Amsterdam Oud-West

This neighbourhood is where we first laid our hats in Amsterdam, and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Little did we know when we panic-signed the contract on our first apartment shortly before moving over that we’d lucked out in one of the loveliest parts of the city – a gorgeous district…

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…

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…

Vondeltuin

Located at the southern tip of Vondelpark, this gorgeous garden bar is a magical summertime hangout and one of our favourite places to go with friends on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening. Choose from a range of quirky seating areas amongst fairy lit trees, and enjoy some yummy food (I’d recommend the flammkucken!) and…

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…

De Hallen

Located just behind Kinkerstraat in Oud-West, De Hallen is a former 19th century tram depot that’s been lovingly converted into a beautiful cultural complex housing an arty cinema, independent stores, a hotel, restaurants and the very excellent indoor food hall, Foodhallen. Indoor food hall in Amsterdam In the Foodhallen you’ll find around 30 street food…

Happyhappyjoyjoy

Yum. We love this place – and not just for the Ren & Stimpy reference. Serving Asian streetfood in small sharer dishes, Happyhappyjoyjoy can always be counted on for a fun, informal atmosphere and delicious food, with friendly staff (a rarity in Amsterdam).  Go with friends and order a bunch of dishes to share, and…