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7 Essential restaurants to try in Amsterdam

7 Essential restaurants to try in Amsterdam

by Brendan Johnson 15 days ago
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  • 1. Excellent French cuisine at Restaurant Adam
  • 2. Flavorful Indian food at Restaurant Shiva
  • 3. Tasty plant-based pizza at Mastino Vegan Pizza
  • 4. Authentic Moroccan dishes at Couscousbar Amsterdam
  • 5. Savory Indonesian cuisine at Warung Padi
  • 6. Exquisite delicacies at BAK restaurant
  • 7. Delicious breakfast at De Deli
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One of the most vibrant and diverse cities in Europe, Amsterdam is also the most watery spot in the world, with over 100 kilometers of canals, more than 1,500 bridges and 2,500 houseboats. These canals are famous for being full of bicycles, since an enormous 25,000 of two-wheelers are fished out of them each year. It is also remarkable that there are more bicycles in the capital of the Netherlands than people. Amsterdam is home to over 180 different nationalities, making it the most multicultural city in the world. Undoubtedly, the city’s international population is reflected in its dining scene. From pasta and falafel to tempura and authentic Thai curries, Amsterdam offers an impressive variety of traditional dishes from around the globe. Here are our picks for the best restaurants in the Dutch capital for an exciting gastronomic experience.

1. Excellent French cuisine at Restaurant Adam
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Restaurant Adam
#9 of 6968 restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Overtoom 515a, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 6PM
Ontbijtkoek
Ontbijtkoek

This dish is not actually a pie, or a cupcake, even though it looks like it. It is made with rye, cinnamon, and ginger.

If you’re looking for a cozy venue to enjoy delicious seasonal food, Restaurant Adam is a perfect place. You can pick from one of the course menus that include meat, fish, or only vegetarian dishes. The Head Chef of Restaurant Adam, Arne Russchen, and his professional staff prepare classic French dishes with a lot of creative influences. The surprise menu starts at 3 courses, but can be extended on request up to 6 courses and is optionally paired with wines. With the menu that changes on a monthly basis, you can never know what mouthwatering dishes are waiting for you: bresaola of tuna, artichoke barigoule, pumpkin tandoori, or beautifully served ontbijtkoek.

2. Flavorful Indian food at Restaurant Shiva
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Restaurant Shiva
#853 of 6968 restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Reguliersdwarsstraat 72, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 5PM
Kebabs
Kebabs

Some people consider a kebab to be a Russian dish, but it’s not true. It came to Russia from the eastern cuisine. The traditional kebab is prepared from meat: pork, beef, lamb. To make the dish tasty, meat should be not fat. A kebab is grilled and served with vegetables and wine.

If you crave for richly flavoured and spicy Indian food in Amsterdam, Restaurant Shiva is definitely worth a stop by. For over thirty years, Restaurant Shiva has served palatable quality food and provided top-notch service. Here you can taste such classic dishes of Indian cuisine as curry, tandoori, and kebabs while enjoying pleasant atmosphere. The interior is beautifully decorated with large colourful pictures and figurines made of natural materials, and the welcoming staff is ready to take care of the guests.

3. Tasty plant-based pizza at Mastino Vegan Pizza
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Mastino Vegan Pizza
#18 of 765 pizza restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eerste van der Helststraat 78h, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 4PM
Cannolis
Cannolis

This dessert is sweet Sicilian pastries. They are tube-shaped shells of fried pastry dough stuffed with sweet ricotta cream. Cannoli was invented as a Carnevale treat and was considered a fertile symbol. The largest cannolo was cooked in 2014 and weighed 119.069 kg.

Starting as an Italian pizzeria in 2015, Mastino Vegan Pizza turned into a pizzeria serving only plant-based food in 2019. The restaurant offers a wide range of tasty pizzas topped with lentil mozzarella, broccoli, caramelized bell peppers and onions, rucola, roasted eggplant, or basil cream as well as salads and sweet cannolis. All dishes are plant-based and made of fresh quality products. Even lacking meat or dairy components, pizzas taste delicious thanks to a complex symphony of flavors and textures. The vibe at Mastino Vegan Pizza is very warm and friendly, and all guests are very welcome.

4. Authentic Moroccan dishes at Couscousbar Amsterdam
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Couscousbar Amsterdam
#2514 of 6968 restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Javastraat 30, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 12PM
Harira
Harira

Harira is a traditional Moroccan soup that is extremely popular during the month of Ramadan. The dish consists of dried legumes like lentils, tomatoes, and chickpeas. The addition of fresh herbs and warm spices like salt, pepper, mint leaves, and cinnamon makes the soup flavorful and hearty.

If you’re into some healthy and delicious Moroccan cuisine, we recommend you visit Couscousbar in Amsterdam. Here you can taste such authentic Moroccan dishes as harira, loubia, couscous, tfaya, and seffa. Spicy, palatable, and flavoursome dishes prepared by Moroccan cooks, generous portions, relaxing and pleasant atmosphere, and cordial service will make your dining out experience in the Netherlands' capital easy and delightful.

5. Savory Indonesian cuisine at Warung Padi
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Warung Padi
#1142 of 6968 restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Aalsmeerweg 41, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 12PM
Nasi goreng
Nasi goreng

Nasi goreng fried rice is usually cooked with vegetables, chicken, beef or seafood, and is often accompanied by local shrimp chips, crumbs and scrambled eggs. This is the simplest, most delicious, hearty, and cheapest food in Bali. The name of this food is also simple. "Nasi" means "rice", and "goreng" means "fried".

In Amsterdam, you can taste a wide variety of traditional dishes from all around the world, including Indonesian cuisine famous for its rich flavours. Warung Padi is a take-away Indonesian restaurant providing food delivery and catering for different occasions. The dishes served at Warung Padi come from various regions of Indonesia and have different kinds of taste: from sweet to sour, savoury, and spicy. In addition to such authentic Indonesian foods as nasi goreng, lontong, Telor Bumbu Bali, Ayam Kari, you can also treat yourself to a selection of Indonesian snacks as dessert options.

6. Exquisite delicacies at BAK restaurant
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BAK restaurant
#66 of 6968 restaurants in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Van Diemenstraat 408, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 6PM

BAK restaurant lets you experience incredibly creative, seasonal food paired with a glass of superb wine in an amazing space overlooking the harbour. The outstanding chef, Benny Blisto, and his talented team create innovative dishes made from fresh products of high quality delivered and sometimes especially planted and harvested by local producers. The speciality of the restaurant is a tasting menu, but it is also possible to order à la carte, where the menu changes daily according to the season.

7. Delicious breakfast at De Deli
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De Deli - Plantagebuurt
#100 of 5236 cafes in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Plantage Kerklaan 41, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
ClosedOpens at 9AM
Sandwiches
Sandwiches

Sandwiches usually consist of vegetables, cheese, eggs or meat put between thin slices of white bread. Sandwiches can be consumed at lunch and dinner, eaten on the go, or served with soup or salad.

De Deli is an awesome spot to grab a bite and satisfy your breakfast or branch cravings in Amsterdam. Order a cup of hot invigorating drink and pair it with a delicious dessert, like croissants, pâtisseries, macaroons, or homemade bananabread and enjoy the friendly service and cosy atmosphere of this incredible place. In addition to sweet treats, the menu offers sandwiches, soups, salads, flammkuchen, and fries. Quite often, the dishes include local herbs grown on a vertical farm right here, at De Deli. You can also purchase wines, olive oil and other hand-picked products from numerous countries.

Being one of the most international cities worldwide, undoubtedly Amsterdam offers a vibrant gastronomic scene. The city features an abundant number of great restaurants serving different ethnic foods and featuring traditional decor, so there’s something for everyone to eat in the Dutch capital. If you have your favourite spot in Amsterdam, please share it in the comments, and we will add it to our next list.

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