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!
Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e Klas
If you’re looking for somewhere nice to eat before hopping on a train then the Grand Cafe Restaurant 1e Klas is perfect as it’s located right inside Amsterdam Centraal! The restaurant is located inside what used to be the first-class waiting rooms, hence the name, and the interiors are stunning. There are two entrances, one is actually on platform one, but they can both be accessed without going through the ticket barriers, so you don’t need to be a passenger to eat here. We came here for dinner and found the food to be delicious, as well as quite affordable. For a three-course meal of dinner or lunch (including a glass of Prosecco), you can take advantage of this deal as well! Of course, you could also come for breakfast or even high tea. For our dinner Dennis had carpaccio and I had a prawn cocktail which came in a fancy tall glass, then we both had steak with salad and fries, followed by an iced frappe with Bailey’s for dessert. It was all delicious and the icing on the cake is the live sulphur-crested cockatoo called Elvis who lives on the bar! He was mostly snoozing since it was after dark, but I’m hoping to come back to see him again another time during the day and you can also follow him on Instagram.
The Food Department
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 three 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 three 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 the three 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.
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!