Otto’s recommendations Bible!
Welcome to my hometown!
Since I live right in the city center I know this city can be dangerous: loads of tourist traps out there! That’s why I made Otto’s survival guide to Amsterdam.
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As we say in the Netherlands, have a “gezellig” time in Amsterdam 🙂 !
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Food / Restaurants
Food / Breakfast / Lunch
coffeeshops no coffee weed
Food / Restaurants
is a nice dutch eating cafe in the beautiful Jordaan area, €13 for real dutch stamppot: hutspot.
Haesje Claes Restaurant
Ornate tiles and wood paneling adorn this traditional Dutch restaurant spread over 6 quaint houses Around €18 for a dish.
Indoor food market with 18 stands all kinds of Dutch and international cuisine and street food. Between €5-€15
The way my mom cooks. Photos of mums & antiques line this quirky restaurant with a terrace, serving Dutch classics. Popular, so make sure to reserve +3120 626 7957.
Fancy Dutch restaurant in beautiful tilting merchant house that looks like it will fall over any minute. 3 courses €45.
Funky, family-run cafe with communal seating offering vegan versions of Caribbean & Japanese dishes. €10-16
Ocha Thai food
Amazing Thai food for a very affordable price. Warning: No alcohol served and personnel has very strange sense of humor 🙂 12€
Some say the best dutch food is Indonesian food!
(Yes, sadly because of our colonial past…. )
Kantjil en de Tijger
You can sit down and have the “rice table” where you get tiny dishes everybody can share amazing diversity of taste. I come here often to score the Kantjil To- Go meals. €7 To Go, €28 Restaurant
Amazing indonesian but with dutch influence
Simply great seafood, 35€ for a huge 2 person platter. €20
The best all-you-can-eat sushi place in Amsterdam. Delicious. Make sure to call them and reserve a spot in the garden: +3120 626 3727
Lunch €18/Dinner €28
For the meat lovers! Amazing steaks and ribs. 15€
This famous Amsterdam brewery is run by the “not-normal”, and has not normal good beer and food! €8- €15
This brewery has 3 amazing home brewed beers, finger licking chicken and unlimited free peanuts.
Chicken €12,50 / Craft beer 3,50
Dutch Pancake House Upstairs. Only Lunch! open until 18:00!
Budget Italian: Caldi e Fredi
Real Italian cappuchino for just 1,30
Amazing Italian sandwitches for 3,50 and calzones for 2,50
Best French fries at Vleminckx Sausmeesters or Frietsteeg. Make sure to get them with mayonnaise or peanut sauce for the most authentic taste. You can also get a ”patatje oorlog” for a combination of mayonnaise and peanut sauce with chopped onion.
Buy the fresh Stroopwafel with molten caramel on the market for 2 euro (like albert cuyp) or van Wonderen (really expensive)
Go to Cheese and more by Henri Willig or the Cheese Museum and try 25 different dutch cheeses for free. Buy cheapest cheese on the market but be careful, not always ready to fly.
Try: Herring at any herring stand (be careful with the amount of unions)
Alcohol: Ask for Jenever or Kopstoot in any cafe (Dutch Gin) or go to Wynand Focking (dutch distillery) or Proeflokaal ’t Kelkje
market: second-hand market good for original souvenirs open: monday-saturday from 9:30-18:00
less touristy local market (best kebab!) Monday through Saturday 9 am – 5 pm
There is a big food market on the Albert Cuyp every day except sunday.
Shoot a Windmill selfie while tasting the best craft beer of a’dam at: Brouwerij ‘t Ij ((closes around 20:30)
Brouwerij de Prael (Open till late)
Date? Cafe de Dokter! Cute tiny cafe. Ask the owner why there is dust everywhere (does get crowded).
Cocktailbar Tales and Spirits (order the Splish Splash).
Golem is a cafe good for craft beer.
The Bloemenbar at Spuiplein is open until late, the Poolbar around the same area is aslo a very nice spot.
Live Music usually free entrance:
Loads of clubs around Leidseplein
Techno until morning:
For nice boutique shops go to the 9 streets or the Haarlemmerstraat in the Jordaan area.
For the expensive big brand fashion shops go to the Pieter Cornelis hooft straat between the Vondelpark and the museum square.
All the ‘standard’ shops (like H&M or Nike/Adidas) can be found at the Kalverstraat and the Nieuwendijk.
Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)
History of Amsterdam with cool video’s and some historical artwork. My favorite museum.
Onze lieveheer op zolder
: secret Catholic church from the 17th century, great to see how the 17t century house looked like and how they prayed in secret.
For 5€ you can book a tour with this old hippie that created the first museum of fluorescent art and made loads of it himself while on lsd. Mind blowing stuff! Specially if you just had some good “coffee”
Book at least 2 hours in advance
The Vondelpark. It’s in the middel of the city and always nice to visit. Play some games, make music or just simply light up, lay back and enjoy.
Amsterdamse bos is a nice place and they also have a place where you can cuddle with goats.