Amsterdam’s foodie havens
Since opening in 2014, multipronged institution De Hallen has become a buzzy center for hip types and culture mavens, along with foodies. Located in a former tram depot in Oud-West, this indoor food market houses a myriad of individual stands offering fare from all corners of the globe. Try a hotdog at Bulls and Dogs (served with a pretzel style bun), Mexican food courtesy of Taqueria Lima or De Ballenbar’s “bitter balls” (a classic Dutch snack, similar to a croquette). Foodhallen’s wealth of options, which includes sweet treats, makes it almost impossible to settle for only one. Come hungry and sample a handful.
Bellamyplein 51, Amsterdam
Italian with a twist
Bussia’s imaginative style of cooking – best described as Italian with international influences – is served up in an idyllic spot in the “nine streets”. Their approach relies on the best fresh ingredients available on any given day, making its menu far from static. Ask the owner or his staff for recommendations – they’re likely to encourage you to order a tasting menu as this will give you the full Bussia experience. The extensive wine list is an added bonus.
Reestraat 28-32, Amsterdam
Peacefully tucked away to the side of Rijksmuseum, Rijks restaurant is something of an oasis. Don’t expect the usual canteen-style museum eatery – this spacious restaurant is of some caliber, having been awarded a Michelin star in December 2016. Accolades aside, executive chef Joris Bijdendijk insists Rijks is an accessible affair, catering for anyone wanting to enjoy its trademark “new cuisine from the Low Countries”. Opt for the smaller room next to the main dining area to watch your meal being prepared in the open-style kitchen.
Museumstraat 2, Amsterdam
Sinne for all senses
French and Mediterranean flavors, with a pinch of Asian influence, come together at Restaturant Sinne. Awarded a Michelin star in 2014, this culinary hotspot wears its covetable badge without hauteur, opting to serve its multi-course menu and accompanying wines in laidback style, with chefs working away in full view at the back of the cozy restaurant.
Ceintuurbaan 342, Amsterdam
Pintsized, cozy and unassumingly hip, vegetarian café and mini wholefood store Vegabond has become a hit with locals since swinging open its doors in 2014. Order a slice of veggie pizza or a piece of cake and take a seat by the window, and you’ll be perfectly positioned for a typical Jordaan view of canals and gingerbread houses.
Leliegracht 16, Amsterdam
Going loco for Occo
Contemporary design hotel Dylan is one of Amsterdam’s fanciest, and its resident all-day brasserie Occo is a destination restaurant not just for guests. Join the style-set and book yourself in for breakfast, lunch, coffee or dinner, perhaps followed by a signature “VirGin” cocktail or two. The Dylan also offers upscale French cuisine at its Michelin-starred Vinkeles restaurant.
Bar Brasserie Occo (at The Dylan)
Keizersgracht 384, Amsterdam
Top shop for choc
Not a restaurant as such, or even a café – but for those on a quest for truly delectable chocolate, Puccini Bomboni is a must. Founded in Amsterdam in 1988 by mother/daughter duo Ans van Soelen and Sabine van Weldam, Puccini Bomboni is celebrated for its in-house recipes, with delicate hints of herbs and spices such as thyme, pepper, lemongrass and nutmeg. The artisan pralines are big, sized like large breakfast eggs, and you’ll find them in two centrally located shops.
Staalstraat 17, Amsterdam
Text: Emma Holmqvist Deacon