10 Restaurants for a Great Meal Out in Amsterdam's Western Canal Ring

The Western canal ring, stretching from the Singel all the way to the Prinsengracht and bordered by the Brouwersgracht to the north and the Raadhuisstraat to the south, is an absolutely beautiful area of Amsterdam. By day, this neighborhood is picturesque and charming, and by night, the canals are magically lit-up like a fairytale wonderland. One thing is for sure, though. This area offers a delicious meal anytime of day.

Letting is a cozy café perfect for breakfast or lunch. De Vergulde Gaper and Spanjer en van Twist offer beautiful sunny terraces, great for lounging in the afternoon. The Pancake Bakery is all about a Dutch favorite: pancakes. This restaurant is suitable for the entire family, serving more than 75 different varieties of pancakes and omelets. Plus, you have the opportunity to eat in a historical building, a former Dutch East India Trading Company warehouse. Werck also allows you to dine in the Westerkerk’s former coach house.

Seasons, Spanjer en van Twist, Lieve and De Belhamel all serve menus that change with the seasons. De Belhamel is wonderful for a romantic evening out, while Belgian Restaurant Lieve provides three different dining environments, each with their own menu and décor. Chez Georges, on the other hand, is known for its excellent French cuisine and Tasca Bellota for Spanish tapas and paellas.

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De Vergulde Gaper, situated on the corner of the Prinsenstraat and the Prinsengracht, is enjoyable year round. Join the mixed crowd at this cozy cafe. When the weather permits, secure a spot on the sunny terrace, kick back, relax and cool off...  Read More

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It's not every day you are able to dine in a former coach house. Restaurant Werck presents you with the opportunity, as this space used to be the coach house of the Westerkerk (West Church). Today, Werck is a stylish restaurant situated next to...  Read More

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Letting is a cozy cafe that will satisfy all appetites. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. For those that are just looking for a little something to start the day, enjoy a boiled egg with toast or a fresh croissant with homemade...  Read More

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Chez Georges is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves classic French cuisine. The space is a bit on the small side, but the layout of the restaurant creates an intimate and almost private dining experience. The products are always...  Read More

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You will fall in love with Lieve, a Belgian restaurant situated in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district. The quality restaurant provides three different dining atmospheres, each one with its own personality and decor. Moms Kitchen Table, for...  Read More

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Spanjer en van Twist, a cozy restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam that overlooks the beautiful Leliegracht, likes to keep things fresh. Every season, the restaurant modifies its menu. In addition, you will find different specials featured every...  Read More

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Enjoy a meal out with the entire family at The Pancake Bakery. Family members of all ages will love this place. As the name suggests, The Pancake Bakery is famous for its delicious, affordable pancakes. Come by for breakfast or order pancakes...  Read More

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Tasca Bellota, situated in Amsterdam's magical canal belt, is a hole-in-the-wall gem you may miss. Tucked away in the Herenstraat, this cozy restaurant specializes in Spanish tapas, as well as a variety of paellas including Paella de Mariscos...  Read More

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Share a romantic evening with your significant other at De Belhamel. This restaurant exudes a warm, welcoming ambiance and boasts a beautiful view over the canal. In the summer months, you can even sit outside on the terrace. De Belhamel offers...  Read More

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Seasons Restaurant
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'Tis the season for delicious seasonal dishes at Seasons Restaurant. When you dine at this casual Amsterdam eatery, you have the opportunity to compose your own meal consisting of two or three courses. A three-course dinner includes a starter,...  Read More


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