If you’re hankering after a pancake restaurant, there are dozens of spots around Amsterdam that serve a range of delicious options, including pancakes that are topped with classic ingredients such as maple syrup, powdered sugar or fruits, and others that have been tailored into full-blown savoury meals. Here are some of the best places in the city to enjoy freshly made pancakes.
To enter this cosy pancake restaurant, guests must pass through an elevated entrance on Grimburgwal, then ascend an incredibly narrow staircase. This precarious passageway leads onto a small dining room decorated with charming knick-knacks, including a collection of teapots that hang from the restaurant’s ceiling. The restaurant just serves pancakes and tops its delicious creations with an impressive variety of ingredients, such as cinnamon, brie or salami. As there are only four tables available inside the restaurant, it is always advisable to book a spot in advance.
After jumping onboard this floating restaurant, patrons are taken on an extensive tour through Amsterdam’s historic docklands and presented with an unlimited supply of fluffy, Dutch-style pancakes with all the trimmings. The boat docks in NDSM-Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord and embarks on cruises several times every day. There are many types of special excursions available alongside the Pancake Boat’s regular tours, including holiday-themed trips during Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas.
This iconic pancake house looks like it was lifted straight from a Victorian-era funfair and centres around an old-time carousel with galloping wooden horses. Its menu revolves around pancakes, which are topped with sweet and savoury ingredients ranging from dollops of Nutella to ham, cheese and pineapple. The restaurant also serves some of the finest poffertjes (small fluffy pancakes) in Amsterdam, which pair wonderfully with a warm cup of Chocomel (Dutch chocolate-flavoured milk).
As one of the first openly gay cafés in Amsterdam, Lunchroom Downtown is steeped in history. The café opened in 1970 and quickly grew into a meeting place for the LGBT community. Today, Lunchroom Downtown continues to welcome thousands of guests and is known as one of the best spots in Amsterdam to enjoy freshly cooked pancakes. The café has an impressive selection of pancakes, as well as an extensive breakfast menu.