Who doesn’t live for lunch? When we’re working or studying from home, it's especially important to get outside at lunchtime and treat ourselves to some fresh air and tasty food. Brighten up your week by exploring the best cafes, lunch spots and neighbourhood gems in Amsterdam Oost whilst supporting local businesses along the way. Each itinerary includes somewhere you can get a hot drink, something delicious to eat and a place to sit and admire the views.
It’s never a bad idea to get some fresh air with a quick circuit around your local park and cosy Oosterpark is the perfect size for a brief lunchtime detour. When you get hungry pick up at wrap at Kalila on Eerste Oosterparkstraat. For dessert, why not try a sfouf (sweet semolina pudding cake with turmeric) and pair it with a coffee to go from Coffee Bru at Beukenplein for the walk back home.
For a naughty treat (you know, on Fridays, a particularly bad day at work or just a boring Wednesday) then go to De Beste Doner at the Dappermarkt - it’s called the best for a reason.
Anyone who lives near Park Frankendael (or is willing to cycle there) is very lucky indeed. A short break here will give you that immediate weekend feeling so try not to forget the time. To make your most of your time in the park, get your lunch and coffee from one handy spot. Restaurant de Kas is open from Thursday to Sunday for you to grab a hot drink, a sandwich or - if you're really having a tough day - a homemade donut. Don’t forget the napkins.
With all the smells and sights, a walk along the Javastraat is guaranteed to add some cheer to your break. Stop at Tigris & Euphraat for the very best falafel sandwich in town. Feeling thirsty from all that people watching? Then visit Superette for a warm turmeric and matcha latte or a refreshing homemade lemonade - they have it all and so will you!
Amsterdam Oost is coffee-lovers paradise with somewhere new to try every day. Have you checked out 4850, The Cottage or tHUIS aan de AMSTEL yet? Or for a quick pitstop, BAZOOKA sells delicious coffee and also fresh bagels. You can get coffee (and delicious sweet pastries) at Rum Baba where the beans are roasted on site and you can really taste it.
What better way to treat yourself on a friday lunch break than chomping on a decadent burger with the sound of monkeys and tropical birds in the background. Pick up a chicken burger and a juice from Box Sociaal - they really know what they’re doing when it comes to burgers. Then, walk past the gates of Artis to catch a glimpse of the zoo’s furry and feathery residents. You can get a good view of the flamingo enclosure and those giraffes are just too tall to hide.
Okay we admit this one may not be quite officially within De Plantage, but a coffee (or homemade kombucha) from Bakers & Roasters is completely worth the hike. If you just want to take a walk and eat at home, then head down to Entrepot to pick up some nice bread (and a good bottle of wine to be opened immediately as soon as you clock off). Or, for a filling lunch, visit Entrepot’s pop-up burger bar In-Between Burgers. There’s a great picnic bench on C. van Eesterenlaan where you can eat and enjoy the view in peace.
For a simple and tasty lunch, Café Koosje is one of the city’s cosiest spots and also does take-away. You have come to the right place for a strong cup of coffee or a delicious tea and they also do great broodjes - we can recommend the ox sausage. If that doesn’t take your fancy, there’s even more sandwich choice at Cafe Smit & Voogt. Take your lunch to Wertheimpark, one of the quietest small parks in the city and admire the two lantern-bearing sphinxes.
For some afternoon adrenaline, brave the halfpipe at the largest skatepark in the Netherlands. Or… if that’s really not your thing, it's also acceptable to grab a coffee from De Espressofabriek and find a spot to watch. When you’ve worked up an appetite watching all those cool young things showing off their crazy skating skills, grab a sandwich across the park at Bluey's Coffee & Kitchen.
Along the waterside
For a tasty (and special!) lunch, take a stroll to Thull's Deli where you will find a huge range of fermented and pickled goodies. We can recommend the pastrami sandwich with homemade sauerkraut and pickles or the vegetable frittata with miso mayonnaise. If you can’t wait until you get home to eat (we can’t blame you), munch your sarnie during a refreshing walk along the IJ or find a spot to sit at one of the many beautiful viewpoints. Warm up with a speciality coffee from Barmhartig.