Near the Anne Frank House
Café de Prins
For some old school Amsterdam charm, drop by Café de Prins, which opened in 1967. This cosy spot is located in an old canal house and its terrace is a lovely place to sit and watch cyclists zip by as you rub elbows with locals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and there are even vegan bitterballen for anyone wanting a meat-free take on a classic Dutch snack.
Morena aan de Amstel
The perfect lunch spot, Morena aan de Amstel is a little Greek café serving Mediterranean fare made with love. And the prices are great, too! Tuck into a pita filled with chicken, yoghurt sauce and veggies, and maybe a side of fries if you have room for more. The tirokafteri – a spicy cheese dip – is addictive with hunks of fresh bread. If the weather’s nice, enjoy your food on the small terrace overlooking the Amstel.
Near Prins Hendrikkade
When you’re craving some carby goodness, look no further than Gebroeders Niemeijer. This artisanal French bakery makes some of Amsterdam’s best bread and serves up chewy baguettes filled with cheese, pâté and other tasty bits, as well as flaky croissants, organic granola and fresh salads. For something unique, try the saucisson de chocolat – sliced ‘sausage’ made from roasted almonds, honey and rich chocolate.
Near the Rijksmuseum
If you want to treat yourself, consider dinner at Levant. This upscale Turkish restaurant is in a beautiful old brick building along the historic Weteringschans. Begin with a glass of wine and a few mezzes – starters that include feta-filled filo pastry and lamb ravioli served with pistachio sauce. The meaty mains are cooked to perfection and there’s also a canal-side terrace for warm summer nights.
Umaimon Ramen Kitchen
Grab your chopsticks and get ready for a flavour explosion at Umaimon Ramen Kitchen. Founded by a Japanese expat who dreamed of making Amsterdam’s best ramen, it serves massive bowls of noodles packed with tender meat, bamboo shoots, seaweed and other yummy ingredients swimming in rich broth. There are also good veggie options and yummy sides (including gyoza and fried chicken) and the savoury curries are fantastic, too.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 51