights include visiting the hip district of De Pijp and having a beer on a terrace. This is also the most affordable of all four tours.
This Food Tour of the Jordaan: The Jordaan is a very historic and picturesque neighbourhood of Amsterdam that many first-time visitors miss out on. This tour focuses on eateries in the beautiful Jordaan neighbourhood, along with explaining the history of the area. This is the priciest of the four tours but since you also get to try 13 different food samples at 7 locations, you’re probably going to get your money’s worth!
This Food Tour of the Albert Cuyp Market: The Albert Cuyp Market is the biggest market that’s held every day in Amsterdam, and has lots of yummy food to try! This tour focuses on showing you around the market, with a guide to answer any questions you may have while showing you which stalls are the best.
This Food Tasting Canal Cruise: This one is perfect if you don’t want to (or can’t) walk too much but still want to try lots of different food! Also, a canal cruise is pretty much a must-do for your first time in Amsterdam as it’s such a pretty way to see the city. But this isn’t a regular boring cruise, this is a cool cruise (ten points if you get that reference). With an open bar, this cruise stops off at different shops to pick up samples of the most iconic Dutch foods. What better way to learn about the city of Amsterdam than while cruising its canals and also learning about the foood?
Where’s your favourite place to eat in Amsterdam? Let me know about it in the comments or pin one of these if you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam and want to eat some good food in a groovy location!