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Where To Find French Food in Amsterdam

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Updated: 31 January 2017
There are several fantastic French food stores and restaurants amidst the hundreds of internationally orientated establishments in Amsterdam. These delicatessens, patisseries and bistrots all serve traditional regional delicacies and to ensure that their food is authentic, usually employ imported French ingredients.

Stores

Petit Gâteau

As its name suggests, this patisserie on Haarlemmerstraat makes delicious, miniature French pastries including macarons, éclairs and butter cakes. Its owners originally met in Paris and established a patisserie in the French capital before moving to Amsterdam. Today, Petit Gâteau continues to make outstanding Parisian quality delicacies and also offers catering services for businesses or private events.

📍Petit Gâteau, Haarlemmerstraat 80, Amsterdam, +31 20 737 1585

Le Fournil de Sébastien

One of the founders of this excellent boulangerie actually hails from western France and was raised by a family of award winning bakers. Considering this heritage, it is no wonder that Le Fournil de Sébastien is generally considered to be the best place in Amsterdam to pick up crispy croissants, baguettes or pain au chocolat.

📍 Le Fournil de Sébastien, Olympiaplein 119, Amsterdam, +31 20 672 4211

Caulils Delicatessen

Caulils Delicatessen keeps a wide range of French products in stock and has an amazing selection of regional cheeses, paté and cured meats. Apart from its edible wares, Caulils Delicatessen also offers a wine subscription service that allows customers to sample several bottles over a predetermined period.

📍 Caulils Delicatessen, Haarlemmerstraat 115, Amsterdam, +31 20 412 0027

Sterk Avonderkoop

Sterk Avonderkoop is a unique, late night off-license that imports drinks from all over the world. Most European cuisines are well-represented at Sterk Avonderkoop and the store has an impressive range of delicious French beverages. There are over 150 different brands of authentic champagne on offer inside the store as well as aperitifs such as Lillet and hundreds of bottles of French wine.

📍 Sterk Avondverkoop, De Clercqstraat 7, Amsterdam, +31 20 618 1727

Restaurants

Café Restaurant Amsterdam

While Café Restaurant Amsterdam isn’t, strictly speaking, a French establishment, its kitchen is well-known for its delicious menu that features several iconic French dishes. The restaurant is located inside an enormous renovated factory that was originally constructed during the height of the Dutch industrial revolution, meaning that it can easily seat large groups.

📍 Café Restaurant Amsterdam, Watertorenplein 6, Amsterdam, +31 20 682 2666

Bistrot des Alpes

The interior of Bistrot des Alpes resembles a French, alpine chalet and its kitchen specialises in warming, hearty meals that are designed to stave off winter chills. The restaurant makes its gratin, fondue and raclettes with ingredients imported directly from Savoy, and its menu features a number of delicious cured meats that are traditionally produced in the Alpes.

📍 Bistrot des Alpes, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 141, Amsterdam, +31 20 620 7393

Bistrot des Alpes serves traditional fondue savoyarde | ©Caroline Léna Becker/WikiCommons
Bistrot des Alpes serves traditional fondue savoyarde | ©Caroline Léna Becker/WikiCommons

Brasserie Ambassade

The walls of Brasserie Ambassade’s dining room feature several paintings created by leading artists from the CoBrA movement, making it among the best places in Amsterdam to experience classic examples of Western-European modern art. Beside these aesthetic assets, the restaurant also has an outstanding menu that is inspired by French cuisine. Many classic dishes are available at the restaurant, such as salade au confit de canard, steak tartare and escargots gratinés.

📍Brasserie Ambassade, Herengracht 339, Amsterdam, +31 20 555 0255

Bistrot Neuf

Bistrot Neuf is a cosy, Parisian style café on Haarlemmerstraat that pairs its menu with an extensive range of Old World wine. Its lunch menu is particularly noteworthy, due to its typical French dishes and delicious croque monsieur, while its dinner carte leans towards the finer side of French cuisine. The restaurant only uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and has an impressive selection of cheese on its dessert menu.

📍 Bistrot Neuf,Haarlemmerstraat 9, Amsterdam, +31 20 400 3210

Bistrot Neuf is located on a trendy, central street called Haarlemmerstraat | © Franklin Heijnen/Flickr
Bistrot Neuf is located on a trendy, central street called Haarlemmerstraat | © Franklin Heijnen/Flickr