As Dutch dinnertime usually falls well within the earlier hours of the evening, most restaurants in Amsterdam tend to close their kitchens around 9pm. However, there are a growing number of excellent late night restaurants in the city, that will gladly serve patrons after regular business hours.
New York PIzza
Pizzaria, North American, $$$
Amsterdam’s most ubiquitous pizza chain has a special late night branch on Spuiplein, that is open until 4am during the weekends. This modest takeout joint is strategically located on Amsterdam’s most central plaza, allowing barflies and night owls to chow down on delicious, American-style pizza before finally heading home.
Kaufman Falafel & Beer
Restaurant, Bar, Middle Eastern, $$$
Despite being a relative newcomer to Amsterdam’s culinary scene, Kaufmann Falafel & Beer has already won over legions of fans, thanks to its devilishly simple approach towards dining. As its name suggest, the bar has two specialities: authentic, crispy falafel and delicious Dutch craft beers – a particularly enticing combination, especially during the late hours of the evening.
Fast Food,Street Food, $$$
Two out of the four Burger Bars in central Amsterdam stay open past 2am every night of the week, whilst the remaining pair keep their kitchens humming until similar hours over the weekend. Unlike most fast food joints, Burger Bars allow patrons to design their own meals and choose between a wide range of patties, sauces and toppings. They also sell Heineken by the pint.
TonTon Club West
Restaurant, Ramen, Japanese, none
This massive, old-school arcade in Amsterdam-west certainly knows its clientele and encourages hungry gamers to fill up on delicious ramen based dishes whilst, before or after enjoying coin-op classics such as Time Crisis 3, Street Fighter 4 and Bishi Bashi Special. Besides noodle soup and burgers, TonTon also serves up an impressive selection of Japanese street food, including sdamame and katsu chicken.
Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary, none
This aptly tilted restaurant caused quite a stir when it opened a few years ago in central Amsterdam, and has since launched two more branches in the city. Its menu is cleverly geared towards meat and cocktail connoisseurs, with a special emphasis on ‘prehistoric’ delicacies such as flatiron steaks or tender rib-roasts. For obvious reasons, the restaurant is particular popular among Amsterdam’s carnivorous population.
Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
A few years back the Butcher opened a small, burger bar in de Pijp, which quickly amassed a large following due to its down-to-earth sensibilities, hard-hitting menu and flexible opening hours. Although, the company has now grown into a veritable international brand, with branches in Ibiza and Berlin, its original restaurant in Amsterdam is still among the coolest hangouts in the city – partly due to its secret, invite-only cocktail lounge.
Restaurant, Bar, North American, $$$
With its mainstays including American-style burgers, hotdogs, and spareribs, when it comes to comfort food, Bar Huf’s menu really hits the spot. Besides these incredible, New World staples, Bar Huf also serves an impressive number of international beers and spirits, as well as some of the tastiest cocktails in central Amsterdam.
Restaurant, African, Middle Eastern, $$$
Considering Bazar’s outstanding reputation, it is a small miracle that their menu has remained within affordable limits. The sheer number of high-quality north African meals on offer at Bazar is truly astounding, and the restaurant serves some of the finest couscous dishes available in the Netherlands. These incredible platters are presented within an equally remarkable setting, as Bazar’s two-storey dining area is contained within the main hall of a beautifully decorated, renovated church.