Cut Throat’s concept is certainly a surprise: a brunch in a functioning barbershop is not something you see every day. Settle into the achingly cool interior, complete with a fully functioning arcade game. Choose from the vast selection of international craft beers and classic cocktails, or spike one of their decadent shakes with your poison of choice. The menu is Caribbean street food all day every day: from huevos rancheros to jerk hash and a pepper pot.
Cut Throat, Beursplein 5
Set in a spectacularly renovated former Music Conservatory, this five-star hotel-of-choice for visiting celebrities like Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber offers more than just chic suites and well-appointed rooms. Sitting pretty in Piero Lissoni’s covered glass courtyard, where 19th-century gothic meets modern design, Conservatorium Brasserie is that rare hotel restaurant that also attracts locals. The recently-launched jazzy Sunday Brunch is yet one more reason to visit. For starters, there’s a sumptuous tableside buffet that includes local oysters from Zeeland, veal tartare, mussels chaudfroid and a shrimp cocktail. Choose from a delicate lobster omelette, a meaty Sunday roast or your favourite style of poached eggs for your main. And, to finish, there’s an over-the-top pastry buffet. Highlights include a house-made cherry-chocolate ice cream pop, passionfruit meringues and caramelized pecan-coffee bonbons.
Conservatorium Brasserie, Van Baerlestraat 27
Venture just beyond the city centre into the charming Teds for a slice of a local Amsterdammer’s life. This cafe is dedicated to their all-day brunch mission: their menu is filled with variations on classics, all equally delicious. Try the abnormally decadent Monster Cristo with a mimosa at any time of day - no judgment! The atmosphere is laid back, and there are lots of opportunities to people-watch on the terrace as you recover from a night of exploits with a drink in hand.
Teds, Bosboom Toussaintstraat 60
Gs Really Nice Place
Offering a Madame Kimchi brioche alongside nine different Bloody Mary’s, this brunch hotspot certainly has something for everyone. Try and resist the chicken waffle burger, a hangover cure hugged between two sugar waffles. This dish has certainly earned its impressive collection of Instagram tags. Gs currently has two locations: one in De Pijp, and the other, in true Amsterdam spirit, on a boat (pictured above).
Gs De Pijp Ferdinand Bolstraat 158 A | Gs Brunch Boat from Keizersgracht 198
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club has got you covered with pancakes, french toast, eggs - all the brunch essentials. There’s no going wrong! This beloved chain of breakfast spots knows how to keep its customers happy with breakfast burgers and chicken waffles with sriracha mayo that are guaranteed to hit the spot. There are five locations all over Amsterdam where you can curl up with a Pear Bellini or refresh yourself with a Bloody Mary to get ready for another day out on the town.
It’s becoming somewhat of a trend to see expats in Amsterdam seeking out the little things they miss from home. This is exactly how Little Collins’ story began. Opened by two Aussies who were missing the brunch traditions from their native city of Melbourne, this brunch haunt oozes a friendly and laid-back atmosphere with a menu that's out of this world. You can’t go wrong with the menu. The cilbir (Turkish) eggs are sublime: an underrated dish that is an excellent addition to any brunch menu. Expect a decent waiting time on the weekends, but once your name is on the list it’s easy to kill some time wandering the eclectic Albert Cuyp Market. The cocktail list has got your back with Bloody Mary’s and Espresso martinis. If you find yourself in Amsterdam West, the sister cafe Collins West offers a slightly tweaked menu.
Little Collins De Pijp, Eerste Sweelinkstraat 19F | Collins West, Bilderdijkstraat 140
Coffee & Coconuts
What awaits in this revived 1920’s cinema building is not quite a full-scale brunch, but rather an all-day breakfast and an extensive menu boosted up by the Drunk Mr. Nilsson, served in a coconut, or a Boozy Bali to set the tone. If you’re looking for coffee, it’s roasted in the house as a matter of pride. Climb up the stairs and settle in this corner of the tropics hidden away in Amsterdam.
CT Coffee & Coconuts, Ceintuurbaan 282-284
Staring at Jacob
Tucked away on a quiet canal corner in Amsterdam Oud-West an excited buzz ripples through this charming hotspot. The melting pot of diners and the attentive wait staff is reminiscent of a hip New York diner, which is pretty fitting, seeing as this boozy brunch joint prides itself on American-inspired comfort food. When that inevitable sweet or savoury dilemma hits, there’s no need to fret - they’ve perfected chicken and waffles. Ease yourself in with a mimosa, a G&T, or if your hangover has done some serious damage, take on a Bloody Mary spiked with pickle juice and a crisp rasher of bacon. You’ll be ready to take on the world in no time.
Staring at Jacob, Jacob van Lennepkade 215
Mama Makan’s authentic Indonesian cuisine & botanical cocktails make for a great weekend bottomless brunch at the Hyatt Regency Amsterdam. You’ll find all the classic brunch staples here, with an Asian twist, of course. Get ready for tahu goreng Benedict eggs on top of fried tofu and a lemongrass-turmeric sauce, or if you’re craving sweetness, go for the coconut pancakes with roasted and rum-soaked pineapple. Don’t forget to upgrade to the bottomless Cava!
Mama Makan, Spinozastraat 61
Bakers & Roasters
Owned by one part Kiwi and one part Brazilian, this marvellous brunch spot has become synonymous with its queues around the block, particularly on a weekend. And offering goods such as dreamy banana nut bread, french toast and game-changing navajo eggs, it’s for a bloody good reason. With a spot secured on this list, Bakers & Roasters’ extensive cocktail list is a given. But when a New Zealand style cafe describes itself as ‘served with a heavy dose of Brazil’, we recommend you don’t overlook the coffee menu!
Bakers & Roasters, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54 | Kadijksplein 16
Lekker, mate; this neighbourhood hangout serves one of the most creative brunches in De Plantage with a tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and a warm Aussie welcome. Classic breakfast dishes are elevated with culinary flair, seamlessly touching upon Asian and Latin American flavours to reflect the diverse influences in the food scene down under. Highlights include the Thai spiced haddock scotch egg, dulce de leche pancake stack and the ‘Mortgage on Toast’ smashed avocado with pico de gallo. Alongside locally-roasted coffee, natural wines and delicious tap beers, the cocktail menu is surprising and refined. Give one of the orange blossom mimosas, or the oolong tea infused old fashioned a good old slurp - you won’t be disappointed!
Box Sociaal, Plantage Middenlaan 30
Co-written by: Robin Collinge