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Top Amsterdam Places to Eat and Drink

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From craft beer to locally sourced seafood, here are 20 of Amsterdam's best spots—restaurants where every meal will be memorable, and popular bars where you can raise a pint or cocktail.
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Dijksgracht 4, 1019 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amazing brew and an even better view—what's not to love about Hannekes Boom, a relaxing beer garden in the revitalized neighborhood surrounding Amsterdam's Central Station? In addition to drinks and hearty nachos, sandwiches, and burgers...
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Jodenbreestraat 1, 1011 NG Amsterdam, Netherlands
You can find cozy Café de Sluyswacht on a bustling street in the heart of Amsterdam, steps away from the Rembrandt House. Originally constructed in 1692 as a home for the sluyswacht, the man who controlled the neighboring lock, the charming...
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Pulitzers Bar, Keizersgracht 234, 1016 DZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unlike in many European cities, the craft-cocktail movement is just catching fire in Amsterdam. This swanky watering hole, tucked inside the historic, canal-fronted Pulitzer Amsterdam hotel, is one of the best examples. The vibe is...
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Flevopark 13a, 1095 KE Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nestled in the heart of Flevopark, a sprawling green space in the eastern corner of the city, this distillery and tasting room serves around 100 different jenevers, vodkas, and liqueurs—all made on-site in a restored 19th-century pump house....
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Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam, Netherlands
This funky spot stands out among Amsterdam’s many urban "beach bars." You can laze away a sunny afternoon at one of the picnic tables or chairs set up on a wide stretch of sand. Cocktails and beer slake your thirst, while decent pulled-pork...
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Kattengat 4-6, 1012 SZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
The precariously leaning, step-gabled houses that were joined to form this elegant dining room date back to 1614, and many of their original interiors remain intact, with beautiful delft-tiled walls, wood beams, and wide-plank floors. The...
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Korte Ouderkerkerdijk 45, 1096 AC Amsterdam, Netherlands
As glassy high-rises sprout up on the site of a former gasworks complex on the Amstel River, this early-20th-century red-brick house, where the factory’s director once lived, has been preserved and turned into a smart café and art...
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Reguliersdwarsstraat 28, 1017 BM Amsterdam, Netherlands
On bustling Reguliersdwarsstraat—a street filled with gay cafés and clubs—Lion Noir stands out for its sophisticated, French-tinged menu and wildly eclectic, nature-inspired decor. The dual-level restaurant’s deep-green...
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Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands
With its relatively low skyline, Amsterdam doesn’t have many rooftop bars; this one, seven stories up on peak of the Volkshotel, offers a panoramic look at the city from both its spacious, windowed interior and its generously sized terrace....
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Pijlsteeg 31, 1012 HH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wynand Fockink founded his namesake distillery on this narrow alleyway off Dam Square in 1724 (and the building is even older, dating to 1679); some 70 varieties of jenever (Dutch gin), fruit brandy, and liqueur are still produced here today. In...
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Museumstraat 2, 1071 XX Amsterdam, Netherlands
Adjacent to the famed Rijksmuseum, this restaurant has garnered praise—and a Michelin star—for its inventive, Dutch-influenced cuisine that emphasizes locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Given the Netherlands’ proximity to...
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T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hop on the free ferry from the city’s Central Station for the 15-minute ride to the NDSM wharf, an old shipyard that’s transformed into a hipster haven with restaurants, bars, and artists' studios. The waterfront “beach...
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Gravenstraat 2, 1012 NM Amsterdam, Netherlands
With just a few tables and a handful of barstools, this bar may be tiny, but it packs a lot of character into its diminutive space. Walls are decorated floor-to-ceiling with a mix of beer posters and racy street art; at the small wood bar, eight...
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Herengracht 255, 1016 BJ Amsterdam, Netherlands
By day, the low-slung leather chairs and chesterfield sofas at this spacious bar-restaurant in the trendy Hoxton hotel on the Herengracht canal belong to the laptop-and-coffee crowd. By night, the same lofty, mod-chic space morphs into a buzzy but...
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Utrechtsestraat 11, 1017 CH Amsterdam, Netherlands
A recent addition to the Rembrandtplein, one of the city’s busiest nightlife squares, is Amsterdam’s first street-art restaurant—where you can drink and dine surrounded by canvases from the world’s top graffiti artists....
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Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s answer to the food-hall craze is this bustling indoor market, set in a converted tram depot on the city’s west side. There’s an ever-changing lineup of around 20 international street-food stalls serving everything...
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Dam 9, 1012 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
Overlooking Dam Square, this sumptuous white-and-gilt dining room—the oldest in Amsterdam (it dates back to 1885)—is the setting for chef Jacob Jan Boerma’s strikingly innovative cooking. Creative flavor combinations artfully...
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Spuistraat 172, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands
A true feast for the eyes, this Belle Époque brasserie inside a century-old former bank building (now part of the W Amsterdam) is one of the loveliest dining spaces in the city. Beneath a soaring, stained-glass ceiling, immense circular...
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Overhoeksplein 1, 1031 KS Amsterdam, Netherlands
The trendy Amsterdam-Noord district is home to the city’s newest outpost of the famed burger joint called the Butcher. Set inside the hip designer hotel Sir Adam, the sprawling, dual-level space is pure fun, with table tennis, pinball,...
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Funenkade 7, 1018 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands
Unexpected surprises abound in Amsterdam. On the city's east side, you'll find one denoted by a tall windmill: Brouwerij 't IJ (the IJ Brewery), a small brewery and pub situated in the former Funen bathhouse, next to the De Gooyer windmill. Opened...