Located in the Museumplein, close to the museums and attractions of Amsterdam, Bagels and Beans uses fresh, organic ingredients, inspired by the colours and scents of Nice, France to offer compelling meals to diners.
You can feel good about the coffee you drink at Bagels and Beans. The Shoppe only buys from organic, contentious growers on the plantation of the Jensen Family in Panama. Amsterdam has a long tradition of coffee imports, and Bagels and Beans makes sure that its products are sustainable. In addition, they very nicely support “Coffee Kids” Organization which is a scholarship program for workers on the plantation.
Because of its central location, Bagels and Beans is a great place to get a feel for the locals in Amsterdam. Diners will see other tourists but they will also see office workers, mums out with children, ex-Pats of all nationalities, stopping in to work, talk, and connect while they eat.
Bagels are made to order and can be customised as desired. Bagels and Beans is open for breakfast and lunch. In addition to bagels and sandwiches made with bagels, salads are served. There are vegetarian and gluten free options. This is a chain restaurant and can be found at other locations in Amsterdam.
Van Kerkwijk is a lovely café with a very personal feel to it. There are no menus at Van Kerkwijk, the owners instead wanted diners to feel taken care of. Wait staff greet diners at the table and explain the day’s options. This personal feel puts one at ease and also helps with any language barriers as the staff are multilingual.
Van Kerkwijk is open from the early morning for breakfast to very late at night, serving those leaving the nightlife to go home. It is intimate but comfortable. Reservations are not necessary as the hours seem to accommodate most everybody. The ambiance in the front of the house is bright and inviting even in the night hours. There is a very good wine list available and often it’s a great place to just relax and visit. Meals begin at £9.
Wink offers a fun dining environment with an ever changing menu. The menu items tend to change at least weekly, sometimes more often. This is in order to utilize ingredients that are fresh and in season as well as to keep the Chefs excited to be in the kitchen. There is nothing better than a chef that is excited about what they are cooking.
Wink accommodates both carnivores and vegetarians with their inventive cookery. They have a more “fun” than “fancy” wine list and their beers and ales are locally sourced from breweries in Amsterdam.
Most nights the Chef herself will greet diners at their table to explain her take on both traditional and fusion meals. If she’s not available you can count on the Maitre d’ to be there to walk you through any questions and selections. A full course meal with wine will run about €45.
Shah-Jahan created not only an authentic Indian menu, but also provides an Indian atmosphere, without succumbing to kitsch, as so many Indian restaurants tend to do. Simply using good herbs and spices imported from India, authentic dishes from all areas of India are on the menu. You can order your curries as spicy or as mild as you like. Vegetarian items are excellent and plentiful.
Shah-Jahan has an excellent layout allowing for parties and groups but also easily converted for special romantic evenings with the most privacy possible. Meals begin at €15. Shah-Jahan also offers delivery and late night service.
Arendsnest is dedicated to showcasing Beers and other spirits from the Netherlands. With 30 beers on tap from the areas of Proeflokaal Eyrie, they are doing a good job of it. In addition they have another 100 bottled beers, 8 ciders, over 40 Gins some liqueurs and even some fresh non-alcoholic juices from the Netherlands. If one wishes to sample the different flora of a purely Netherland drink. This is the place to come.
They are also very happy to talk with and provide background on brewing procedures, what may be different and what contributes to a Netherland brew. Also available for guests are traditional Amsterdam pub foods. These consist of sausages, both fresh and aged, cheeses from the outlying areas and fresh baked breads.
Arendsnest is a small establishment but worth the wait for a seat. Make sure to talk to your server who is happy to share about local cheese crafters and breweries. The cost is really entirely up to the diner, the tasting menu is a good place to start.
STACH looks like a deli or a New York style bodega, but what one gets is so much more. Focussing on providing grab and go gourmet style foods, STACH has grown and has a few locations throughout Amsterdam.
Most of the menu items are comfort foods like soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Desserts are especially good here and it is highly recommended diners save room, or buy some for take-away.
Take away service is available, making this an excellent place to stock up for a picnic, or for those in Amsterdam on business that need to pick up food quickly.
The ambiance is youthful, quirky and comfortable. Making it a fun place to visit. Meals can be had for as little as €3.
Restaurant RED Amsterdam provides fine dining and service at a reasonable expense. The menu items are mostly seafood and Steak with some very special desserts. They also have an extensive wine and champagne list.
Located where the Keizersgracht canal crosses the New Mirror Street, the views of the area are lovely. The venue is casual chic. There are just enough of fine dining touches to make your evening feel special, but jacket and tie are not required.
Lobster is their specialty but other seafood including caviar is on the menu. Dinner for two can run about €48.
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