Our top 10 favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam

To be fair, there are too many great lunch and brunch possibilities in Amsterdam, but a few standout! 

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 food
  • Provide excellent and friendly service
  • Good quality at reasonable prices
  • Great vibe
  • Inspirational or unique design

1. COTTONCAKE, 1e van der Helstraat 76-hs

This Concept store in the Pijp has it all! No need to travel to Paris,  Berlin, Melbourne or New York – Cottoncake brings all influences together in their store and café. They put all their love in fine organic food & smoothies. Besides food & drinks you will find a mix of fashion, design & lifestyle. From lovely handmade jewelries of Mimi et Toi & Monocraft, organic creams of La Bruket, to lovely basic shirts of Samsoe & Samoe and beautiful knits of Sita Murt.. I really fell in love with this concept store; you can sit down and relax, enjoy their organic healthy food and find that special item that you have to try on and you will keep for ever. cottoncake.nl

CottonCake
source: www.cottoncake.nl

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 caffé 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. http://bakersandroasters.com

Lunch spots Amsterdam

3. VINNIES DELI, Haarlemmerstraat 46 | Nieuwezijds Kolk 33

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 hart 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! vinnieshomepage.com

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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 it’s high tea! From the garden to your plate: The special thing about Gartine is that they produce vegetables, fruits and herbs from its own 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. gartine.nl

gartinesource: www.gartine.nl

5. 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 center 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.

Favourite lunch spots in Amsterdam, Cantina

6. SLA

If you want to eat something healthy and 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 workspots in Amsterdam, and furthermore, they offer free tea refills! ilovesla.com

Lunch spots in Amsterdam, SLA
Source: SLA

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.

Karavaan, lunch spot Amsterdam

8. BENJI’S

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.

Benji's

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 till this day. To be fair, their service is excellent and the kitchen produces delicious comfort Aussi style food. In fact, 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 and bringing them together is what 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 workspots in Amsterdam at the moment, and 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 8am, so early birds can drink a quick coffee and have some simple breakfast such as granola & yoghurt 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. 

Bar Restaurant Lely Amsterdam

Happy eating!

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam Event Calendar for October 2018

Don’t be hiding under the covers this October. Amsterdam is booming with events and this is the list to go with! Enjoy the Amsterdam Event Calendar for October!

De Kloffie Market
When? Saturday 6th of October, De Hallen
Looking for a unique shopping experience?!?! Shop the most beautiful vintage treasures, second-hand designer garments of mid & high-end range for a fair price (between 10 – 200 Euros) on Saturday 6 October 2018. 

Oktoberfest at WGT
When? Sat 6th of October, Westergasterras
On October 6th, the westergasterras is going to transform into a large biergarten, with large beer glasses and music. Dress into your lederhosen and enjoy traditional schnitzel, bratwurst en roasted chicken. Reserve your table by emailing: reserveren@westergasterras.nl

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Sunday Market
When? Sun 7th of October from 12pm, Westergas Terrein
The Sunday Market that we love so much! Together with MijnWijnPlein & TheTasteOfCroatia we will offer you a special opportunity to taste & buy the top selection of Croatian & French wines (and of course olive oils). If you are in Amsterdam or around, don’t miss this! From 12pm till 6pm.

The IJhallen Fleamarket
When? 6th & 7th of October, NDSM (inside)
Looking for that cool vintage jacket? Or perhaps some clothes for your little one? (as they grow out of them so fast!) Or maybe you’re searching for that unique retro style chair? The IJhallen fleamarket is the place to be! It opens at 9am and there is a €5,- admission fee. 

Free Admission at NEMO
When? Sun 7th of October, NEMO
If you have kids aged from 5 years old and older, you should bring them to Nemo this Sunday! To celebrate the weekend of science, the museum will open it’s doors for free! You want to know what Nemo is all about? 

Sunday Boozy Brunch
When? Sun 7th of October at 12pm, Persijn
Sunday Morning, the ultimate moment to have a sleep in, take it easy and of course… to go for brunch! At Persijn they understand this, that why they’ve teamed up with Ketel One Vodka to organise a monthly Sunday Boozy Brunch. Drop by between 12:00 and 15:00 and you can enjoy a bottomless brunch with as many dishes from the breakfast menu as you like. Think: pancakes, eggs, cakes or make it fancy with oysters! Tickets cost €29,- (virgin) or €49,- (with alcohol) www.persijn.nl

Pure Market
When? Sun 7th of October, Amsterdamse Bos
This market on Sunday, is a place to explore, discover, taste and learn about all the different foods of Holland (and the rest of the world). Try some Dutch Gouda cheese, Surinam roti, Indian curry, American pie or a freshly chucked oyster. Order an organic beer, coffee or wine to go with that and take a seat on one of our many terraces throughout the market. 

Wasteless Wednesday Dinner
When? 10th of October, Plantage Middenlaan
With surplus food from markets and stores, that would have gone for waste, our professional cooks present the most environmentally conscious choice for your get together with friends and the neighbourhood.Dinner is vegetarian/vegan, first-come-first-served and pay-as-you-feel (cash or bank transfer). Drinks are cash only. Bring your friends!

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Juicy
When? 12th of October, Westergasterras
What? Hiphop, Food & Drinks
Juicy is all about hiphop music, good food and tasty drinks. It starts at 5pm so the perfect after work location! Entrance is only 10 Euro.

The final Weekend Party at Roest
When? 12th – 14th of October, Roest
Due to renovation, Roest is closing it’s doors in order to re-open for a brand new look in 2020. For this temporary goodbye, they are hosting a weekend full of music and performances and market stalls. Join the fun! More info 

Plant Bathing Studio
When? 15th – 20th of October
This new trend inspired by forest bathing from Japan. Plant baths are proven to bring down your heart rate and blood pressure. The production of your stress hormones are reduced and your immune system improves. From 15 to 20 October 2018 everyone is welcome for a plant bath! 

plant bathing

Amsterdam Dance Event
When? 17th – 21st of October, all over Amsterdam
It’s THE best dance & electronic music event of Europe, maybe even in the world, but we’ll let you decide. There are hundreds of parties to choose from, but to make it a little bit easier, we’ve narrowed it down for you: https://www.wander-lust.nl/where-to-party-during-ade-2018/. Still looking for hotels?Check the best and most affordable options here!

Amsterdam Dance Event

Cinekid Festival
When? 20th – 26th of October, Amsterdam
In the week that the kids celebrate their autumn holidays, Cinekid will host the biggest kids media festival, with over 40 different locations in The Netherlands, and in Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek. The festival is for kids between 3 and 14 years old. Get your tickets here.

100% Zen, 0,0% Alcohol
When? 20th of October, Heineken Experience from 10am to 1pm
On 20 October, at the end of a packed ADE week, the Heineken Experience creates a zen moment by combining the soothing power of yoga with the pleasure of a beer. On the roof of the former brewery you can start your weekend with the sun salutation, the most beautiful view of Amsterdam and an ice-cold 0.0% beer in your hand. The session is led by an experienced yogi from Yoga Experiences and afterwards you can also count on a delicious beer brunch. You can reserve your yoga mat for just€7.50,- and that includes everything. 

Heineken Experience Amsterdam

24H West
When? 27th of October, Amsterdam West
The West district of Amsterdam is overflowing with fun and often unusual events. Theatres, museums, clubs, shops and places of interest open their doors to the public. Listen to beautiful arias while enjoying a cold beer at Bret, or go die-hard DIY at the Student Hotel. Night owls can dance all night to electronic music at the Radion Weekender, while early birds can start their day with a Turkish breakfast followed by a yoga lesson at Podium Mozaïek.

Enjoy!

Love,

Wander-Lust

*This calendar will be updated if new cool events occur