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1. Waterkant Marnixstraat 246, Amsterdam, 1016 (The Jordaan)

Located in the Jordaan, this is one of Amsterdam’s best and friendliest central waterside attractions, from the people behind De Biertuin, Bukowski, etc. Waterkant (“waterside”) is named after the most lively area of Paramaribo, and the festive atmosphere continues in the colorful interior and on the Surinamese-led menu -- think pumpkin rotis, Jamaican jerk ribs, and watermelon G&Ts.

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2. Taiko by Schilo Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam, 1071 AN (Museumplein)

This restaurant (located in the Conservatorium Hotel) is named for the giant Japanese drum, and there’s one being played in the dining room while you eat (seriously), and all ingredients for its dishes -- from Korean BBQ and dim sum to tuna sashimi and Wagyu beef -- are either cultivated locally or flown in from Asia.

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3. Bocconi Sani Spaarndammerstraat 17, Amsterdam, 1013 SR

This Spaarndammerbuurt spot has probably the biggest menu of gluten-free pastas in the city. Even the bruschetta itself is wheat-allergy friendly, since the toppings of broccoli, Parmesan, and ginger, or tuna, veal, capers, and arugula, etc., are loaded onto spelt bread. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of full-gluten Italian goodness on the menu, too. Plus booze. And it’s all priced to please.

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4. Café Par Hasard Ceintuurbaan 115, Amsterdam, 1072 (De Pijp)

Although there’s a surprising range of wines and some high-end-looking deserts at this De Pijp resto/bar, you can still pick up fish & chips here -- but we recommend the meatier options, like the steak tartare w/ caramelized bacon app.

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5. Bistro Noord Mt. Ondinaweg 32, Amsterdam, 1033 RG

“Bistro North” adds a fancy French layer to this used-to-be-industrial area known as the city’s hipster heaven. With a bakery and wine-tasting room on location, they’re def taking advantage of the space. The extra room for kitchen equipment also pays off in dishes like apple-smoked chicken, super-tender steaks, and a whole menu of well-decorated small plates.

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6. FEBO Boulevard Arenaboulevard 5, Amsterdam, 1101

FEBO’s first sit-down restaurant is surprisingly chic. Seriously surprising. Sure, you can still pull the classics out of machines on the wall, but now you can also let servers bring you an expanded menu of Dutch breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes -- expect a bunch more burgers, wraps, and ice cream products -- or nab some fresh sandos to go.

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7. SALSA SHOP Amstelstraat 32A, Amsterdam, 1017 DA (Rembrandtplein)

This Rembrandtplein Tex-Mex spot might be fast food, but it's fast food with the modern décor, zingy salsas, and ultra-fresh meats and veggies, and even vegans will leave here with happy bellies. Plus, they serve beers and margaritas.

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8. De Hallen Hannie Dankbaar Passage 33, Amsterdam, 1053 RT (West)

Located in Oud-West, this massive project turned a giant former tram depot into a bustling spot full of amenities, including an indoor food market, movie theater, public library, hotel, hair salon, offices, and restos (the first two eateries being Brasserie Halte 3, a well-lit space featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a sunny terrace; and Meat West, which specializes in various meat dishes (!) and wine).