Hap-Hmm 

Traditional Dutch food is the definition of comfort food – potatoes, braised meats, cabbage, meat balls… and Hap-Hmm serves up tradition in more than one way: its dishes are complimented by the fact that the time-honoured Amsterdam eatery has been running for a staggering 60 years. Hap-Hmm, Eerste Helmersstraat 33 


Café Jaap 

If you live in Amsterdam, iceskating is one winter activity you shouldn’t swerve. And if you take it seriously, you should go to the Jaap Edenbaan. After all the fun and physical exertion, plonk yourself down on the ice rink’s very own café for some well-deserved rookworst (smoked sausage) and bock beer, while warming your feet on the open fire. Café Jaap, Radioweg 64 

Vondelpark3 

Follow up a romantic winter walk in one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful parks with a pit stop in Vondelpark3. Located in a beautiful, grand building, the restaurant serves up hearty Burgundian dishes for two: think beef roulades, parsnip, heritage carrots and gravy made with Belgian ale. Vondelpark 3, Vondelpark

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Noorderlicht

Magical Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) spoils its guests in winter months with a changing three-course menu of hearty fayre such as sprout stampot and parsnip soup. Care for some live music with your meal? No problem; just reserve a table on the first Sunday of the month for Noorderlicht's afternoon jam sessions. Noorderlicht, NDSM-plein 102


Fa. Speijkervet 

The restaurateurs behind Fa. Speijkervet are not fond of wasting food and therefore follow the nose-to-tail way of cooking, meaning all parts of the animal are used. Far from being stingy, this results in delicious offal dishes such as English kidney pie, and you’ve also come to the right place if it’s an indulgent Sunday Roast you’re after. Best of all, though, is getting a bunch of friends together and get your hands on a whole roasted suckling pig. Fa. Speijkervet, Admiraal de Ruijterweg 79

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Razmataz 

The Razmataz restaurant has been an institution on Amsterdam’s Hugo de Grootplein for several years now, but the reason it’s found its way onto this list is the adjacent bar of the same name. In addition to an extensive G&T list (which, by the way, includes a seasonal variety with orange and cloves), the bar has a wide range of board games on offer. Beyond offering the perfect accompaniment to whiling away an afternoon or evening, these games might give you a new insight into Dutch game culture. Mens Erger Je Niet, for instance, is a variety of Ludo whose name translates as ‘Don’t get annoyed’… and we do dare you not to. Razmataz, Hugo de Grootplein 7-15

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Castell 

With its plush interior reminiscent of a 70s gangster film – all beige-brown leather sofas and open fires – Castell is the perfect winter restaurant. In addition, their steaks are famous throughout the city, and so are the baked potatoes with herb butter, so sit back and tuck in. Castell, Lijnbaansgracht 252-254 

Café Bern 

You have three guesses as to what Café Bern’s culinary specialty is. First time right? It’s cheese fondue, of course. And nothing says comfort food like dipping bits of bread, meat and potato into a pot of hot, gooey, delicious melted cheese. Café Bern have been doing this kind of thing for around 40 years now, so you can rest assured they know what they’re doing. If, for whatever mysterious reason, cheese fondue isn’t your thing: the entrecote grilled to perfection in herb butter at your table also comes recommended. Café Bern, Nieuwmarkt 9 

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Chocolátl 

For the perfect hot chocolate, skip the instant powder stuff and the sugary-sweet supermarket tetra paks and turn to the experts. “It takes real chocolate to make a good drink,” say the folks from chocolate shop Chocolátl, and right they are. For their version of the perfect cup of cocoa, they only use origin chocolate – meaning it’s made from beans from one particular region – which they combine with hot, frothy milk or soy milk to a truly spectacular cup of deliciousness. Choose between dark, milk or white chocolate and a number of toppings such as chili flakes. Chocolátl, Hazenstraat 25A 


Roest 

Yes, Amsterdam Roest is a famous urban beach, but that doesn’t mean you can only go in summer. Roest’s winter restaurant boasts an open fire and serves plenty of healthy, robust, comforting fare. Also look out for their Sunday Roast, an infrequent happening for which they go (i.e. roast) the whole hog. Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 

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Still hungry? Check out the best traditional Dutch restaurants in Amsterdam or discover the 10 Dutch winter foods to eat in Amsterdam.