Hidden gem coffee and lunch spots in Central Amsterdam

I have a troubled relationship with central Amsterdam. I won’t go into it all here, but thanks to the wrong kind of tourist and the tacky businesses that cater for them, certain parts of the centre can often resemble a Hieronymous Bosch depiction of hell. (I’m looking at YOU, Damrak on a Saturday). Having said…

Kanarie Club

Eat, drink, work, play and possibly swim at this newish hotspot in Oud-West. Taking up a sizeable chunk of the De Hallen complex (go through the Foodhallen, or access directly from Bellamyplein), Kanarie Club is all things to all people from morning to night. Go there for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee, dinner or drinks. Take your…

Meneer Nieges

Located on the waterfront in the Westerdok area to the west of Central Station (just far enough away from the centre to be off most tourists’ radars), Meneer Nieges is a restaurant and bar from the team behind Hannekes Boom and Bloemenbar, and lovely place to hang out in all seasons. One of its biggest…

Bar Botanique

A gorgeous , jungly spot in Amsterdam East, Bar Botanique is all your Instagram dreams come true. Big, bright and green, the tropical themed bar is a delightful spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or cocktails. Or maybe all of these things. There’s a pleasant terrace for sunny days, and DJs  at weekends. Eerste van…

De Kas

One for a special occasion, De Kas is a beautiful restaurant located in Park Frankendael in Amsterdam East. The building used to be the city’s municipal greenhouse, and ingredients are grown in the surrounding kitchen garden, so you’re always guaranteed fresh, seasonal flavours from the ever changing menu. Light, bright, airy and romantic, it’s a…

CT Coffee and Coconuts

Put a lime in the coconut at this funky hangout in the heart of De Pijp. It’s housed in a hollowed-out art deco cinema from the 1920s, which makes for a guaranteed ‘woweeee’ moment when you first enter the building and look up at all of those criss-crossing mezzanines and staircases. I’m still expecting to…

Waterkant

Tucked under a multi-storey car park on the outer edge of the Jordaan, this tropical little waterside shack has one of the best terraces in Amsterdam, as well as great beers from local Amsterdam breweries, yummy Surinamese food and fun party vibes late into the evening. The huge terrace is partly covered by the car…

Edel

Housed in a magnificent 1920s building called Het Sieraad on the border of Oud-West and De Baarsjes, Edel is a charming restaurant bar with a beautiful wraparound terrace and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We used to live just around the corner so would come here a lot – especially on sunny days when the terrace…

Mediamatic Eten

Yeah! This place is great – and a bit of a hidden gem. In fact, I sort of don’t want to tell you about it… but I’m gonna. Located on the waterfront next to Hannekes Boom (make your way through the urban garden to get there), Mediamatic Eten is the restaurant of the forward thinking…

d&a hummus bistro

In case it’s not clear from the name, this is where you’ll find the hummus. A lovely little restaurant in the heart of the Jordaan, hummus bistro is perfect for a relaxed lunch or dinner. It serves a range of middle eastern dishes, with lots of hummus varieties and topping combos, as well as shaksuka, salads,…

Cafe Toussaint

This lovely little neighbourhood cafe holds a very special place in our heart. We used to live around the corner from it, and have spent many a cosy evening there. Enjoying a leafy location in one of the prettiest parts of Oud West, Cafe Toussaint is completely charming, understated and honest, with a delightful heated…

Noorderlicht

Noorderlicht means ‘Northern lights’, and this lovely greenhouse hangout on the shores of the IJ in NDSM Wharf is just as magical as its name suggests. Enjoying a prime spot by the water, with a grassy garden that ambles down to the shore, Noorderlicht is a hub of creative energy and lovely beer, and a…