Where to eat in Amsterdam?

Publication: 16-04-2018

Moving to a new city can be quite overwhelming. A new language, new people and a totally different culture can make you feel like you have no idea how to start exploring your new town or city. I personally think that checking out restaurants is a perfect way to get to know Amsterdam. There are so many options, but from one Amsterdammer to another I would like to share with you my personal favorites which also happen to have great ratings. With this first foodblog I’ll share with you my top 5 picks for locations throughout the city.

5. Pllek Amsterdam Noord
The closest thing to a beach you’ll find in Amsterdam is probably what Pllek’s got to offer you. Not only does it look like a beach overlooking the waters, the decorations are so festive that it gives you summery vibes all year. Not only does this place offer yummy food (with lots of options for vegetarians and vegans too), the terrain also functions as a festival location with live music, international movie showings, art expositions and more. This makes it a perfect location to spend a free sunny Sunday afternoon. For more information, check: pllek.nl

4. HappyhappyjoyjoyAmsterdam West & East
Happyhappyjoyjoy offers a menu of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami streetfood from cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong and Saigon. Not only are their served dishes unique and colorful, the design of the restaurant is an absolute must see. The eclectic chaos, as they describe on their website, is inspired by typical Asian markets and you cannot help smiling as you enter this place. The waiters will advise you to order about three dishes per person, which makes this restaurant another great place for sharing food. My personal favorite is the beef rendang, so so good! Its two locations make it an easy accessible place from all parts of the city. For more information, check: happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

3. Nyonya Malaysia Restaurant Amsterdam Centrum
This hidden gem located in Amsterdam’s very own China Town is probably my all time favorite affordable restaurant in this very city. If you’re looking for a fancy place to have dinner, this isn’t the place to be. If you’re looking for affordable and authentic Malaysian food then this is a must visit! This restaurant’s extensive menu offers over one hundred authentic Malaysian dishes, all of which are halal. I would highly recommend trying out the pancakes with curry sauce as an appetizer and any of the sambal belacham main courses. For more information, check: nyonyamalaysiarest.nl

2. The CommonsAmsterdam Oost
This recently renovated restaurant is the perfect spot to widen your food horizon. The Commons’ menu consists of plenty of dishes from the international cuisine which are perfect for sharing. My tip would be: order one of everything on the menu. It’s a great way to find out what you like and that way your whole dinner party can try out new things. As there’s plenty of vegetarian options, I’m sure there’s something available for everyone. Their menu changes quite regularly, so there’s something new to explore throughout the year. For more information, check: thecommonsrestaurant.com/amsterdam-city/

1. Impero RomanoAmsterdam Zuid
Any pasta- and/or cheese lover will really appreciate this popular restaurant located on the canals right outside the city center, called Impero Romano. This place is famous for serving pasta out of a parmesan cheese, which is the best thing I’ve eaten in a long time. Besides this delicious specialty, the menu offers a variety of Italian dishes that will definitely satisfy your carb cravings. It is a little more on the fancy side, so it also serves as a great location for business lunches or dinners. Be sure to make reservations as it’s quite the phenomenon in this city. For more information, check: imperoromano.nl

Enjoy your meals and please tag me on Instagram (@ExpatHousing) when you decide to check one of these places out.


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