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8 Unique and Unusual Restaurants to Visit in Amsterdam

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Updated: 28 February 2017
Besides its outstanding Dutch and international restaurants, Amsterdam also features a number of unconventional establishments which take dining to whole new level. These quirky, unusual and unique restaurants each have their own distinctive charms and are guaranteed to delight adventurous travellers or locals that are looking for an exceptional dining experience.

REM Eiland

This aquatic restaurant is housed inside an off-shore platform that was once anchored in the North Sea. A pirate radio station commandeered this unusual vessel in the early 1960s and broadcasted music illegally across the Netherlands for several months before being subdued by the Dutch authorities. After this brief stint as a radio mast, the platform was towed to Amsterdam and eventually converted into a restaurant.

📍 REM Eiland, Haparandadam 45, Amsterdam, +31 20 688 5501

Mediamatic ETEN

Mediamatic ETEN’s menu uses vegetables and herbs that are grown on site at its aquaponic greenhouse. The restaurant is actually part of a larger, culturally driven organisation called Mediamatic that organises workshops and ongoing projects that focus on innovative agriculture and sustainability. Everything is vegan at Mediamatic ETEN, unless stated otherwise, and its seating area is located inside a large conservatory that overlooks Amsterdam eastern docklands.

📍 Mediamatic ETEN, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam, +31 20 638 9901

Mediamatic ETEN | © Mediamatic – Anisa Xhomaqi

Mediamatic ETEN | © Mediamatic – Anisa Xhomaqi

Natuurlijk Smullen

Over the years, the Dutch have cultivated a special type of take-out cuisine that is epitomised by the nation’s countless snack bars. These establishments almost exclusively sell greasy fried food, including classic dishes such as frikendel or croquette. Natuurlijk Smullen was the first snack bar in the Netherlands to adapt to organic preferences and only sells food that is made from natural ingredients. Unsurprisingly, the restaurant is extremely popular among Amsterdammers, due its guilt-free fried delicacies.

📍Natuurlijk Smullen, Jan van Galenstraat 78, Amsterdam, +31 20 779 0245

A classic examples of Dutch take-out food: a meat-filled croquette | ©Takeaway/WikiCommons

A classic examples of Dutch take-out food: a meat-filled croquette | ©Takeaway/WikiCommons


A’DAM Toren is a massive tower on Amsterdam’s northern shore which contains several cultural enterprises, such as an subterranean night named Shelter and a revolving, 80 metre-high restaurant called Moon. Inside this high-end establishment guests can enjoy delicious, locally sourced meals whilst marvelling at a continuously changing panorama across Amsterdam.

📍 A’DAM Toren, Overhoeksplein 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 237 6310 

Moon is located inside one of A'DAM Toren's highest floors | © Franklin Heijnen/Flickr

Moon is located inside one of A’DAM Toren’s highest floors | © Franklin Heijnen/Flickr

Amsterdam Dinner Train

The Amsterdam Dinner Train – formerly known as the Panorama Rail Restaurant, but relaunching on April 1, 2017 – is a mobile, fine-dining experience that takes guests on a short tour of the Netherlands’ rail network system. After reserving a table online, guests can find the train at Amsterdam’s Centraal Station. Its main carriages were all originally dining carts that date back to the 1960s, whereas its locomotive is actually over 65 years old.
Panorama Rail Restaurant leaving Amsterdam | ©Roel Hemkes/Flickr

The Amsterdam Dinner Train (formerly th Panorama Rail Restaurant) leaving Amsterdam’s Centraal Station | ©Roel Hemkes/Flickr

Restaurant de Kas

Restaurant de Kas is located inside of a large greenhouse that was originally owned by Amsterdam’s municipality. While half of this glassed building has been converted into an elegant seating area and kitchen, the owners of de Kas have kept the greenhouse in working order and grow their own crops. De Kas’ menu revolves around these herbs and vegetables meaning that it is among the best places in Amsterdam to enjoy organic produce.

📍 Restaurant de Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, Amsterdam, +31 20 462 4562

De Kas' greenhouse | ©Miriam Lueck Avery/Flickr
De Kas’ greenhouse | ©Miriam Lueck Avery/Flickr

EYE Film Institute

Although the EYE Film Institute is generally associated with filmmaking rather than the culinary arts, this monumental, post-modern building also contains a classy restaurant alongside its state-of-the-art cinemas and museum. The EYE’s restaurant is spread over the building’s lower lobby and looks onto Amsterdam’s northern shoreline.

📍 EYE Film Institute, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, +31 20 589 1400



TonTon Club

TonTon Club has two vintage coin-op arcade halls in Amsterdam – both of which have their very own restaurants. Although each location has a massive selection of retro games on offer, their menus are slightly different. TonTon Club West, in Westergasfabriek, bases its menu around Japanese ramen dishes, whilst its site in the Red Light District mainly serves American style bar food such as hotdogs, tacos and nachos.

📍 TonTon Club West, Polonceaukade 27, Amsterdam, +31 6 57501474

📍 TonTon Club Centrum, Sint Annendwarsstraat 6, Amsterdam, +31 6 57501474

TonTon Club's arcade in central Amsterdam serves tacos, nachos and hotdogs at its bar | ©Thom van Boheemenk/TonTon Club

TonTon Club’s arcade in central Amsterdam serves tacos, nachos and hotdogs at its bar | ©Thom van Boheemenk/TonTon Club