Looking for all the hottest openings this July? Karin's monthly roundup of cool new bars, restaurants and shops is always packed with Amsterdam's most exciting new additions. Interested in a broader list of places to eat and drink? Explore our comprehensive coverage of bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.
New menu: Cut Throat x Ed’s Caribbean Street Food
As perfect timings go, Cut Throat – the barber shop slash bar slash restaurant – couldn’t have planned to launch their trendy Caribbean menu and terrific new terrace at a better moment than during the recent sunny spell. The collab with Ed’s Caribbean Street Food brings tropical classics such as jerk chicken, traditional pepperpot (a rich, dark beef stew) and pastalon (a layered casserole of plantains, ground beef and cheese) to bustling Beursplein at the heart of Amsterdam. If you only have time for a quick snack, do try the cassava fries with Creole mayo or the empanadas (beef/chicken/vegan) with mango salsa. Island-style cocktails include a killer piña colada slushie and a refreshing peach house punch.
Cut Throat, Beursplein 5
New store: Petit by Sam
It’s a brave move opening a bakery shop only a few minutes’ walk from Amsterdam’s famous Patisserie Holtkamp, but Samita Raheja actually aims to offer an alternative to traditional cakes and pastries. Eschewing ingredients such as butter, white sugar and white flour, the Columbia Business School grad sells mini-sized treats that “have nutritional benefits on top of being delicious” with plenty of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options. Think chocolate chip cookie cakes (very good!), drizzled lemon cookies, and vegan berry cheesecake, served with specialty coffee from Amsterdam-based roastery White Label Coffee.
Petit by Sam, Vijzelstraat 93
New restaurant: Sababa
Israeli food is still very much hot and happening in Amsterdam, and this cheerful falafel bar offers a (mostly) vegetarian take on the trend with its richly filled sourdough pitas, colourful organic salad bowls, and insanely crispy halloumi fries inspired by trips to Tel Aviv. The concept “combines the best of Israel with local vegetables” to create dishes like the signature seaweed falafel (with roast pointed cabbage, roast tomatoes, harissa-yoghurt sauce, and dates) and whole wheat couscous salad (with roast cauliflower, tahini, pomegranate and grilled halloumi).
Sababa, Kinkerstraat 230
New store: Groen+Akker
A stark white interior forms a neutral foil for colourful design by up-and-coming European designers such as Rrudi and UAU Project and established brands like Hay, Vitra, Serax and Urban Apothecary London. An eclectic offering ranges from minimalist Scandinavian ceramics to exuberant pop-art light objects, and from side tables to scented candles and baby rompers. For singular gifts, stylish homewares and some genuinely quirky finds, you’re at the right address here.
Groen+Akker, Govert Flinckstraat 114
New restaurant: NAZKA
Ceviche is, perhaps, to the 2010s what carpaccio was to the 1990s: ubiquitous but rarely done right. Not so at this newly opened Peruvian specialist, where there are three varieties. The acidic notes of the “Ceviche Clásico” are delicately balanced, the seabass isn’t overcooked in its lime-aji Amarillo leche di tigre and there’s textural contrast thanks to creamy sweet potato puree, crispy cancha and nutty choclo corn. The menu features plenty of Peruvian classics such as lomo saltado, tiradito and anticuchos, but also a few pleasant surprises like the bbq aubergines with aji panca sauce, smoked yoghurt, padron peppers and toasted peanuts. Highly recommended.
NAZKA, Van Ostadestraat 354
New shop: Juice Brothers x Van Leeuwen
While Van Leeuwen’s vegan ice creams are already available at Juice Brothers outlets across town, the Brooklyn-based ice cream brand is manning an actual kiosk at a JuiceBrothers stand in West this summer. Made with fresh cashew milk, organic coconut milk, extra-virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar and pure cocoa butter, the American ice cream maker has built a cult-like following with its lactose-free, vegan and “guilt-free” scoops in flavours such as cherry, cookie, banana walnut, and pistachio.
Van Leeuwen, Admiraal de Ruyterweg 4
New menu: Vondelpark3
When the sun shines in Amsterdam, it seems like everyone’s living it up outside, which can make it next to impossible to find an available terrace table. But at Vondelpark3, slap-bang in the centre of Amsterdam’s most popular park, you can now book a sunny (or shady) terrace table by dialling 020-639 2589. What’s more, a new menu provides plenty of dishes “inspired by the Keto lifestyle” (including boneless pork ribs in soy-mirin marinade, tuna tartare and “Cauliflower Power” curry) as well as a variety of vegan options so there’s no need to cheat on that summer diet.
Vondelpark3, Vondelpark 3
New bar: Hula Hula Amsterdam
The latest hotspot from the people behind the wildly successful Chin Chin Club describes itself as a “late night paradise with tropical cocktails and island food”. The décor breathes of-the-moment tropical style: from the tasselled coral booths and colourful rattan chairs to the clusters of wicker lamps. Cocktail lovers should make a beeline for the mosaic-tile tiki bar, where there are over 30 types of rum and plenty of coconut everything. The Exceptional Daiquiri, made with local white rum brand William George Rum, lime and sugar, lives up to its name.
Hula Hula Amsterdam, Lijnbaansgracht 161
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