Two comfortable canal apartments in the heart of the historic city centre of Amsterdam
Restaurants near the apartment
These are the favorite restaurants of me and my friends in the area. All of them are either medium range in price, or budget.
Nyonya - Malaysia
Practically around the corner. Best Malay food around at bargain prices. Also take out. If the menu shows two peppers meaning that the food is spicy, then you better believe them: it is spicy.
Engelbewaarder - Dutch
A 30 second walk from your front door. Best choice in the neighborhood – local ‘eetcafe’ with jazz sessions on late Sunday afternoons in winter. Highly recommended for a tasty bite. With a terrace on the canal in summer. Lately many people seem to have discovered the excellent value for money. And it seems to get better and better. You may need to make reservations nowadays if you want to make sure you can get in.
Hemelse Modder - Dutch/French
Very tasty fresh foods organically grown in the vicinity of Amsterdam. French inspired, but serving traditional Dutch dishes, too. In the many times we have been here over the years, it is always pleasant and relaxed. Friendly staff.
Sampurna - Indonesian
Best Indonesian restaurant in the centre with a recently restyled interior, friendly staff. Be careful when you are using the bathroom: the ceiling is extremely low! Try their Rijsttafel: colonial heritage mix of all kind of great foods. A must.
't Fornuis - French
Old fashioned French cuisine, in the good sense. Wooden paneled interior, cozy atmosphere. There are several attractively priced menus next to the a la carte. Very friendly staff.
Haesje Claes - Dutch
Try tradional Dutch food at reasonable prices! Try rabbit leg with zuurkool, boerenkoolstampot, bruinebonen met worst en spek or hutspot! Also the deserts are original like bitterkoekjespudding! The interior is 17th century remake so rich that it’s almost overwhelming. The service is great, the only minus is that it is usually packed.
Sluizer - French in a Dutch way
French food in a Dutch way, a classic. It is amazing how this place has kept up the good work for decades. Our first visits here go back to the 70’s of last century! Professional staff (not a thing that the Dutch have a big reputation for), never a disappointment, but no big surprises either.
Wilhelmina Dok - French
Basic French restaurant: go there for the view and for a completely different atmosphere. It is on the other side of the IJ (the natural port behind central station) Take the ferry to Vliegenbos, that is the ferry departing just right from the big one, then walk to your right along the waterfront for 5 minutes. It is in the picture at the top of the page. The ferries are free of charge.
Little Thai Prince - Thai
Authentic Thai food and friendly service. Our favorite when it comes to Thai. It is a tiny little place and usually quite crowded, and for all the good reasons.
Wing Kee - Chinese
Best and most inexpensive Chinese food in Chinatown. Eat under neon lights. Nothing has changed since the fifties. Cozy in a special way.
Bird - Thai
Great Thai food. Eat at #72 and take out from the opposite snack bar at #77 also called Bird. You also can try to squeeze into the snack bar and join a table, good to meet strangers!
Vijaya - Indian
Best Indian restaurant in the Nieuwmarkt area.
Gerrit van Beeren - Dutch
Koningsstraat 54, tel. 0206222329 – A classic and local Dutch eetcafe. In summer dinner is served in the courtyard.
Nam Kee - Chinese
One of the many good Chinese restaurants in the area.
Tisfris - open for breakfast
A 2 minute walk from your apartment – good local (but expensive) coffee shop, for breakfast and lunch. Opens for breakfast daily at 9 am. A little expensive
Rembrandt Corner - open for breakfast
Next to the Rembrandt house is the place for early birds to have breakfast. Open all days from 8 am for breakfast and later for lunch, offers wide variety of breakfast and lunch choices.
Fabulous cakes and soups, worth the expensive price.
Hofje van Wijs
Zeedijk 43 Tel. 0206240436 Best teas in town on a small courtyard on the Zeedijk. Nice cakes and scones. Try their specials. Cozy alternative. Drink from all kind of cups, which were our grandmothers classics in the fifties ! (so learn about Dutch culture). Less overrated then de Bakkerswinkel next door. Very friendly but slow service.
Means “Bakery Shop”, and that is what they do: bake, and heavenly: breads, scones, quiches, cakes, you name it. Treat yourself for lunch or high tea, if you can afford it, as it is pricey for ‘just’ lunch. Reservations are a must. They are often booked days in advance.
For a very traditional Dutch style sandwich. Try their famous ‘kroket!’ Nice atmosphere, great when you are in a hurry. Take out is referred to as ‘Export.’
Chinese Restaurant known for dim sum during lunch hours. Always crowded with Chinese guests, particularly Sunday afternoons! Be there before 11.30 on Sunday otherwise you have to wait for hours. Consider going on a weekday when it is less crowded.
Public Library OBA
The Amsterdam OBA offers a marvelous top floor terrace with a magnificent view of Amsterdam and a cool catering by La Place.
The place for old-fashioned Dutch pancakes conveniently located on the flower market.
Restaurant in the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ. Enjoy your lunch or coffee with a great view on the port of Amsterdam.
Sterk Staaltje - Dutch and French
Dutch and French style food to take out until 6 pm.
Snackbar Bird - Thai
Snack bar with great Thai food (eat opposite at number 72, or squeeze in here!)
Kam Yin - Creole and Javanese
Close to the Central Station. Great Creole and Javanese food, Suriname style. It is a bargain. You can also eat here.
Eat the best French fries in Holland (actually they come from Belgium). French fries are eaten as a snack by the Dutch, served with a wide choice of sauces.
New King - Chinese
Good Chinese food, eat in or take out.
Quite good Sushi brought to your doorstep. Order online or by phone.
IJkantine - Dutch
Nice food and drinks. Located on the former NDSM wharf on the other site of the IJ. Take the small ferry boat from the back of the Central Station to NDSM and walk 1 minute. Popular with MTV staff and people from other creative businesses nearby.