Whilst certainly inspiring, spending a whole day soaking up Amsterdam’s
cultural heritage can be hungry work. Fortunately, there are several excellent restaurants, cafés and tearooms dotted around the city’s museum quarter that are perfect for quiet lunches or refreshing pit-stops.
Bar, Cafe, German, Italian, $$$
Touted as a Berlin-style living room, this effortlessly chic café near Liedseplein is particularly popular after sundown – partly due to its bar’s impressive selection of German and Czech beers. As everything inside Brecht looks like it was lifted from a Wes Anderson set or an elderly relative’s apartment, the entire café radiates a deeply comforting sense of nostalgia. Besides beer, Brecht also serves Italian coffee, cakes and sandwiches.
’t Blauwe Theehuis
Bar, Tea Room, European, none
Due to its unique design and historical significance ’t Blauwe Theehuis is now recognised as a national monument by the Dutch government. This two-storey, ring-shaped pavilion is located inside Vondelpark and was built during the height of Dutch Modernist architecture in the 1930s. Despite its impressive history, the tearoom is actually very welcoming and has one of the largest terraces in Europe.
Restaurant, Cafe, European, $$$
This café is actually located inside Museumplein and is named after the Cobra movement – a group of conceptual, modern artists that were partially based in Amsterdam. The café owns and displays artwork from several figures that were associated with Cobra, including Karel Appel. For a real Dutch treat, check out their phenomenal apple pie.
Back to Black
Cafe, Contemporary, $$$
Apart from roasting, brewing and selling some of the finest coffee in Amsterdam, Back to Black also serves an enticing lunch menu that mainly gravitates around homemade cakes and quiches. The café is within walking distance from Museumplein and its southern facing windows look onto Lijnbaansgracht canal. Perhaps, more importantly, a friendly cat called Binkie lives inside Back to Black.
Restaurant, Cafe, Northern European, $$$
Eating at Wildschut is always a memorable experience, thanks to the café’s wonderful architecture, superb location and perfectly balanced menu. This classy establishment is within earshot of the Conecertgebouw and serves many classic Dutch lunchtime meals such as veal croquettes or plate filling omelettes. During spring and summer, Café Wildschut serves lunch alfresco on its wonderful, crescent shaped terrace.
Restaurant, Northern European, none
The large, neo-classical building on Vondelpark’s northern border contains a charming restaurant called Vondelpark3. This stately restaurant serves food throughout the day and has a fantastic lunch menu which features a wide range of meat-based, vegetarian and vegan dishes. For obvious reasons, Vondelpark3’s terrace is especially stunning during the warmer months of the year.