Amsterdam is absolutely one of my favourite cities in Europe. I’ve been there twice so far, but given the chance I would probably go there every single weekend. I can’t resist the chill, laid-back and hedonistic vibes of this city. And what about its world-class museums, its picturesque canals and the series of buildings leaning towards them? As I stroll along the narrow streets, I can’t help looking around and enjoy Amsterdam’s beautiful façade.
Today I want to write about another excellence of this capital city, its amazing restaurants. Pretty much every ethnic cuisine can find expression in Amsterdam and the choice is almost infinite. Last year I spent one cold February weekend in Amsterdam with my friends Viola and Giulia. The air was freezing and we were almost surprised by a snow storm, so the best thing we came up with was hopping from one eating place to another. And that was the greatest idea ever.
Among the plenty of typical bruin cafés and cozy restaurants that you will find in every corner, these are the places I strongly recommend to you:
Starting off with a delicious version of comfort food, this is the right spot for your breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack. Pancakes Amsterdam serves original recipes of Dutch pancakes (flat, thin and crepe-like) and American pancakes (thick, fluffy and stacked on top of one another). They can be sweet or savory, drizzled with maple syrup and powdered sugar or served with cheese, vegetables or bacon. The variety is broad and includes gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan pancakes, just ask for it.
Pancakes Amsterdam has three locations: one on the Canal Ring opposite Central Station, one in Jordaan district and the last one between Anne Frank House and Westerkerk. We entered the first one just to escape the cold and recharge our energies, but it was definitely worth it. Don’t miss this sweet treat!
Please note that they don’t accept cash payments for reasons of safety: you can only pay with debit or credit cards.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, this is the place we chose for our first dinner in the city. This warm and family-run restaurant serves a rich selection of spicy, mild, meat and vegetarian dishes from the Tibetan cuisine and culture (influenced by the region of Western Sichuan).
Literally everything on the menu looks appetizing; we ordered the dumplings, the mixed fried noodles, the sizzling lamb and the “Tibetan popular lamb special”. All the food came in spicy, tasty, plentiful serving sizes, a mixture of flavour explosions that will be hard to forget.
They also have a wide range of Tibetan complete menus, so you can decide to have a taste of many different dishes (at a very honest price).
Reservation is recommended, this restaurant is always full – and now I know why.
Take a look at their website.
Ready for another meal?! Bird Thai Restaurant (in the central Zeedijk street) has the typical Thai atmosphere. The design is accurate and welcoming; the dishes are divided according to the different areas of Thailand, from the famous North-West to the island of Phuket. This place was definitely a warm shelter from the snowy weather of Amsterdam’s Red Lights district.
I cannot quite remember what we decided to eat, but the food was delicious. Their specialties are the red and green curry sauces combined with beef, chicken, pork, fish or prawns. A great variety of vegetarian starters and main dishes is also available. Bird Thai is a very good choice if you love the South-East Asian flavours.
How I’ve been missing Thai food lately! The only thing I can do right now is diving deep into Bird Thai’s amazing menu.
For our last dinner in Amsterdam we went to Kam Yin, in the famous Warmoesstraat. This may be a quite touristic restaurant but I think it has a good selection of fusion food, from the classic Chinese to Malaysian, from Surinamese to the South-Asian roti. You can get a little bit of everything without spending to much. If you are hungry after chilling at a coffee shop, remember this place. Here is Kam Yin’s website.
That will be all for now! I’ll leave you with some snowy shots of our gourmand weekend in Amsterdam.