Mapplr’s favorite restaurants in Amsterdam

Restaurant Open on Westerdokseiland in Amsterdam

Restaurant Open on Westerdokseiland in Amsterdam

I don’t know why it took me so long to post my favorite restaurants in Amsterdam, given that I reside there. Here they are, with my absolute favorite – Quattro Gatti – listed first. I have also included takeaway places because they’re often so much better than restaurants (note: service in Amsterdam restaurants is often abysmal making the takeaway option very appealing). In fact, my favorite Indonesian place is not a restaurant, but the tiny, hidden takeaway (toko) called Terang Boelan, known only to the neighborhood. As you can imagine, I am reluctant to share my list of secrets, lest the touristic hordes descend upon these wonderful civilized places where food is the center of the universe.

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Momo (read review)
Hobbemastraat 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 671 7474
Chic restaurant, lounge and bar that serves some of the best sushi and sashimi, and Asian fusion food (reservations necessary or you can eat at the bar)

Quattro Gatti (read review)
Hartenstraat 3
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 421 45 85
Italian trattoria in the 9 Streets area
(Reservations are necessary)

Westerdoksplein 20
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 620 1010
Very cool restaurant serving French and Italian dishes (see photo above)

Terang Boelan
2e Lindendwarsstraat
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 620 99 74
Indonesian takeaway in the Jordaan area, get the Rijstafel for two

Foodware Traiteur and Catering
Looiersgracht 12
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 620 88 98
Fresh, delicious salads, pastas, full meals, desserts
Takeaway with small restaurant for lunch

Hotel de Goudfazant
Aambeeldstraat 10h
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 636 51 70
Industrial chic restaurant in a former shipyard building in Amsterdam Noord

Salle du Jour
Prinsenstraat 10
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 428 2455

Looks (read review)
Binnen Bantammerstraat 5
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 320 0949
Modern European cuisine

Kinnaree (read review)
Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 627 7153

Van Woustraat 173
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 662 2708
Mediterranean fish restaurant in De Pijp

2de Egelantiersdwarsstraat 6
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 420 5589
Italian restaurant in the Jordaan

Bouchon du Centre
Falckstraat 3
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 330 1128

Van Dam Traiteur and Brasserie
Cornelis Schuytstraat 8
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 670 6570
Perfect for lunch and takeaway, Amsterdam Zuid near Vondelpark

About Esme Vos

Esme Vos is the founder of Mapplr, a travel site featuring boutique hotels, luxury resorts, travel guides and restaurant reviews. You can find her on and Twitter.