Treat yourself to some hearty fare
Winter in Amsterdam can be cold and windy, but the right food will sooth your soul, fill your belly and put a smile on your face. Here are some places you can go for delightful dishes that are perfect for this time of year.
Traditional Dutch fare is the definition of comfort food – potatoes, cabbage, meatballs – and Hap-Hmm knows how to do it right. This charming eatery has been serving hungry customers for more than 60 years, so you can rest assured that every recipe has been perfected.
Hap-Hmm | Eerste Helmersstraat 33, Amsterdam
Ice skating is a favourite winter pastime in Amsterdam, so make a trip to Jaap Edenbaan, an ice rink in Watergraafsmeer. Once you’re done zipping around, head to the on-site café for a tasty bockbier and a rookworst, a tasty smoked sausage, while warming your feet on the open fire.
Café Jaap | jaapeden.nl | Radioweg 64, Amsterdam
Follow up a romantic winter walk in one of Amsterdam’s most famous parks with a stop in Vondelpark3. Located in a stately building, this elegant restaurant serves up hearty dishes to please meat lovers, vegetarians and vegans alike. Nibble on the croquettes or indulge in a sweet or savoury pancake. When it’s freezing outside, the pea soup will warm you up in no time.
Vondelpark 3 | Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam
Magical Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) spoils its guests in the winter months with a selection of hearty fare with vegan and vegetarian options. There’s a focus on sustainable, organic and seasonal ingredients, so freshness is guaranteed. For something truly original, try the royal goose bitterballs, which are made with locally sourced meat..
Noorderlicht | NDSM-plein 102, Amsterdam
Sip on a dark and stormy, or your winter warmer of choice, next to the fireplace at The Lobby in Amsterdam’s Hotel V Nesplein. The chefs are experts in indulgent winter dining and the menu is loaded with slow-cooked classics and scrumptious desserts. It’s the perfect ending to a day in the city and a great spot to escape the cold.
The Lobby | thelobby.nl | Nes 49, Amsterdam
Two Chefs Bar
The warm neon glow of Two Chefs Bar is irresistible on a grey winter day. Created by the hopheads behind Two Chefs brewing, it’s a nice spot to sample their beers and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner. When the mercury drops, order the spicy Korean-style chicken burger – it will heat you right up.
Two Chefs Bar | twochefsbrewing.nl | Hugo de Grootplein 7-15, Amsterdam
With its plush interior reminiscent of a 70s gangster film – all beige-brown leather sofas and open fires – Castell is the perfect winter restaurant. Their juicy steaks are famous throughout the city, and so are the baked potatoes loaded with herb butter, so sit back and tuck in.
Castell | castellamsterdam.nl | Lijnbaansgracht 252-254, Amsterdam
Take a little trip to Switzerland without leaving Amsterdam by visiting Café Bern. Nothing says comfort food like dipping bits of bread, meat and potato into a pot of gooey melted cheese. The folks behind this Nieuwmarkt staple have been there for decades, so you can trust their expertise. The entrecote – which is grilled to perfection at your table – also comes recommended.
Café Bern | cafebern.com | Nieuwmarkt 9, Amsterdam
For the perfect hot chocolate, skip the instant powder stuff and turn to the experts. “It takes real chocolate to make a good drink,” say the folks behind Chocolátl, and right they are. For their version of the perfect cup of cocoa, they only use origin chocolate – meaning it’s made from beans from one particular region – which they combine with frothy milk (or soy milk) to create a spectacular hit of deliciousness.
Chocolátl | chocolatl.nl | Hazenstraat 25A, Amsterdam
Still hungry? Check out the best traditional Dutch restaurants in Amsterdam or discover the 10 Dutch winter foods to eat in Amsterdam.