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Amsterdam's restaurant scene covers nearly every world cuisine and type of dining - from a quick snack to a multi-course meal at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Amsterdam is a world-class city with restaurants that will stun even the most discerning diners. But you'll also find simple, laid-back spots that are perfect for relaxing with a group after a busy day.

Dutch cuisine

A visit to Amsterdam isn't complete until you've tried the local cuisine - even if only for one meal. Generally speaking Dutch food is simple, hearty, meat and potatoes fare. Favourites include erwtensoep (pea soup with ham and smoked sausage), stamppot (mashed potatoes mixed with vegetables, served with meat and gravy) and suddervlees (slowly braised meat). Thanks to its proximity to the sea, fish and seafood also feature heavily on Dutch menus, especially plaice, mackerel, eel, mussels and shrimp. The Dutch are also crazy for their friet (chips/fries)! Even upscale restaurants often serve their meals with a side of friet and mayonnaise.

International cuisine

The adventurous spirit of Amsterdam's residents is immediately obvious by the selection of international restaurants. You'll find French, Belgian, Spanish, Italian, Latin American, Japanese and Korean cuisine throughout the city, just to name a few. The Netherlands' colonial past also ensures a wide variety of Indonesian and Surinamese restaurants. Browse the restaurant listing for more inspiration on where to go and what to eat in Amsterdam.

Dining out in Amsterdam

All restaurants

When it comes to dining out, Amsterdam has something for everyone. So no matter what your budget, the time of day, or the style of food you're looking...


Going to a Michelin-rated restaurant can be quite the treat, and the Netherlands certainly isn't short on options. With 16 Michelin-rated restaurants ...

Vegetarian restaurants

I amsterdam's guide to the best spots for a vegetarian or vegan meal in the city, including completely meat-free establishments and other restaurants ...

Living-room restaurants

If you’re in the mood for a relaxing, homely dinner but without the bother of cooking, clearing and washing up, then Amsterdam’s living-room restauran...

Amsterdam beach clubs

From sleek restaurants to colourful hippy hangouts, Amsterdam's beaches are lined with colourful places to eat, drink and be merry by the sea.

Culinary events

Amsterdam hosts a number of culinary events throughout the year offering locals and visitors plenty of opportunity to try many new dishes. Whether foc...

Romantic restaurants

Read I amsterdam's guide to the best spots for a romantic dinner date in Amsterdam, including traditional Dutch restaurants, trendy new hotspots and u...

World cuisine

You can enjoy food from all over the world in Amsterdam – numerous cultures and influences are represented in the city’s restaurants.