As a year of intelligent lockdowns, 2020 was a challenge for local entrepreneurs with many stores and restaurants closing their doors. But it also gave way to inventive solutions and many talented gourmands and entrepreneurs charged forward in pursuit of their dreams. And it is perhaps more important now than ever to (safely) support these local establishments. Here’s a roundup of some of the best new spots in Amsterdam serving up everything from hot fashion to tasty treats – with lots of online ordering options.
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TAKEAWAY & DELIVERY
Rijsel’s amazing rotisserie chicken
If it’s protein, not carbs you crave, look no further than Rijsel. Pick up a perfect rotisserie chicken from this enduringly popular and endearing French-Flemish restaurant. It’s the ultimate comfort food on a wintery day.
Rijsel | rijsel.com | Marcusstraat 52B
Cook like a chef at RIJKS®
There’s no reason to postpone celebrations just because the city’s best restaurants are closed. One of Amsterdam’s most elegant, RIJKS®, is delivering special menu boxes full of delicious treats. With a little virtual help from chef Joris Bijdendijk, you can recreate RIJKS’ four-course menu – including that signature beet millefeuille – in your kitchen along with other dishes from the Low Countries.
RIJKS® | rijksrestaurant.nl | Museumstraat 2
Savour Mediterranean flavours at home
Moreish Eastern Mediterranean style mezze is yours to take home and enjoy thanks to NENI Oost. Their diverse and surprising menu will please vegetarians and carnivores alike. Crunch on popcorn falafel, savour succulent pulled lamb and drool over caramelised eggplant. For maximum indulgence, order a Balagan Box with a bottle of Verdejo or Syrah. Oh, and the cheesecake is one of the best around.
NENI Oost | neni-amsterdam.nl | Plantage Middelaan 48
Festive menu and food boxes at Bord'Eau
Bas van Kranen of Bord’Eau wants to “give everyone the warm experience” of fine dining at home with “a table full of delicious nature-inspired dishes” courtesy of his pick-up Bord’Eau à la Maison. In the box you’ll find a recipe card and instruction video to help you put the finishing touches on the three-course feast.
Bord’Eau | bordeau.nl | Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14
The best toasties in town are at Paindemie
It’s all about sandwiches at Paindemie. Think stacked burgers and bountiful broodjes, and don’t forget the star attraction, terrific toasties. Choose from the classics such as ham and cheese or try something a little left field, a hotdog toastie! Plus, on the weekends you can have a full English breakfast delivered to your door to enjoy in bed.
Home delivered cocktails from Super Lyan
Stay in where you’re warm and toasty with cocktails from Super Lyan Bar’s new takeaway and delivery service. Opt for the rich Beeswax Old Fashioned with flamed orange or the autumn-ready Turbo Cider with Johnnie Walker Black, Brut Cider vermouth and a splash of soda. Good news for those who you can’t stop at one, Super Lyan have a very reasonable eight-serve option, the perfect amount for a Negroni.
Super Lyan | superlyan.com | Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 3
Bar Alt at Home
Beer loving epicures take note: with Bar Alt at Home your three-course delivery menu box, requiring only a little heating up and some finishing touches, comes with an optional beer pairing. For the holidays, there’s also a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Bar Alt | bar-alt.com | Stadionplein 103
Craft beers from Two Chefs Bar
One of the city’s newest brewpubs, Two Chefs Bar had to shut its doors shortly after opening in March. They’ve now set-up shop online offering craft beers, snack and drink packages as well as Christmas boxes, which can be delivered to your door. With names like Funky Falcon, Crying Mermaid and B*ck Off, you’ll want to sample as many as you can.
Two Chefs Bar | twochefsbrewing.com | Moezelhavenweg 6
Fancy frozen pizzas at nNea
If you’re tired of your local supermarket's selection of frozen pizzas, you’ll be pleased to hear that nNea have created their own range of fresh and frozen pizzas for pick-up and/or delivery. Go classic with a Margherita or try something a little more classy, like a Salsiccia e Friarielli, both of which pair perfectly with a bottle of spumante and a tiramisu for later.
nNea | nneafrozen.com | Bilderdijkstraat 92H
Takeaway Tuscan classics at Caffè Toscanini
Close your eyes and transport yourself to Tuscany as you let the flavours of Italy tickle your taste buds. Jordaan stalwart Caffè Toscanini offers a slew of options from special Christmas and weekend menus to classic dishes such as carpaccio, lasagna, antipasti and other favourites. Add some Italian wines and a panna cotta or two and you’ve got yourself an indulgent dinner in the comfort of your home.
Caffè Toscanini | restauranttoscanini.nl | Lindengracht 75-79
Race to Rivierenbuurt for Dinner at Vinnies
Local food lovers may already count lunch restaurant VINNIES among their long-time favourites but owners Vincent de Cloet and Jules Ex are now also opening their Rivierenbuurt location for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. Every week, there’s a new local, seasonal menu (from €36.50 for 3 courses), with optional, though highly recommended, (organic) wine pairings. One of the highlights of a recent menu was rosy lamb fillet in a robust ruby jus with whipped pea puree, Opperdoezer Ronde heirloom potatoes, scorched peas, and kumquat, which came with a very chuggable chilled red by Puszta Libre!
Vinnies Scheldestraat | vinnieshomepage.com | Scheldestraat 45
Experience New Dutch Cuisine at Restaurant Blue
This Schiphol-based newcomer takes airport dining to new heights with the culinary signature of Michelin-starred chef Joris Bijdendijk, an initiator of the Low Food movement, which aims to create a “Dutch food revolution”. Tuck into dishes like beetroot mille-feuille with dashi beurre blanc and 24-month aged Dutch soy sauce in a restful room with views of departing planes, and don’t miss the Dutch cheese plate.
Restaurant Blue | lounge.klm.com | KLM Non-Schengen Crown Lounge (between E & F Gates)
Indulge in Italian-International fare at Alba
Pretty plant-led plates may be the only eye-candy in this sparsely decorated and surprisingly affordable new wine bar-slash-restaurant in a Wibautstraat basement, but the cooking of chef Jean Yves Rousseau (ex-Daalder, ex-Breda) successfully marries unexpected ingredients in inventive Italianesque dishes that pack in the flavour. There’s also an impressive natural wine list.
Alba | Alba-amsterdam.nl | Wibautstraat 105, Amsterdam
See the past meet the present at Restaurant Felix
In a high-ceilinged 18th-century dining room overlooking Keizersgracht, a minimalist modern décor references the stijlkamers (period rooms) of the Dutch Golden Age. So too, chef Floris van Straalen’s accomplished local cuisine (€49 for a 4-course menu) combines historical inspiration with contemporary touches, including culinary nods to events at the famous Felix Meritis Centre for Arts, Culture & Science.
Restaurant Felix | felixmeritis.nl | Keizersgracht 324
Be seduced by pop-up “beauty”, Restaurant Bellezza
Secreted away in a former warehouse down an alley in the Red Light District, you’ll find a slinky new pop-up where, against an arty digital backdrop, renowned chef Arturo Dalhuisen (ex-The White Room* and De Leest***, amongst others) combines his most successful signatures with titillating new creations in a sexy 7-course chef’s menu (€89). Imagine delicate though decadently flavourful dishes such as North Sea crab coupled with beetroot and watermelon, sharply dressed in redcurrant and kaffir lime. Reservations advised.
Restaurant Bellezza | restaurantbellezza.nl | Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99
Indulge in Russian dumplings at Oleg Pelmeni Bar
This new Russian-owned eatery is the place to try the dumplings “at the heart of Russian cuisine”. There are four varieties of pelmeni on the menu, including chicken, salmon, beef and mushroom and potato (from €7.00 for 6 pcs, served with sour cream). Or, go for the porcini borsch, syrniki (Slavic cottage cheese pancakes with cherry sauce) or medovik (Russian honey cake). Highly recommended!
Oleg Pelmeni Bar | pelmenibar.nl | Roetersstraat 10A
Sing for your supper at Happyhappyjoyjoy Zuidas
Familiar flavours from the Pan-Asian playbook, such as Thai fishcakes, pink bao buns with crispy chicken and dim sum are cheerfully presented in a contemporary China-red setting in Amsterdam’s financial district. The fourth location of this enduringly popular eatery promises after-hours fun as the first Happyhappyjoyjoy outpost kitted out with a karaoke bar.
Happyhappyjoyjoy Zuidas | Happyhappyjoyjoy.asia | George Gershwinlaan 1
Dine with the locals at Stek
Along the increasingly gentrified Wibautstraat, this pioneering daytime spot has now also opened its doors for dinner on Thursdays to Saturdays. Expect creative internationally-influenced food, such as grilled Greek feta with garlic toast, Indonesian sambal goreng telor with quail eggs and tapioca krupuk, North Sea by-catch with citrus beurre blanc and scorched spring onions, and Italian gnocchi with spicy nduja and artichoke-burrata cream.
STEK | stek-amsterdam.com| Wibautstraat 95
Indulge in authentic Basque cuisine at Sagardi
Sitting pretty on scenic Singel canal, this Basque-owned pinxtos bar and eatery serves deeply flavourful regional specialities, from pinxtos with delicate white tuna belly, Getaria anchovies and spring onions on toasted bread (€16) to rich ruby slices of slow-aged, well-marbled Txuleton Rubia Gallega steak (from €7.50 per 100 g) served with sweet piquillo peppers. With ingredients, wines, ciders and beers sourced from over 250 caserios (small-scale Basque producers) this is as authentic as it gets in Amsterdam.
Restaurant Sagardi | sagardi.nl | Spuistraat 304
Feed your inner carnivore at Mr. Meat Steakhouse
Amsterdam’s newest steakhouse is serious about its meat, with dry-ageing cabinets, an in-house butcher and a talented grill-master. Try the classic steak tartare with capers and quail egg, oregano-crusted lamb loin or classic Côte de Boeuf. Tip: if you love a good umami bomb, do order the grilled oyster mushrooms and truffle fries on the side.
Mr. Meat | mrmeatsteakhouse.com | Haarlemmerstraat 18
Get a taste of old Beirut at Kalila Lebanese Deli
Named for the recently arrived Lebanese owners’ “beloved Beirut”, this new deli offers vegan versions of all the Middle Eastern classics, from mezze favourites such as smoky baba ghanouj to crisp saj flatbreads filled with freshly made falafal. It’s mostly take-out, though there are a few tables out front if the weather plays along.
Kalila Lebanese Deli | kalila.nl | Eerste Oosterparkstraat 128H
Enjoy IJ-popping views at VESSEL BAY
Boasting the largest IJ-facing terrace in town, with sun loungers, table-side fireplaces and bar tables, and an awesome maritime-influenced interior, Hotel BOAT &CO Amsterdam scores some serious style points. In the hull of the hotel, chef Ricardo van Ede’s love for “food that puts a smile on your face” translates to dishes such as hand-cut steak tartare (€12) and baked grey mullet with lemon, anchovies and capers (€24). .
VESSEL BAY | vesselamsterdam.nl | Revaeiland 500
Enjoy accessible French food all day at Pequ
Whether you fancy oysters, steak frites, baked fish or a caramelized onion tarte Tatin for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s possible at this new eatery. With its extensive terrace on the scenic Noordermarkt, it’s all too easy to drop by for a coffee and lemon meringue pie, only to find yourself staying for wine and cheese or a charcuterie platter.
Pequ | pequ.nu | Noordermarkt 42
Enjoy authentic Italian food at Trattoria Graziella
Siano-born Chef di Cucina Luigi di Benedetto and his all-Italian kitchen team bring “the taste of the pure Italian kitchen” to the heart of Amsterdam at this must-try new trattoria with its warm hospitality and timeless dining room. With surprisingly well-priced dishes, such as homemade cavatelli pasta with oxtail ragout and Pecorino cheese fondue, €14) and feather-light babà al rum (a boozy syrup-soaked cake, €8) with strawberries and fresh Chantilly cream, it’s an instant comfort food classic.
Trattoria Graziella | www.trattoriagraziella.com| Nieuwe Doelenstraat 12-14
Go California dreamin’ at Celia
Stylish lifestyle hotel Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam finally has a restaurant worthy of its status. Previously known for his work at Casua Casuarina in Miami and Rino Casati in Cologne, chef Wolfgang Birk’s “internationally influenced Californian cuisine” is light and bright, veg-led yet comforting. Don’t miss the cocktails: start with the cucumber margarita or habanero paloma and finish with the mezcal negroni.
Celia | celia.com | Nieuwendijk 60
Stick to your healthy-eating resolutions at Madame Cyclette
This bright and cheery all-day flexitarian opposite Olympic Stadium is a healthy choice being 70/30 veg-led, though there are some seafood and poultry options, too. Expect mushroom burgers, crispy kale salad with potato and smoked egg, no-waste carrot cake, and kombucha on tap.
Madame Cyclette | madamecyclette.amsterdam | Stadionplein 24
Stop for sourdough sandwiches at Rise Bakery
Hidden behind the stalls on Amsterdam’s most famous street market, there’s a new bakery-café that is well worth seeking out. Owned by an international trio, including a baker from Italy, a Peru-trained chef from Brazil and a store manager from South Africa, the focus is on French-style bread and pastry – backed by locally-roasted Stooker coffee. Tip: the steak sandwiches are excellent even by the most exacting meat snob’s standards.
Rise Bakery | risebakeryamsterdam.com | Albert Cuypstraat 208H
BARS & CAFES
Indulge your inner chocoholic at Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar
There’s arguably no better place to satisfy your sweet tooth than at this new chocolate bar,where the taps literally flow with melted chocolate, cookie burgers are topped with caramel and marshmallows and your cocktail may come with raspberry popping candy. Fun fact: the bar is located in the Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam’s first stock exchange, which was at the centre of the Dutch cocoa trade some 115 years ago.
Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar | chocolatebar.tonyschocolonely.com | Damrak 23
Unlock the secrets of the world’s finest whiskeys at Vault Bar
This elegant bar, situated in a former bank vault, is starting to make a name for itself as the place to taste rare and exclusive whiskeys in the Netherlands. So, for example, you can order the prohibitively rare The Dalmore 40YO or Port Ellen 39 Years Untold Stories by the glass (!) here.
Vault Bar at Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam | hilton.com | Herengracht 542-556
Delight in Dutch cheese at Kaasbar
This specialist “Cheese Bar” takes good old wine and cheese to another level: here you grab your artisan cheese right off the conveyor belt bar, rotation-sushi style. You’ll find so much more to explore here than Gouda and Edam: from white and red flora to blue and hard cheeses. Pair with either fine wine or a craft beer from the Amsterdam-based brewery Brouwerij 't IJ.
Kaasbar | Kaasbar.amsterdam | Ferdinand Bolstraat 10
Say salute to the day at La Lotteria
Head to this charming bar-restaurant on Wednesdays for Aperitivo, when (free) Italian bites are served with your choice of wine, beer, or (Italian) cocktail. With its charmingly warm service and traditional Italian classics, this casual spot is an oh so inviting oasis in straight-laced Zuidas.
La Lotteria | lalotteria.nl | Beethovenstraat 200
Bring the outdoors in at Bar Kartel
This hip new hotspot offers a carefree vibe, a flower-bedecked indoor pergola inspired by boho festival culture and an eclectic all-day menu of food truck-like creations – think crispy mushroom tacos and merguez-marmalade hotdogs (yes, really!). With its central location near Leidseplein, it’s a good place to kick off your evening over Oedipus beer and bitterballen (those bite-sized mini croquettes beloved by locals).
Bar Kartel | bar-kartel.nl | Overtoom 28-30
Relax on the terrace of a friendly cocktail-loving aardvark
Appropriately located near the Artis zoo, the friendly and relaxed neighborhood café/bar Lola the Green Aardvark is all about its scenic and super-sized terrace. Since it’s from the same folks who brought us the late and lamented Getto Food and Drinks, you can also rely on the quality of the cocktails and the all-day menu – which hops the globe but often centers in Indonesia. Lovely and quirky.
Lola the Green Aardvark | lolathegreenaardvark.nl | Mauritskade 100 A-h
Shop stylish men’s summer fashion at MR MARVIS
Some of Amsterdam’s chicest shorts, swim trunks and chinos can be found at this Dutch menswear brand’s new Jordaan flagship store. Designed in Amsterdam and handmade in Portugal, MR MARVIS is making a name for its considered details such as hidden pockets and partially elasticized waistbands for better fit.
MR MARVIS | mrmarvis.com | Oude Looiersstraat 44
Shop sleek vegan footwear at MUROEXE Amsterdam
The Spanish brand’s first store outside of the Iberian Peninsula offers the complete collection (M/F) of footwear and accessories. Made for “everyday life in the city”, MUROEXE is known for its fusion of modern, minimalist design with technical sport features. And their 100% animal-free ethos may just salve your shopping conscience.
MUROEXE | eu.muroexe.com | Kalverstraat 163
Get the A-list look at Oliver Peoples Eyewear
For timeless sunglasses and eyewear, head to Oliver Peoples’ first store in the Netherlands, where mid-century modern melds with clean North European lines. You’ll find all the styles beloved by celebrities like Bella Hadid and Brad Pitt here, as well as ten custom Coleridge Sun pieces, “reinterpreted in an exclusive colourway to match the boutique’s interior design”.
Oliver Peoples | Oliverpeoples.com | P.C. Hooftstraat 55
Let your cups runneth over at Annadiva
With inclusive sizing – from 65A to 95K and XS to 4XL – from brands such as Freya, Elomi, Calvin Klein, and local label Marlies Dekkers, even the most discerning diva will find something beautiful to slip into at this exclusive new lingerie, shapewear and swimwear boutique.
Annadiva | Annadiva.nl | Utrechtsestraat 38, Amsterdam
Shop sustainable sneakers at Allbirds
After recent openings in Berlin and Tokyo, this San Franciscan shoe-wear and accessories brand opened its first store in Amsterdam this summer. Known for its minimalistic designs in all-natural materials such as ZQ-certified merino wool, renewable eucalyptus fibres and sugar cane, the 70m2 Amsterdam store – a clean-lined unisex space – will also carry a special edition “Dutch Canvas”.
Allbirds Amsterdam | allbirds.eu | Hartenstraat 15
Stay a cut above the fashion crowd at The Good Shop
Shop a curated collection of circular fashion at the Fashion for Good Museum, including six sustainable brands (Emroce, Flavia La Rocca, Senscommon, The Fabricant, Unspun and Wires) that will be for sale in the Netherlands for the first time. Using 3D printers, body scans, digital fashion and modular clothing solutions, these brands aim to change the current linear take-make-waste fashion industry model to one that is innovative and sustainable.
The Good Shop | fashionforgood.com | Rokin 102
Check out Amsterdam’s first Freitag store
Known for its cyclist-friendly messenger bags made from used truck tarps (from €125), Amsterdam’s bike culture seems like a natural fit for Freitag. Everything revolves around recycled materials at the Zurich-based bag manufacturer’s first store in the Dutch capital. In addition to choosing from over 1,000 bags and 1,200 accessories, you can also rent refurbished Roetz bikes (fitted with bike bags of course) at the 70-square-metre shop.
Freitag | freitag.ch | Runstraat 24
Shop aviation-inspired arm candy at the Breitling Brand Boutique
The luxury Swiss watch maker recently opened its third brand store, after New York and Berlin, in Amsterdam, with an interior inspired by mid-century industrial design, the period during which Breitling became known for its high-precision chronograph watches. Says Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, “Amsterdam was high on our wish list as we expand internationally. The stylish, cool and informal character of the city fits our brand well.”
Breitling Brand Boutique | breitling.com | P.C. Hooftstraat 130
Find accessible Dutch Design at FEST
Browse the whole collection - from €12 porcelain candle holders and €199 bent metal and wood side tables to €3,260 XL velvet corner sofas - at the striking new flagship store of the Dutch furniture brand known for its “accessible luxury”. Tip: there’s a mini cinema, so you can really try your sofa before you buy it.
FEST | festamsterdam.com | De Clercqstraat 44
Attain Dutch streetwear cred at In Gold We Trust
Embraced by Dutch youth culture and beloved by rappers like Future, Tyga and French Montana, Amsterdam streetwear brand IGWT just opened its first flagship store. You’ll find the label’s bestselling GOTS-certified hoodies, sweaters and tees, as well as a garden gym and artwork by local tattoo artist Ben de Boef at the new West-based location.
IGWT | ingoldwetrust-official.com | Kinkerstraat 120A
BEAUTY & WELLNESS
Unleash your Natural Beauty at NatureSkins Spa
Specialising in vegan and all-natural skin treatments, this new city spa and natural beauty shop, which recently opened on Rozengracht is highly recommended for fans of clean beauty and green cosmetics, with names such as Absolution, Dr Baumann, Nuori and Naif gracing the racks.
NatureSkins Spa | natureskins.nl | Rozengracht 72H
Spoil yourself at Weleda City Spa
The Swiss “certified natural” personal care brand opened a new city spa in Amsterdam West. Expect the full Weleda product range, holistic facial treatments (from €69.50) and massages (including relaxing, hot stone, couples’ and sports massages, from €42.50).
Weleda City Spa | cityspa.weleda.nl | Jan Pieter Heijestraat 11
Shop exclusive cosmetics at Chez L’Élite
Bravely inviting shoppers to “experience perfection” this glitzy cosmetics boutique with a fragrance bar and upstairs city spa has certainly set the bar high for itself. It also offers such Amsterdam exclusives such as Bulgari’s Le Gemme “high perfumery” collection (M/F) and Houbigant’s sought-after Fougère Royal scent (M).
Chez L’Élite| Chezlelite.com | Van Baerlestraat 12
Get party-ready at Blowdry Brow Bar
Take the express route to pampering yourself from head to toe at this recently renovated hair- and beauty salon. It’s one of only a few in town where you can conveniently get an expert blow-out and manicure done simultaneously – just the thing for all your party prepping this holiday season.
Blowdry Brow Bar | blowdrybrowbar.com | Ceintuurbaan 23
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