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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.

Buffet van Odette

A “gezellig” (cosy) 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 well-dressed Dutchies whizz past on their bicycles.

Wilde Zwijnen

You’ll soon 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) instead of molecular gastronomy. But if you are in search of something a bit more upamarket, 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 local 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

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.

Pllek

With a dreamy riverside location in Amsterdam Noord, Pllek’s manmade beach is the ideal spot for spending sunshiny days watching boats float past atop the IJ. The interior is built using old shipping containers and corrugated metal – and much like a lot of the surrounding architecture – it’s got an industrial feel that also lends itself well to lively nights. Come here for yoga, films, music, sunset, and an excellent selection of borrelhapje (drinks snacks).

Freud

This gleaming white space gives back to the community while putting delicious food on plate by providing jobs for individuals hoping to reintegrate back into the workplace. Each of the 70-strong members of staff has faced past difficulties, but now work as a team to produce excellent Mediterranean cuisine with a Middle Eastern flourish. Great food that supports a good cause – double thumbs up.

The Duchess

This restaurant caused quite a stir when it opened in summer 2015, with praise flying in from people, press and chefs. It’s housed in a gloriously ornate building with a stained-glass roof and belle époque-inspired interiors, but it’s the faultlessly decadent food that steals the show. Think crispy gnocchi, foie-gras doughnuts and casserole de la mer. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, this is the place.

Vegan Junk Food Bar

At Vegan Junk Food Bar they’re challenging the (increasingly untrue) opinion that plant-based food is boring, serving up a menu of genuinely delicious dishes like burgers, spring rolls and a vegan take on the Amsterdam staple, bitterballen. It’s located in De Pijp, as you might expect from a restaurant where the staff are dressed as superheroes – but they are helping to save the world, after all.

The Avocado Show

Show us someone who doesn’t like avocado and we’ll call you a liar. At The Avocado Show, Insta’s favourite superfruit is promoted to the lofty position it deserves as queen of the menu, featuring in every dish. There are plenty of options when it comes to breakfast, brunch and lunch, the best of which see avo paired with its mighty best friend, the egg – try the French Florentine if you’re keen to prove us right. It’s hipster, but unashamedly so, and since the avos are sustainable and socially sourced, there’s really nothing to complain about.

The Butcher

Such is The Butcher’s success that there are now five outposts scattered throughout Amsterdam – a fairly reliable sign that these guys know their way around a good burger. The two venues you should especially make time for – dependent on where you’re staying – are the legendary The Butcher on Albert Cuypstraat in De Pijp, which has a secret cocktail bar out of the back (you need a password to enter) and The Butcher Social Club in Amsterdam Noord, which stays open 24-hours a day to cater for middle of the night sweet-potato pangs. Both serve bodacious burgers and killer alcoholic milkshakes guaranteed to trigger a slow but inevitable downfall.

InStock

Head here in the knowledge that one third of the world’s food production is wasted, because at InStock they pick up unsold produce deemed unfit to sell from local supermarkets, and transform it into a delectable menu. Consequently, the food options change daily and the chefs are masters of improvisation, but dishes like shashuka, fish burrito and falafel fattoush are always available.

Ephemeral

Café Caron

Wilde Zwijnen

Buffet van Odette

Café Panache

Pllek

Freud

The Duchess

Vegan Junk Food Bar

The Avocado Show

The Butcher

InStock

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