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The best places to eat in Amsterdam – reviewed anonymously by experts

The best places to eat in Amsterdam
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The best places to eat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Michelin-starred restaurants meet cosy cafés in a city of culinary surprises…

Hotel de Goudfazant
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Hotel de Goudfazant

Huddled among unsightly industrial buildings on IJ waterfront, this refurbished warehouse in the north of Amsterdam possesses an air of effortless class. Its stripped back interior is elegantly shabby, with exposed rusty beams sitting comfortably alongside a glassy grand chandelier and white tablecloths. The fare is fresh and substantial with a focus on French cuisine and a changing seasonal menu served up by a laidback, yet attentive, staff dressed casually in T-shirts and ripped jeans. Hotel de Goudfazant (and, no, there aren't any guest rooms, despite the name) has started something of a trend for warehouse dining amid the blustery urban expanses fo Noord. One pretender to the throne is nearby Restaurant Stork, which specialises in fish, but Goudfazant's founder Niels Wouters has already moved on to pastures (or car parks) new with the opening of Cafe Modern in the up-and coming Van der Pekbuurt to the west. Confusingly, this venture does feature rooms. 'I think the local government is really encouraging entrepreneurship here,' Wouters told Monocle magazine of Noord's culinary transformation. 'But when I opened my first restaurant in 2006, my friends thought that I'd gone mad. Now it's perfectly normal for locals to catch a ferry over here just to eat.'

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Rijsel
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Rijsel

Housed in a former huishoudschool, one of the domestic science institutions blamed for the decline of the Dutch kitchen, you’ll find frugality only in terms of the decor at Rijsel. The busy dining room is overseen by an amiable staff. Specialising in the best rotisserie chicken, like, ever, Rijsel has established itself as another delicious reason to head East.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Samhoud Places
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Samhoud Places

Moshik Roth is the chef whose cheekily extravagant dishes (think foie gras à la Salvador Dalí) made his first restaurant in Overveen one of haute Amsterdam’s out-of-town favourites. His collaboration with ‘caring capitalist’ Salem Samhoud brings some rather more ‘accessible’ options, including a divine eco-friendly tomato burger.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Envy
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Envy

A poshed-up designer deli-cum-restaurant serving an arsenal of delicacies from the streamlined refrigerators that line the walls, and from their able kitchen. The perfect place for those times when you want to try a bit of everything.

Time Out says
  • 5 out of 5 stars

The best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Grey Area
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Grey Area

Run by two blokes living the modern American dream: get the f*@k out of America. They did so by opening this stellar coffeeshop, which offers some of the best weed and hash on the planet (try the Bubble Gum or Grey Mist Crystals). Also on offer are large glass bongs, a vaporiser and free refills of organic coffee. The owners are highly affable and often more baked than the patrons: sometimes they stay in bed and miss the noon opening.

Users say
  • 3 out of 5 stars
Paradox
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Paradox

One of the most easygoing coffeeshops around. This down-to-earth joint, with its understated decor and bare wooden tables, feels like a friendly corner café – with a kitchen to match. Substantial foodstuffs include toasties (served until 5pm) and shakes (served until 8pm). Also does some of the best spacecakes in town.

Users say
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Hill Street Blues
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Hill Street Blues

With comfy couches and natural lighting via some well-placed windows, this cosy corner on the Nieuwmarkt is ideal for a mellow high. Delectable milkshakes, smoothies, space cookies and space truffles are also worth indulging in. But if harder and louder is more to your liking, head to the sister shop on Warmoesstraat 52, where the walls and furniture are covered in barely decipherable graffiti. The basement has pool tables and arcade games, and with a police station next door, you can savour a legal toke near the law. A favourite of Irvine Welsh.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
Amnesia
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Amnesia

Located off the main tourist routes, Amnesia is often cool and quiet, though it occasionally fills up with locals. Their pre-rolled joints are strong yet highly smokeable, and the food and drinks menu (ice cream, cakes and home-made smoothies) is a stoner's delight.

Users say
  • 5 out of 5 stars
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The best cheap eats in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s best cheap eats
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Amsterdam’s best cheap eats

Need a food fix – and fast? Don't want to splash the cash? You don't need to shell out to enjoy a good meal in Amsterdam – it's full of places to grab a quick bite (or satisfy the munchies) on the cheap. Here's Time Out's pick of Amsterdam's best takeaways, fast food joints and snackeries to send those hunger pangs packing.

Nam Kee
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Nam Kee

Cheap and terrific food has earned this Chinese joint a devoted following: the oysters in black bean sauce have achieved classic status. If it's busy, try massive sister operation and dim sum maestros Nam Tin nearby (Jodenbreestraat 11-13, 428 8508) or equally stellar New King (Zeedijk 115-117, 625 2180).

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Latei
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Latei

Packed with kitsch and funky Finnish wallpaper - all of which, including wallpaper, is for sale - this little café serves up healthy juices and snacks all day long, plus vegetarian dinners based around couscous (from 6pm Thur-Sat).

Time Out says
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Getto
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Getto

Cheap, cheerful, tasty, filling. That's what the food is like at this sparkly diner at the back of the thoroughly mixed lesbian and gay lounge. On Wednesday night all burger dinners (a house speciality) cost just €10. Combined with the weekday, two-for-the-price-of-one cocktail happy hour, this is the ideal place to take a cheap date.

Peperwortel
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Peperwortel

One could survive for weeks eating nothing but takeaways from Riaz and the fabulous De Peperwortel ('Pepper Root'). After all, indulging in a wide range of dishes that embraces Dutch, Mexican, Indian and Spanish cuisines is always a pleasure, never a chore. Be aware that De Peperwortel offers a takeaway service only.

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