The Most Overlooked Mediterranean Paradise in Europe
1. De FoodhallenHannie Dankbaarpassage 16, Amsterdam
2. De MarktkantineJan van Galenstraat 6, Amsterdam
3. Bar HufReguliersdwarsstraat 43, Amsterdam
4. Café Restaurant De PlantagePlantage Kerklaan 36, Amsterdam
5. Smokin' BarrelsBeukenplein 22, Amsterdam
6. Americano Bar & KitchenAmsteldijk 25, Amsterdam
7. The Fat DogRuysdaelkade 251, Amsterdam
8. SALSA SHOPAmstelstraat 32A, Amsterdam
9. Bocconi SaniSpaarndammerstraat 17, Amsterdam
10. Fou Fow RamenElandsgracht 2a, Amsterdam
11. RIJKSMuseumstraat 2, Amsterdam
A massive in-door marketplace located in a historic tram depot in Oud-West, De Foodhallen delivers on what its name promises. The labyrinthian selection of eateries showcases all the vendors and types of cuisine to satisfy every kind of gourmand, from Vietnamese street food, to Spanish tapas, to hand-rolled sushi, to Italian subs.
The 1936 building was a cantine and a theater -- and now it’s both, plus it hosts regular markets and events and a very decent club. The pan-Southern-US menu of pulled pork and blackened catfish borrows from Texas, Louisiana, and beyond, but American-born Chef Brian Nicholas keeps it authentic -- right down to the divey wood-paneled interior. And they do brunch.
This bar and late-night resto brings comfort bar food to Rembrandtplein, serving up the likes of milkshakes, fried bar snacks, and even Philly cheesesteaks until midnight.
Once reserved for private parties and Museum N8, now everybody has access to this restaurant with oversized windows and a gigantic courtyard, next to the zoo entrance. The building about 200 years old, but the menu is all modern: think crispy artichoke beignets with pistachio pilav or stingray with tabouleh.
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.
Located in De Pijp, this Italian-American restaurant takes its cues from Gatsby (as in the The Great) with stiff cocktails and swanky wallpaper. From the same guys behind De Marktkantine, Americano's menu covers all the American-influenced Italian goodness from Grandma’s meatballs to wild pheasant in porcini sauce, to some seriously classed up mac & cheese.
This Oud-Zuid doles out all the normal dogs you'd come to expect, except feel free to experiment with a number of its flavor combos or more far-out menu items, like the Gangs of New York, which is a hot dog with classic kraut, smoked onion marmalade, yellow mustard, and crispy bacon.
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.
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.
This isn’t your college ramen. This is the real deal -- like what you’d pick up in a proper ramen shop in Japan. What used to be tucked into the third floor of the Don Yong supermarket in Chinatown, Le fou Fow now has its own permanent space -- and the fan club has followed.
Located in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam-Zuid, RIJKS features a menu of Dutch faves, and they're surprisingly well-priced given the fact the head chef is Michelin-starred. And if you're a vino fan, the wine list is superb as well.