Looking for all the latest openings this February? Karin's monthly roundup of cool new bars, restaurants and shops is always packed with Amsterdam's most exciting new additions and seasonal menus. Interested in a broader list of places to eat and drink? Explore our comprehensive coverage of bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.
Discover “New Dutch Cuisine” at Restaurant Felix
In a high-ceilinged 18th-century dining room overlooking Keizersgracht, a minimalist modern décor references the stylish rooms of the Dutch Golden Age. So too, chef Floris van Straalen’s accomplished local cuisine (€49 for a 4-course menu) combines inspiration from the past with contemporary touches, including culinary nods to events at the famous Felix Meritis Centre for Arts, Culture & Science. At a recent visit, the steamy Frozen Sea (fresh Zeeland flat oysters, Japanese sambai vinegar and lime) was a highlight in an outstanding meal. Tip: ask for a wine pairing, because the sommelier here, the bubbly Saskia Smeenk, is one of the city’s best.
Restaurant Felix // felixmeritis.nl // Keizersgracht 324
Spoil yourself at Weleda City Spa
We’re told that The Netherlands is a testing ground for Weleda, the Swiss “certified natural” personal care brand, which recently opened its fourth city spa in Amsterdam West, after first launching in The Hague, Rotterdam, and Oestgeest, of all places. 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
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
Go dotty for Korean skincare at the Dot Dot Skin K-Beauty Pop-Up
In case you’ve missed the memo, Korea’s made quite a name for itself in recent years for its innovative beauty products. Go for that glow by heading to the 9 Streets from 17-23 February and try out the latest K-beauty has to offer. Expect clean, cruelty-free brands such as Purito, Keep Cool, The Vegan Glow, Iunik, and Jumiso, including plenty of vegan options and accessible prices, too.
17-23 February // Dot Dot Skin Korean Beauty Pop-Up // dotdotskin.com // Huidenstraat 13H
Slurp yourself silly at the Amsterdam Ramen Festival
After a sold-out first edition, the Amsterdam Ramen Festival is back on 23 February at Het Sieraad. Here, you’ll find half a dozen ramen restaurants from Amsterdam and beyond serving ½ bowls of Japanese noodle soup (from €5) as well as other Japanese bites and beer. There will also be ramen workshops, a “spicy ramen challenge” and karaoke.
23 February // Amsterdam Ramen Festival // Het Sieraad, Postjesweg 1 // Get your tickets via bysam.nl
Shop sweets for your sweetie at Tony’s Store
While the Dutch don’t really do Valentine’s Day, you’ve gotta love Amsterdam’s famous feel-good chocolate brand for boldly launching a new Valentine’s flavour anyway. Made with Belgian Fair Trade milk chocolate, fudge, raspberries and rose petal aroma, the heart-shaped Valentony’s bar (€3.70) also cannily solves the holiday’s cliched gift-giving conundrum: roses or chocolate?
Tony’s Store // tonyschocolonely.com // Pazzanistraat 1
Taste the best of Ireland in Amsterdam
Dutch-Irish TV-chef and award-winning cookbook author Yvette van Boven and chef Ahmet Dede of Michelin-starred The Mews restaurant in Baltimore, Ireland, make up for the dearth of Irish restaurants in Amsterdam with an exclusive one-day pop-up restaurant called Taste of Ireland. Hosted in the historic Magdalena Chapel on 6 February (4 courses for €47,50) it promises to be “a very special mix of Irish food, drink and art”.
6 February // Taste of Ireland // Magdalena Chapel, Spaarndammerstraat 460 // Get your tickets via Bar barbaut.amsterdam
Sate your poffertje cravings at Boldoot
At Insta-proof new poffertjes specialist Boldoot, puffy little buckwheat pancakes are traditionally prepared on an old-fashioned copper stove from a family recipe that allegedly dates back to 1789.
Boldoot // boldootamsterdam.nl // Kalverstraat 96
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