I’ll be the first to admit that I am not trendy nor fashionable, or someone you should even take fashion advice from. But, I do love to shop (even if it is just window shopping) and I do love to eat.
You do to? Perfect! We will get along great.
And if those are your city travel go-to’s then I’ve rounded up the perfect selection of quaint boutiques and delectable restaurants all over my favorite neighborhoods of Amsterdam.
First things first, because you wouldn’t want to shop on an empty stomach!
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The Best Cafes in Amsterdam
Let’s be honest, the cuisine (whether local or not) is a huge draw for travelers venturing outside of their home country. Everywhere we go, we are constantly in search of the next best restaurant to find our new favorite meal. Amsterdam makes this super easy. I don’t think I’ve had a bad meal once.
Wait, I take that back, there was that one time in the Red Light District.
Luckily for you, I’ve rounded up a bunch of my favorite stops because don’t we all like pretending to be foodies on our vacations?!
Over the years, Greenwoods has secured its spot as one of Amsterdam’s favorite English Tea Rooms. With two locations in the heart of the city, Greenwoods is a popular breakfast spot that dishes up more than just tea and scones. During our visit we checked out the cozy, 2-story space along the Keizersgracht canal. Escaping the cold, drizzly weather, we warmed ourselves with their delicious Chai tea lattes and wasted no time filling our bellies with an equally delicious home cooked meal.
Even after I was stuffed from gobbling up my entire meal (on the menu as ‘The Veggie’) I still made space to devour the basket filled with Greenwoods signature homemade soda bread.
The atmosphere of Greenwoods is inviting and charming– making it easy to see why family and friends gather here to reconnect and refresh. Just make sure you arrive early as there is usually a line waiting out the door.
Address: Keizersgracht 465, 1017 DK Amsterdam
Open Monday through Thursday from 09:30 – 16:00 and Friday through Sunday from 09:30 to 17:00
Avocado lovers rejoice! Having just opened in spring 2017 in the trendy De Pijp neighborhood, The Avocado Show is the first of its kind in Amsterdam to feature avocados as the main event.
All of their beautifully presented dishes revolve around the delicious, green fruit. From avocado smoothies and guacamole bloody mary’s to eggs benedict served in avocado boats. The world’s obsession with avocado’s doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon!
Address: Daniel Stalpertstraat 61 HS, 1072 XB Amsterdam
The Avocado Show is open from 9:00 to 17:00 everyday
Easily accessable in Amsterdam’s Oud-West neighborhood, Foodhallen is a hip indoor food and drink market that is very popular with visitors and locals alike. The market hall is filled with around 20 high-end food stalls ranging from Vietnamese spring rolls to the famous Dutch fallen balls, from gourmet hamburgers to vegan sushi rolls and everything in between.
Occasionally, there may be a change in one of the food stalls but its always a guarantee that each of these specialty dishes cooked up in tiny kitchens will be one you’ll never forget. Even better, there are multiple bars including the very popular Gin & Tonic Bar, where unique cocktails are served in fish-bowl style glasses. Foodhallen is the perfect place to unwind after a full day of exploring Amsterdam’s trendy and history-rich city.
Address: Bellamyplein 51, 1053, Amsterdam
Foodhallen is open daily from 11:00am to 11:30 pm Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday the doors are open until 1:00am.
With a tag line of “a really nice place,” its easy to see why this brunch spot is incredibly popular. Located in one of Amsterdam’s old row houses in the Jordaan District, Gs is a quaint spot with a quirky, eclectic theme.
If bloody mary’s are your thing, they offer a few unique spins on the old classic including one with fried chicken! Their menu caters to all palates whether you want to go for a healthier option or indulge in something sweet.
They have a few locations around the city (not just in the Jordaan District) including a brunch boat where you can eat, drink and get a tour of Amsterdam’s famous canals! How awesome is that? Setting sail every Fri, Sat & Sun, make sure to reserve your spot in advance. We joined Gs retractable-roof brunch boat during our last visit to Amsterdam and we think you should too!
G’s has two locations: the Jordaan neighborhood and the De Pijp neighborhood
Address for the Jordaan area: goudsbloemstraat 91 Open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00
Adress for the De Pijp area: ferdinand bolstraat 158. Open Thursday through Sunday from 09:00 to 16:00
What do you get when you combine a New Zealander and a Brazilian? Traditional brunch favorites with a New Zealand twist and some of the best damn coffee in Amsterdam.
Their clever-named dishes are best shared with friends as all the mouth-watering brunch items sound super delicious. Wash it down with one (or two) or their yummy chai latte’s or perfectly brewed Brazilian coffee. And be sure to save room for a piece of one of their home baked cakes, all on display at the counter!Bakers & Roasters are open daily from 8:30am to 4pm. And with two convenient locations in Amsterdam, brunch should be the start to your day of exploration around the city.
Address for the Centrum area: Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam
Address for the De Pijp area: Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, 1072 BH Amsterdam
With multiple locations dotted along Amsterdam’s popular De 9 Straatjes, you have many opportunities to pop in to check out their selections of healthy food and drinks. They have a large array of homemade cakes and snacks that you can grab for on the go as you shop along the 9 Streets.
In each of their shops they sell cute home items that you can look through while you wait. They also have a very delicious chai latte that is perfect for warming your hands on a cold day strolling the canals of Amsterdam.
Brix is one of those restaurants where you just know you’ll get a good meal. Plus, their cleverly named dishes, like Mr. Ham and Ms. Figgy, are an added bonus. Sadly, for Ms Figgy I was looking for a hot sandwich to warm me up after walking around the cold, drizzly canals of Amsterdam. So, I tried the Pull the Bird instead and it did not disappoint.
Address: Wolvenstraat 16, Amsterdam
For the best damn burger in Amsterdam look no further than Lombardo’s.
No, seriously… they are that good. And they are HUGE, so go hungry because you’re going to need an appetite. My personal favorite is The Hangover Burger…..
Holy cow (no pun intended), is it heavenly!
This small burger joint has limited seating, so be prepared to take it to go.
Address: Nieuwe spiegelstraat 50
Hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm
Boutique Shops in Amsterdam
Shopping in Amsterdam is the thing (besides the gorgeous canal houses and delicious food) that keeps drawing me back in. Admittedly, its one of the main reasons why I love returning to Amsterdam time and time again.
While my carry-on sized luggage restricts me from purchasing too many items, the real joy of shopping in Amsterdam isn’t so much about buying as it is enjoying the atmosphere, the friendly locals and the inspiring dutch design.
Easily one of my favorite boutique shops in Amsterdam, Nuvo Niche is filled with plenty of beautiful treasures.
They have a few of my favorite Dutch jewelry designers, Overload Studios and Riverstones, as well as the coziest sweatshirts representing The Jordaan neighborhood. In fact, I am wearing mine right now as I write this post.
Inside you’ll also find many eclectic home decor items and elegant glass jewelry cases. Make sure to stop in during your visit to Amsterdam even if just to have a chat with the lovely owners.
Address: Prinsengracht 232
The interior of this shop is pure perfection. From the hanging swing in the front to the quaint seating in the back and all of the beautiful clothes in the middle, Sukha is filled with all of my favorite neutral colored clothing.
Their sweaters are completely swoon-worthy and oh so soft. Even if I don’t purchase anything from Sukha, I stop in here during every visit. Because isn’t part of the fun of shopping just looking?
Make sure to admire all the beautiful things in this lovely shop while strolling along one of Amsterdam’s most popular shopping streets, the Haarlemmerdijk.
Address: Haarlemmerstraat 110
We’re only here for the free beer. Okay, okay not really.
But it is pretty cool that they’ll pop open an ice cold Heineken for you to sip while browsing their denim focused shop.
With two locations in the trendiest parts of Amsterdam, it would be a shame not to check this place out during your time in The Netherland’s capital city.
Their hip, denim enthused employees will help you slip into a pair you never knew you needed. Yes, some of their pairs are expensive but they do offer free hemming or alterations with a speedy turn around. I purchased a pair of ACNE Studios black demin (had to get them hemmed, of course) over a year ago and they are still my favorite pair.
Not just a denim retailer, Tenue De Nines also stocks fashionable clothing items and must- have accessories, including my cozy Le Bonnet beanie.
Addresses: Haarlemmerstraat 92 and Elandsgracht 60
Supporting local labels and designers from all over Europe, Restored creates a beautiful space to display the collections. The use of openness throughout the concept shop allows each piece to individually stand out. With a wide range of items, from jewelry to interior design to handbags and accessories, there is something for everyone at Restored.
Address: Haarlemmerdijk 39
Six and Sons is one of my absolute favorite shops in Amsterdam to find reasonably priced, unique items. This multi-level shop has the bottom floor dedicated to interior and household items, while the top level is reserved for clothing.
I have purchased a few items from this store, including this winter seasons favorite cold weather sweater. Oh, and did I mention that they are retailers of these stunning ceramics made by Studio Arhoj. Currently my latest obsession.
Address: Haarlemmerdijk 31
YDU-Young Designers United
The carefully curated pieces from up and coming Dutch designers is what makes YDU unique.
The small boutique shop offers new and innovative designers a platform to expose their beautifully constructed collections to the public. These high quality, handmade pieces are truly one-of-a-kind.
Address: Keizersgracht 447
I hope you enjoyed this list and will make time during your visit to Amsterdam to stop in a few. Drop a comment below if you love these shops and restaurants as much as I do.
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