I compiled this list for the hotel where I work, it's from personal recommendations and recs from other staff members. Everything is located within a 15 minute walk of Dam Square. Enjoy!
Located right below Hotel The Exchange, Stock has a soups, sandwiches, sweets and an all-day breakfast made with local, honest ingredients. Enjoy wine and local beer on the street-side terrace, and try a pinxto snack from 4PM onwards. Open every day from 7AM to 7PM.
020 427 5382
Widely regarded as the best apple pie in the city. On Saturdays Winkel has a view on the foodie-heaven Noordermarkt, and on Mondays it looks out on the vintage clothing market.
020 623 0223
Vlams Frietshuis Vleminckx
Vleminckx routinely vies with Mannekin Pis (Damrak 41) for the best frites in Amsterdam. We prefer Vleminckx if only because they’ve been frying for longer - nearly 130 years. Like any self-respecting local, go for the mayonnaise.
020 624 6075
A big step above McDonalds and Burger King, this local chain lets you pick-and-choose burgers and toppings for your own custom burger. In a city that shuts down early, Burgerbar stays open to 3 AM on weekdays and 4 AM on Friday and Saturday.
Kolksteeg 2, Warmoestraat 21 and Reguliersbreestraat 9
020 624 9049
Another chain that got its start in Amsterdam, Maoz puts corporate fast food to shame. Moaz features perfect falafel, fries and an all-you-can-eat bar of vegetarian toppings.
Damrak 40, Muntplein 1, and Leidsestraat 85
020 420 7435
Overseen by the charming Australian owner, this tiny spot serves some of the best sandwiches in the city, along with various picnic-worthy dishes, cakes and juices.
Binnen Oranjestraat 14
020 420 2774
An art-deco French patisserie only steps from Central Station. The breads, croissants, pastries and tarts are some of the best in the city. Gebr. Niemeijer also serves lunch and high tea.
020 707 6752
High-quality meat, fish and vegetarian burgers with creative toppings and classic barbecue sides. Burgermeester makes up for having no alcohol with unique sodas and shakes.
Elandsgracht 130 and Plantage Kerklaan 37
What this Chinese restaurant lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in portion size and authentic taste. Thanks to a 2002 film, Nam Kee’s oysters have become particularly famous.
020 624 3470
A tiny – some would say cramped – snack bar that serves delicious Thai food, and fast. If it’s too claustrophobic try take-out, or cross the street to try the other Thai restaurant by the same owner.
Zeedijk 77 -1
Bucking the trend of Leidseplein’s cheap, hum-drum restaurants, Bojo is cheap but decidedly not boring. The tiny spot serves fresh Indonesian food that’s big on portion size and flavor. Open until 1 AM, it’s popular late into the night.
Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 49-51
020 622 7434
Imported from New York, this DIY restaurant concept lets you design your own meatball dish with different sauces, vegetables and pasta. Choose from seven kinds of meatball and three kinds of veggie balls.
020 737 1250
This quaint breakfast and lunch spot is also a vintage lover’s paradise. Since everything is for sale, from the chairs to the decorations, you can shop to your heart’s content without even leaving your table.
020 635 7485
EYE Film Museum
Take the free, five-minute ferry from Central Station to Buiksloterweg, and walk to the giant building that looks like it’s crash-landed from the future. The EYE’s restaurant serves European seasonal dishes, though the real attraction is the jaw-dropping architecture and the panoramic view of the IJ river.
020 589 1400
Los Pilones serves authentic Mexican fare – think mole and cochinita pibil – in a colorful-yet-classy setting. They import their own tequila to whip up the house margaritas.
Geldersekade 111, Kerkstraat 63 and 1e Anjeliersdwarsstraat 6.
020 776 0210
Little Thai Prince
A cozy restaurant with well-executed takes on Thai favorites like pad thai, tom yum, and curries of all stripes.
020 427 9645
Authentic, simply prepared Spanish dishes including zarzuela, boquerones and a delicious paella. Tables lined-up end to end adds to the no-frills, communal atmosphere.
Lange Niezel 29
020 622 3050
Excellent renditions of classic Indian dishes. The decor might be a bit stuffy, but the friendly staff make your meal feel like it was cooked by family.
Rokin 18 and Westermarkt 29,
020 623 3133
An atmospheric brown cafe known for its limited but tasty menu of cheese fondue and steak. Lively, fun, and good for groups.
020 622 0034
Their motto is “pizza and prosecco” and both are in abundance in this cute spot. The thin-crust pizzas are cooked in a wood-burning oven, and are complimented by light, fresh Italian fare.
Haarlmmerdijk 128 and Plantage Kerklaan 2
020 427 4144
Lovingly prepared Italian that’s both authentic and unusual. Breads, pastas and sausages are made in-house, and organic ingredients are used whenever possible. Reservations are highly recommended.
020 623 2813
An artistic, cozy cafe, hidden down an alley whose name translates as “Prayer without End”. The pan-European menu is complimented by frequent live music.
Gebed Zonder End 5
020 624 2057
Well-hidden amid the tacky bars of Rembrantplein, Cafe Schiller features a surprising art deco interior and an excellent wine list. The French menu lets patrons ponder their ennui with a full belly.
020 624 9846
Located in the hip shopping area of the Nine Streets, Van Harte serves well-executed French food. Its €25 three-course menu is a rare (and delicious) bargain in this often-pricey part of the city.
020 625 8500
Boca’s serves tapas-style dishes in small, medium and large, perfect for accommodating all appetites. The eclectic menu has burgers, salads, soups, sashimi for dinner, and an astonishing variety of small sandwiches for lunch.
020 820 3727
One of the few restaurants in Amsterdam that serves purely Dutch food, untouched by other European influences. Located on a quiet street in an old canal house, Greetje’s dishes bring to mind luscious Dutch still lifes from the 17th century.
020 779 7450
Faultless Portuguese food based on high-quality ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Look out for grilled sardines and acorn-fed Iberian pork.
St Nicolaassteeg 43
020 221 9460
Blauw aan de Wal
An oasis hidden in the Red Light District, Blauw aan de Wal combines attentive, warm service with modern Mediterranean cuisine. The quiet courtyard, once part of a monastery, adds to the charming ambiance.
Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99
020 330 2257
The relatively reasonable prices seem almost out of place in Anna, with its trendy, minimalistic decor and creative contemporary European dishes. A welcome surprise on the gentrifying Warmoestraat.
020 428 1111
Delicious, Mediterranean-influenced food – all prepared without the benefit of a menu. This “spontaneous cuisine” is based on what’s fresh in the market and what the chefs feel like cooking. Choose from a two, three or four course menu.
020 620 2997
Intimate, chic and located in the bakery of a former poor house, Vinkeles serves stunning renditions of modern and traditional French dishes. Though the menu is French, many of the ingredients, from the oysters to the Texel lamb, come from Holland.
& Shamhoud Places
The sleek setting matches the menu of molecular gastronomy. Order a la carte from dishes inspired by Salvador Dali (goose liver “lips”) or iodine (sea urchin emulsion), or spring for a three or six course tasting menu.
020 260 2094
With fish from day boats, wild game and a fine cheese selection, Bordewijk uses local, ethically-sourced ingredients to craft divine Mediterranean-inspired dishes. On warm evenings be sure to grab a table by the canal.
020 624 3899
Bars and Breweries
Brouwerij de Prael
Forget the Heineken Experience. De Prael is an authentic Amsterdam brewery with flavorful, organic beers. The large tasting room is good for groups, and frequently has live music. Snacks and meals also available.
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 30
020 408 4470
Proeflokaal Wynand Fockink
Yes, the name sounds silly in English, but don’t let that get in the way of trying its dozens of spirits and liqueurs. A distillery in operation since 1679, Wynand Fockink boasts witty, knowledgeable bartenders to guide you to your ideal tipple.
020 639 2695
Hiding in Plain Sight
A superlative cocktail bar with impeccably friendly service. The atmosphere is relaxed, the cocktails are inevitably delicious. Be warned, though: drinks will set you back €12 to €15.
062 529 3620
Het Elfde Gebod
With carved wood paneling and oriental carpets in place of tablecloths, The Eleventh Commandment is pure old Amsterdam. What’s the eleventh commandment, anyways? To drink a menu of Belgian and Dutch beers.
063 062 6373
In de Wildeman
A local institution for beer snobs, In de Wildeman is appropriately located in an former distillery. Eighteen beers on tap and 250 kinds of bottled beer.
020 638 2348
A friendly brown bar with a simple, reasonably priced menu of lunch foods and snacks.
020 620 6970
A Berlin-style bar with a motley collection of vintage furnishings and an excellent selection of German beers. Fills up in the evenings with a young, hip crowd.
020 627 2211
G&T’s really really nice place
A swell brunch and good cocktails in a setting that feels like the living room of a particularly hip granny.
A contemporary take on the brown cafe, Diep is a haunt for the city’s creative class.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 256
020 420 2020