Food & Drink

The 11 best Boozy Brunches in Amsterdam

Published On 10/29/2014 Published On 10/29/2014
Bennys & Marys
Staring at Jacob
Bakers & Roasters
Little Collins
Paviljoen van Beuningen
Smokin' Barrels
Worst Wijncafé
Jacques Jour
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1. Bennys & Marys Zandhoek 14, Amsterdam, 1016 NJ

Located at De Gouden Reael, this Mitte breakfast/brunch haunt offers some of the best food around, from lobster to burgers and signature Bloody Marys. And they also serve brunch poutine, so there's that.

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2. Staring at Jacob Jacob Van Lennepkade 215, Amsterdam, 1054 ZP

On those days you feel like 2pm is just too early to get out of bed for brunch, Staring at Jacob has you covered with "California-style" (think French toast, omelets, and pork belly/fish tacos) brunch until 7pm, five days a week.

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3. Bakers & Roasters Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, Amsterdam, 1072 BH

Blending New Zealand comfort food with Brazilian street eats, Bakers & Roasters is your go-to brunch spot in De Pijp. Whether you’re looking for savory egg plates like huevos rancheros or satiating your sweet tooth with a luscious stack of blueberry pancakes (pro tip: opt to finish it off with bacon for just $3), the fresh flavors here don’t disappoint. The beverage game is just as strong, ranging from gourmet coffee drinks, brunch cocktails (did somebody say spiked milkshakes?), and a curated list of New Zealand wines.

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4. Little Collins 1e Sweelinckstraat 19, Amsterdam, 1073 CL

This De Pijp bar and resto pays homage to the owners' home city, Melbourne, with Aussie faves like kedgeree (smoked mackerel with spicy saffron rice, poached egg, coriander, lemon, and yogurt) and bangers & mash. And for the booze-inclined, there's also a number of Aussie wines and four types of Bloody Marys.

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5. G's Goudsbloemstraat 91, Amsterdam, 1015 JK

This Jordaan resto has a "not-so-secret love affair with brunch" and the menu proves it, with options like scones, oysters, eggs, cinnamon French toast, salads, bagels, and a host of boozy drinks.

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6. Paviljoen van Beuningen Van Beuningenplein 21, Amsterdam, 1051VS

This Staatsliedenbuurt spot builds its brunch menu around one dish: shakshuka, a sauced-up veggie stir fry topped with eggs. Skip the underwhelming green version (with spinach and feta) in favor of the original tomato-and-onion spiciness.

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7. Smokin' Barrels Beukenplein 22, Amsterdam, 1091 KH

This Oosterparkbuurt place is known for its burgers, lobsters, and beer. It has a sweet terrace, a terrific brunch offering, and some of the best beer-tails you've ever had.

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8. ctaste Amsteldijk 55, Amsterdam, 1074 HX

Ctaste is Amsterdam’s dining-in-the-dark experience (including brunch). After you turn up in the plush arrival lounge, your waiter (who’s always blind) will lead you to your table in pitch-black darkness, where you will learn to pour yourself drinks by feel and try to identify your food before giving up and asking your waiter what the hell you just ate.

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9. Worst Wijncafé Barentszstraat 171, Amsterdam, 1013 NM

This Western Islands spot is known for its delicious meat dishes and its wine brunch, wherein your chef will prepare (actually kinda healthy) international brunch dishes like German muesli, huevos rancheros, and buckwheat crepes right in front of you. You can also nab some Bloody Marys and even apple cider.

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10. Restaurant Vandaag Europaboulevard 1, Amsterdam, 1079 PC

Head to resto Vandaag and you'll discover a host of culinary options spanning the globe. Pay a fixed price and eat/drink buffet style, and definitely show up for their brunch special, which is all you can eat and features a gut-busting spread of eggs, oysters, sushi, sandwiches, and more.

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11. Jacques Jour Meidoornweg 2, Amsterdam, 1031 GG

Located just a few blocks away from the ferry, this Noord spot dishes out delicious brunch options from poached eggs to steak tartare to lobster dishes.