There's a delicious, diverse food scene to discover in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a fantastic, diverse, delicious food scene and there is something for every taste and price point. In just a few days we must have consumed our own body weight in goodies several times over. No shame, no problem! Here are four of our favourite places to eat, drink, and be merry. Don't consider it a comprehensive list or a 'best of' description - these are simply spots we loved and we think you'll love them too.
Pane e Olio
Pane e Olio (Oude Leliestraat 6) is a tiny Tuscan deli and eatery. You can pick up cheap and quick breakfasts of pastries and coffee, grab cheese, meats, and condiments for a picnic, or stay and eat in at one of their few tables. Slices of homemade pizza start at just 2.50 Euros and they are absolutely delicious. We loved it for grabbing a quick snack or a light lunch.
I wish I had some photos to share of our amazing meal at Sie Joe (Gravenstraat 24a), but it's the final spot my iPhone was last seen (a long story for another day). But take my word for it - this is some amazing food. I love Indonesian food (the peanut sauce!!!) and Sie Joe does some of the best I've ever had. We feasted on a salad of cucumber, green beans, and peanut sauce, chicken satay skewers (with peanut sauce), fried rice, and spring rolls. It was such a nice change to get some veggies and chicken into my system after a whole lot of pasta and, well, did I mention the peanut sauce? Prices are reasonable for Amsterdam, but may be a bit high for budget backpackers (dishes are 9-10 Euros and we ordered 4)
That exclamation point isn't there to just express my enthusiasm - it's part of the name. Pancakes! (Berenstraat 38) is one of the most popular pancake houses in Amsterdam, complete with the lines, but for good reason. They offer sweet and savory pancakes with fillings and toppings ranging from the traditional, such as banana, to more original combinations, such as smoked salmon, crème fraîche, and guacamole. I ordered the special of the day, which featured thin, crepe like pancakes with mascarpone, dates, and walnuts, while Ryan had American style pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. Pro Tip: Arrive before 1:00pm and certain pancake breakfast combos are 25% off with an iAMsterdam card.
Hostaria (2e Egelantiersdwarsstraat 9) is the kind of place that you'd be just as happy to enjoy as a solo diner as you would be as part of a couple or larger group. This small Italian restaurant was absolutely packed during our visit - we were pleased when we arrived just early enough to manage to grab a table without a reservation. Little touches, like when the staff filled our jug of tap water with sliced grapefruit and mint, added great value. The least expensive things on the menu (our pasta selections) were absolutely delicious and allowed us to have a gourmet meal without breaking the bank. If you do want to splurge, however, lobster makes a frequent appearance on the menu. Desert was equally good - dense chocolate cake with ice cream, strawberries, and red currants. I would absolutely go back here again and again.
I'd love to start curating a list of amazing places to eat in Amsterdam. If you have a favorite spot to recommend, put it in the comments!
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