Due to its excellent service, stunning location and outstanding menu, Bord’Eau has been awarded a Michelin star every year since 2012. The restaurant easily ranks among the most esteemed culinary establishments in Amsterdam and serves many sophisticated dishes that are prepared with the upmost skill and attention. Bord’Eau’s menu pays tribute to traditional European cuisine and features many refined dishes such as sweetbread with white onions, or monkfish with Jerusalem artichoke. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the luxurious Hotel de l’Europe – an establishment that has been synonymous with high-end hospitality in Amsterdam for generations.
The walls of this charming restaurant on Rozengracht are plastered with dozens of portraits of mums from all over the world. Most pictures on this ‘Wall of Fame’ were donated by patrons, and Moeders still welcomes additions to its collection. The restaurant is among the best places in Amsterdam to sample traditional Dutch home cooking and serves many hearty, rustic dishes including stamppot with all the trimmings. Moeders also has a sunny terrace that runs alongside Singelgracht canal.
Sea Palace Restaurant
This floating restaurant has served an enticing selection of Chinese delicacies for over 30 years and has become a landmark in its own right. The restaurant is moored to the northern banks of Oosterdok harbour near Centraal Station and resembles a sturdy pagoda, complete with sloped, green eaves. There are many Cantonese and Sichuan staples available inside the restaurant and Sea Palace also has an entire menu dedicated to freshly baked dim sum.
Canvas is perched on the 7th floor of Amsterdam-Oost’s super-trendy Volkshotel and features one of the largest rooftop terraces in the city. Canvas’ lunch and dinner menus include many simple and well-balanced dishes that contain fresh vegetables, fish or high-quality cuts of meat. Although there is ample space inside, during the warmer months of the year it is possible to eat alfresco on Canvas’ terrace and enjoy almost unmatched views of Amsterdam. During weekends, Canvas also hosts club nights, which take place after 22.00 inside its bar area.
Restraurant de Kas
Restaurant de Kas grows its own herbs and vegetables inside an on-site greenhouse that was once belonged to Amsterdam’s local government. The restaurant uses its crops and other seasonal ingredients to create elegant meals that are inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. The menu at Restaurant de Kas changes everyday and always centres around its current harvest, thus ensuring that its dishes are always fresh, healthy and delicious. Though the restaurant only offers a set menu, its chefs will alter dishes in order to accommodate dietary requirements on request.
Winkel43 makes some of the finest Dutch-style apple pie in the entire city and serves this delicious treat with large dollops of thick whipped cream. Aside from its signature dish, Winkel43’s menu features many tasty meals and light snacks that pair wonderfully with cold beer or hot drinks. The café has plenty of indoor seating as well as a spacious terrace area that looks out onto Prinsengracht canal. It’s also located right next to Amsterdam’s longest running farmers’ market, Noordermarkt, which operates at a nearby plaza every Saturday.
’t Blauwe Theehuis
This charming teahouse, bar and café lies in the centre of Amsterdam’s most popular urban park, Vondelpark. The multi-tiered, saucer-shaped building that houses ’t Blauwe Theehuis dates back to the early 20th century and ranks among the most complete examples of Nieuwe Zakelijkheid architecture. Due to its almost unrivalled location, well-stocked bar and two-storey terrace, ’t Blauwe Theehuis attracts scores of visitors during sunny spells and thankfully can accommodate around 700 guests.