Made up of canals, rich history, centuries-old art and modern innovation, Amsterdam is a city unlike any other in Europe. In winter it’s a particularly good place to visit, with its candlelit restaurants, cosy coffee shops perfect for hiding away from the cold and plenty of gezelligheid (cosiness). From pancake houses and traditional brown cafés to contemporary, innovative restaurants, one of the best ways to discover the city and its many sides is through its eateries; discover the best places to eat in Amsterdam below and book a stay at this loft in the heart of the city.
Sitting at the bottom of the Pulitzer hotel – a converted row of canal houses dating back to the 17th century – Jansz brings together elegance, exceptionally crafted food and an easy going atmosphere. Expect modern versions of classic dishes – steak, lobster risotto, miso-glazed cod – with banqueted seating and moody interiors. Jansz can be found at Reestraat 8, 1016 DN Amsterdam. Visit the website here.
It’s not often you head to a zoo for luxurious meal, but Amsterdam is a city that likes to do things a little differently. Amsterdam’s zoo in the heart of the city had a revamp a couple of years ago, with café-restaurant de Plantage one of its best new features. Located in an orangery dating back to 1870, the restaurant is simple, modern and aesthetically striking all at the same time. Chef Koen van Brunschot has created an impressive menu too – think ravioli with wild boar ragu and roasted octopus salad. De Plantage can be found at Plantage Kerklaan 36, 1018 CZ Amsterdam. Visit the website here.
In the old docklands quarter in Amsterdam Noord, Stork is a large café and seafood restaurant in a former bottle-making plant. The space epitomises industrial chic – exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows and black steel beams – while produce is seasonal, fresh and caught daily. Stork can be found at Gedempt Hamerkanaal 201, 1021 KP Amsterdam. Visit the website here.
Housed in a former technical college in Amsterdam West, De School plays host to art exhibitions, concerts and symposiums. In the open workshop is De School’s restaurant, where tables covered in white linen sit in a vast, industrial setting and dishes served range from gazpacho with watermelon and pomegranate, to duck spinach tortilla. De School can be found at Han van Breemenstraat 3, Amsterdam. Visit the website here.
Words by Angharad Jones