All the spots you need to know
When it comes to Dutch cuisine, we know what you’re thinking… ? But stepping beyond the stamppot, copious amounts of mayo and pea soup, Amsterdam is a circle of hot spots. From the iconic Roti to an unusually exceptional selection of Sichuan, we have collected together all of our go-to spots. Whether it’s date night or a hangover-cure waiting to happen — check out the best food Amsterdam has to offer! So without further ado… hereby Glamcult’s guide to all things food.
New to the city, Chez Nina has opened its doors to the streets of Amsterdam West. Created by Swedish best-selling chef and author Nina Olsson, this restaurant is all about clean flavours, creative culinary creations and nourishing foods. The menu offers a variety of plant-based and vegan foods with a french-twist. Pop by for brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy the homely atmosphere.
Thai Bird Snackbar
Founded in 1993, Thai Bird is a staple of the Zeedijk. Made famous through exceptional Thai foods (and a multitude of celebrity guests), Thai Bird is THE place to eat. With everything straight from wok to plate, treat your tastebuds to the delicious dishes this place has to offer. We highly recommend the Kipsaté (or tofu) and Penang curry.
Described as “vegetable-forward”, Choux is an Amsterdam gem. By focusing on local produce, this restaurant delivers every plate with love. Known for its exceptional plating and beautiful presentation, Choux is also famous for its delectable selection of natural wines. Choux is not to be wasted on a post-party belly, so make sure you save this one for date night!
A stone’s throw from Westerpark, Bella Storia is the only place in Amsterdam you’ll find us eating Italian food! A fast-paced local spot, Bella Storia feels like a home away from home. Fancy a (huge) pizza, fresh pasta or a mouthwatering Burrata? They have it all. Top tip: make sure to top your night off with a Sgroppino and a chat!
With several locations across the city, it would be a sin to miss a meal at Sichuan. 100% authentic (I quote, “we don’t serve European style Chinese cuisine”), get ready for a flavour explosion. Highly experienced connoisseur of their craft, Sichuan never tasted so good. Is it hot? Hell yes, but it’s also a magical moment of culinary culture. Get ready to sweat and feel the flavour at one of their four locations across Amsterdam.
Cooking and creating under the principle of “harvested in the morning, on your plate in the afternoon”, De Kas is fresh and fruitfully sourced. Coming straight from the plant to the plate, this restaurant has seen over decades in the city. Ever-changing with the seasons, a trip to De Kas always has something new to offer, but one thing is for sure … it will forever be an experience of exquisite standard. Make sure to book ahead, as a seat is highly sought after (and for good reason).
Saravanaa Bhavan Amsterdam
Authentic Indian food will always and forever be my go-to, and after (a lot of) searching, I can say with a degree of confidence that Saravanaa Bhavan Amsterdam is the place to be. The restaurant, which I also consider Dosa-heaven, offers every kind of curry you might be craving within the realm of South Indian cuisine. There are a lot of Indian curry spots in Amsterdam, but for the real deal — and a world-class thali — this is the peak of the mountain in my mind.
A locally-loved staple, Roopram Roti is a taste of Suriname. Everyone has their go-to favourite order (personally, I’m Vega Rotirol kinda’ gal) and it’s about time you found yours. The round flatbread can be filled with all sorts; from curried green bean, to kip and beyond. So, with an egg on the side and a sip of Maaza in between, indulge in the flavours of Mr J.Roopram.
Homemade organic street food with a falafel speciality, De Buurman is ideal for any day of the week. Offering a fried-food fix, alongside a whole range of vegan options, De Buurman is where you’ll find me and my patat. Located on the Van Hallstraat, pop over after a sunny Sunday in the park or for a mid-week treat.
Hotel de Goudfazant
Feeling fancy? Hotel de Goudfazant is the answer. Describing itself as “industrial-chic”, this restaurant sits on the edge of Amsterdam Noord looking over the IJ. Serving a creative concoction of Dutch-French dishes, Hotel de Goudfazant is the kind of place that turns simple foods on their head and makes them into something truly special.