Best pancake houses in Amsterdam
Every day is Pancake Day in Amsterdam! So work up that appetite and take a look at I amsterdam’s selection of 10 favourite spots at which to sample the local ‘pannenkoeken’.
The Pancake Bakery
We can’t remember a world before The Pancake Bakery and, frankly, we don’t want to. The ever popular restaurant in the heart of the canal ring has been flipping pancakes since time began (ok, 1973) and shows no sign of slowing down ever, with a fiercely loyal crowd of locals and visitors who queue daily outside the 17th century building to sample the goods. With a menu as long as the Prinsengracht, the restaurant’s whopping pancakes come in every flavour combination imaginable – all served up in cosy, traditional surroundings.
It may not be clear from the name, but PANCAKES Amsterdam is a surefire bet for anyone seeking their pancakey fix in Amsterdam. There are three cute locations to choose from in the city centre - in the 9 Streets, at Westermarkt, and one near Central Station - and a huge selection of sweet, savoury and unusual toppings. Made using whole-wheat flour from a local windmill, these pancakes are as Dutch as they come, and we love the restaurant's modern take on traditional Delft blue décor.
The Pancake Boat
Pancake. Boat. What’s not to love? Hop aboard Amsterdam’s famous ‘pannenkoekenboot’, The Pancake Boat, for an all-you-can-eat pancake feast while cruising along Amsterdam’s shores. How many pancakes can you eat in 75 minutes? Now’s your chance to find out. The boat departs from NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam Noord, and you can book tickets online to avoid crushing disappointment.
Bakers & Roasters
A legend in these parts, this De Pijp eatery is famous the city over for its breakfasts and brunches. Just ask the locals queuing up for a table every weekend. The menu at Bakers & Roasters covers a range of eggy, bacony, burrito-ey breakfast goods inspired by New Zealand and Brazilian cuisine, but it’s their American-style pancake stacks we’re here for today. Try the blueberry pancakes stacked high with maple syrup, fruit and optional bacon.
Carousel Pancake House
This circular pancake restaurant is, as the name suggests, located in a former fairground carousel near Museumplein. What’s more, at Carousel Pancake House, some of the original carousel horses have been left behind – although (thankfully) these days, they prefer to remain stationary. You can get a range of sweet and savoury pancakes here, but don’t leave without trying the famous ‘poffertjes’ - mini pancakes covered in powdered sugar.
One of the latest additions to Amsterdam's pancake family, Oud-West eatery Moak Pancakes brings a modern (and healthier) twist to the traditional dish. Pancakes are made with spelt or oat flour, and you'll find a range of fresh, healthy juices to accompany.
The Happy Pig Pancake Shop
Authentic Dutch pancakes from this hidden gem in Amsterdam's historic centre are sure to make you as happy as a pig in mud. They are rolled with delicious fillings – strawberries, bananas or spiced apples and then slathered in syrups and whipped cream. The ingredients at The Happy Pig Pancake Shop are organic and gluten-free options are available too.
This historic canal house in the red-light district has a quaint and quirky atmosphere that promises the most authentic pancake experience in Amsterdam. It is decorated with Delft pottery and Dutch trinkets and antique teapots hanging from the ceiling that you can admire while you feast on the fluffy, flavoursome pancakes at Upstairs Pannekoeken.
The Breakfast Club
Just as indulgent as the 80s film classic, is the all-day breakfast menu at The Breakfast Club. The city-themed menu offers the full English and Mexican huevos rancheros, but we’re all about the New York City style buttermilk pancakes laden with fresh fruit, syrup and a dusting of icing sugar. You can get your pancake fix at any of the three locations.