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Going Dutch - Amsterdam's best Dutch Restaurants


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There’s more to the Netherlands, of course, than Amsterdam, but all the same no visit to Holland would be complete without spending at least a couple of days in the capital. There’s plenty to do, but the two big questions for anyone planning a jaunt there have to be ‘where do I stay?’ and, of course, ‘where do I eat?’

Among those who know the city, the general consensus is that you’re best staying within the inner canal belt, which puts all the main sights and the three principal entertainment districts of Nieumarkt, Rembrandtplein and Leidseplein in easy reach. There are plenty of hotels in this area at a variety of prices, so you can take your pick.

If you’re looking for comfort and great surroundings, the Andaz Amsterdam on Prinsengracht, or Prince’s Canal, is a very popular choice. Part of the Hyatt chain, its 122 rooms are fitted within the façade of the former Public Library and such amenities as wireless internet , local calls, snacks and (non-alcoholic!) drinks from the minibar come as standard, together with a spa including sauna and gym. If that piques your interest, you can visit their website at www.amsterdam.prinsengracht.andaz.hyatt.com.

So, with your accommodation sorted, where to eat? Again, you may well find yourself spoilt for choice, but here are four recommendations.

Hap-Hmm, on Eerste Helmersstraat, has been serving traditional Dutch home cooking at affordable prices for nearly 80 years, offering a taste of real local culture that’s also easy on the wallet. Unpretentious, with simple décor, it’s a particularly good pick if you’re visiting in winter, as its staple dishes are filling, stick-to-the-ribs fare, perfect for keeping out the cold. Website: www.hap-hmm.nl.

Greetje, on Peperstraat, is another good place to go for traditional Dutch food, but it’s more upscale both in presentation and price. Also, this is the place to go for less well-known dishes from all regions of the Netherlands. The restaurant is famed for the quality of its service and ambience, so it’s perfect for a romantic dinner, but booking in advance is a good idea. Website: www.restaurantgreetje.nl.

No visit to the Netherlands would be complete if you didn’t sample the pancakes, and Pancakes! does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s situated on Berenstraat, in the middle of the popular shopping area 9 straatjes – adjacent to the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, as a matter of fact! Great for a meal any time of day, Pancakes! offers both sweet and savoury variations and is a particularly good family venue. Website: www.pancakesamsterdam.nl

Vleminckx French Fries: ‘French’ fries are in fact a Belgian invention, but the Dutch love them too. Vleminckx is a simple hole-in-the-wall affair on Voetboogstraat, just off the big shopping street Kalverstraat, and offers its fries with a variety of garnishes – curry, mayonnaise, peanut sauce and many more. It’s quick, simple, but done to perfection – just the ticket if you want a quick hot snack in the middle of the day. No website, but you don’t really need one.

Finally, if you’re looking for something exotic, Amsterdam offers a number of Indonesian restaurants; Tempo Doeloe, on Utrechtstraat, is widely considered to be among the best. They specialise in the rijsttafel, or rice table, an assortment of about 30 small dishes, served with rice and condiments like sambal, satay and pickles and shared among the diners. Highly recommended, but like Greetjes, it’s best to make a reservation. Website: www.tempodoeloerestaurant.nl.

Netherlands Articles

Going Dutch - Amsterdam's best Dutch Restaurants


There’s more to the Netherlands, of course, than Amsterdam, but all the same no visit to Holland would be complete without spending at least a couple of days in the capital.

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