Amsterdam Guide: Food
Welcome to my handy guide on places to eat in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities and I have been there many times. On this trip, I discovered some new spots for food and thought I would pop them into one handy guide.
There were some places that didn’t wow me as much as I thought they would, so I’ve included them so that you don’t make the same mistake.
The first place we went for food was Foodhallen. It’s an amazing hall filled with lots of different street food options. You can get everything from Tacos to Pizza. Although it’s a bit out of the way, it’s worth a visit. I chose to have Vietnamese rolls, as I wasn’t actually that hungry. They were delicious, especially with a glass of wine from the main bar.
Vegetarians and vegans delight, this is the place for you. Meatless district is a completely plant-based restaurant but is still the elegant neighbourhood spot you want to discover on holiday. In other words, it’s not some healthy hippy joint.
We started with the hummus and flatbread to share, whilst we perused the wine list. The menu is packed with great sounding dishes and I couldn’t resist ordering the ‘Chicken’ burger with lemon slaw, smoked chilli jam, tomato and housemade mayo. It was the best burger I’ve ever had.
I knew I couldn’t leave Amsterdam without having some pancakes, but I didn’t think they’d be in the American style. Moak makes delicious American pancakes with various toppings combinations. I went for the Infamous (by Daily Paper) which was melted peanut butter, homemade chocolate sauce, strawberries, blackberries and banana. It was a perfect balance. I’m not a huge fan of too much sugary sweetness and Moak did a brilliant job of balance the sauce to pancake ratio.
Pluk came up many times in my research into where to eat in Amsterdam. I have to say, I would not recommend it. Both Pluk venues are incredibly busy and there is pretty much no service from the staff. It’s chaos. When we managed to get a table it was cramped and very uncomfortable. Now I’d heard the food was very pretty and was excited to have a beautiful plate of food. As you can see from the image below, I could have gotten this in any crappy cafe. Not worth the money or the effort.
I love chips. I would eat them every day if my body would allow it. I love the cones of chips you can get in Amsterdam, especially from Chipsy King. This place is your classic chain, simple but tasty. I opted for a regular cone with Belgian Mayonnaise (it’s worth the extra few cents).
Coffee & Coconuts
Coffee and coconuts
We were staying in the Hoxton hotel, so it made sense to have at least one breakfast there. It very much had a similar vibe to the Hoxton in London, a casual working hotel lobby. I had the Avo poached eggs (I’m such a stereotype) and they were fantastic. It has to be my favourite choice for breakfast/ brunch so I really know my avocado and poached egg combos. Beware of the chilli, there’s a lot of it and if you’re busy gawping about like I was, you’ll be caught off guard.
Polaberry and Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love Polaberry. A chocolate lovers dream. They have a range of homemade chocolate bars, unicorn cake lollies and chocolate covered strawberries in various flavours. These little treats were a lovely little pick me up on our train journey home.
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels are equally yummy. These traditional snacks have been uplifted by being dipped into different sauces and finished with toppings. Chocolate and peanuts covered mine. Look out for the caramel centre or it’ll end up all over your chin.
Fou Fow Udon
If you’re feeling like a more local experience, pop into Fou Fow Udon. This Ramen joint is amazing. Udon noodles are being freshly prepared in the middle of the restaurant for you to watch in awe. The bowls of hot broth were just what we needed to fuel us before heading home. The portions are big, so if you fancy sides, maybe consider sharing.
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