10 Best Breakfast Joints to Start the Day Right in Amsterdam

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal. Studies show eating in the morning can provide many benefits, including weight control and sharper thinking. According to American Institute for Cancer Research, food delivers a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals and regulates your appetite. Breakfast prepares you for the rest of your day.

The Dutch breakfast is rather simple. Before school or work, some will grab a slice of bread, spread on butter, peanut butter or Nutella and top it off with sprinkles (hagelslag). Others prefer bread and cheese. Some eat yoghurt or fresh fruit. Fresh squeezed orange juice and coffee are frequent companions.

The Dutch enjoy a more extensive breakfast on the weekend. It is a mix and match of many cultures. For instance, they have their own equivalent of French Toast called wentelteefjes. Eggs are a popular choice, such as “uitsmijter” – a slice of bread, fried egg and meat – or an omelet. The aroma of fresh breads and croissants often fills the kitchen. One of the family favorites is the pancake. 

Amsterdam provides numerous options to wake up with a delicious meal. These restaurants offer a variety of creative combinations and diverse flavors. Try a typical Dutch breakfast at Koffiehuis de Hoek or enjoy a Dutch favorite at Pancakes! Savor one of the incredible fresh baked pastries at De Bakkerswinkel or order a Full English-style breakfast at Greenwoods. After eating at one of these amazing joints, you’ll feel energized and ready to start your day.

Western Canal Ring

Café Letting is a cozy café nestled in the Jordaan, sure to satisfy all appetites. For those that are just looking for a little something to line the stomach, enjoy a boiled egg with toast or a fresh croissant with homemade jam. If you are...  Read More

Little Collins, a cozy restaurant established as a tribute to Melbourne, is located in the multi-cultural De Pijp neighborhood. The restaurant boasts a delicious and diverse brunch menu. The menu includes pan-fried potato hash and coconut-coated...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
Koffiehuis De Hoek
Photo courtesy of Jessica Lipowski

Koffiehuis De Hoek, a name that literally translates to "coffee house the corner" in English, is located at the corner of the Prinsengracht and the Reestraat. De Hoek, a favorite of locals, businessmen and tourists alike, is a lovely little cafe...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Pancakes! Amsterdam is the best bet if you are in the mood for a pancake breakfast. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly joint or just want to enjoy a meal with a friend, you've come to the right place. The menu boasts every type of...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Head over to Greenwoods for a delicious English-style breakfast and delightful cup of tea. Enter through the vibrant red doors and discover a charming café complete with wooden accents and fragrant flowers. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming,...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Start your morning right by enjoying a mouthwatering breakfast at the Bakkerswinkel. The Bakkerswinkel, translated to The Bakery in English, is a cozy café that will make you feel welcome the second you step inside. The aroma of baked goods...  Read More

Scandinavian Embassy, nestled in De Pijp right across from the Sarphatipark, is the perfect peaceful place to jumpstart your day. This hole-in-the-wall café boasts terrific, flavorful coffee. Nicolas, the 2013 Brewers Cup Champion of Sweden,...  Read More

Omelegg's main focus is eggs, specifically omelets. This charming restaurant with a countryside vibe creates a variety of delicious, sometimes creative omelet combinations, everything from slightly sweet to hearty. Do not forget to complement...  Read More

Bakers & Roasters is all about tasty brunch fare. Julian, who is from New Zealand, and Sergio, originally from Brazil, help you ease into the day with a fresh cup of coffee and hearty Kiwi breakfast. They serve a variety of dishes,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Willem-jan Hendriks

Gartine is the perfect retreat for a quiet, delicious breakfast with family or friends. This cute little restaurant is one you may easily miss, as it is tucked away in a small alley just off of one of Amsterdam's main streets. Gartine produces...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica

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