The historic Jordaan neighborhood, which dates back as early as 1612, was traditionally a working class area that attracted a vibrant community of emigrants. In the post-war years, Jordaan has established itself as an upscale and arty hub, but its dining scene still remains as diverse as its original inhabitants. Whether Moroccan fare, traditional Dutch dishes or contemporary French cuisine takes your fancy, here are ten fantastic Jordaan restaurants to choose from.
Established back in 1990 by owner Jurriaan, who still runs the restaurant today, Moeders has been a fixture of the Jordaan dining scene for more than 20 years. Moeders means ‘mothers’ and a homely and inviting ambience typified by wholesome, homemade family recipes is exactly the atmosphere conjured up here. The walls are decorated with vintage family photos, antique plates and cookware. Moeders’ specialty is traditional and authentic Dutch food with menu highlights including the ideal comfort dish stamppot, a robust stew-like dish of potatoes, sausage, meatballs, bacon and vegetables; and the fancy filet of pheasant with a pheasant leg confit, turnip root and celery mash with a poultry sauce.
Also situated on bustling Westerstraat is SLA, an intimate and inviting salad bar, café and restaurant with an airy and minimalist feel. Established in 2013, the eatery prides itself on providing discerning diners with flavorsome food built around organic, sustainable and seasonal produce. SLA works closely with local suppliers to create healthy, hearty dishes that are both good for the body and the planet, offering a range of salads, soups, spelt breads and dessert items with the option of creating your own salad from a smorgasbord of fresh ingredients. Highlights include the spicy falafel salad with spinach, kohlrabi, carrot, cauliflower and coriander and the Egyptian red lentil soup made with leek and zuccini. Locally brewed beers from the Amsterdam brewery Brouwerij’t IJ are also available.