Heading to Amsterdam? Local foodie Katie Reiffenstein gives you the top restaurants and watering holes worth visiting while traversing this eclectic town
Situated in a sprawling greenhouse in the center of one of Amsterdam’s lush parks sits this stunning modernist restaurant. A vegetable forward set menu, De Kas focuses on seasonal cooking using majority of the food grown onsite, including honey from their own hives. A must visit on any occasion, De Kas is one of those cool spots where you can dine indoors or out (in the summer) and experience an oasis in the heart of a city.
Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097
Reservations up to 3 months in advance, see website for details
Perhaps not the kind of food you would expect to find in Amsterdam, but Ku Kitchen’s inventive Japanese cooking is one of our favourites in the city. Part cocktail bar, part Japanese kitchen, Ku serves up interesting twists on classic sushi snacks like gyoza and flame grilled edamame. Our personal favourite is the Hotel California Roll followed by a Yuzu Sake to end the meal. The perfect date spot or a great place to go with friends, this versatile restaurant is exactly where you want to be when the weekend kicks off.
Utrechtsestraat 114, 1017
As much as we love pasta, we also love pizza, and often find ourselves scouring cities around the world to get the best, most authentic crust. Pazzi is hands down the best pizza you will eat in Amsterdam. Using only the highest quality ingredients and a traditional Napoleon-style pizza oven, Pazzi is a cool, trendy restaurant that whips up deliciously authentic pizza’s and classic antipasti such as vitello tonnato or burrata. Two locations doesn’t make it any easier to get in, so expect a queue but it’s well worth the wait.
De Clercqstraat 93 1053 OR 4 EERSTE LOOIERSDWARSSTRAAT 1016
A couple more spots to cure the munchies or keep you out into the wee hours…
Best Brunch: Bakers and Roasters
Best Speakeasy: The Flying Dutchman
Best Cocktail Bar: Tales and Spirits
Best Bar: The Jitterbug Saloon
Best Karaoke Bar: Duke of Tokyo
Best Beer Joint: In de Wildeman
Oldest Pub: Cafe Chris
Best Healthy Joint: SLA
Best Natural Wine Bar: Glou Glou
Best Wine Bar: Raleigh and Ramsay
Best Junk Food Snack Bar: Vegan Junk Food Bar
Best Date Spot: Kaagman and Kortekaas
Best Bakery: De Bakhuys
Best Thai Food: Thaise SnackBar Bird
Best Food Halls: De Foodhallen