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.
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.
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.