Hannekes Boom

Hannekes Boom

Hannekes Boom has been a trendy, slightly off beat, unpretentious local hangout for years now.  It is central but tucked away.  I  summer it heaves and is choc-a-block full day and night.  Now, it’s a bit quieter in the afternoons and a great place to hang out...
Venkel Best salads – €

Venkel Best salads – €

Open 11M Open 11am to 9pm Venkel (means Fennell) serves organic salads, warm and cold in a beautiful, calm, chic but laid back shop. They have 6 suggested salads, imaginative combinations like.. Freshly grilled chicken on a bed of shredded red and white cabbage with...
Small World Catering €

Small World Catering €

I wish I had known about this place earlier.  It’s fab, the owner for 15 years, Sean, keeps up a constant welcoming  banter with his regular customers who pop in to pick up, or to tuck, into their lunches. It is small and perfect for a quick drop by light lunch...
Joy For Two – Coffee & Cake

Joy For Two – Coffee & Cake

Wow, a coffee salon (remember a coffeeshop is something completely different in Amsterdam) that roasts their own coffee on the premises.  I sampled a cup of their homeroast named, Mokum (the old Jewish nickname for Amsterdam).  It was smooth and delicious.  I usually...
Squat restaurant – End of the World – €

Squat restaurant – End of the World – €

  ‘End of the World’ or in Dutch ‘Einde van de Wereld’ is a lovely ‘squat’ restaurant.  It started in a disused workers canteen on the abandoned Java Island, east of Central Station.  The Java Island was developed and the...