The recommendations bible of Sonja!

These are my personal tips -based on experience and research- for a great experience in Amsterdam! This resulted in a good list of tips! You can click on the bold text to get to the Google Maps location of the establishment.

All of you good luck in Amsterdam!

And don’t forget to write me a review here of course 😉

Food / Restaurants
Food / Breakfast / Lunch
Dutch Snacks
Food Markets
coffeeshops no coffee weed
Boat tour

Food / Restaurants

Dutch cuisine:

Moeders (make reservation) Website 
Prins van Oranje Website
Silveren Spiegel (medium expensive but amazing) Website

Indonesian cuisine:

Ron Blauw (expensive!) Website
Blue Pepper Website

My favorite restaurants:

Meneer de Wit heeft honger Website
Café Cliché Website
Jansz (very high quality and quite fancy (not cheap)) Website
Tolhuistuin Website


All these places are walking distance from Dam square!
Van Kerkwijck
The Lobby
Het Paleis

Dutch snacks

You should try one of the dutchest snacks there is: the bitter. You can order them at cafe’s all over Amsterdam but there is a specific Bitterball bar nowadays: Bar Bitterbal

Stroopwafels (in order of best quality and all within 5 minuted from Dam square):
Croissanterie Egstorf (cheap)
Lanskroon (affordable)
Van Wonderen (pick the one in the 9 streets > rather expensive)

IJskuipje (amazing Dutch cookie flavors like stroopwafel, kletskop, appliepie and bitterkoekje)

Pastry shops:
Chocolaterie Pompadour (9 streets)
Lanskroon Banketbakkerij (stroopwafels and other Dutch delights!)
Polaberry Amsterdam

(Food) markets

Noordermarkt: organic food (mostly bread and Dutch cheese), vintage clothes – good to combine with the famous applepie at Winkel 43 (Jordaan)
Albert Kuyp: anything you can imagine, very large and in dynamic area (De Pijp)
Sunday Market Westerpark: once a month on a sunday in Westerpark – artisanal & fair trade market with nice activities for kids and great places to eat + drink wine & beer;-)
Ijhallen: once a month – biggest flee market of Europe. Shop your hearts out ladies! It’s not just vintage but clothes from women like you and I that are sold for hardly anything.


Hotspots for drinks:
Pllek (NDSM) > in spring/summer
Adam Tower
Waterkant > in spring/summer

Cocktail bars:
Okura Hotel (amazing sky lounge!)

Brouwerij de Prael
Brouwerij het IJ (bit further out but very nice one and in a windmall!)

Coffeeshops (no coffee; Weed)

Grashopper, Kadinsky, Amnesia, Dampkring


For the most popular museums (Anne Frank, Van Gogh, Rijksmuseum) order your tickets online beforehand to skip the hour long lines.
Website Anne Frank
Website Van Gogh
Website Rijksmusem 

If you want to ‘fact check me” and learn more about the history and culture of Amsterdam go to the Amsterdam museum.

Some nice alternative museums are Stedelijk museum (modern art) and Eye (cinema and video art, its a movie theater as well, with a bar with a wonderful view of Amsterdam).

Also have a peak inside Tuchinski, the oldest movie theater in Amsterdam build in an Art Deco style with a crazy interior.


Nice boutique shops, cafe’s and restaurants at 9 streets
All the little side streets of the Westerstraat in the Jordaan (the ones on the left side of the street as you come from Noordermarkt)

Boat tour

Complete your visit to Amsterdam, by exploring the city on its beautiful canals. For a quality tour with excellent service, we highly recommend Flag Ship