A Local's Advice on Amsterdam - where to stay/eat/and play
After living here for three years, this is a curated collection of my favorite restaurants and bars. I have broken it out by general neighborhood so you can find places based on where you are staying/spending the day.
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Hotel Recommendations

High-End - can't go wrong with any of these beautiful properties

Pulitzer Amsterdam
@haleysangster
A unique hotel in the middle of bustling Jordaan. The hotel is made up of an entire city block of houses acquired through the years - Pulitzer bar is my ultimate favorite hotel bar with a huge courtyard for drinks/lunch/dinner. Speakeasy bar for cocktails as well. Make a reservation for the outdoor seating and PERFECT for a sunny, long lunch
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W Amsterdam
@haleysangster
Near Dam square, couldn’t be better located. Great rooms with a funky style, and a very chic spa. There is also a wonderful rooftop bar and pool.
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Conservatorium Hotel
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Stunning hotel near Museumplein with an incredible spa, multiple restaurants, and huge rooms
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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - a Concept by Hyatt
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
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One of my favorite hotel bars. There is a restaurant with food or you can sit in the lounge and have drinks. Check the website for live music schedule!
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Kimpton De Witt
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Attached to one of my favorite hotel bars and has an amazing restaurant
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Mid-Tier Hotels

Ambassade Hotel
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Amsterdam Canal Hotel
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Hotel Estherea
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Gorgeous canal-side hotel with a private bar only for hotel guests. Each room is uniquely decorated. You really feel like you are in the heart of Amsterdam
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INK Hotel Amsterdam - MGallery
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Zoku Amsterdam
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The perfect hotel if you need space to work remote. Each room is set up with a desk space and the top floor is an incredible co-working area with great vibe
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Activity Recommendations

Moco Museum
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Banksy artworks inside this funky museum - buy tickets in advance!
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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience
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Unique activity to pair with a Moco Museum tour - the museum experience ends with a cocktail in a unique bar!
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De Pijp Recommendations 

De Pijp
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Lively neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and the famous Albert Cuyp Market
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Higher-End Restaurants

Café Caron
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Hidden gem on a quaint neighborhood street - French food, small menu that has been perfected and if the weather's nice, book a table outside (Need a reservation)
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Maris Piper Brasserie
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Meat & Seafood restaurant perfect for a special occasion or celebration. White tablecloth, incredible service, and cozy ambiance
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De Waaghals
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Coursed Vegan/Vegetarian menu - amazing food and experience even if you are not either of those. Fresh ingredients rotating on seasonality and cozy atmosphere
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Mid-Tier Restaurants 

Kaasbar Amsterdam
@haleysangster
If you love cheese - this is your place. Cheese conveyer belt to satisfy any cheesy night out!
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Bar Bellini
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Italian restaurants with 70s retro vibes - amazing cocktails and pasta dishes
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Mana Mana - De Pijp
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If you love Mediterranean food, this should be on your list. Hummus & cauliflower are to die for. Really yummy cocktails to pair as well
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Sjefietshé
@haleysangster
Along one of the neighborhood canals, this restaurant is always packed. Serving different types of ceviche & daily specials. Would recommend a reservation
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Porchetteria
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Wood-fired pizza. Enough said.
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Rainbowls Amsterdam
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One of the must-haves if you are craving a healthy lunch or breakfast. They aren't speedy, but they put love into every bowl.
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Linguini de Pijp
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Homemade pasta, super cozy ambiance, serve the pasta still in the pan!
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Wine Bars

Rayleigh & Ramsay Van Wou
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Interact wine bar where you have a card to pour your glasses of wine. Saturdays they have dollar oysters
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La Dilettante Amsterdam - Natural Wine Bar
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Stop in for a glass of natural wine - owner knows so much about his product and is really fun to chat with
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Oud West

Amsterdam Oud-West
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Quiet neighborhood close to Vondelpark
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Higher-End Restaurants

Night Kitchen Amsterdam
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AMAZING restaurant that is really fun with bigger groups - highly recommend the "dinner with friends" menu for 50 EUR pp. They will keep bringing courses out until you are full and it is family-style dining.
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De Italiaan
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Neighborhood Italian restaurant with big patio covered by trees. Make a reservation and enjoy delicious pizza/pasta dishes. Cozy/quaint ambiance
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Gustatio oud west
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Another Italian restaurant with top-notch food - my favorite pasta dish in Amsterdam. Cacio e pepe is one of the best I have ever had.
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Casual Restaurants

Proeflokaal 't Blauwe Theehuis
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Great place to grab a drink inside Vondelpark - food isn't anything special but can be easy for a snack. On a sunny day it gets afternoon sun - no reservations needed
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De Vondeltuin
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Another restaurant/bar inside Vondelpark. Really cute at night with patio lights.
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Miuz Gelato & Coffee
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BEST gelato - rotating flavors based on what ingredients are in season. Highly recommend the vanilla & strawberry
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Jordaan Recommendations

Jordaan
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Populated, trendy neighborhood filled with restaurants and bars.
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Higher-End Restaurants 

Pesca Vis Seafood Restaurant Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of my favorite restaurants in Amsterdam for experiential dining. Reservation needed and you must LOVE seafood
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Mesiba
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Could not recommend ENOUGH!!! Such a good vibe, amazing middle eastern food, huge disco ball and turns into more of a party vibe the later the night goes
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Salmuera
@haleysangster
High quality meat dishes & cocktails
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Fiaschetteria “Pistoia”
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Rafi
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BEST PASTA IN AMSTERDAM. Cozy little restaurant in a busy neighborhood. Hot tip - if you are across the street in the bar called "Palm Springs" you can order their food and have it delivered!
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o bistro
@haleysangster
One of the highest rated French restaurants in the city - adorable outdoor seating on a nice day
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Casual Restaurants

d&a hummus bistro
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Some of the best hummus I have ever had - make sure to get the spicy sauce as well. Three locations in Amsterdam and all three are high quality
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Winkel 43
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Famous apple pie - HUGE slice so splitting may be necessary - definitely get the whipped cream
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De Noordermarkt Kantine
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Saturday market in a big square - highly recommend walking around. Food trucks are available (get the pork belly) and amazing grocery/flower selection
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Café Thijssen
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Canal side bar perfect for a drink! Not much food but great spot for beers
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Bar Parry
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Small menu with sharing dishes and huge wine selection. Very cozy and reservations are usually necessary for weekend nights
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Canal Ring Recommendations

Higher-End Restaurants 

Bistro Suzette
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Gorgeous restaurant along the canal. Great ambiance, service, and high-quality food
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Ceppi's
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Yet another amazing Italian restaurant, really amazing vibe and high quality food and cocktails
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Secret Garden
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Very trendy new restaurant. Need a reservation and can either sit in the drink/dj/bar area or the restaurant. VERY instagramable
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Lion Noir
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Cozy hotel restaurant/bar with a patio out back on a nice day.
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of my favorite hotel bars. There is a restaurant with food or you can sit in the lounge and have drinks. Check the website for live music schedule!
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Pulitzer Amsterdam
@haleysangster
A unique hotel in the middle of bustling Jordaan. The hotel is made up of an entire city block of houses acquired through the years - Pulitzer bar is my ultimate favorite hotel bar with a huge courtyard for drinks/lunch/dinner. Speakeasy bar for cocktails as well. Make a reservation for the outdoor seating and PERFECT for a sunny, long lunch
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Mid-Tier Restaurants

Shiraz Jardin des Vins
@haleysangster
If you only go to one place on this list - GO HERE!!! No reservations taken so you may have to wait a few minutes for a table. It is right on the canal so amazing tables on a sunny day. On a rainy day, cozy ambiance with candles and cute corner tables. Get the risotto and try ALL the wine
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Bar Dó
@haleysangster
Perfect place for a casual lunch - great sandwiches/pizza/cocktails. Always buzzing with people & have outdoor seating
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Tia Rosa
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Perfect cold weather/rainy day tapas restaurant. Very cozy
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Zero Zero
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Grab and go sandwiches on focaccia bread - everyone in the city is obsessed right now!!
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Bars

Duke of Tokyo
@haleysangster
Very fun bar with themed cocktails - you can also rent private karaoke rooms (must do that in advance). It is on the Pride street so tons of other bars in walking distance if you start your night here!
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Café de Jaren
@haleysangster
One of the best quintessential "Amsterdam view spots" they don't take reservations so walk all the way back and wait for a table when you enter. Service is slow and food isn't great so just stay for the drinks and the view on a sunny day :)
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Freddy's Bar
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High-end cocktail bar, close to Cafe de Jaren. Amazing service and great, fancy vibe
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Bar Oldenhof
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Noord Recommendations

Higher-End Restaurant 

Hangar Amsterdam
@haleysangster
If you find yourself in Noord - this is a unique place along the Amstel River to have a delicious dinner
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Mid-Tier Restaurant 

Chateau Amsterdam
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Coba
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Best Mexican restaurant in Amsterdam!!!!
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Oedipus Brewing
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Classic brewery vibe with great beer
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A Local's Advice on Amsterdam - where to stay/eat/and play
After living here for three years, this is a curated collection of my favorite restaurants and bars. I have broken it out by general neighborhood so you can find places based on where you are staying/spending the day.
65 Places • 45 Saves • ago
Free

Hotel Recommendations

High-End - can't go wrong with any of these beautiful properties

Pulitzer Amsterdam
@haleysangster
A unique hotel in the middle of bustling Jordaan. The hotel is made up of an entire city block of houses acquired through the years - Pulitzer bar is my ultimate favorite hotel bar with a huge courtyard for drinks/lunch/dinner. Speakeasy bar for cocktails as well. Make a reservation for the outdoor seating and PERFECT for a sunny, long lunch
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W Amsterdam
@haleysangster
Near Dam square, couldn’t be better located. Great rooms with a funky style, and a very chic spa. There is also a wonderful rooftop bar and pool.
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Conservatorium Hotel
@haleysangster
Stunning hotel near Museumplein with an incredible spa, multiple restaurants, and huge rooms
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Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht - a Concept by Hyatt
@haleysangster
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of my favorite hotel bars. There is a restaurant with food or you can sit in the lounge and have drinks. Check the website for live music schedule!
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Kimpton De Witt
@haleysangster
Attached to one of my favorite hotel bars and has an amazing restaurant
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Mid-Tier Hotels

Ambassade Hotel
@haleysangster
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Amsterdam Canal Hotel
@haleysangster
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Hotel Estherea
@haleysangster
Gorgeous canal-side hotel with a private bar only for hotel guests. Each room is uniquely decorated. You really feel like you are in the heart of Amsterdam
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INK Hotel Amsterdam - MGallery
@haleysangster
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Zoku Amsterdam
@haleysangster
The perfect hotel if you need space to work remote. Each room is set up with a desk space and the top floor is an incredible co-working area with great vibe
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Activity Recommendations

Moco Museum
@haleysangster
Banksy artworks inside this funky museum - buy tickets in advance!
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House of Bols, the Cocktail & Genever Experience
@haleysangster
Unique activity to pair with a Moco Museum tour - the museum experience ends with a cocktail in a unique bar!
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Details

De Pijp Recommendations 

De Pijp
@haleysangster
Lively neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, and the famous Albert Cuyp Market
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Details

Higher-End Restaurants

Café Caron
@haleysangster
Hidden gem on a quaint neighborhood street - French food, small menu that has been perfected and if the weather's nice, book a table outside (Need a reservation)
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Details
Maris Piper Brasserie
@haleysangster
Meat & Seafood restaurant perfect for a special occasion or celebration. White tablecloth, incredible service, and cozy ambiance
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Details
De Waaghals
@haleysangster
Coursed Vegan/Vegetarian menu - amazing food and experience even if you are not either of those. Fresh ingredients rotating on seasonality and cozy atmosphere
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Details

Mid-Tier Restaurants 

Kaasbar Amsterdam
@haleysangster
If you love cheese - this is your place. Cheese conveyer belt to satisfy any cheesy night out!
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Details
Bar Bellini
@haleysangster
Italian restaurants with 70s retro vibes - amazing cocktails and pasta dishes
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Details
Mana Mana - De Pijp
@haleysangster
If you love Mediterranean food, this should be on your list. Hummus & cauliflower are to die for. Really yummy cocktails to pair as well
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Details
Sjefietshé
@haleysangster
Along one of the neighborhood canals, this restaurant is always packed. Serving different types of ceviche & daily specials. Would recommend a reservation
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Details
Porchetteria
@haleysangster
Wood-fired pizza. Enough said.
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Details
Rainbowls Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of the must-haves if you are craving a healthy lunch or breakfast. They aren't speedy, but they put love into every bowl.
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Linguini de Pijp
@haleysangster
Homemade pasta, super cozy ambiance, serve the pasta still in the pan!
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Wine Bars

Rayleigh & Ramsay Van Wou
@haleysangster
Interact wine bar where you have a card to pour your glasses of wine. Saturdays they have dollar oysters
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La Dilettante Amsterdam - Natural Wine Bar
@haleysangster
Stop in for a glass of natural wine - owner knows so much about his product and is really fun to chat with
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Oud West

Amsterdam Oud-West
@haleysangster
Quiet neighborhood close to Vondelpark
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Higher-End Restaurants

Night Kitchen Amsterdam
@haleysangster
AMAZING restaurant that is really fun with bigger groups - highly recommend the "dinner with friends" menu for 50 EUR pp. They will keep bringing courses out until you are full and it is family-style dining.
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De Italiaan
@haleysangster
Neighborhood Italian restaurant with big patio covered by trees. Make a reservation and enjoy delicious pizza/pasta dishes. Cozy/quaint ambiance
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Gustatio oud west
@haleysangster
Another Italian restaurant with top-notch food - my favorite pasta dish in Amsterdam. Cacio e pepe is one of the best I have ever had.
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Casual Restaurants

Proeflokaal 't Blauwe Theehuis
@haleysangster
Great place to grab a drink inside Vondelpark - food isn't anything special but can be easy for a snack. On a sunny day it gets afternoon sun - no reservations needed
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De Vondeltuin
@haleysangster
Another restaurant/bar inside Vondelpark. Really cute at night with patio lights.
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Miuz Gelato & Coffee
@haleysangster
BEST gelato - rotating flavors based on what ingredients are in season. Highly recommend the vanilla & strawberry
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Jordaan Recommendations

Jordaan
@haleysangster
Populated, trendy neighborhood filled with restaurants and bars.
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Higher-End Restaurants 

Pesca Vis Seafood Restaurant Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of my favorite restaurants in Amsterdam for experiential dining. Reservation needed and you must LOVE seafood
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Mesiba
@haleysangster
Could not recommend ENOUGH!!! Such a good vibe, amazing middle eastern food, huge disco ball and turns into more of a party vibe the later the night goes
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Salmuera
@haleysangster
High quality meat dishes & cocktails
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Fiaschetteria “Pistoia”
@haleysangster
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Rafi
@haleysangster
BEST PASTA IN AMSTERDAM. Cozy little restaurant in a busy neighborhood. Hot tip - if you are across the street in the bar called "Palm Springs" you can order their food and have it delivered!
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o bistro
@haleysangster
One of the highest rated French restaurants in the city - adorable outdoor seating on a nice day
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Casual Restaurants

d&a hummus bistro
@haleysangster
Some of the best hummus I have ever had - make sure to get the spicy sauce as well. Three locations in Amsterdam and all three are high quality
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Winkel 43
@haleysangster
Famous apple pie - HUGE slice so splitting may be necessary - definitely get the whipped cream
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De Noordermarkt Kantine
@haleysangster
Saturday market in a big square - highly recommend walking around. Food trucks are available (get the pork belly) and amazing grocery/flower selection
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Café Thijssen
@haleysangster
Canal side bar perfect for a drink! Not much food but great spot for beers
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Bar Parry
@haleysangster
Small menu with sharing dishes and huge wine selection. Very cozy and reservations are usually necessary for weekend nights
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Canal Ring Recommendations

Higher-End Restaurants 

Bistro Suzette
@haleysangster
Gorgeous restaurant along the canal. Great ambiance, service, and high-quality food
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Ceppi's
@haleysangster
Yet another amazing Italian restaurant, really amazing vibe and high quality food and cocktails
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Secret Garden
@haleysangster
Very trendy new restaurant. Need a reservation and can either sit in the drink/dj/bar area or the restaurant. VERY instagramable
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Lion Noir
@haleysangster
Cozy hotel restaurant/bar with a patio out back on a nice day.
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
@haleysangster
One of my favorite hotel bars. There is a restaurant with food or you can sit in the lounge and have drinks. Check the website for live music schedule!
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Details
Pulitzer Amsterdam
@haleysangster
A unique hotel in the middle of bustling Jordaan. The hotel is made up of an entire city block of houses acquired through the years - Pulitzer bar is my ultimate favorite hotel bar with a huge courtyard for drinks/lunch/dinner. Speakeasy bar for cocktails as well. Make a reservation for the outdoor seating and PERFECT for a sunny, long lunch
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Details

Mid-Tier Restaurants

Shiraz Jardin des Vins
@haleysangster
If you only go to one place on this list - GO HERE!!! No reservations taken so you may have to wait a few minutes for a table. It is right on the canal so amazing tables on a sunny day. On a rainy day, cozy ambiance with candles and cute corner tables. Get the risotto and try ALL the wine
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Bar Dó
@haleysangster
Perfect place for a casual lunch - great sandwiches/pizza/cocktails. Always buzzing with people & have outdoor seating
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Tia Rosa
@haleysangster
Perfect cold weather/rainy day tapas restaurant. Very cozy
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Zero Zero
@haleysangster
Grab and go sandwiches on focaccia bread - everyone in the city is obsessed right now!!
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Bars

Duke of Tokyo
@haleysangster
Very fun bar with themed cocktails - you can also rent private karaoke rooms (must do that in advance). It is on the Pride street so tons of other bars in walking distance if you start your night here!
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Café de Jaren
@haleysangster
One of the best quintessential "Amsterdam view spots" they don't take reservations so walk all the way back and wait for a table when you enter. Service is slow and food isn't great so just stay for the drinks and the view on a sunny day :)
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Freddy's Bar
@haleysangster
High-end cocktail bar, close to Cafe de Jaren. Amazing service and great, fancy vibe
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Bar Oldenhof
@haleysangster
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Noord Recommendations

Higher-End Restaurant 

Hangar Amsterdam
@haleysangster
If you find yourself in Noord - this is a unique place along the Amstel River to have a delicious dinner
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Mid-Tier Restaurant 

Chateau Amsterdam
@haleysangster
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Coba
@haleysangster
Best Mexican restaurant in Amsterdam!!!!
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Oedipus Brewing
@haleysangster
Classic brewery vibe with great beer
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