Oliver Gastrobar
Elysia Brenner
Bar Brouw
Cannibale Royale
Mossel & Gin
Walter's - The Walter Woodbury Bar
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1. Vondelpark3 Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam, 1071 AA

With sprawling outdoor terraces and a long and comprehensive menu featuring an array of salads, sammies, and classic European eats, this Vondelpark resto is an absolute must hit in nice weather.

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2. Basis Tolstraat 182, Amsterdam, 1074

This De Pijp bar features a ton of space, both inside and out, as well as quirky decor, dance parties, and a BYO food policy.

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3. Oliver Gastrobar Sumatrakade 613, Amsterdam, 1019 PS

A hike out to Java Island is worth it for this resto, which offers one of the most inventive menus in the whole city. The idea is to mix and match €9.50 plates, including smoked salmon in a yogurt, mint, and chickpea soup; chawan mushi (a warm custard with puffed grains), confit du canard, etc. And if the super-tasty food won't bring you out here, the views should.

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4. Bar Hutspot Van Woustraat 4, Amsterdam, 1073LL

Located in De Pijp, this shabby-chic drinker's den features a short, but crazy-good menu of massive burgers, balsamico-marinated eggplant lasagna, and more.

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5. Bar Brouw Oost Beukenplein 17, Amsterdam, 1092 BN

This Oosterpark eatery promises (and delivers) smoked meat and craft beers to a salivating crowd, and also features a pleasant area outside to enjoy your food and drink in good weather.

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6. Cannibale Royale Handboogstraat 17, Amsterdam, 1012 XM

Meat and beer reign supreme at Cannibale Royale. Located in Spui Square, this brasserie serves a market-driven menu of European cuisine with barbecue influences. While the salad offerings and sides don’t disappoint, the heavy-hitters here are a carnivore’s fantasy, particularly the infamous L’Absurde -- a 1,000gr serving of steak requiring 24 hours’ notice on your end so that the kitchen can prepare it. Also, from the sharp knives on each table to the dim lighting -- not to mention the grandfather clocks and macabre puppets hung about the walls -- you might want to leave the kids at home.

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7. Mossel & Gin Gosschalklaan 12, Amsterdam, 1014 DC

This Westerpark watering hole -- with its spiffed-up industrial interior and hideaway garden terrace -- is one of the town's coolest gin joints, and it's also gained plenty of acclaim for their fresh mussels that come drenched in Roquefort cheese, or Thai spices, or other deliciousness.

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8. Walter's - The Walter Woodbury Bar Javastraat 42, Amsterdam, 1094 HJ

Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, as well as drinks, the Eastern-fusion menu is inspired by the Javastraat’s traditional multi-culti mix. Plus, there’re tons of beers to choose from... and wide selection of G&Ts, natch.