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Anyone have any recommendations in Amsterdam (or other areas of the Netherlands)? Thanks!

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Anyone have any recommendations in Amsterdam (or other areas of the Netherlands)? Thanks!

None specifically, since it's been well over a decade since I was there, but if you like food spicy try an Indonesian restaurant. Seriously. Some of the best Indonesian in the world can be found in the Netherlands.

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I spent many happy days patronizing Eetcafe Het Molenpad (Prinsengracht 653) in the late 90s.

Restaurant D'Theeboom on the Singel was pretty reliable back then. Hardly a fresh review, of course.

Kantjil & de Tijger on the Spuistraat was always good for a quick Indonesian lunch near the center of town. It's also more or less across the street from Hoppe, one of the better gin tasting bars (proeflokalen). Tempo Doeloe on the Utrechtsestraat used to be held to be the best Indonesian food on offer, as I recall.

If you just want to drink some good beer, try In de Wildeman on the Kolksteeg. Even has a no smoking (anything) section.

Some of the better brothels also serve surprisingly good food. It is said.

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Hello Old Friends. I am happily living in Amsterdam (via Luxembourg) so if you are visiting drop me a line. Just starting to discover the local restaurants but the Thai, Indian and Indonesian are the best I have had in Europe.

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Hello Old Friends. I am happily living in Amsterdam (via Luxembourg) so if you are visiting drop me a line. Just starting to discover the local restaurants but the Thai, Indian and Indonesian are the best I have had in Europe.
My husband is from Amsterdam and we spend quite a bit of time there. We mostly stay and eat at the houses of friends/family, but these are some of the places we like. Kop van Jut, Leidsekruisstraat 24 (just off Leidseplein) - traditional Dutch - don't let the location keep you away as it is not a place frequented by tourists (although it should be); the name has a fascinating story behind it. Van Dobben, a great sandwich shop that has a full range of small sandwiches, just off Rembrandtplein, at Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5. I also recommend going to the Albert Cuyp market in de Pijp - lots of cheese, seafood, fresh stroopwaffles, and on the sidestreets some decent carry-out places. For poffertjes, pannekoeken and uitsmijters (traditional dutch egg dish), we like the Carousel, near the Heineken Hoek, but lots of places that serve these dishes. Most people go to the Pancake Bakery, near the Anne Frank Huis, which is ok, but nearly always packed. My mother-in-law, who sadly passed away recently, lived in de Pijp so we ate at a lot of small neighborhood places - she was Indonesian, and we generally ate or got carry-out at Indonesian or Surinamese places in that area. For steak, we like Gauchos - again, in a really touristy area (Damstraat), but good service and the meals have been consistently good.

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Any recs for solo dining? Not that Doner Kebab isn't the default option anyway :lol:.

Amsterdam

Sama Sebo for Indonesian rijsttafel. It is near the Riijksmuseum. It's a banquet worth the effort even if it doesn't seem like a solo endeavor. I am sure they will accommodate - or drag a newfound friend along. Don't miss it.

Eden Amsterdam American Hotel for Jazz Brunch on Sunday.

Peperwortel - peperwortel.nl - and/or any cheese shop for takeout to picnic and great people watching at Vondelpark.

Pacific Parc in Westerpark for the scene and beers.

Gary's Deli - garysdeli.nl - Gary immigrated from the states in the 90s to pursue a ballet career and brought New York bagel love with him.

Elsewhere in Holland

Oud Sluis - oudsluis.nl - ranked 42nd best restaurant in the world in the 2008 S. Pelligrino's The World's 50 Best Restaurant List. I've yet to go there, but it is highly recommended by credible culinary pals.

Café de Blonde Pater in Nijmegen for great specialty coffee service - likely the best in Holland. FYI Amsterdam does not have a great coffee scene despite its great coffeeshop scene. Amsterdam thinks it knows coffee, but it is lagging.

Anne&Max - annemax.nl - a cafe serving very good specialty coffee in Alkmaar and Haarlem

The city of Alkmaar for the Friday morning cheese market and kaasmuseum. A bit cheesy - pardon the pun.

Maastricht is my favorite restaurant city destination in Holland. Great hang-out town; there are several Michelin star dining spots.

The town of Hoorn is a colorful nautical walkabout with some good pubs.

If it ain't Dutch it ain't much

The Dutch are understandably proud of their fine dairy products: milk, cheeses, yogurts, butters, creams available at all grocers.

Also Calvé Pindakaas (peanut butter)

And herring. It's a regional thing - as in service and eating styles vary. The locals will instruct. It must be done.

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I mostly ate street food in Amsterdam, and at odd hours. Shocking.

But I highly, highly recommend the Jenever Museum in Schiedam. Excellent exhibition and proeflokaal (bar/tasting room/shop) and they make a decent 100%-moutwijn jenever, Old Schiedam, in a working distillery on the premises.

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Hello Old Friends. I am happily living in Amsterdam (via Luxembourg) so if you are visiting drop me a line. Just starting to discover the local restaurants but the Thai, Indian and Indonesian are the best I have had in Europe.
Anything new to recommend? We are visiting next week for the Queen's Day holiday (think of the 4th of July on steroids).

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Been several years since this thread has been active.  We'll be in Amsterdam next week, just for a couple of days.  Any ideas?  Nothing fancy or expensive, just some good eats.  Is rijsttafel still a must have?  Other Indonesian or other cuisines?  Other specific dishes? What's a good strategy to find good stuff?

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I had a group dinner at Restaurant La Rive in the Amstel Hotel recently. Fantastic, top to bottom. The service was friendly yet refined, and several of the courses were inventive and surprising while still being delicious and satisfying. One highlight was an early course--an amuse of a cherry tomato that was marinated, lightly coated (in rice flour, maybe?), fried, and then candied (it's a bit hard to explain, but this was absolutely delicious). I think we had severn courses in total, and after two dessert courses were treated to a chocolates course that capped a perfect evening. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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We'll be in Amsterdam for about 3.5 days in March - arriving on a Wednesday PM and then leaving on Sunday AM.  Thoughts on where to eat/drink?  We are big beer people, but we'd also be interested in learning more about genever.  As for food, we are pretty adventurous (though I don't think my husband is going to warm to the herring that seems so popular), and we try to do a mix of fine dining and casual spots.  Any advice would be much appreciated!  Also interested in any not-to-miss sights/activities and places to stay - though, much like I mentioned in the Paris thread, we are trying to stick to SPG and/or Hilton.  Thanks!

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We'll be in Amsterdam for about 3.5 days in March - arriving on a Wednesday PM and then leaving on Sunday AM.  Thoughts on where to eat/drink?  We are big beer people, but we'd also be interested in learning more about genever.  As for food, we are pretty adventurous (though I don't think my husband is going to warm to the herring that seems so popular), and we try to do a mix of fine dining and casual spots.  Any advice would be much appreciated!  Also interested in any not-to-miss sights/activities and places to stay - though, much like I mentioned in the Paris thread, we are trying to stick to SPG and/or Hilton.  Thanks!

For beer, I can not stress strongly enough the qualities of in de Wildeman and Cafe Gollem (particularly the Proeflokaal on Overtoom). in De Wildeman has a solid draft beer list to start with, and then they have a beer menu... and then they have a black book that you have to ask for (possibly a time or two to show you really do want the thing) with aged Gueuze and all kinds of other goodies. Not particularly cheap (at least once you get to the reserve book), but its beer you'll never find in the US unless its been sitting in someone's cellar.

Cafe Gollem Proeflokaal (haven't been to the other two Cafe Gollem's so they may be similar) also has a solid drat list and probably a wider selection in their menu than in de Wildeman, though without the reserve book (at least that I saw). Amsterdam isn't Brussels, but if you like Gueuze or Trappists (or even interested in the local breweries like t'IJ or Molen) you'll be able to drink your fill. Just like the US you'll need to do a little bit of searching to find the right place, but both in de Wildeman and Cafe Gollem's three locations are right near everything.

Both times I've gone I've stayed in Marriott's (the value of playing the field and having status/points in almost every major program :) ) so can't offer much by way of suggestions for SPG/Hilton hotels.

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This list is from last February, but from a Dutch friend who lives in Amsterdam. 

 


New place good reviews

 


Trendy place with LIVE music (thu / sun), they have a special valentine menu.

 


Closeby the restaurant pompstation there is the Brewery IJ with special beers (-:

 


Old big storage building that has been changed into stiores and places, brasserie tram 3 good for lunch and meatwest is a steakhouse.

 


Loetje is famous for good steaks in Amsterdam, they have a couple of places but the one by the old Harbor has a nice view. to go there you can the ferry behind central station.

 

 

I also highly recommend a great little sandwich shop just off Rembrandtplein - Van Dobben ( Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9). 

 

Things to do - other than the amazing museums - spend time around the "Nine Streets," the Albert Cuyp market in De Pijp, and if the weather is good rent bikes and ride to Volendam, Edam, and Marken. A rather long distance if you do not ride regularly, but a flat, easy loop and great scenery.

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I don't remember any of the restaurants, but we had a great time doing two of these food tours:  http://www.eatingamsterdamtours.com/

We just really didn't know anything about the Amsterdam food scene, so it was a great way to taste a little of everything.  There are a lot of diverse (and delicious!) food cultures representing in Amsterdam, so we were pleasantly surprised (and stuffed).

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I appreciate all this in advance.  My son just moved to Tilburg Netherlands for the next 6 months and I will be visiting him, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels in April.  Hopefully by the time I get there he starts to appreciate Indonesian food.

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5 hours ago, MarkS said:

I appreciate all this in advance.  My son just moved to Tilburg Netherlands for the next 6 months and I will be visiting him, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Brussels in April.  Hopefully by the time I get there he starts to appreciate Indonesian food.

Or will be happily feasting on the boys in the "houses with boys" in Amsterdam. Yeah, Indonesian food for sure!!

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Heading to Amsterdam/Brussels in a few months - any recent travelers with recommendations? @MarkS  - any places to hit from your trip? TIA!

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