Places to eat and drink in Amsterdam

Places to eat and drink in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Street

Amsterdam is absolutely full of beautiful little cafes and restaurants which allow you to go a little off the beaten track. I was determined when I was there that I would stay away from chains as let’s face it, a Dutch Starbucks is the same as one I can get in Leeds. I wanted to find places which are a little different and I spent a lot of time inbetween attractions drinking green tea.

My good friend Lorna recommended Bakers and Roasters as a blogger-friendly cafe to go stop off at as it’s just round the corner from the Heineken Experience and about a 15min walk from the Museumplein. It’s a great place to go if you just want a hot drink and snack or if you want a bigger meal at lunchtime as the food is seriously delicious – there are lots of eggs on the menu and also great gluten free and veggie options. I went for a jasmine green tea and a piece of homemade red velvet cake – and given I’m a keen cake eater, I still didn’t manage to finish the slice as it was that big.

Bakers and Roasters Amsterdam - tea and red velvet cake

This was another cafe which is just near Bakers and Roasters and I headed there when I had some time to kill before the canal tour. It was definitely one of those quirky places with mismatched furniture and a whole load of really exciting, brightly coloured cakes. I just had another cup of tea here, rather than sampling the entire dessert fridge (it was tempting), but it had a really relaxed but fun atmosphere.

De Taart Van M’n Tante Amsterdam - green tea

This is a pancake house that’s about a 10 minute walk from the Anne Frank House and I stopped by here after seeing how pretty it looked inside – all of the walls are covered with Delft blue tiles. After having had a little cry at the Anne Frank, I wanted to just sit down and regroup so I went in for a tea and a nutella pancake. As it’s definitely a pancake not a crepe, it was a little stodgier and I couldn’t finish it as it had at least half a jar of nutella on it (zero complaints here).

Sara’s Pancake House Nutella Pancake

Blushing is a cafe near the Museumplein which seemed very reasonably priced for such a central location. The cafe specialises in healthy options and some of the food which I saw go past me looked incredible! Again, I stuck to a tea, but it had a great atmosphere and the staff were particularly friendly and welcoming – I already have regrets for not getting a cake to go with it.

Blushing Amsterdam Cafe - green tea

The last place I went to for food is Friday Next, recommended to me by Bee who was my go-to for Amsterdam advice as she loves the city. It’s definitely a hipster dream and it was a calming environment to be in – I could definitely see why so many people were in there using it as a work space. In fact, it had a similar vibe to Mrs Athas in Leeds. I went for a bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich and a raspberry iced tea, both of which were delicious. Though their menu was a little limited, it is a small cafe-come-shop and the food was absolutely delicious. It’s only a 10min walk from the Museumplein too which is handy.

Friday Next Amsterdam - bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato sandwich

Have you been to any hidden gems in Amsterdam? Let me know in the comments!


  1. Yes! A waffle house on the ricer, close the the flea market gives a gravy boat filled with choc sauce for pancakes! Yum! Also i loved the Bluespoon restaurant for cuteness! :)

  2. I went to Sarahs PAncakes in Amsterdam, just have been about 10 years ago now! Glad it's still there and looks as delicious as ever! x