Mapplr’s favorite restaurants 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 […]

Parool Amsterdam restaurant reviews on a map

Het Parool, the Amsterdam newspaper, has finally redesigned its website and it looks great. Better yet, they put all of Johannes van Dam’s restaurant reviews on a map. Van Dam is Parool’s opinionated restaurant critic. His standards can sometimes be a bit too traditional for me, but I agree with most of his assessments. I […]

Mapplr’s top 10 hotels and B&Bs in Amsterdam

It’s that time of the year again when people are making travel plans for the summer. Here are my personal favorites, many of which I have visited. There are more on, a website that selects the best B&Bs and small hotels in the Netherlands and Belgium. The last five years have seen an explosion […]

Best Italian restaurant in Amsterdam: Quattro Gatti

There’s no reason why anyone should have to spend a lot of money eating great Italian food in Amsterdam and put up with snobby personnel or overdesigned “trendy” spaces. Quattro Gatti, a tiny Italian restaurant in my neighborhood (the Negen Straatjes or Nine Streets), is absolutely the best in town. Prices are reasonable and the […]

Recent additions to the Amsterdam dining scene: Looks and Kinnaree

I think I’ve found the best Thai restaurant in Amsterdam. It’s a new place called Kinnaree, located in the heart of the Jordaan. Unlike other Thai places in town, the interior decor departs from the traditional features of bamboo and loud colors. Instead the space is airy (it’s in a 19th century building with high […]