The bustling Jordaan is known to be one of the most popular neighborhoods in Amsterdam. It’s located right next to the city centre and home to some of the highlights of the city. Not only is it the perfect area to go shopping, for example in the famous 9 streets but it is also home to many amazing restaurants, coffee spots and bars. We’ve gathered the 15 Best restaurants in the Jordaan Amsterdam so you don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the culinary hotspots. Read on!
At Daalder they believe that fine dining deserves a “joyful, unpretentious atmosphere”. Their Maitre Sommelier is expert at finding the perfect pairings for whatever’s on your pretty plate. Recently named “Best Promising Chef 2018” by Gault & Millau, chef Dennis Huwaë delivers a Michelin quality tasting menu in a down-to-earth environment. Expect exquisitely presented plates that are also pleasing to the palate, without the hushed reverence that often accompanies this kind of high-end dining. Not much has changed to the headchef’s 2 Michelinstar cooking, he challenges his team to raise the bar very high. Creating a dish is a search for perfect ingredient combinations, bringing out the best out of every one of them. The menu at Daalder is has an International feel with exquisite dishes like Northsea crab, Pumpkin with Foie Gras and Dove with cherry on it. Choose between a 5- or 7-course dining experience and if you wish, a wine pairing menu to go perfectly with every dish. At Daalderthey believe that fine dining deserves a joyful, unpretentious atmosphere. Recently named “Best Promising Chef 2018” by Gault & Millau, chef Dennis Huwaë delivers a Michelin quality 5 to 7-course tasting menu in a deliciously down-to-earth environment. Expect exquisitely presented plates that are pleasing to the palate without the hushed reverence that often accompanies this kind of food. Maitre Sommelier Tim Grashuis is expert at finding the perfect pairings for whatever’s on that pretty plate.
Thai cuisine at Rakang
Rakang is situated in the popular Jordaan area, and guarantees a good night out. They are all about fresh ingredients and dishes that are made to share with friends and family. The best way to start your dining experience, is with the Five Buddies platter that comes with chicken satay, chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, deep fried Thai fish cake, Thai spring roll and crispy shrimp wanton. The crunchy prawns marinated in a special homemade tamarind sauce, garnished with shallot & garlic oil, Thai coriander and roasted chilies is amazing. Or, if you’d rather go for meat the crispy stir-fried chicken fillet with a sweet shrimp paste, mushrooms, onions and roasted cashew nuts is a good one. And, they have a Coconut Brûlée!
Brunch hotspot Pluk
PLUK Amsterdam is the lightest, brightest and healthy spot with the best treats in the vibrant 9 Streets. The stylish green hotspot for juices, coffee, food and lifestyle was founded with love and passion by Iris & Tessa Zeilstra. The concept for PLUK was their dream and that dream came true. PLUK is styled with antique mirrors, a large marble pick up bar, green fresh plants and fruit baskets filled with pineapples and oranges. The menu is hot and happening just like the crowd. Pluk is for everyone who enjoys healthy food and happy people. With a prime location at the nine streets Pluk is a hot-spot frequented by locals and tourists. When you visit pluk you will experience the big, bright and open architecture and styling. The interior is white, open and fresh. The pure and classic colors used at pluk beam innocence, luxury and simplicity. On the menu you will find lovely breakfast items such as pancakes, yoghurt with fruits or a full Pluk breakfast with an omelet. In the mood for lunch? No worries! Pluk also serves mean pokébols that will satisfy all of your foodie needs. Do you want to take a litte of Pluk back home? Check out their webshop!
Pizza & Pasta at La Perla
La Perla is often mentioned by Amsterdam locals as the best place to get Italian pizza. Located in the Jordaan district you can find this small restaurant serving traditional pizze and delightful pasta’s. During lunch time it’s a spot for loaded sandwiches and at night a good glass of wine to go with your Italian dish.
The policy at La Perla is to work with regional and non-industrial products as much as possible. They only work with the finest ingredients, with weekly fresh deliveries straight from Italy. A good example is the use of genuine buffalo mozzarella, that they get from the south three times a week. You will taste the difference. The dish they are best known for is the classic Margherita, nevertheless they have delicious other options as well. A few favorites of the menu are the homemade ravioli and Calabrese di Spilinga Pizza with ‘nduja (spicy salami), oregano and spicy oil.
The large brick wood oven, essential for making quality pizza’s, is placed in the middle of the restaurant. Giving it a homey feeling. They provide a take away service but the best way to enjoy the pizza’s is straight from the oven!
Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 53
Jansz at the Pulitzer Hotel
Jansz, the new restaurant of the leading five-star hotel Pulitzer is finally open. the restaurant, housed in a seventeenth-century pharmacy, has a cosy Amsterdam atmosphere and serves a variety of simple but tasty dishes. On the menu you will find international flavours and modern classics – such as oysters, tartare, scallops, spring chicken and duck. If visiting characteristic Jansz just for dessert, then we can heartily recommend the homemade chocolate cake with caramel.
Volkert Jansz was a 17th-century craftsman with a refined taste, an eye for design and a passion for lively conversations. He loved the good life, but was also a firm believer that decadency and luxoury can only be enjoyed when you share them with others. With that life vision, the restaurant was created.
Here they serve the classics but with an Amsterdam twist, the old world of elegance is so close you can almost touch it during your dinner.
Authentic Dutch at Moeders
Moeders (literally translated: Mothers) has been serving traditional Dutch cuisine for over 25 years. Stew, braised pheasant or filet with celeriac puree, they have it all. This local hero on the corner of Rozengracht and Nassaukade is the perfect place to get a taste of the Dutch kitchen in a homey atmosphere. It’s a restaurant where families and friends come together for comfort food and cosiness.
For the best experience we recommend you to try the Dutch Rice table (for 2 persons), which is a combination of all the specialties they serve. Granny’s stewed beef, Hotchpotch (mashed potatoes and vegetables) sausage and bacon are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll get. Some of the dishes will be served in pots and pans to your table, just like you would do at home! End your Dutch dinner with Mommy’s Apple Pie served with vanilla ice-cream on the side. On the walls of the restaurant you will find many hundreds of portraits, with this bringing an ode to known and unknown mothers. We love it.
The third Libertine restaurant, Libertine Petit Café, has opened its doors at the Noordermarkt in Amsterdam! Other locations can be found at the Wolvenstraat (Libertine Cafe Café) and the Berenstraat (Libertine Comptoir de Cuisine). This restaurant serves French inspired dishes, just as the other Libertine locations. The restaurant chain is from the well known Casper Reinders who also recently opened Bumbu Kitchen.
Libertine Petit Café is a laid back all day spot where you can sit down and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Besides that they also serve some tasty pastries to enjoy over a cup of coffee. Our personal favorites? The French toast for breakfast and a steak tartare for lunch or as a small dinner. Besides that they also serve a tasty French apple pie, ordering that one is always a good idea.
All food is guilt-free but this new brunch spot in the Jordaan makes it a little easier for you to really feel that way about it as well. Healthybelly is a new concept store situated in the heart of the 9 Straatjes (Nine Streets). Their shop is filled with interior design, cotton merchandise and healthy cookbooks. Find a unique gift for a friend or get yourself a bag of home-made Carola’s Granola’s to take home. While shopping, you can enjoy a fresh juice or sit down for one of their tasty dishes.
Pancakes, Acai bowls and Yoghurt with home-made granola and fresh fruit. It’s all good and all healthy. But what they quickly became known for are their burgers. Wether you’re a vegetarian, vegan or carnivore, they have delicious options for all! The coffees they serve are made with beans from one of the best coffee roasters in town: Lot sixty one. So even if you’re just in need of a caffeine break after having walked the shopping area the Nine Streets, Healthybelly is your go to.
Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat 12
Fish & Chips at The Good Companion
Craving some seafood goodness of the deep fried kind? You’re in luck because located in the pretty Jordaan area, there’s a British-style fish and chips shop with a difference. Sure, you’ll and classic battered deep-fried cod with mushy peas here, as well as vegetarian “tofush and chips”, fish soup and “bycatch” croquettes, along with matching beers, ciders and G&Ts, plus Brit puds such as trifle and Eton mess. But what makes The Good Companion truly praise-worthy is its sustainable fish focus and, of course, all that delicious food.
The Beefsteak Club
If you’re a true carnivore, you’ll be at your happiest at The Beefsteak Club. This new hotspot in the Amsterdam Jordaan area celebrating culture, art and of course great food & beverages. The dishes on the menu are a mix of meats, seafood and an extensive list of tasty cocktails and beautiful wines. They’re known for their perfectly prepared beefsteaks but there is a lot more to find on the menu that is worth the try!
Everything on the menu looks good, so you might have some trouble picking a dish. Besides their steaks, which are seriously tasty, we have some favorites. To start with we recommend the Smoked Ox Cheek. From the mains their Smoked Pork Belly with Blueberry BBQ glaze, pickled cabbage & crackling skin paired with Salt Baked & Smoked carrots is a favorite. Got a sweet tooth? They serve a Bacon Bourbon Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake. Yes, you read that right. It’s amazing! More good news: they’re open until late. So it’s the perfect spot for dinner and drinks before heading out!
A locals favorite: Toscanini
Toscanini is Amsterdam’s favorite Italian restaurant in the heart the Jordaan. They serve pure Italian dishes in all its simplicity and honesty, using carefully chosen ingredients. Seafood arrives fresh every day, the meat is from organic butchers and their vegetables come from right from organic farms. Indulge in freshly baked bread and delightful homemade pasta’s. The open kitchen gives the restaurant an informal atmosphere and the staff will make you feel right at home with their excellent service.
They work with products of slow food presidia in Italy, which are projects of small producers working on a small-scale and artisanal basis. All of them using original production methods from their region. Next to their pasta’s Toscanini is know for their perfectly prepared seafood dishes and extensive list of Italian wines. Or surprise yourself with the Menù Cucina; a six course dinner with the chef’s specials. A full traditional Italian dining experience!
Boca’s: Sharing is caring
Breakfast, lunch, bites, coffee, dinner, drinks, more drinks and some dancing (if you like to). It’s all possible at Bar Boca’s, a spot with locations in two of the best neighborhoods in Amsterdam: De Jordaan and De Pijp. Both are local favorites for a refuel in between shopping, a quick bite before heading out or a full night of dinner and cocktails with friends.
Boca’s by day
The choices. During the day Boca’s offers a selection of small dishes with loads of meat, fish and vegetarian options. A few recommendations are the Queso Iberico with fig compote, Lamb merguez with tzatziki and the Prawn croquettes with lemon-wasabi mayonnaise. All served on small bread rolls from the oven. An average of 4 dishes should be enough to satisfy your appetite, but don’t hesitate to order again if you’re still craving more.
Boca’s by night
The dinner menu at Bar Boca’s is based on shared dining, giving you the opportunity to pick between a huge selection of tasty small dishes and mixed platters. More food = more fun! The Meat, Fish, Cheese and Vegetarian platters come in three sizes. Or ask for a combination if you want it all. Bites worth mentioning are the Dates with Blue Cheese and a mini Hamburger with Foie Gras. Oh, and don’t forget to order the Three types of Fries (with three types of mayonnaises) to go with that. It’s an absolute favorite. After dinner the ever so friendly staff will get the party s
For a taste of the Northern Spanish kitchen in Amsterdam, head to Jordaan-based La Oliva, where you’ll discover delicious pintxos artfully arranged on the bar. Pintxos started off as a convivial Basque bar bite but has developed into such a popular culinary concept that it has ousted tapas in much of Southern France and Northern Spain, and each generally topped toast or tartelette is a miniature masterpiece with the perfect bite. There are also some excellent a la carte dishes and Spanish wines on offer.
Shahjahan is an Indian restaurant in the heart of Amsterdam. It also has a special place in the hearts of many Amsterdammers. The authentic and aromatic Indian food at Shahjahan is absolutely delicious and makes every visit an everlasting experience for the visitors. The chef and staff always want to give their guests an unforgettable experience, whether you are a first time or a repeat customer.
The chef of Shahjahan has compiled a wonderful Indian menu with very diverse meals. The great combinations of traditional spices and herbs are presented beautifully in all the dishes. It’s a feast for the eye and the mouth. And don’t worry about how spicy the meals are. The guests can decide how spicy they want their dish. The chef will always make it the way you want it. And are you up for a surprise? Of course that’s also possible. The chef will make you an outstanding surprise dinner. You will have a great dining experience at Shahjahan.
Eerste Anjeliers Dwarsstraat 18
Black & Blue
Black & Blue is situated in the friendly, working-class district ‘the Jordaan’, along the charming canals. Here you will find this cozy, no-nonsense lunch and dinner spot. Steak restaurant Black & Blue knows its distinctive strength: high-quality steaks and salads. The grilling is done on the centrally placed Josper charcoal grill. Here, top-quality ingredients are a must. From the bread and snacks to hearty steaks, lobster, hamburgers, and healthy salads. Expect a lovely, warm atmosphere created by the vintage-oriented interior and the genuinely welcoming service. Fancy manners are not required; just come as you are. Make yourself at home and enjoy! At Steak restaurant Black and Blue they focus on what they do best: serving the best steaks and the most delicious salads in Amsterdam. The steaks, which all consist of tender, organic meat, are prepared their special Josper charcoal grill.
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