Amsterdam’s historic Jordaan neighbourhood may traditionally have been the haunt of immigrants and working class families, but since the 1980s the area has undergone a revival. Now a bustling hub full of artists, young entrepreneurs and some of The Netherland’s best culture, the neighbourhood’s cosmopolitan dining scene reflects Jordaan’s original diverse inhabitants. We’ve updated our previous guide to Jordaan dining, to bring you 10 more great places to eat in Amsterdam’s hippest district.
Situated in the heart of Jordaan, the elegant La Olivia specialises in traditional Iberian cuisine, in particular that of northern Spain’s Cantabrian and Basque regions. Considered to serve the best pinxtos – a small tapas-like snack similar to a tartlet, in Amsterdam, the restaurant offers a variety of homemade tortillas and mouth-watering appetizers. From quick bites of Iberian pork loin with basil and pancetta, the skewer of fresh tuna and duck liver to heartier main dishes such as the fillet of veal with a caper sauce, anchovies and pata negra ham, accompanied by a range of Spanish wines from some of the country’s top wine-producing regions, the restaurant offers a truly splendid culinary experience.
A well-known staple of Jordaan’s restaurant scene since 1990, laid-back and cosy restaurant Moeders, literally meaning ‘mothers’, features traditional and authentic Dutch cuisine. The highlights of the menu include such hearty comfort dishes as stamppot – a robust stew-like dish of potatoes, sausage, meatballs, bacon and vegetables – and the fancy fillet of pheasant with a pheasant leg confit, turnip root and celery mash with poultry sauce. The interior design of the restaurant, with walls decorated with vintage family photos and antique plates and cookware, creates a homey, informal and inviting ambience, ensuring the restaurant’s long-lasting popularity among tourists and locals alike.
Situated on a vibrant and bustling Westerstraat in Jordaan’s centre, the minimalist and airy SLA is not only a lively restaurant, but also a healthy salad bar and a cosy café. A recent newcomer to the Jordaan’s restaurant scene, this eatery prides itself on providing discerning diners with flavoursome food built around organic, sustainable and seasonal produce. Working closely with local suppliers and creating an innovative menu around available seasonal produce, the restaurant offers a wide range of healthy menu itesms, such as spicy falafel salad with spinach, kohlrabi, carrot, cauliflower and coriander, or the Egyptian red lentil soup made with leek and courgette. Locally brewed beers from the Amsterdam brewery Brouwerij’t IJ are also available.