Set out below are a selection of the cafes and restaurants I visited in Amsterdam.
If I was to recommend one restaurant in Amsterdam it would be Chez Georges, an intimate restaurant with only around 30 covers serving French cuisine. With a mezzanine area with only three tables, it felt special and homely when we were invited upstairs.
We felt welcomed and relaxed from the beginning and it looked like a number of regulars were also visiting. We were offered a set 3 course meal with a glass of champagne for €37 euros which was exceptional value for the quality. To start, we had a mixture of seafood (scallops, prawns and crab) and duck breast, foie gras and duck pate. Both were presented well and were delicious.
On to mains we both opted for the beef fillet served with potatoes and vegetables – the steak was cooked perfectly and it was really filling.
We finished off with a waffle with fresh berries and white chocolate mousse, which was pretty amazing!
All in all, very good value for the quality and personal touch – definitely worth a visit.
Café T Smalle
We stumbled upon this gorgeous canal side cafe one lunch time and decided to bask in the sun and watch the world go by.
We had toasted mozzarella and pesto sandwiches with nachos and sweet chilli sauce which, for something so simple, was really tasty! I also spied a platter of meats and cheeses which looked fantastic!
For such a beautiful location by the canal, we were surprised the bill came to under €20 drinks.
Hofje Van Wijs
This restaurant is tucked down the road from Chinatown with a lovely outdoor space with fairy lights serving up Dutch cuisine. More local, less touristy which is good.
We had the mixed platter of meats cheeses with bread (which they swapped for me as I am not a fan of olives, which was nice!).
We then had the thai chicken soup and a bagel burger. I wish I could have returned for the Dutch pancakes at lunchtime!
Fairly reasonably priced with the food and 2 glasses of wine coming to around €40.
Restaurant De Haven Van Texal
On our last day we wanted to sit by the canal so slipped into this bar / restaurant near the Red Light District for some drinks and snacks.
We tried a traditional Dutch dish of Bitterballs- 7 deep fried breaded beef ragout balls, served with mustard, an Artisan pulled pork sandwich and a toasted cheese a salami sandwich.
For somewhere so perfectly located it was very reasonably priced with 2 drinks for just over €20.
I am a big fan of trying local food in a country but after being told during the walking tour, and by a couple of other locals, that Dutch food isn’t actually that great(!), I didn’t feel so bad when I tried out Bird Thais in Chinatown. Clearly others don’t either as there was a queue outside the door!! The restaurant is beautifully decorated with Thai styled murials and the staff were very pleasant.
Main meals were around €12-15 and the portions were absolutely huge! We had Beef Pad Thai and Chicken in Sweet and Sour Sauce with a couple of drinks, which only came to around €40.
When we visited Albert Cuypmarket in Pijp, we paid a visit to the popular Bazar for lunch – a spacious and brightly decorated restaurant offering Moroccan cuisine.
We had large pitta wraps with lamb and chicken which were only €7 each – definitely worth popping into if you are in the area.
East London Girl Travels: Restaurants in Amsterdam