Amsterdam Nightlife, Restaurants and Cafes


Amsterdam Restaurants and Cafes

One of the top benefits for the visitor to Amsterdam of this centuries-old city and its long multicultural history is the fact that there are literally thousands of different restaurants to choose from. Every kind of cuisine imaginable is represented here, whether you are interested in Thai and Vietnamese, French and Italian, or Argentinean and Chilean.

The choice of Amsterdam restaurants is yours, as whether you are in the Old City, along the Canal Ring or in the Museum district, there are plenty of great dining options. If you are in the Old City and looking for a good coffee and a chance to watch the people on the street go by, you should make time to visit Café Luxembourg (Spuistraat 24, Centrum, Amsterdam; +31 206 20 62 64). Meet your friends here and then choose from one of the many nearby eateries accessible on foot.

While walking along the Canal Ring, you are sure to be tempted by Dutch pancakes. The Pancake Bakery (Prinsengracht 191, Canal Ring, Amsterdam; +31 206 25 13 33) has a canal-side patio where you can sit and enjoy one of dozens of sweet and savory creations that are definitely a top Amsterdam attraction. For something more substantial later on, a great choice for a romantic evening by the water is De Belhamel (Brouwersgracht 60, Canal Ring, Amsterdam; +31 206 22 10 95), which offers French cuisine in an artistically decorated atmosphere, with seats that look out right on to the Herengracht canal.

There are also lots of vegetarian and vegan eateries among Amsterdam’s dining options - unlike some other major cities around the continent. For example, on the Utrechtsestraat shopping boulevard you will find The Golden Temple, an Indian restaurant offering all kinds of simple and tasty vegetarian options plus organic teas and juices.

When it comes to Amsterdam nightlife, the city does not come up short either, with a thriving late-night scene right around the central area. Two great city squares to try are the Leidesplein and Rembrandtplein – each is home to a concentration of music clubs, jazz bars, pubs, lounges and restaurants within easy walking distance.

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