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The Best Places to Eat Indonesian Food in Amsterdam

Picture of Tom Coggins
Updated: 5 January 2018

Indonesian food occupies a special place within Dutch culture, and classic items like rijsttaffel, loempia and bakmi rank among the most popular dishes in the Netherlands. There are dozens of excellent Indonesian restaurants spread throughout Amsterdam, including the following high-end establishments, low-key canteens and awesome takeout joints.

 

Indrapura

Are you looking to chow down on an elaborate rijsttafel while in Amsterdam? Then makes sure to stop by this restaurant on Rembrandtplein, which offers several different types of rijsttafel that centre around specific culinary preferences and dietary requirements. There’s even a full-blown vegetarian spread available at the restaurant for €33 per person that features many tasty Indonesian delicacies that have been slightly modified in order to make them suitable for veggies.

Address & Phone
Budget
$$
Kantijl & de Tijger

This awesome establishment near Spuiplein is divided into two separate areas that serve delicious takeout rice or noodles bowls, and full-blown seated meals, respectively. The former option ranks among the most popular lunch spots in Amsterdam and allows customers to design their own meals by combining together several Indonesian staples. Dinner at Kantijl & Tiijger revolves around small, tasty dishes that are perfect for sharing and is served inside a stunning art-deco-style dining room.

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© Kantijl & de Tijger

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Restaurant Jun

This charming Indonesian restaurant is located just beyond the western limits of Amsterdam’s historic canal belt and lies within walking distance from several important landmarks such as Anne Frank House, Westerkerk and Vondelpark. The restaurant serves classic Indonesian dishes including several less well-known, yet authentic dishes like soto telor puyuh or ayam rica bersantan, which are quite difficult to find elsewhere in the Netherlands.

Opening Hours
Wed - Sat :
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - None :
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Café AMOI

Café AMOI mixes together traditional Indonesian cooking with super stylish aesthetics and top-notch service. The restaurant’s menu features basically every well-known Indonesian dish, including classics like grilled satay kebebs, fresh spring rolls and perfectly balanced Gado Gado salads. There are also some awesome cocktails available at Café AMOI’s bar, which pair wonderfully with the restaurant’s menu.

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© Café AMOI

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Budget
$$
Tujuh Maret

This homey restaurant serves an impressive range of Indonesian specialities and divides its menu into several categories that revolve around meat, fish, saté and bamki noodles. Tujuh Maret also offers catering services and will gladly help clients organise incredible feasts inside their homes or at other venues around the city.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Budget
$$
Restaurant Blauw

Restaurant Blauw lies around 100 metres away from Vondelpark’s southern entrance on a bustling street called Amstelveenweg which is famed for its eclectic culinary scene. The restaurant serves an impressive array of classic Indonesian staples and bases its menu around rijstaffel – a traditional multi-course meal that features a wide variety of delicious rice, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes.

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© Restaurant Blauw Amsterdam

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Thu :
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat :
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun - None :
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mama Makan

Aside from serving incredible Indonesian meals, Mama Makan also has one of the most stunning dining areas in Amsterdam, which features wide open spaces and long rows of comfy sofas. The restaurant’s menu includes many superb dishes that are inspired by classic Indonesian cooking and features an entire section dedicated to rijsttafel.

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© Mama Makan

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Fri :
6:30 am - 1:00 am
Sat - Sun :
7:00 am - 1:00 am
Budget
$$
Blue Pepper

There are several intricately prepared set menus available at this classy restaurant on Nassaukade, which include many traditional Indonesian dishes that have been adapted around modern cooking techniques. The restaurant also organises candlelight boat cruises where guests can enjoy delicious Indonesian food whilst marvelling at Amsterdam’s waterways.

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Blue Pepper run a special, candlelit canal cruise | © pixabay

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sun :
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Budget
$$