NL: “Wat de boer niet kent, vreet ie niet.”
ENG: “What the farmer doesn’t know, he won’t eat.”
Lesson 1 in Dutch expressions
Having lived in Amsterdam for almost 10 years, I’m going to let you in on some insider tips and tricks of the city.
In this post, ‘Amsterdam: Top 23+ Best Insider Tips on Hip Cool and Trending Hot Spot Restaurants, Lunch Rooms and Coffee places To Eat and Drink’, I’ll show you around the town and tell you the ultimate hipster IT places to be at.
The setting, interior, taste, quality or the random hipster people passing through are all interesting enough to sit back and relax in one of these spots.
More secrets and tips of Amsterdam will follow, otherwise oh my lordy would this post be densely filled with activities: Yikes!
Lunch and Coffee
For the ultimate summer hippy feeling I’d advise you to head on over to Hannekes Boom either per boot, per bike or even per train as the train station is right next door. At night a huge fire is lit up and often live music is played. The view is also amazing as you look across the water and see the entire city smile back at you.
Found in Amsterdam North, PLLEK is entirely made out of old shipping containers and has a free spirited feeling. During the day enjoy sitting on their beach with a cold Corona while looking across the lake IJ and listening to a DJ mix Buena Vista Social Club and house together. At night you can even catch an open air movie night.
Cafe de Ceuvel
Cafe de Ceuvel is located in Noord and can be reached by taking a ferry (free) behind central station and riding your bike the rest. The atmosphere is a mix between a New Orleans swamp, Hill-Billy Bob, Trending Hipster, and Eco friendly vibes. Enjoy the setting and the real Amsterdam people that come here to have a drink.
In the middle of Leidseplein this cultural and philosophical place is found. Get the best soy Cappuccino and find their newest art exhibition on the wall right in front of you. Take a look at what kind of lectures are given or movies that are being shown and be fueled.
Both is possible: Either order something and take it away to gobble up in a park nearby or park your bum on a chair and be bedazzled by the true Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. They work with fresh ingredients and therefore have a daily changing menu. So take your pic.
Oh My God, their nacho’s are to die for nomnomnom! Absolute a must eat after a long shopping spree in the area Jordaan. Located across the street of a fire station, the name ‘Brandstof’ translated fire fuel is a hint to its neighbor. A trendy place to fuel up and grab a snack.
It can be a bit out of the route but if you’re looking for a nice lunch spot next to canal then this ones for you. The interior is filled with plants and wooden cabinets linked with copper to give it an industrial feel. Rest out here and then decide which route or place you’ll take next.
Located in the middle of the 9 Straatjes also known as the 9 Streets this cafe actually doesn’t have an official name. It’s called by the name of the street and the number on which it is found: Wolvenstraat 23. Order a quick tosti plus juice and while you’re waiting choose out of the many different board games that are lying around. Yahtzee!
Brasserie Halte 3
The building originally was an old resting place for when trams did not ride at night but, has been transformed to this amazing hub of eclectic food and drinks called the Foodhallen. Brasserie Halte 3 has a vintage and classic look combined with a modern contemporary twist. Afterwards, treat yourself to a movie that’s located in the next hallway.
If you love avocado, chicken and parmesan cheese head on over to De Wasserette because they got the sandwich for you. While you’re in the area, waddle through the Albert Cuyp Street and get a warm stroopwafel for dessert (a thin waffle filled with warm caramel goo). Like KFC would say “finger lickin’ good”.
Make sure that when you want to go here, you go early if it’s a nice warm and hot day. A year ago this was an old dark parking lot but, has been miraculously transformed to a colorful outgoing and lively Suriname joint. The food is deliciously spiced with its influences from Paramaribo and the vibe is great with boats filling in on every side.
Tucked away in the Eastern part of Amsterdam La Vallade will make you fill like you’re back at home. The interior is friendly and warm and the menu is easy to comprehend as there’s only one menu to choose out of. This does variate per night and of course if you’re allergic or you don’t like something you can have a bit of a change up but, I’d advice you to stick whats being served as it’s prepared with love and oh my yummy goodness ingredients!
A great Italian restaurant that isn’t expensive plus they have great red wines that combine with the food perfectly. Their pizza’s are thin and crisp and taste delicious due to the fact that they’re brewed in a classic wood oven. They also have a gluten free pizza, try it out and let me know what you think!
Le Petit Latin
I swear you will never have looked up or turned around if you passed this restaurant. Not because it’s hidden…actually it’s in plain sight but the exterior isn’t that sexy or screamy so you can easily look past it. Trust me, this is a ultimate must if you love french cuisine! The chef personally drops by each table and will fill the night with laughter, talk and great food.
We save up our money to go to Toscanini every 2 months as the food is to die for. Make sure that you make a reservation at least a year before hand though. Ok joking but seriously book in advance as there’s a huge waiting list! The best Italian in Amsterdam and also the one that has the coolest waitress dressed as a typical italian with fiery red lipstick!
A pop up concept restaurant that used to be located on the Wibautstraat is now found in an old Citroen garage next the former Olympic stadium. Try the steak tartaar and the oysters, they’re yummy in your tummy! The interior is awesomely done with a combination of upcycled stuff and a collection of different art, fitting perfectly with the white and blue theme.
A bit pricey but absolutely worth it, every dish is a small masterpiece and the restaurant is located in the middle of the city in the 9 Straatjes a.k.a. 9 Streets. With white linnen decorated fancy pancy tables combined with the authentic dutch architecture will leave an impression and give you a night to remember.
A nomadic bohemian setting found in Westerpark together with a campfire, large wooden crates covered with persian tapestries and the Algerian dishes served here all fit perfectly as one. As of today we still talk about Rainarai as almost a love affair and still have the song in our head that was played there: Safiatou by Mama Sissoko. If you listen to this you’ll get the vibe that I’m going for!
One out of many nice restaurants located in this area, Bar Spek is a trendy and inexpensive place to have great food and drinks. An Industrial interior and modern touch give the place its looks. My favorite aspect is that their logo is a pig trying to eat a carrot on a stick.
In De Tol Huis Tuin
Take the ferry (free) to Buiksloterweg and step out where you will find this hipster place on your left. Enjoy a great dish for not so much while gazing over The IJ. The setting is playful and brightly colored with its picknick tables and lights in the tree. At night you’ll see the big cruise ships pass by and is absolutely a great site!
The Seafood Bar
Near the center of the city next to the upper class shopping street PC Hoofdstraat, this restaurant is here for the fishy lovers and has only the best. The classical sushi is possible but, also other beautiful dishes are prepared by the chefs found here. Be prepared to pay a bit more however, but truly worth it!
This right here is a salt crust covered fish and is so cool to order together with a friend or lover. The outer shell is completely made out of salt and is hardened due to the oven. The waiters will remove the crust at your table and the fish inside is amazingly yummy! Also order a huge carafe of water filled with fruit, mint, basel, ice and other fresh ingredients to quench your thirst.
(Kanen bij Ten Kate)
Every Thursday evening (right in front of restaurant Panache) the street is filled with food trucks of all sorts and styles. It’s more for the go and hanging around while enjoying drinks and gives a relaxed feeling. What’s this in my hand you may be asking: yup, it’s a ‘ice cream’ filled with roast beaf in a toasted bread formed horn. Sounds horrible actually when I write this down, but BOY was this good!
This is unfortunately only once a year but if you’re in Amsterdam while it’s on its an absolute must do: a huge food fair market with food trucks and live music and bars all over the place. It’s held in the Westerpark and gets bigger and bigger each year. Find spare ribs, pizza, oysters, burgers, wraps, taco’s, pasta’s, salads, curry’s, sushi and more here. Make sure to check it out next year when you’re here in the city !
Cover photo: JD Miguel Photography, “Amsterdam City Night”, Facebook.<www.facebook.com/demiguel.art>
De Balie: Andrew Sinclair, “Broodjes with M.McClelland and @stewart_graeme in de balie’s big room”. Instagram. <https://instagram.com/p/4MBMkfnCwa/?taken-by=adsinclair>
Hannekes Boom: Robbrps13, “#amsterdam #hannekesboom #boats #beers #summer I gotta say today was a good day”. Instagram. <https://instagram.com/p/4sLhgxr3xj/?tagged=hannekesboom>
Cafe de Ceuvel: cafedeceuvel, “”. Instagram. <https://instagram.com/p/obwaakqioA/?taken-by=cafedeceuvel>.
Brasserie Halte 3: Brasserie Halte 3,”halte3 Halte 3! #halte3 #foodhallen #020west”. Instagram. <https://instagram.com/p/5FkXriNk1D/?taken-at=273477088>.
De Wasserette: Ellenoudejans, “Avocado + chicken + pancetta + Parmesan = pretty much my reason to live. #lunch #hotspot #omnomnom. <https://instagram.com/p/59eMBwOuse/?taken-at=13111245>.