AMSTERDAM – A few tips for a little break.


AMSTERDAM

If you are planning a little break in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Rose & Clementine would like to share some tips with you. In this article, you will find their favourite addresses for dinner, a day break, a brunch and bike rentals in Amsterdam Centrum, the city centre, where you will be likely to spend most of your time. They are of good quality, far from the many tourist traps you can find in touristic areas all over the world, and places where locals go.

The Dutch are not famous for their own gastronomy but as they are the best traders in the world and Amsterdam is the harbour where world international commerce was born, you can roughly find all the many spices and food products that exist. These are probably some of the many reasons why you will be able to find a very large panel of cuisine types in Amsterdam restaurants.

Here are some examples and our recommendations:


o       Best brunch in town:

DEBAKKERSWINKEL: Very nice.  You might need to queue a bit.

Warmoesstraat 69

1012 HX Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 (0)20 4898000 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 (0)20 4898000      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

debakkerswinkel.nl

o       Little day break :

Herengracht Café: For a good soup, a tasty sandwitch, a fresh salad or even a coffee, a cuppa or an aperitive, the Herengracht Café is a nice place to stop at for a day or early evening break. It has a terrace on the canals.

Herengracht 435

1017 BR Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 6162482 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 (0)20 6162482      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

deherengracht.nl

o       Bike rentals

Forget about taxis as taxi drivers are very likely to take you on a city tour before reaching your destination. On top of that, rides even short are very expensive.

Good and cheap address to rent out some bikes.

MacBike Leidseplein – Rental & Tire Service

Weteringsschans 2

Amsterdam

How to get there: MacBike Leidseplein can be reached by tram nr. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10; (stop Leidseplein)


o       For dinner (beware: some restaurant kitchens close at 21:30!):

=> (-) Cheap, (+) more expensive, (++) very expensive.

(-) SAMA SEBO

For many locals, Sama Sebo is the best Indonesian restaurant in town.  Indonesian cuisine, quite typical of the Netherlands as Indonesia was an old Dutch colony. Nice busy atmosphere. Good quality and a must if you are in a discovery mood.

Our recommendation would be to go for their Rijssttafel menu with which you will be served many different dishes in small quantities. Ideal to try on a bit of everything!

Menu Rijssttafel (€ 29,50 p.p).

Booking : necessary.

P.C. Hooftstraat 27

1071 BL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tel: +31 (0)20 66 28 146 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 (0)20 66 28 146      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

www.samasebo.nl

(-) CASA PERU:

Cute little restaurant on the canals, very close from Leidseplein. Peruvian cuisine. Nice to try on, good quality and large quantities. Lovely staff.

Booking : necessary as the place is tiny.

Leidsegracht 68-SOUS

1016 CP Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 20 6203749 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 20 6203749      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

http://www.casaperu.nl/html/casaperu.html


(-) CASA DI DAVID:

Good Italian restaurant on the canals. Tasty antipasti, nice pizzas but the restaurant is mostly renown for their elaborate pasta dishes. Italian staff.

Booking: recommended.

Amsterdam Singel 426 (Spui)

020 – 624 50 93

http://www.casadidavid.com/index.php?id=19

(+) DE BELHAMEL:

Beautiful restaurant, ideally located on the canals. Charming view over the canals if you ask, at the booking, to get a table downstairs by the window.

International cuisine.  Very good dishes. The place has the Bib Gourmand Michelin classification.

Perfect for an after dinner romantic walk around.

Booking: Compulsary and a few days before you intend to go.

Brouwersgracht 60

1013 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

+31 20 6221095 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 20 6221095      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

http://www.belhamel.nl/

(+) MOMO:

Japanese/Asian cuisine. Very trendy. Probably best with your girlfriends  Carrie Bradshaw and Samantha Jones rather than with your boyfriend or husband for a romantic evening. But that is up to you!

If you like hype, go there! Close from Leidseplein.

Booking: Compulsary and a few days before you intend to go.

Hobbemastraat 1,

Amsterdam,

+31 20 671 74 74 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 20 671 74 74      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

http://www.momo-amsterdam.com/

(+) UTRECHTSEDWARSTAFEL :

Superb and known by locals only. International/Mediterranean cuisine. The Chefs prepare the dishes with fresh, seasonal  and high quality products hence the menus change on a very regular basis.

The concept is that you do not chose your dishes. You just need to tell if you have dietary requirements and how many courses you wish to have. You will be proposed a glass of wine with every dish. Delicious.

The restaurant is lit by candels only which provides a very romantic atmosphere. Very good and pleasant service.

Booking : Compulsary and a few days before you intend to go.

Utrechtsedwarsstraat 107-109

1017 WD Amsterdam

+31 20 625 41 89 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 20 625 41 89      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

http://www.utrechtsedwarstafel.com/en/

(++) LA RIVE:

For a special occasion. One Michelin Star. Restaurant on the shore of the Amstel River. Beautiful view, delicious Mediterranean/French cuisine. Excellent service. Magnifique !

Booking : Compulsary and in advance.

La Rive

Prof. Tulpplein 1,

Amsterdam,

+31 (0)20 520 32 64 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +31 (0)20 520 32 64      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

http://www.restaurantlarive.nl/

Enjoy your stay!

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