Food & Drink

Amsterdam’s best pancakes for lunch and dinner

Elysia Brenner Published On 01/14/2014 Published On 01/14/2014

Yes, the legends were right: in Amsterdam, pancakes are a legit dinner food. In Dutch, these bad boys are called pannenkoeken (aren't you glad we translated that one for you?), they're thinner than the US version, and they’re served either savory or sweet w/ stroop (molasses) & powdered sugar. Here are the best spots to get ‘em.

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De Pannekoekkelder
Medieval Center
What you're getting: Pizza pancakes
The ground-floor “Pancake Basement” boasts a  70-item-long menu of pan-pies to please everyone, including a nod to their disc-shaped kindred spirits: pizza pancakes, loaded w/ salami, onions, and ham. If you think you can do better (ha!), then ignore the menu and get them to make you one to order. 

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The Pancake Bakery
Jordaan
What you're getting: The Thai red curry pancake
This perennial fave of visitors to the nearby Anne Frankhuis is more of a pancake basement than De Pannekoekkelder. Without outside light (or cell reception) it’s easy to lose yourself in the sea of flat pastries, which are topped with everything from bacon & raisins to Thai red curry w/ fried chicken & bamboo shoots. Dessert-wise, you can and should get the Poffertjes: bite-sized pancakes covered in powdered sugar, optional sauces (both chocolate and liquor here), and whipped cream -- and if it's even vaguely warm, eat 'em all outside on the canal-side terrace.

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Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs
Medieval Center
What you're getting: The pear, eggnog & chocolate sauce pancake
It doesn’t get any more Olde Amsterdam than climbing these neck-breakingly steep steps to emerge to smiling royal family portraits in a charmingly cramped dining room literally dripping with teapots. With the kitchen right on top of you, get your pancake topped with the likes of  pear, eggnog, and chocolate sauce, maybe some ginger, apples, and Grand Marnier, or even chicken gravy. It's actually a lunch spot, and closes by 5 or 6p; so call ahead to guarantee a table.

Pancakes! Amsterdam

Pancakes!
9 Straatjes
What you're getting: The claufoutis
Deservedly, this is probably the most hyped new-ish pancake house in the city, (hey, we’ve even talked about it ourselves before.) The menu fills in the gaps left by other pancake houses with specials like French claufoutis (which is a freaking pancake pie), muesli pancakes, and the most authentically American buttermilk, maple-soaked short stacks in the city (with optional banana and/or bacon extras).

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Japanese Pancake World
Jordaan
What you're getting: The Osaka Deluxe
One of these things is not like the others... and this is that thing. Wildly different from all the other pancake spots in town, this hidden Jordaan foodie find puts out Osaka-style 'cakes (called okonomiyaki). More like crepes than the Dutch numbers, these dough-babies are loaded to the hilt with ingredients; the Osaka Deluxe comes w/ jumbo shrimps, scallop, pork strips, salami, cheese, shiitake mushrooms, and squid. Then, you get to navigate it all into your mouth using chopsticks and a small metal spatula.

Creperie Le Berger

Crêperie Le Berger
Haarlemmerbuurt
What you're getting: The crêpe w/ goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and basil
This new spot's parked right at the gate of the city, and goes to the French routes of the thin Dutch pancakes and their decadent toppings with even thinner pancakes with arguably more decadent toppings. (Liked the pizza pancakes? Try the crêpe with goat’s cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and basil.) Tiny and better suited for take-out, this Frenchie take on the ‘cake is open until 10p and closed Tuesdays.

Lunchroom Downtown

Lunchroom Downtown
Rembrandtplein
What you're getting: The Dutch mini pancakes
Lunchroom Downtown is not only located on the famed Reguliersdwarsstraat, in the street's oldest building (dating back to 1642), it was the city’s first openly gay café (since 1970), and is as tastefully decked out as you might expect with a sweet terrace to boot. They supplement their pancake menu (which includes plates of a dozen mini pancakes) with all the lunch/brunch faves, from burgers to salads to full English or American breakfasts.

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Boerderij Meerzicht
Zuid
What you're getting: The kebab pancake w/ garlic sauce
Located on the edge of the city's biggest park, sprawling indoor/outdoor pancake house “Lakeview Farm” is perfect for those moments you want to combine pancakes with some heavy petting... of actual animals! We’re talking about literally scratching goats, peacocks, and deer behind the ears here. First, however, the pancakes. They've got a long list of traditionals topped by a kebab pancake w/ garlic sauce.   

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1. Pancakes! Berenstraat 38, Amsterdam, 1016 GH (Medieval Center)

You might wager a guess at what they serve here, but their flapjacks are a little thinner and are topped with tons of sweet or savory options.

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2. De Pannekoekkelder Sint Luciensteeg 7-9-11-15, Amsterdam, 1012 PM (Medieval Center)

Do you like pancakes that are also pizzas? Do you enjoy being able to pick from a menu with 70 options on it? If you answered "yes" to both or either of these questions, you'll enjoy De Pannekoekkelder.

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3. The Pancake Bakery Prinsengracht 191, Amsterdam, 1015 DS (The Jordaan)

This windowless pancakery tops their p-cakes with everything from bacon to raisins to Thai red curry. Seriously. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it doesn't matter. They've got you covered.

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4. Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs Grimburgwal 2, Amsterdam, 1012 (Medieval Center)

This is definitely a place where your love of pancakes supersede your hate of stairs. Once you do get past the incredibly steep stairs, you'll find a room with a myriad of teapots hanging from the ceiling and smells of pancakes topped with chicken gravy, pears, eggnog, chocolate, ginger, apples, and anything else you can think of.

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5. Japanese Pancake World Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 24C, Amsterdam, 1015 SC (The Jordaan)

This hidden Jordaan foodie find puts out Osaka-style 'cakes (called okonomiyaki). More like crepes than the Dutch numbers, these dough-babies are loaded to the hilt with ingredients; the Osaka Deluxe comes w/ jumbo shrimps, scallop, pork strips, salami, cheese, shiitake mushrooms, and squid.

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6. Crêperie Le Berger Haarlemmerstraat 20, Amsterdam, 1013 ER (Medieval Center)

As you might have guessed, these guys make crepes (and they're pretty damn good). But they also cook up the thicker American version and Dutch versions and top them off with decadent options ranging from typical to quite unusual (goat's cheese, sundried tomatoes, pesto, and basil anyone?).

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7. Lunchroom Downtown Reguliersdwarsstraat 31, Amsterdam, 1017 BJ (Rembrandtplein)

Located in the Reguliersdwarsstraat's oldest building (built in 1642), this pleasant little cafe is tastefully decked out and has a quaint terrace to enjoy a full pancake menu, as well as other lunch/brunch favorites.

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8. Boerderij Meerzicht Koenenkade 56, Amsterdam, 1081 KG (South)

This indoor/outdoor pancake house is located near the city's biggest park, complete with a lake and plenty of wildlife to make your pancake meal as quaint and enjoyably outdoorsy as possible.

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