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De Belhamel – French – €€

De Belhamel French Restaurant Interior

De Belhamel is a long-established and much-loved restaurant in Amsterdam and I don’t know why it took me so long to eat there. Well, I did today and it was fabulous. It is the kind of place you can really push the boat out and have a superb – and to be fair pricey –…

Greenwoods

Food at Greenwoods

Greenwoods has been creating happy customers with their all-day breakfast for years now. Above is the always amazing Eggs Royal as well as ‘The Beast’ which is spinach, pulled pork, perfectly poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce miracle and on the specials board that day.  Both were delicious. They have full English breakfasts, lunch offerings like…

Bakers & Roasters

Food at Bakers & Roasters

Bakers & Roasters are great for breakfast/brunch. Their menu is extensive and service cheerful. Check out the link below to their menu to get just how interesting the offerings are. There’s a lot of Brazilian as well as Kiwi influence, as the place was started by 2 guys from those countries who missed their home…

Tomaz – Traditional Dutch Food – €€

Food at Tomaz

Wholesome Traditional Dutch Food – bring on the Stamppot! Tomaz serves good old fashioned Dutch food like Stamppot but jazzed up a bit resulting in a rich mix of flavors, including modern twists like added sun dried tomatoes which I loved. We were both more than happy with the Hachee though, which is a rich Dutch…

Singel 404 – Lunch Cafe – €

Outside Singel 404

The sandwiches here are legendary for their tastiness and size.  Singel 404 has been around for about 20 years and is cozy and unpretentious and a great place for a quick, filling tasty lunch. They have a small mezzanine level and a couple of cute little tables outside in the summer.  It is located at…

Loetje Centraal Station €€

Food at Loetje Centraal Station

Brilliant to find that the quality of steak is the same here as at the original Cafe Loetje near the museums.  Loetje Centraal Station could not be easier to find, it is in the pretty white building directly opposite the main entrance to Central Station, about 20 meters walk.  There is a wide long terrace…

Lalla Rookh €

Food at Lalla Rookh

Surinam was a Dutch colony on the north coast of Brazil. African slaves were taken there to work in plantations and, post-slavery, workers from Indonesia, China and India were taken there as paid labor. All those cultures had distinct cuisines that they mixed and merged with local ingredients half the globe away from where they…

Cafe Loetje €€

Food at Cafe Loetje

I’m on a quest to find the best steak in Amsterdam and this place was recommended to me by my 85-year-old Dutch teacher who lives nearby. It was indeed excellent. Of the 2 steaks pictured, the big chunk (whole and sliced open) is the large portion and the plate with 2 pieces is the smaller option….

Nyonya €

Food at Nyonya

I have walked past this place daily for ages and noticed it but never ventured in until it was featured on that goldmine of local foodie info, Patricia Jacob’s blog Amsterdam Bites To Die For – click it and see!  I had what she had so if you want a more eloquent description click the…

Droog – Dutch Design

Inside Cafe at Droog

In the early 90s, Droog put Dutch contemporary design on the map. The idea was to go back to the essence of a product, play with it, add a shot of dry (droog) wit, use materials in an unexpected way, connect to history and archetypes. The results are fun and inspiring. Visit the showroom/shop/hotel (it…