Amsterdam is one of the most liberal and multi-cultural cities on the planet, and with that comes some of the most diverse cuisine possible. But when you’re visiting the Dutch capital, choosing which restaurant to visit can cause a headache, so why not follow Elite Traveler’s guide?
With the UK only a stones throw away and the Netherlands sitting next to Germany, it’s no surprise the Dutch capital has become a powerhouse in the European culinary scene. While the Dutch may be more well known for their pancakes, stroopwafels, cheese and herring, the fine dining on offer in the Netherlands is second to none.
As Amsterdam has grown culturally, becoming a hotspot for the art and fashion world, so too has the city’s selection of fine dining. With the increase in ‘trendy’ events, shops and art galleries, there has also come an increase in the number of pop-up restaurants and experimental cuisine. This recent explosion of groundbreaking eateries has caused a big shake up in the more traditional dining venues in the city, with the more old-fashioned European restaurants receiving something of a modern makeover, while many of the city’s brightest new chefs taking on unconventional dining spaces in order to make them more experiential for the customers.
While Amsterdam still heavily relies on traditional Dutch dishes, with a lot of restaurants offering a variety of fish dishes, the influence of the surrounding countries is obvious, with many of the Dutch restaurants now offering more French and Scandinavian-inspired forms of cooking.
Many of the city’s most exclusive restaurants will still have a somewhat relaxed feeling to them, truly showing how the Dutch do it. So whether you’re looking for something very formal or an unusual evening out then look no further as Elite Traveler has kindly rounded up the best restaurants in Amsterdam.