10 Best Amsterdam Lunch Restaurants for Grabbing a Bite to Eat

The Dutch like to keep their lunches simple. Nothing says “let’s eat” more than a broodje (Dutch for sandwich). The lunch, served cold, usually contains a variety of nutritious, hearty breads and an assortment of toppings, such as ham, cheese, lettuce, and tomato. The Dutch also enjoy some warm dishes. Toasties, which are toasted or grilled sandwiches, and a warm cup of soup, such as ertwen (split pea) soup, are quite popular especially in the winter months. 

Therefore, break up your day with a bite to eat. Put the shopping or sightseeing on hold and take a moment to have a little lunch. 10Best has put together a list of the best places to rest your feet and replenish your energy.

At Singel 404, select any sandwich under the sun. They have about every topping you can imagine. Head over to Café Nielsen’s for a club sandwich, or stop by Soup en Zo if you’re a soup lover. You’ll be in heaven. Want to enjoy lunch with a view? Make your way to the third floor of the Kalvertoren and discover Blue; it provides a 360-degree panorama of the city. Have lunch at Hannekes Boom and surprise yourself. The menu changes daily. Plus, you can relax along the water. If you really can’t stop shopping, try Latei. Everything (well, almost everything) is for sale, even the tables and chairs. Whatever you choose, you’ll be blown away by the tasty creations Amsterdam has to offer.

Central Canal Ring

Restaurant Brix provides a balanced blend of good music and delicious food. The dark wooden tables and ambient lighting nicely contrasts the brick walls and fun pieces of art. This combination creates a pleasant and inviting atmosphere, perfect...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District

Latei is truly a one-of-a-kind place where customers can have lunch and shop at the same time. Everything (well, everything with a price tag that is) is for sale: furniture, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, olive oil, etc. The café definitely...  Read More


Soup en Zo is truly a soup lover's paradise. The menu, which rotates on a daily basis, features a minimum of eight different (and creative) soups. The owners ensure approximately half of the options are vegetarian. Soup en Zo uses fresh...  Read More

Sushi lovers around the world will rejoice at the mere thought of Tokyo Cafe. Located near the Spui and Kalverstraat, Tokyo Cafe is a delicious Japanese and sushi restaurant. Take a break from shopping or sightseeing and stop by for lunch. Plan...  Read More


Head to Hannekes Boom and secure a spot on the beautiful sunny terrace. Find a seat at one of the numerous picnic tables or lounge on one of the beanbags. If it's cold, settle into one of the comfortable armchairs inside. Enjoy an affordable,...  Read More

Bakken met Passie, which translates to Baking with Passion in English, provides the chance to eat in a bakery. Indulge your senses. Taste the passion in each bite. Savor every last ounce of love that is poured into making these delicious works...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Café Nielsen will immediately catch your eye. The façade is beautifully decorated with big baby blue flowers. Inside, there are three levels. The walls are adorned with magazines and art, and fresh-cut flowers brighten the room. The main...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

Take a break from shopping or sightseeing and grab a bite to eat. Make your way to the third floor of the Kalvertoren shopping center, and you'll discover Blue. The second you step out of the elevator, you'll find yourself completely surrounded...  Read More

Central Canal Ring

If you're in the mood for a sit-down, stylish meal, look no further than Bussia. This chic, romantic restaurant located in the Negen Straatjes, or Nine Little Streets neighborhood, focuses on creative Italian cuisine. Choose from the three or...  Read More

Singel 404 is not just an ordinary address on the Singel. It is so much more. Singel 404 is a cozy, canal-side café well known for its delicious, affordable sandwiches. The restaurant offers a variety of hearty breads and practically every...  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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