One of the moments that I enjoyed most on the trip to Amsterdam wasn't the Anne Frank Museum or the legendary Red Light District. Instead, it was this hidden but charming spot: the Brouwerij't brewery. It took us almost all the afternoon to find it, but it was definitely worth it. It's a picturesque spot, located right next to the Gooyer Windmill, the only survivor of the five that once operated in the Plantage area. This is an authentic brewery, located in the site of former public baths. We were told that it's the only one in the city that makes its own beer. We tasted three different varieties - they had many more on offer - and they were delicious. Very different to the ones we have in Spain: full-bodied and intensely flavoured, but refreshing. As well as the beer, they serve excellent Dutch cheese and delicious local sausages. But the best thing about it is the environment: crude, simple tables where you can sit with strangers and have a great time getting to know each other.
Whether you are a smoker or not, if you visit the capital of the country of tulips, you will certainly visit at least one of the coffee shops in town. This small, cozy restaurant can be a place to stop in while on your tour of the center. It has two floors. On the top floor there is a comfortable sofa, where the music is quieter than on the ground floor so you can relax watching the passersby in the square. If you smoke, as in most of the local area, you can make your choice from the wide range they have on the menu, if you only want to drink, this property has all sorts of natural fruit smoothies, as well as an extensive choice in beers. A great little place to relax in the city of canals in northern Europe.
This is the best place for people who want to spend little and eat a lot. Here were the best pork ribs that I´ve ever tasted and you can repeat as many times as you want. It´s worth it to go. I don´t know if anyone would repeat the ribs but at least I would end up eating there everyday. Don´t forget to have a drink at the pub on the side called Bulldog Palace to digest the food you just ate. Enjoy!
I define Wok to Walk as ¨healthy food, fast and good¨because that is what it is. It´s asian food that´s great and leaves you wanting to eat more, but many times it doesn´t let you continue. I love it for the variety of supplements that you can add to your noodles, still I remember that when I went I put in sesame seeds, bambu, chicken meat and Teriyaki sauce. It was delicious and I wished there was a Wok to Walk in Gran Canaria.
Motivated by many positive reviews we decided to try this place and the truth is that we really liked it. They mostly serve crepes, and the menu is quite varied, with both sweet and savoury offerings. Prices are what you'd expect from Amsterdam - 12 to 14 euros for a pancake - and yes, the portions are pretty big. The place itself is quite nice, with a great terrace for sitting outside and watching the boats on the canal.
The place is very large and when we went it was empty. The quality of the food was very good, as was the service. There is a single menu. We ordered three croque madammes and delicious red tuna dish with salad and chips. The desserts were more average but still very good and homemade too.
Besides Indonesia itself, the other place where you can eat great Indonesian food is the Netherlands, due to the legacy of colonialism and the East India Company. In Amsterdam there are many Indonesian restaurants but one of the best, no doubt, is the Tujuh Maret, where you can taste the typical "Rijsttafel", a rice table with 22 bowls of vegetables, meat and chicken with varying degrees of spice. An adaptation of the great Indonesian food to suit the appetite of the Dutch settlers. Of course you have to be hungry!
If you are going to go walking in Holland, and the idea is to have a beer while not paying crazy prices for them, then this is the place to visit. Holders of an incredible number of brands and varieties, with purchase over € 10 give us a bottle opener. Your eyes will not believe what they see, in my case, fervent lover of beer, I didn't know what to try at first.
Within the grounds of Amsterdam Airport, we found this luxurious establishment where, whenever you have the time, you can enjoy a snack or a coffee. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to stop for a drink, but it's highly recommended. The images speak for themselves. We found the lush entrance a little intimidating at first, but the interior is very relaxing, perfect if you're feeling stressed about travelling.
Wagamama is a Japanese chain restaurant scattered 'throughout the world', with several in Amsterdam. Here you can find a wide choice of traditional Japanese food at decidedly affordable prices. In theory, Wagamama is a Japanese fast food restaurant at low cost. It's nice to eat on long wooden tables that brings together groups of people who do not know each other. My favorite dish is the yaki soba, a hearty portion of chicken, noodles, shrimp, egg, bean sprouts, onion, garnished with pickled ginger and sesame.
Very cozy. I love the covered patio which was full of flowers, plants and colored bulbs. The menu is small but the food is good. The dished are vert simple (many of them Italian) and had seasonal ingredients. It was also cheap. Try the club sandwich!
After walking a bit through the center of Amsterdam on one of the streets with shops from the best known brands in the world, we were looking for a restaurant and we found one: Restaurant De Vergulde Lantaarn. It offered a cheap menu and it looked comfortable inside, with a lot of families there too. The tables were a bit close together, but once we were served, we were given enough food dishes and had a quiet meal. The dishes were tasty and the waiters made an effort to get along with us as we didn´t get on with English too well. We liked the Christmas decorations that were in the restaurant despite being the end of the season. After dinner we left to continue enjoying Amsterdam.
At one end of the flower market, we found one of the typical Dutch delicacies, raw herring. It doesn't sound great, but I can assure you, it really is very good! There are several places around the city where you can try it. This one is in Koningsplein square, and opens at lunchtime. The most classic take is raw herring on a bun with chopped onion, but there are other ingredients available. By the way, if you're in this place do not forget to say hello to the camera. At the top of the building is a webcam where you can check yourself out later. Smile!
During my recent visit to Amsterdam, I went to eat at this restaurant at the top of the Kalvertoren mall in the city centre. We took the elevator up to the top floor. The restaurant has a truly spectacular view over the city, a great place to stop and take a break with Amsterdam at your feet. It is beautifully decorated in a minimalist, ultra-modern style. The service is great. You can enjoy international dishes like classic burgers, Caesar salad, croquettes, some pasta dishes, meats, and more.
The menu has about twenty dishes plus drinks. But the best thing about the place has to be the views of the city. I had the burger, which was very good despite not being too big. It was accompanied by chips and salad - don't expect miracles, it's a simple kitchen. If you don't want to eat, you can just come up here for a drink. Another advantage is that it has free wifi. We were invited to come here by the Office of Tourism of Holland so we ate for free, but the average price of the dishes are around 16 euros. Their slogan "Eat, Drink, Views" says very clear that their strength is their views, rather than the food itself.
They boast that they serve the best homemade apple pie in town, and it's true. After a walk near the Jordan, you´ll appreciate sitting for a while in this small place (or on the terrace if the weather is permitting) while enjoying a coffee with a piece of warm cake.