Restaurants and bars in De Pijp
With its mix of multicultural cuisines and buzzing bar culture, De Pijp’s food and drink scene is one of the most exciting in the city. Surrounding the Albert Cuypmarkt, cutting-edge restaurants sit side by side with cosy brown cafes and friendly neighbourhood delis. Whether you’re looking for casual fine dining, a romantic wine bar, after-work cocktails or your next weekend brunch spot, Amsterdam’s Latin Quarter is the perfect neighbourhood to explore on your next culinary adventure.
Warm up with typically-Dutch soups and stews at this atmospheric restaurant in De Pijp. Café-Restaurant 't Heemelrijck reinvigorates 3rd generation family recipes (dating back to 1949), including meat stews, snert (green split pea and pork soup) and stamppot (potatoes, veg and sausage). Wash all this down with quality jenevers from local distillery Wynand Foncink and the selection of tap beers, and you've got yourself an authentic meal out.
Japanese sandos (milk bread sandwiches) have landed in Amsterdam, and it looks like they’re here to stay. Brothers Sebastiaan and Christiaan Roosink were the founding culprits behind this genius import when they started a Japanese-style delivery service during the pandemic. Now Ranchi has a physical location on the Albert Cuypstraat where you can get your mitts on one. Fillings include chicken or plant-based katsu, pork, tuna and all the delicious pickles, sesame seeds and spicy mayos you’re umami-craving tastebuds could hope for.
Pekelhaaring is a bright, airy restaurant with unassuming decor and an inviting atmosphere. Packed with seasonal flavours, the menu takes inspiration from the Italian countryside and Mediterranean coastline. Choose from a variety of pasta dishes, hearty stews, rustic salads and grilled fish all accompanied by an inspiring wine list. For lunch, Pekel Deli is the perfect place for a quick bite with a range of sandwiches crammed full of succulent deli meats and quality cheeses.
Best known for their ceviche and small plates, Sjefietshe is not your average fish restaurant. The creative menu pulls in zingy Asian and Latin American fusion flavours with a European casual fine dining twist. The baked octopus is a standout dish, paired with aubergine caviar, anchovies and escabeche sauce (a citrusy marinade hailing from the Philippines). Inside, the environment is both elegant and comfortable - the perfect setting to knock back one of their beautiful pisco sours or a mezcal martini before dinner.
Overlooking Sarphatipark, Boca's is a colourful tapas bar with a straight-to-the-point concept: eat what you like, when you feel like it. During the day, choose from an extensive selection of bocas (small sandwiches) and light bites. Later on, the sharing platters come out and the restaurant turns into a buzzy spot perfect for an early evening hangout. Each plate is loaded up with your choice of charcuterie or cheese alongside small plates like prawn croquettes, soft-shell crab, or jackfruit bitterballen. How do you decide what to eat? I guess just order one of each!
This popular tropical-themed bar on the well-frequented Marie Heinekenplein is the perfect place to begin your exploration of De Pijp’s lively nightlife. Decked out with impressive jungle foliage and glitter balls, De Tulp has played host to many parties, from birthday meals and work celebrations to weekly Latin nights and open-mic events. Under the warming glow of the neon sign, the outdoor terrace is a great spot to catch up with friends, sharing a pitcher of beer or a moscow mule.
Nobody does a boozy, caffeinated brunch better than Australians, and Little Collins is no exception. Inspired by Melbourne’s eclectic food and drink scene, this friendly neighbourhood joint has been curing hangovers with comfort food and coffee for over a decade. The menu draws flavour inspiration from around the world (think a kimchi bloody mary or an ‘nduja and comté scramble) and offers staple classics with mega helpings of eggs, bacon and avocados.
Lady Bird Fried Chicken
If you’re hungry for New York-style Southern food, Lady Bird Fried Chicken dishes up artisanal fried chicken with proper crunch, hand-crafted cocktails, and caviar. Grab some comfort fast food and enjoy the sounds of Motown, soul and hip-hop at this new joint next to Sarphatipark.
Voted wine bar of the year in 2023, Paskamer is known for its unpretentious atmosphere, informed staff and an exceptional wine list that perfectly pairs with the tapas menu. Sharable plates showcase the best of Europe, from the Breton oysters and crayfish bitterballen to the ibérico ham plank, aubergine melanzane alla parmagiana and octopus carpaccio. The dessert menu gives the microphone to quality suppliers from elsewhere in Zuid, both well worth exploring, with a cheese selection from fromagerie L'Amuse and macarons courtesy of Patisserie Tout.
For a contemporary twist on Indian food that’s firmly rooted in the traditions of the past, head to Miri Mary. You won’t find all the old Indian cliches here, but instead, a veg-led menu with on-point spicing and handsomely made-up plates. Situated on a leafy De Pijp square, there’s a terrace, too. Menu highlights include an excellent wheat crisp and chickpea salad, curried prawn pappadums and aromatic butter chicken with crispy garlic naan and fluffy basmati rice. The cocktail menu includes creative surprises such as the superb Smokey Watermelon with gin and mezcal, shaken with fresh watermelon, lime and a hint of rose.