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 Zuid and De Pijp 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.
A Vondelpark circuit is a classic break time activity for Amsterdammers. If you’re lucky enough to live in the area, there are always new cafes and lunch spots to explore. Pick up a hot drink from Coffee District - they have two locations near the park, so you could even go twice to double up on those urgent espresso needs. There is always something tasty on the menu at Renzo’s Delicatessen so you’ll absolutely find the perfect bite to suit your mood. Or, cross the park into one of the more quieter areas and grab a spectacular sandwich from Levain et Le Vin.
De PijpAround the Albert Cuypmarkt
Work up an appetite with a stroll down the Albert Cuypmarkt, taking in the tempting aromas from the different food vendors. If nothing takes your fancy, just around the corner at Le Salonard, you’ll find a dangerously decadent selection of broodjes - all packed full of deli items such as truffle salami, blue cheese, parma ham, or buffalo mozzarella. On your loop back to your desk, pick up one of Scandinavian Embassy’s infamously-good cinammon buns and a strong coffee. There’ll be no nodding off in the afternoon after one of those bad boys.Honorable mentions:
Pick up a selection of Vietnamese summer rolls with tofu, prawns or pork from Pho 91 to snack on as you walk through the market. You could also swing by trendy Brazilian-Kiwi style cafe Bakers & Roasters for a coffee and a juice - or even just to gaze at their selection of beautiful home-made cakes.Sarphatipark
This lunch break itinerary starts with a visit to Sir Hummus for a nutritious and delicious hummus bowl with your choice of toppings. How do fava beans, spicy aubergine or slow-cooked beef sound? To wash all of this down, roastery and coffee bar Coffee & Coconuts will sort you out with a coconut milk cold brew and a side of tropical charm. To burn off some steam, stroll around the elegant Sarphati Park, paying close attention to the historic villas which overlook it. Can you guess which one the artist Mondrian lived in before he moved to Paris?Nieuwe Pijp
Spicy chicken with sweet and sour cucumber or purple-carrot hummus and feta? If these sandwich options sound delicious, (and there are many many more) then get yourself down to Fa. Pekelharing Deli. Just up the road, you can grab a quick espresso from the friendly team at Jones Brothers Coffee. There are some cute little picnic benches by the Speeltuin Ceintuurbaan where you can find a spot to sit and watch the local kids playing basketball or maybe just to feed the pigeons.