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Daniel Rittberg-Schein from Skövde, Sweden, is a real connoisseur of good food and drink. Photo: Trond Tjonneland
Daniel Rittberg-Schein from Skövde, Sweden, is a real connoisseur of good food and drink. Photo: Trond Tjonneland

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Amsterdam's best-kept secrets

As a trained sommelier, with a degree in Culinary Arts and Meal Science from Örebro University, Daniel Rittberg-Schein from Skövde, Sweden, is a real connoisseur of good food and drink. Since moving to Amsterdam, to work as a barista and sommelier at Scandinavian Embassy, he has made it his business to uncover the city’s best-kept secrets. Here are Daniel’s top finds:

BAK restaurant

Started out as a pop-up restaurant, with an innovative menu based on simple, high-quality ingredients. BAK specializes in tasting menus: three or five courses at lunch time (for €27 or €40), five or seven courses in the evening (for €40 or €55). Great wine list too.

BAK restaurant

Van Diemenstraat 410, Amsterdam

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Foodhallen

Located in a converted tram shed in trendy Amsterdam West, de Foodhallen has brought together local food entrepreneurs to create a foodie paradise. Firm Foodhallen favorites include Friska (super healthy take away), Viêt View (Vietnamese), Caulils Kaas (don’t miss the raclette) and Pink Flamingo Pizza (self explanatory).

Foodhallen

Bellamyplein 51, Amsterdam

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Café Schiller

Art Deco café, restaurant and wine bar with an extensive wine list and plenty of good wines available by the glass.

Café Schiller

Rembrandtplein 24-a, Amsterdam

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Vleck Wijnen

Specialist wine importer with an outlet in Amsterdam’s Oud-West district, Vleck Wijnen imports directly from farmers specializing in “vin naturel” (organic and often biodynamic wine, with minimal chemical and technological intervention in the winemaking process). The selection is mainly French, plus some from Italy and Spain.

Vleck Wijnen

Eerste Helmersstraat 63, Amsterdam

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In De Wildeman

Situated in a former distillery, In De Wildeman is one of the best places in Amsterdam to try new beer. With 18 of them on draft and more than 250 different types by the bottle, you’re unlikely to find yourself short of options. Serves Dutch, Belgian, German, British, American and Scandinavian beer.

In De Wildeman

Kolksteeg 3, Amsterdam

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Hiding in Plain Sight

Award-winning cocktail bar in the heart of Amsterdam. This small, intimate speak-easy-style lounge is known for its memorable creations. Don’t miss the Negroni – Daniel insists it’s the best in town!

Hiding in Plain Sight

Rapenburg 18, Amsterdam

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