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Student-run supper clubs, buffet vans with unrivalled canal views and 90s hip hop accompanying barbecued shellfish – Amsterdam’s culinary scene is a casual affair. Far from stereotypical, kick back and chomp your way through the Dam.

Café Panache

Nestled on a quiet street in Amsterdam Oud West, Café Panache is part New York bar, part warehouse-style restaurant. The dark room has corrugated walls and unfinished parquet flooring in a nod to its past life as a market storage space. 90s hip hop thumps through the speakers as you chow down on caramelised pork belly and barbecued shellfish. The menu leans towards continental European but still feels inventive. Hop over to Waterkant for a cheeky drink after – if you haven’t fallen under the spell of the flirty bartenders here.

Buffet van Odette

A cosy or “gezellig” neighbourhood spot just behind the Rijks on the Prinsengracht, Buffet van Odette is pumping at all hours of the day. The truffle cheese omelette at breakfast is not to be missed, nor is the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. When the weather is good (or the heat lamps are on) the canal-side outdoor seating is an ideal location for watching attractive Dutchies whiz past on their bicycles.

Wilde Zwijnen

After a day or two you’ll notice that Amsterdam is a pretty casual city. You’re far more likely to see girls rocking sneakers rather than stilettos and will likely snack on bitterballen (meatballs) over molecular gastronomy. But if you are in search of something a bit swankier, Wilde Zwijnen is the place to go. Wooden tables butt up against creamy walls and exposed brick, while potted plants bob like jellyfish beneath the skylight. Choose between an ever-changing three- or four-course menu celebrating the freshest of local Dutch ingredients.

Café Caron

This homely French bistro in De Pijp is just the ticket if you fancy a bit of French. Opened by MasterChef’s Alain Caron and his sons, expect all the classics such as garlicky escargots, French cheese and charcuterie as well as extensive wine list. It’s the kind of place which will leave you feeling all warm, glowy and full – perfect whether you’re with friends, parents or a date.

Ephemeral

While the sushi craze has reached unparalleled heights in New York, London and Tokyo, there is a distinct lack of quality Japanese restaurants in Amsterdam. It might sound strange but hop in an Uber and head way (and we mean way) east to the undergraduate student residences at the Science Park. There you’ll find Kitsanin Thanyakulsajja, a university student running an omakase supper club called Ephemeral, where for just €60 you be served a tasting menu along with just five other guests in his dorm room. We think he might just be the next Jiro Ono.

Ephemeral

Café Caron

Wilde Zwijnen

Buffet van Odette

Café Panache

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