Jordaan, a pleasant neighborhood of Amsterdam, is dotted with specialty shops, bike riders, and a handful of excellent breakfast and brunch locations. The walks are enjoyable; street art and flower stalls line the sidewalks in every direction. The suggestions below are all perfect to kick start a terrific day in the Dutch capital.
Looking for a quality brunch in Amsterdam’s Jordaan district? G’s is ‘the place’ for a Bloody Mary and has a knack for serving up some of Amsterdam’s best brunch food. Conveniently located amid Amsterdam’s scenic central canals at Goudsbloemstraat 91, G’s draws a steady crowd, satisfying brunch aficionados by the hour. The challah cinnamon French toast is soaked in milk and cinnamon, then pan-fried and topped with banana slices and a complementary choice of bacon for just two euros extra.
This Jordaan-located gem is perfect for appetites of every size. Clean and charmingly decorated inside, but complete with outside seating, Café Letting allows diners to escape from the busy sidewalks or gaze outward at the vibrant foot traffic. Their Greek yogurt and fruit salad works perfectly for a light meal, while Café Letting’s authentic Dutch sugar bread is sure to satisfy appetites on the larger end of the spectrum. Americans, relax this place offers a hearty American pancake plate with bacon and maple syrup.
Address and telephone number: Letting, Prinsenstraat 3, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 627 9393
For the best pancakes in Amsterdam, call off the search, you have found Pancakes! Amsterdam! Thrillist calls this place the ‘most hyped’ pancake joint in the city, and it is hard to disagree. With overwhelmingly positive reviews, Pancakes! Amsterdam and its irresistible selection of toppings (whipped cream, bananas, strawberry jam, raspberry sauce, goat cheese, ice cream) more than stand up to the reputation. The restaurant takes reservations as well as walk-ins, making it possible to quell your fluffy fix whenever you like.
Address & telephone number: Pancakes! Amsterdam!, Berenstraat 38, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 528 9797
Koffiehuis De Hoek
On a slightly quieter corner, canal-side, and run by friendly staff, this brunch spot opens for the early birds and remains so for the rest of the day. The typical Amsterdam breakfast café has omelets and broodjes (Dutch sandwiches), cooked to order and for a fair price. Sip on some espresso or orange juice and take in the city from relaxed seating at the storefront. Koffiehuis De Hoek also prepares an excellent apple pie, cherished by many a returning guest.
Address & telephone number: Koffiehuis De Hoek, Prinsengracht 341, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 626 0830
Vinnies is a friendly Amsterdam café with an impressive breakfast and brunch selection that also happens to open quite early. So friendly, in fact, that it has all of its interior furniture listed, so for the right price you can take it home with you! The roasted eggplant dish is dressed in a yogurt-lime sauce and pomegranate, served with bread and a green salad. Their salad bar offerings are pleaseing and the fruit is fresh and seasonal. Don’t miss out on this carefree locale for a quick breakfast to start off a great day.
Address and telephone number: Vinnies, Harlemmerstraat 46, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 771 3086
Stop by Flinders Café any day of the week for a spectacular breakfast, then re-visit for a weekend brunch with a glass of prosecco. Flinders has a full soup and salad menu, several classic sandwich choices, and plenty of cakes, muffins, and sweets to top off any one of their excellent meals. It’s also the perfect pick for families, as it has an extensive children’s menu. Focus on grabbing a table at Flinders for guaranteed satisfaction during the most important meal of the day.
Address & telephone number: Flinders Cafe, Frederik Hendrikplantsoen 36, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 223 1583
Fraiche is one of the city’s longest-standing breakfast spots, and reservations are highly recommended. Their Sunday brunch, crafted at the hands of chefs Noah Tucker and Anthony Joseph is spoken of citywide, making it one of Jordaan’s most popular culinary attractions. The restaurateurs themselves have made it a habit to bike through Amsterdam each day, picking up their locally sourced fish, meat, and vegetables along the route. Don’t miss out on the freshness Fraiche has to offer, or their sensational short stack pancakes.
Opening hours: 12 pm to 4 pm
Watch out for: The short stack pancakes
Address and telephone number: Fraiche, Westerstraat 264, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 627 9932
Coffee, tea, and French toast pop off the menu here, and the pastry selection is extensive to say the least. Gartine also has fair prices, which makes it a nice escape from the more run-of-the-mill tourist traps closer to Amsterdam’s central station. Enjoy a latte and chat with both locals and travelers of every kind. The portions are big, the staff are friendly, but the seats are sometimes scarce. Arrive to Gartine early and with a large appetite, and you’ll leave content with a smile on your face.
Address & telephone number: Gartine, Taksteeg 7, Amsterdam, Netherlands, +31 20 320 4132