4 great foodie experiences in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit and continues to grow in popularity for visitors from all over the world. You can hear so many different languages being spoken as you wander the beautiful streets (just watch out for all the bikes!). My boyfriend and I visited Amsterdam one year ago for our anniversary for a long weekend, and we had an amazing time. When we travel, we love to make the most of all the excellent food that’s available, and we weren’t disappointed in Amsterdam. Below are four great food experiences we had – be sure to check them out if you’re heading to the capital of the Netherlands any time soon!
Burgers, anyone? This is the only place in Amsterdam you need to know about. All the burgers are made from Aberdeen Angus beef and come with a range of toppings to suit every taste. Some of the options are pretty creative, using ingredients such as aubergine, avocado and truffle glaze. There was a small wait for the burgers to come out, but in the meantime you can grab a table and a drink from the bar in the middle of the hall and soak up the atmosphere. The Foodhallen opened in 2014 and has over 20 different stalls with a whole range of cuisines, from the burgers we had to Cantonese dim sum and a yoghurt stand. Definitely not one to miss!
I’ve never seen such large baked potatoes in my life. Quite honestly, these incredible jacket potatoes with their fillings are immense. Jacketz itself looks quite unassuming from the street, but when you go in there’s a downstairs seating area so there’s plenty of room. They offer pre-set fillings on their menu or you can make your own from scratch, with a good range of meat, fish and vegatarian options, as well as different sauces and (of course) cheese to go on top. If you want a decent lunch that’ll keep you going all day, Jacketz is the place to go.
Head to Brasserie Ambassade for a sophisticated fine-dining experience one evening. We chose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner, and it was the perfect evening. The brasserie is in a beautiful setting, looking out onto one of Amsterdam’s many canals. The cuisine is, as you may have guessed from the name, French and is done extremely well; the dishes aren’t overly complicated and all the ingredients are wonderfully fresh. They also served crêpes for dessert, which were divine! We had a three-course dinner here with wine and liqueur coffees to finish – the perfect way for us to celebrate.
For when you don’t want to overcomplicate things. Spaghetteria was recommended to us by our AirBnB host as the Jan Hanzenstraat location was just a few minutes’ walk from the apartment. The atmosphere was warm, welcoming and very casual. We sat at the large table in the centre, where anyone can grab a seat. The menu isn’t extensive, but the options on there are super tasty and very authentically Italian. My pasta was made with squid ink and we got a rocket, radish and parmesan side salad to share, along with two glasses of red wine. This was such a lovely and low-key way for us to round off our trip to Amsterdam. Spaghetteria also has two other restaurants in the city, on Van Woustraat and Pretoriusstraat.
What’s your favourite restaurant in Amsterdam? Let me know in the comments below!