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
Kloveniersburgwal 38, tel. 0204222447. 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
Kloveniersburgwal 59, tel. 0206253772. 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
Oude Waal 9, tel. 0206243203. 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
Singel 498 tel. 0206253264. 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
Utrechtsestraat 33, tel. 0206269139 – 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
Spuistraat 273-275, tel. 0206249998 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.
Dorrius - Dutch
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, tel. 0204202224. Close to the Central Station, west side. Best upmarket and classical Dutch food restaurant in Amsterdam. More expensive, and more sophistication than Haesje Claes. Since 1890.
Sluizer - French in a Dutch way
Utrechtsestraat 41-45, tel. 0206226376. 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
Noordwal 1, tel. 0206323701. 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.
Morita-ya - Japanese
Zeedijk 18, tel. 0206380756. A very alternative setting, and a bit of a strange interior. But don’t let it put you off – their Japanese food is excellent and quite unlike what you would normally see on the menu outside of Japan.
Little Thai Prince - Thai
Zeedijk 33, tel. 0204279645. 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
Zeedijk 76 Tel. 0206235683. 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
Zeedijk 72, tel. 0206201442. 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
Gelderse kade 23, tel. 0204205225. 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
Zeedijk 111. One of the many good Chinese restaurants in the area.
Tisfris - open for breakfast
St Anthoniebreestraat 142 – 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
Jodenbreestraat 2 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.
Staalstraat 21 – 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.
Warmoesstraat 69 – 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.
Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5 – 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.’
Oudezijdsvoorburgwal 177, corner Damstraat, tel. 0206268352. 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.
Oosterdokskade 143. The Amsterdam offers a marvelous top floor terrace with a magnificent view of Amsterdam and a cool catering by La Place.
Singel 161, behind the Magna Plaza shopping mall. Great coffee and apple pie. Alternative cozy scene.
Singel 492. tel. 0610945925. 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
Staalstraat 12 – Dutch and French style food to take out until 6 pm.
Snackbar Bird - Thai
Zeedijk 77, snack bar with great Thai food (eat opposite at number 72, or squeeze in here!)
Kam Yin - Creole and Javanese
Warmoesstraat 6, close to the Central Station. Great Creole and Javanese food, Suriname style. It is a bargain. You can also eat here.
Voetboogstraat 31, almost on the corner with Heiligeweg – 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
Zeedijk 115 – Chinese food, eat in or take out.
tel. 0204350660. The local delivers to your apartment. Make sure you have small change for the pizza boy, since they don’t carry much change.
tel. 0206277043. Quite good Sushi brought to your doorstep. Order online or by phone.
Restaurant Open - French, Italian
Westerdoksplein 20, tel. 0206201010. Restaurant built on top of an old railway bridge, close to Central Station. We were there a couple of times; nice food, very friendly staff and a great experience altogether.
IJkantine - Dutch
MT Ondinaweg 15-17, tel. 0206337162. 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.
The Vondelpark Picknick!
Order a nice picnic basket from restaurant Vertigo, tel. 0206123021. In the Vondelpark next to the Filmmuseum: relax in the park on a nice summer’s day! Order your basket by telephone.
Boathouse Dinner Cruises
tel. 0203379733. A variety of dinner canal cruises from 3 and 4 course dinners to Pizza cruises.