The Best International Cuisine In Amsterdam

Photo of Jackson Barrett
29 October 2016

Famous as one of the international centers of Europe, Amsterdam’s diversity is evident in its range of international restaurants. Here are some of the most popular.

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Restaurant, Turkish, $$$
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A canal-side Mediterranean restaurant, large and richly furnished, Levant enjoys a reputation for exemplary service and boasts one of the finest views in the city. Large French doors open out onto a spacious terrace, bordered with colorful flowers and vines. Within walking distance of the Museum Square, it is the perfect place to round off a day of sight-seeing. It’s best to call ahead for a table on the canal.


Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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This beautifully-appointed Thai restaurant in Jordaan creates some of the most highly-reviewed Thai cuisine in the city. The menu features an assortment of curries, noodle, and seafood dishes, and Kinnaree is close to some of the city’s most popular attractions (like the Anne Frank House). It’ a popular spot so reservation are recommended.

Moti Mahal

Restaurant, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian, $$$
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This elegant, modern Indian restaurant (just a short distance from the ever-popular Amsterdam Sex Museum) is very popular. Moti Mahal‘s menu features an extensive range of vegetarian, seafood, tandoori, and curry dishes, all beautifully presented with an eye for detail. The dessert menu also introduces several Indian favorites like the Kheer Badam – Indian rice pudding with almonds, raisins, and pistachios, and an assortment of home-made ice-creams.

Japanese Pancake World

This small but popular restaurant specializes in three kinds of Japanese pancake, or okonomiyaki.: first is Osaka-style, the most common style served with mayonnaise and sauce; second is Hiroshima-style, in which the pancake is thinner and includes cabbage, fried noodles, seaweed and egg; the third is Negi-yaki, or Scallion pancake – very similar to Hiroshima, but with spring onions instead of cabbage. Filled with all manner of ingredients, from chicken and seafood to fresh vegetables and cheese, these dishes are most commonly found in the Hiroshima and Kansai regions. Japanese Pancake World’s interior features an open kitchen in a modern setting, but with limited seating, so it’s always best (especially after 9) to call ahead for a table. Beautifully situated near the canal.

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Sea Palace

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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This stunning establishment is built up like a pagoda on the Oosterdok reservoir. Connected to the land by a long, level platform, the restaurant’s three stories offer indoor and outdoor seating and gorgeous waterside views. Widely acclaimed for its meticulous attention to service, presentation and consistent quality, Sea Palace is a must-visit for some of the best Chinese food in Amsterdam. There’ also an extensive downstairs bar-lounge for afternoon drinks and cocktails.

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