10 Best Restaurants in Amsterdam: A Foodie's Paradise You'll Never Want to Leave

One of the best parts of traveling is experiencing delicious foods, fine wines and hearty beers. Amsterdam makes sure to address all aspects. The city is very international, home to approximately 180 nationalities. This means you will find the cuisine just as diverse: Dutch, French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Mexican, Indonesian, Chinese, Thai and more.

Perhaps it’s your first time in the city or you’re a regular looking for something new; maybe you just moved here and are looking for a little piece of home – every corner of the city has something to offer. Relax on one of the terraces, such as t’ Blauwe Theehuis in the Vondelpark, or step back in time by visiting one of the numerous brown cafes. Dine at one of Amsterdam’s Michelin star restaurants, such as La Rive (one star) at the Intercontinental Amstel Amsterdam Hotel or Ciel Bleu (two star) at Okura Hotel.

Even though the restaurant scene is quite international, Dutch favorites are not forgotten. If you’re out for a drink or light snack, give bitterballen a shot. By the sea? Look for fresh fish, herring or kibbeling. Stamppot Andijve is even better when you’re searching for a hearty, wintertime meal. Pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes) are a great meal, anytime of day - you absolutely must try Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs. Be prepared for everything and anything on your pancakes.



Walk into a world of food at the Bazar. The building, once a church, features high ceilings and is full of color, character and beauty. The restaurant serves North African, Iranian and Turkish food, where you can choose a delicious dish from the...  Read More

Western Canal Ring
La Oliva Pintxos Y Vinos
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Dining at La Oliva Pintxos Y Vinos in the Jordaan will make you feel as if you've left Amsterdam and traveled to Spain. The restaurant serves the best Pintxos in town, as well as other delightful dishes from Northern Spain. Go with a group of...  Read More

De Italiaan
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Bring out your inner Italian at De Italiaan. Make yourself at home in the cozy environment. Enjoy a delicious, traditional pizza from the wood oven or indulge in other Italian creations, including pastas, antipasti, bruschetta, meat and fish...  Read More

Further Afield


Up until 1995, what is now Pont 13 used to be a ferry; now, the boat has been converted into an upscale restaurant, completely renovated. The restaurant is situated a bit out of the city centre, west of Centraal Station in the Westelijke...  Read More

Further Afield


Enjoy the freshest ingredients at Restaurant de Kas, located in Frankendael Park. Every morning at sunrise, chefs and wait staff help owner and founder Gert Jan Hageman harvest herbs, vegetables and edible flowers. Ingredients are harvested in...  Read More



Give your Mom a break from the cooking and the cleaning and take her to Restaurant Moeders. Moeders, which literally translates to "Mothers" in English, is the family restaurant in Amsterdam, especially for Mother's Day or your Mom's birthday....  Read More



Enjoy a truly elegant evening at Ciel Bleu. The restaurant, located on the 23rd floor of the gorgeous five-star Okura Hotel, promises a top-notch dinner. Ciel Bleu boasts two Michelin stars, definitely well deserved. The restaurant serves...  Read More

Old Center / Red Light District
D'Vijff Vlieghen


Prepare yourself for a divine culinary experience at d'Vijff Vlieghen. With good food, great wine and a dash of history, d'Vijff Vliegen calls itself a culinary museum. Dishes are always surprising and range from scallops and tartar of veal to...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
Restaurant RED
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If you love surf and turf, Restaurant Red is one place in Amsterdam you will definitely not want to miss. Rediscover the pleasure of food; Restaurant Red definitely provides a distinct dining experience. You can choose from lobster or beef...  Read More

Central Canal Ring
Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs
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There is a saying, "The best things come in small packages." In the instance of Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs, the best pancakes are served in the smallest space. Make your way to the top of the steep, narrow stairs, and you'll find a room with only...  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