LUNCH AMSTERDAM: OUR FAVOURITE SPOTS
To be fair, there are too many great lunch and brunch possibilities in Amsterdam, but a few stand out! We’ve handpicked our favourite 10 lunch spots in Amsterdam because they have that extra little thing. More importantly, we have also selected our choices by these important pillars:
- They serve topnotch lunch food
- Provide excellent and friendly service
- Good quality at reasonable prices for Amsterdam
- Great vibe
- Inspirational or unique design
1. CANTINA, Joris van Den Berghweg 107
In case you were looking to escape the city, Café Cantina is one of our favourite all time spots in Amsterdam. It’s not close to the city centre and you can only reach it by car and bicycle. Therefore it’s never crowded and popular with locals. The organic café is also part of “Het Rijk van de Keizer” which is a location that can be used for weddings, parties and special dinners. You chill in the sundeck on a fatboy, hammock or even sit in an old car wreck. Find a spot in the shade under umbrella’s tucked away in between the trees. Don’t be surprised if you see chickens walking around, this is normal! Read more about this amazing spot.
2. BAKERS & ROASTERS, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54
Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland are known for their great coffee shops and these two friendly owners of New Zealand & Brasil brought the café culture to Amsterdam. This New Zealand style café is a very nice place where they serve fresh fruit salads, healthy juices, hot pies fresh from the oven, eggs, granola and is packed every day and we totally understand why! They do not except reservations, but it’s worth to wait. Don’t forget to take a coffee, since their crafted coffee is a selection of Roasts from Ozone Coffee. They establish relationships with all their growers, batch roast & dispatch daily to ensure maximum taste & freshness.
3. VINNIES DELI, Scheldestraat 45BG
Are you looking for tasty & healthy lunch where they use organic, fair-trade, and sustainable products? Then Vinnies Deli is definitely the place to be for you! It’s no surprise this is one of our favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam. It’s a small cozy lunch/coffee room where you can eat your heart out! I have two favorites on the menu: eggplant with buttermilk sauce and pomegranate, and smoked mackerel with grapefruit chutney. But they also serve delicious cakes & coffees. Vinnies Deli is open from 7.30m in the morning and does take a killer take away and delivery. Do you like what you see inside? All the designer furniture is for sale!
4. GARTINE, Taksteeg 7
In the hectic city, you will find this ‘secret’ place in Amsterdam, Gartine, a cute, cozy, and lovely restaurant that is known for its high tea! From the garden to your plate: The special thing about Gartine is that they produce vegetables, fruits, and herbs from its garden. Almost all products are produced locally and everything is organic. They serve high-quality breakfast, lunch & high tea dishes on flower-printed china plates. You need to make a reservation upfront since they only have 7 tables in total.
5. IJver, Scheepsbouwkade 72
Let’s go to the Northside! This lunch spot in Amsterdam is perfect with a large group of friends because of the size. Beer lovers can go crazy on the speciality beers, in can, bottle or tap. The menu at IJver is a fresh mix of Dutch and French cuisine from Dutch soil, with a nod to the quirky of Amsterdam. Beer is an important ingredient, in the bar and in the kitchen. Think of a Weizenbier stew in, a fresh hoppy IPA dressing with young veggies and a slush puppy made from cherry beer.
6. SLA, more locations lunch Amsterdam
If you want to eat something healthy, nutritious, and organic, SLA is the place to do it. Currently, they own x locations in Amsterdam and they are still growing. Our favourite location is the one on the Amstelveenseweg because it’s large and next to the famous Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Every season they change their salad options, so you won’t get bored and they have more than 12 choices! It’s also one of our favourite work spots in Amsterdam, and furthermore, they offer free tea refills! ilovesla.com
7. KARAVAAN, Kwakersplein 2h
To begin with, this place is brand new. It’s large, warm and the staff is extremely friendly which can be rare these days. In terms of people, you will find it all here. Couples, friends, freelancers, you name it. Find out more about this favourite lunch spot in Amsterdam.
One of us has Indonesian roots, so we especially love Benji’s Toko. That being said, all of their locations are magnificent! Best of all, all locations are full of plants and greenery, making you feel like you are in a tropical location.
9. DROVERS DOG, Heemstedestraat 25 | Eerste Atjehstraat 62
This Australian café/restaurant has been around for many years now but is still popular with locals and visitors to this day. To be fair, their service is excellent and the kitchen produces delicious comfort Aussi-style food. Two Australians and a Dutchman set up this great spot. In addition to the fact that a Drover is a well-known dog breed, the name has more to do with what these dogs do. They bring large herds of cattle together in Australia, which is important at Drovers Dog. It is always cozy and full of friends, couples, and families. Everyone who works there speaks English fluently and often with a strong Australian accent. (Oh, how we love it).
10. BAR LELY,Cornelis Lelyplein 4
It’s one of Elke’s favorite work spots in Amsterdam at the moment and is situated at a brilliant location in Amsterdam West. Bar Restaurant Lely is so much more than just a restaurant next to Lelylaan train station. The restaurant opens at 8 am, so early birds can drink a quick coffee and have some simple breakfast such as granola & yogurt or a croissant. For lunch, they serve simple but very tasty options and I must say that the avo on toast with a poached egg.
LOTTI’S @ The Hoxton, Herengracht
Besides being a regular hotspot for business meetings and freelancers, you almost forget that the Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam has a restaurant. By the name of Lotti’s, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu has recently changed to keep the tourists and locals happy. On Fri & Sat you can enjoy a live DJ; on Sunday they play Jazzy sounds from 4 pm onwards. Nice to know; they collaborate with another brand each month and when we had lunch it was Tony Chocolonely which meant pancakes with chocolate! Keep an eye out on their website to see who they will collaborate with next time. thehoxton.com
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