Best bakeries in Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s artisan bakers work around the clock to get bubbling dough in the oven ready for hungry customers. If you’re looking for a perfectly burnished sourdough for an extra special breakfast or crackled, crusty white loaf for your park picnic, head to one of these bakeries for bread that hits the spot.
Situated close to Amsterdam Central Station, this traditional French bakery is virtually hidden in plain sight. But look out for the baguettes in the window - or maybe a short queue at the door - and you’ll be at the right place. Take away a baguette, sourdough bread or brioche, or dine in for a classic high tea with homemade jam, chutney and marmalade, or sandwiches stuffed with delicious French cheeses and charcuterie.
Levain et le Vin
Levain et le Vin is a sourdough bakery and natural wine shop where pastries and breads are baked fresh every day. Swing by a delicious bottle and a stand-out loaf. Ballymaloe Cookery School alumnus Florence van Limburg Stirum followed internships at Ottolenghi in London and Relae in Copenhagen with stints at Choux restaurant and Cafe Modern in Amsterdam, which may explain why her rustic round loaves always sell out early.
Fort Negen is relatively new on the artisan bread scene, but has shot to fame as one of the best bread bakeries in town. Popular among locals in the De Baarjses neighbourhood and a short walk from Oud-West, you’ll find its best-selling farmer’s bread as well as spelt and rye loaves. In for an extra treat? Pick up a cruffin, almond or cheese-stuffed croissant or the humble, but delicious, oat cookie.
Feast your heart on some exceptional sourdough bagels courtesy of Breadwinner, founded by baker Jon Fairclough. During the pandemic, the Canadians needed something to do, and baking bagels proved an insta(nt) success. Fanatics line up at the door to this Jordaan-based bakery to get their hands on a freshly baked bagel topped with avocado, pastrami or cream cheese. Our tip: try the 'salt bagel' with smoked Maldon salt flakes.
Also vying for the De Baarjses bread market, Ulmus has built a loyal following for its sourdough loaves and delicious pastries. Tucked behind the main street of the Amsterdam West neighbourhood, it’s worth getting out of bed for its long-fermented, full-flavoured bread.
Craving pillowy soft, tear-and-shareable Turkish bread, or crispy sesame-topped simit? Kara Firin has you covered. Grab a few loaves for a dip-tastic picnic and more to freeze at home when the carb cravings hit.
Head to Hartog’s Volkoren for a no-frills traditional loaf with quality that has stood the test of time. Since 1986, wheat has been ground in its own mill, which guarantees that only whole wheat flour, and that no preservatives are added. The loaves are distinguished by their baked-in Hartog branding.
Efraim Bolado van der Meij has a passion for the meditative process of mixing, kneading, shaping and baking something beautiful. As well as supplying more than 40 restaurants in and around Amsterdam, the bakery’s shelves are full every morning for hungry customers.
Le Fournil de Sebastien
There will no doubt be a queue outside this French bakery at any time of day, but for good reason. Artisan baker Sebastien Roturier and his Dutch wife Susan moved their boulangerie-pâtisserie to Amsterdam from Vendée in 2007 becoming the first French baker to open a French bakery in the Netherlands. It has since attracted a huge fanbase of French internationals and Dutch bread lovers alike.
Craft Coffee and Pastry
You’ll find this 100% gluten-free cafe and patisserie in the middle of De Pijp, on the corner of famous market street Albert Cuypmarkt. As well as gluten-free breads, you’ll find pastries including croissants, free from wheat but full of flavour.
After starting at neighbourhood markets, bakers Eric and Danielle opened their own store in 2016 in Amsterdam Noord. This cute little bakery has deliciously crusty bread, both fresh or ready to be baked to perfection at home.
This small but mighty bakery looks as rustic as its crackled sourdough. Pop in for a hearty loaf, a deliciously sweet pastry or coffee from Amsterdam roastery White Label. Look out for their baking workshops, too.