Looking for all the latest openings this March? 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.
Delight in Dutch cheese at Kaasbar
At the recently opened Kaasbar, you grab your artisan cheese right off the conveyor belt bar, rotation-sushi style. If Dutch cheese only conjures up wheels of Gouda and Edam to you, you’ll find so much more to explore here, from white and red flora to blue and hard cheeses. Take Skeapsrond (pictured, €8.50 per portion), for example, a creamy organic sheep’s milk variety from the Dikhoeve farm outside Amsterdam, where cheese has been crafted for over three centuries. It’s presented with caramel popcorn and an edible flower and paired with your choice of a fruity Chardonnay (Calmel & Joseph, Villa Blanche) or a malty craft beer from the Amsterdam-based brewery Brouwerij 't IJ.
Kaasbar.amsterdam // Ferdinand Bolstraat 10, Amsterdam
Shop exclusive French 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. Whether it can live up to this promise long-term remains to be seen, but the Museum District store is undoubtedly worth a visit for Amsterdam exclusives such as Bulgari’s Le Gemme “high perfumery” collection (M/F), Houbigant’s sought-after Fougère Royal scent (M), as well as Serge Lutens’ makeup range and limited editions perfumes (M/F).
Chezlelite.com // Van Baerlestraat 12, Amsterdam
Uncover the city’s creative coffee scene at the Amsterdam Coffee Festival
Discover the latest coffee trends and the best Dutch brews, see the world’s best latte artists, baristas and “coffee mixologists” in action, and sample copious amounts of coffee at the buzziest festival in town.
13-15 March // amsterdamcoffeefestival.com // Gashouder (Westergas), Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam
Indulge in Italian-International fare at Alba
Pretty plant-led plates may be the only eye-candy in this sparsely decorated 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. From corvina crudo with Granny Smith brunoise, celery and winter purslane to chocolate mousse with sunchoke, kumquat and coffee granita, dining here is a delight. And, because owner Steven MacLeod (ex-Bar Centraal, ex-Café Modern) has a thing for natural wines, you’ll find plenty of reasonably priced vin naturel on the list. Affordable by Amsterdam standards (from €34 for a 3-course Chef’s Menu), there plenty of incentive to head out Oost-way.
Alba-amsterdam.nl // Wibautstraat 105, Amsterdam
Sing for your supper at Happyhappyjoyjoy Zuidas
Familiar flavours from the Pan-Asian playbook, such as Thai fishcakes (€7.25), pink bao buns with crispy chicken (€6.75) and dim sum (from €7) are cheerfully presented in a contemporary China-red setting in Amsterdam’s financial district. The fifth location of this enduringly popular eatery promises after-hours fun as the first Happyhappyjoyjoy outpost kitted out with a karaoke bar.
Happyhappyjoyjoy.asia // George Gershwinlaan 1, Amsterdam
Get the A-list look at Oliver Peoples Eyewear
For timeless sunglasses and eyewear, head to Oliver People’s 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”.
Oliverpeoples.com // P.C. Hooftstraat 55, Amsterdam
Sip on Classic Cocktails at Salmuera
If you haven’t already added this Argentinian bar-restaurant to your must-visit list for its Latin American street food, charcoal-roasted meat specialities and magnificent mezcal menu (74 types and counting!), you certainly should now because there’s a new “House Classics” cocktail menu by Martin Eisma, one of Amsterdam’s best bar managers (ex-Andaz, ex-Ron Gastrobar*). Expect playful riffs on familiar themes, such as an aromatic Boulevardier with porcini mushrooms, smoked salt, olive oil and an edible perfume of patchouli, mezcal and sandalwood (€12.50) or an Espresso Martini with a salsa mole kick (€11.50).
Sal-amsterdam.nl // Rozengracht 106H, Amsterdam
Try the new menu at Mr. Sam Asian Bistro
Tucked away in deep Zuid is an “Asian bistro”, named for its young chef Sam Yeh who took over his parents’ Chinese restaurant. On the menu, you’ll find fusion fan favourites such as yellowfin tuna tartare with cassava chips (€15.50), prawn tempura rolls with kimchi mayo (€23/8 pcs), and sea bass with Thai red curry sauce (€18.50), but also new additions like grilled miso lobster (€18.50), yakitori skewers with crispy chicken skin (€13.50), coconut crème brȗlee (€9.50) and various cocktail sours (from €9).
Mrsamasianbistro.nl // Amstelveenseweg 344, Amsterdam
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.nl // Utrechtsestraat 38, Amsterdam
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