I am in love with Amsterdam! It echoes healthy, free and welcoming. And importantly, there are plenty of food hotspots to get your teeth into.
Located on the corner of Van Woustratt, Spaghetteria Zuid is the perfect location to coalesce with friends. Its outside space offers the opportunity to relax on the wooden benches, or stood up lent against the windows cupping a glass of wine or a cold beer. When the weather is overwhelming, or you’re seeking a sultrier atmosphere, head inside to the restaurant. It’s ‘Wagamama-style’ dining makes it an idyllic place to meet new people, and mix with Gen Y.
The menu is dainty; offering only six pasta dishes to choose from. What Spaghetteria pride themselves on though, is quality fresh pasta mixed with high-quality ingredients. Organic flour from Emilia Romagna is flown in from Italy and turned into fresh pasta (made at the ‘Laboratorio’) and paired with adventurous ingredients.
Recommended: Wild Boar Tortiglioni
This summer the refreshing lemon sorbet mixed with vodka is a must-try. Go steady though, it’s stronger than you think..
Restaurant, Van Woustratt 123, Web: http://spaghetteria-pastabar.nl/eng/
The first ‘omelettery’ in Amsterdam. This place is heaving with young professionals out to get their omelette fix. Opening at 7:00am and serving up some of the best omelettes in town, I am not surprised. And yes, I did queue for 20 minutes in the rain to cure my craving and satisfy my curiosity. It was worth it.
Recommended: Popeye: spinach, mushroom, onion, farmer cheese & oregano
Restaurant, Ferdinand Bolstraat 143, 1072 LH Amsterdam, Tel: 020 370 1134, Open daily from 7:00am to 16:00pm weekly and 8:00am to 16:00pm weekends, web: http://omelegg.com/
Home to some of Amsterdam’s best street food vendors, the foodhallen is one of the hip’est places to visit in the Oud-West neighbourhood. It was recently a street car depot, before being renovated and turned into a true cultural hotspot. It’s filled with different types of food including tacos, wood-fired pizzas, dim sum and even a gin and tonic bar serving up more than 20 gin cocktails in ‘fish-bowl’ glasses.
Drink wise: Holy Grain Gin Cocktail at the Gin and Tonic bar!
Food wise: Visit the Dim Sum vendor for an entrée starter for two
This is around the corner from Spaghetteria, so make a night of it and head to both..
De Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, 1053AT, Amsterdam Open from 11:00pm to 11:30pm weekly and 11:00am to 1:00am at the weekends, Web: http://foodhallen.nl/
Coffee & Coconuts
A former 20’s cinema called Ceintuur Theatre, now Coffee & Coconuts, located in the ‘De Pijp' district. This craft coffee shop has a creative vibe, which sends relaxing vibrations right through you. It’s chilled, comforting and an inspiring place to grab coffee (or a healthy juice, or even an espresso martini) and get some work done. There are three floors, and plenty of space to take a seat or relax on their beanbags.
Recommended: Coconut pancakes: Almond and buckwheat flour, banana, whipped cream coconut, fresh blueberries, toasted coconut and maple syrup. All sweet and stylish (gluten free)
Restaurant, Ceintuurbaan, 282 – 284, 1072CR, Amsterdam Tel: +31(0)203541104, Web: http://coffeeandcoconuts.com/
If you get the chance to escape to Amsterdam, I hope you have time to visit these hotspots. And let me know if you have some to add to my list!