Bars & Restaurants

Bars & Restaurants in Amsterdam

There are plenty places to get food & beverage in Amsterdam.

But: what is the nicest, coziest or best valued place to be or to experience? I mean, no tourist-food, no exceptional high prices because you are a tourist, and so on, just friendly waiters and bar staff and good and well-priced.

And, of course, where are the typical ‘Brown-Amsterdam-Bars’ and how do you participate in the real Amsterdam-feeling? This is something you have to experience if you visit Amsterdam!

I’ve made a selection of nice and good places in Amsterdam. Enjoy your stay at one of these places!
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Cafe ‘Bolle Jan’
Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 3
Area: Rembrandtsquare-Centre
Entrance: free
A typical Amsterdam bar. ‘Bolle Jan’ his son is the famous René Froger. Nice barwomen, good-valued beer prices. Dutch (live)music.
A place in the citycentre you have to visit at a stay in Amsterdam!
(Eat a fresh roll next door at ‘Van Dobben’ when you leave!)
Website Cafe Bolle Jan

Cafe ‘De Twee Zwaantjes’ (The Two Swans)De twee Zwaantjes
Prinsengracht 114
Area: Jordaan-Centre
Entrance: free
One of the better known ‘Jordaan’-cafés with typical party music & every sundayafternoon  live music (by a accordionplayer or other artist) and sing-along festivities. Caters mainly to a local public on weekdays, but during the weekend an enthusiastic crowd sings along to old songs from the Jordaan, typical dutch torch and an occasional opera piece. Well, every night is worth a visit and a singalong-night at the 2 Zwaantjes!  The bar has a canalside terrace. Say hello from me to ‘Trees’ plz!
A pleasant and typical dutch stay in the most hospitable café of Amsterdam: The 2 Swans!
Website De Twee Zwaantjes

Cafe ‘Nol’
Westerstraat 109
Area: Jordaan-Centre
Entrance: free
open: Sunday-Thursday: 21.00 – 03.00
Friday-Saturday: 21.00 – 04.00. Closed: Tuesday
Genuine night- & partybar at the ‘Jordaan’, a must in Amsterdam. “Cafe Nol, Altijd Lol!”
Good staff and the locals can be found here. A lot of drinks, nice prices.
Website Cafe Nol

Cafe ‘De Blaffende Vis’
Westerstraat 118
Area: Jordaan-Centre
Entrance: free
A typical Brown bar at the ‘Jordaan’, one of the parts you have to visit in Amsterdam. It’s only a fifteen-minute-walk from Dam square to here, so nice to do!
Good staff and the local people and students can be found here. Good food and drinks, nice prices too.

Cafe ‘Daalder’
Lindengracht 90
Area: Jordaan-Centre
Entrance: free
Open daily: 10.00 – 01.00 (Friday till 03.00, Saturday 09.00-03.00)
Cafe Daalder is at one of the oldest parts of Amsterdam and a real ‘JORDANEES’ bar with a nice card and a good cup of coffee.
Nice place to rest when you’re at your ‘walking tour through the Jordaan’. Highly recomended!
Friendly staff, newspapers and enough ‘domestic’ people to talk with.
Website Cafe Daalder
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Bar ‘Anno 1890’ Café
Amstelveenseweg 1124
Area: Border Amstelveen-(South)
Entrance: free
A typical Dutch cafe at ‘the end of Amsterdam’. It’s at the border with Amstelveen. The ‘Saté’ is the best of Amsterdam but there is more at the good menucard.
Every thursday-, friday- & saturdaynight “Club 1890”.
Good music, nice people and several times parties with live artists. You need a cab to get there.
Website Anno 1890

Bar ‘In de Wildeman’
©Photodam.comKolksteeg 5
Area: Central Station-Centre
Entrance: free
The biggest beer collection! 18 beers on draught and around 200 different brands on bottle. Monthly changing brands on draught. Sorry, no Heineken!


Eetcafe ‘De Blauwe Pan’
Westerstraat 200
Area: Jordaan-Centre
Open: Monday: 06.30 – 01.00, Thu/Wed/Thur: 11.00 – 01.00
Friday: 11.00 – ± 03.00, Saturday: 10.00 – ± 03.00, Sunday: 12.00 – 22.00
A real ‘cheapo’ cafe/restaturant. (eetcafe). Not a big menucard but nice real ‘Dutch’ food like ‘Stamppot’ and ‘Snert’.
The prices: for ± € 15.00 you are really filled up, with 2 or 3 courses and drinks. A lot of students do eat here daily!
It’s an old warehouse in the middle of the ‘Jordaan’ with a intriguing walldrawing.
Nice and friendly staff.
Website Blauwe Pan

Restaurant & take-away Shanghai Noodle

Rokin 152, next to V&D near Rembrandtsplein
Area: City-Centre
ShangHaiNoodle is located next to the V&D at Rokin 152, near Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.
Open: Mon-Tues-Wednesday: 12:00 – 21:00, Thurs-Fri-Satur-Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00
Not a big menucard but a typical light Eastern dish. Noodlesoup, Dim Sum, Salad and much more!
The prices are low, the quality is high, fresh, healthy and affordable
The famous Johannes van Dam, a foodcritic of the newspaper ‘Het Parool’, was here and rewarded it with an 8!
Great restaurant. Easternstyle food & cheap.
Website Shanghai Noodle

Turkish restaurant PapatyaRestaurant Papatya
Buiten Brouwersstraat 19, Haarlemmerstraat area,  near the Central Station
Area: City-Centre
Turkish delights restaurant Papatya is next to the famous ‘Jordaan’, 10 minutes walk from the Central Station.
Open: Tuesday-Sunday: 18:00h – ± 22:30h
A good menucard, with a lot of Turkish specialities. Great chef, nice staff!
The prices are OK, the quality is high, fresh, healthy and affordable
No reservation needed but it’s a small restaurant (36 seats only) so be in time there!
Great restaurant. Remember: Original Turkish food can be spicey!
Website Papatya

Snack time!

Eetsalon Van Dobben
Korte Reguliersdwarsstraat 5-9
Area: Rembrandtsquare-Centre
Open: all week; morning till late
A real Dutch ‘Eetsalon’ (sandwich-restaurant). Established in 1945 and it’s still the same: the food is still fresh, the staff is still friendly and the audience…!
Take away the famous “Van Dobben Croquet” or eat it in with a glass of milk at one of the few tables in the restaurant.
Good food, nice prices, friendly people.
Website Van Dobben

Manneken Pis, Vlaamse Frieten
Area: Central Station-Centre
Open: all week; morning till late
Real Vlamish Chips!
Manneken Pis is the best Vlamisch chips-bakkery, choosen by a jury from ‘Het Parool’ newspaper.
Over 20 sorts of sauces. Drinks to take away too.


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