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It can be a challenge finding a traditional local restaurant in Amsterdam – perhaps because typical Dutch meals are better suited to home cooking than a night on the town. Through the famously uncurtained windows of any home, you’ll still likely spot hearty dishes anchored by meat, mashed potatoes and kale. But Dutch cuisine is evolving, with a new generation of chefs modernising classic dishes, from breakfast and brunch to dinner, thanks largely to the vast array of ingredients available in one of the world’s most productive agricultural economies. As a centuries-old trading hub, Amsterdam’s neighbourhoods have always been a place where cultures meet, and that gives the city a unique energy that’s reflected in its food scene. With a renewed focus on sustainability and plant-based eating, there’s something for every taste here – even those who want to stick to the old-school potatoes and meat.
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