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Tol Huis Tuin Restaurant, Amsterdam

June 15, 2015

‘Amsterdam North’ is becoming increasingly popular, with places like Hanneke’s Boom setting the standard for laid back, fun and especially locally-loved places.  Tol Huis Tuin (or THT) as it’s known as, opened last year with positive reviews, though its food needed a bit more work on.

This old Shell canteen, which served 100s of employees their lunch, now gives locals and tourists the chance to eat in an unusual building (if I say 60s block it will put you off – but really it shouldn’t), with a fantastic view of Amsterdam’s harbour and the river ‘Ij’.   Expect industrial style decor and a small sharing plates menu (though bigger and more substantial than tapas), with international cuisine.   Food has definitely improved since it opened, so now it ticks all the boxes.

Grab the ferry from Centraal Station and you’re here within minutes, but it still feels like something different and off the beaten track.  Highly recommended.

Tol Huis Tuin Restaurant

IJpromenade 2 | Across from ferry landing, 1031 A

 

 

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Stach – LUNCH ON THE GO

June 14, 2015

If you want to grab something on the go for lunch, then Stach is a great option.  They offer everything from salads to sandwiches, but use seasonal ingredients and have more of a health focus than other Dutch take away shops.   They offer healthy snacks and juices too.  It has a perfect location on one of the ‘nine little streets’, so after you’ve grabbed a sandwich you can wander along the little nine streets and pop into a vintage shop or a cafe.  I love people watching here as it’s a nice balance between tourists and locals.

They have five other outlets, so make sure you check their website for their other locations.

Stach

Nieuwe Spiegel straat 52

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Lavinia’s, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015
Lavinia Good Food, Amsterdam

Lavinia is Amsterdam’s most popular ‘good food’ (as they call it) cafe.   We went in to grab one of their raw hot chocolates, but it appears that we were not the only ones in search of a post-Christmas ‘health’ injection.  It is super cosy, warm and welcoming, with good breakfast options (go for the banana pancakes), sourdough sandwiches, spelt pizzas and ‘green cocktails’ (without alcohol of course).  Highly recommended but be prepared to queue.

Lavinia Good Food

Kerkstraat 176

 

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Sampurna, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015

Indonesian food has become part of what the Dutch claim to be their own food, and eating Indonesian food has become part of the ‘Dutch experience’.  So, you’ve got to try it.  And Sampurna is the best Indonesian food in town.  Go for a ‘Rijst tafel’ – the literal translation is ‘Rice Table’, but it actually means lots of small different dishes, usually shared.  There is always a lot of Saté, so peanut haters – perhaps this isn’t the place for you. Around €25 per head.

Sampurna

Singel 498

 

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Vinnies Deli, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015

 

Another good reason to visit the popular Haarlemmerstraat, this Deli serving delicious organic food and drink is well-worth popping by.  They also do private dining and offer a catering service, so you can get their fresh food delivered to your door.  The Deli is like a living room – you feel instantly at home.  All the furniture is for sale, so if you fancy any Dutch or Danish furniture – you can eat as well as buy.

They’ve been so successful they have now also opened a Deli on the Nieuwezijds Kolk (33).

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Vinnies Deli

Address: Haarlemmerstraat 46-h
1013 ES Amsterdam

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De Laatste Kruimel, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015

Small and homely, walking into ‘The Last Crumb’ you are engulfed by Italian charm in the form of the two owners.  In perfect Dutch (and English too, I’m sure) they will help you choose the most delicious ‘broodje’ (roll/sandwich).  The menu is limited but the produce is fresh and you can experience an original take on the standard sandwich.  While there isn’t much space to sit, there are a few rickety tables and there is a tiny terrace on the canal round the back where they can put a crate and a little table for you to enjoy the Amsterdam sun.  Cakes are in abundance; their custard tarts are delightful.  Highly recommended.

De Laatste Kruimel

Langebrug steeg 4,

 

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Cafe Restaurant de Ysbreker, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015

I absolutely love this Brasserie.  It was renovated and more than doubled in size in 2010, yet still keeps its intimate and cosy feel.  It is almost multi-purpose.  In the summer you can come here and sit on their terrace on the Amstel river.  In the winter they have a fire place at the back with book cases and comfy sofas where you can work and use their wifi.  Or you can play games.

Or you can simply enjoy brunch, lunch, tea or dinner.  And don’t be worried that they are trying to achieve too much, they can handle it.  The food is excellent and accessible to all.  You can have a ‘tosti’ (cheese/ham toast) for €2.50 if you’re on a budget, or oysters if you’re not.  I cannot recommend it enough.

De Ysbreker

Weesperzijde 23
1091 EC Amsterdam

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Cafe George, Amsterdam

June 14, 2015

This New York style brasserie isn’t the cheapest (for Amsterdam standards).  But if you have a slight hangover and crave something really good, you have to go here. They do a really good Eggs Benedict, the Bloody Mary’s are more than commendable and the vibe is buzzing and fun.  Even without a hangover, come and enjoy the Sunday papers and relax in the sun with a good cappuccino before taking on more of Amsterdam’s sights and shops.

Cafe George

Leidsegracht 84, Amsterdam

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Amsterdam revisited

January 2, 2015

Amsterdam revisited.

On a crisp clear winter morning I continued my exploration of Amsterdam.  Since I’ve never lived here it is a city that I’m familiar with, but one I still don’t know intimately.   I find myself drawn, again and again, to the ‘grachten gordel’ – the canal district.   I love how the facades of the houses are all so unique and, despite their beauty, are far from perfect.  Some houses slump against each other, while others lean away towards open spaces; an indication of the age, and individuality, of these buildings.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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First on the agenda was Foam Museum – Amsterdam’s most famous and best regarded photography museum, located on the Keizer’s Gracht.  Here we saw the exhibition of the renowned Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki – a mix of his old (and most celebrated – if somewhat shocking) work of tied up women, to his newest work of ‘Alluring Hell’.   I was not really a fan of either.  But I loved some of his other work and how he explores life and death through the lens of his camera – most poignantly shown through the photographs of his wife during day to day life, from their honeymoon through to her early death.  And a parallel series of photos of his wife’s cat who outlived her by 20 years, and whom Araki photographed vivaciously until the cats timely death. It is a moving exhibition, and a memorable one.  There is also a Vivian Maier exhibition of her street photography which I have been desperate to see, but the queue was too long for two impatient girls, so we moved on.

Foam, Amsterdam

Foam, Amsterdam

Foam, Amsterdam

Foam, Amsterdam

It seems like Amsterdam has now also caught the health bug.  Restaurants and cafes with a health focus are cropping up throughout the city.  Dr Blend is a delightful Juice Bar as well as health store.  They offer juices the colour of the rainbow – from healthy green mixes (I loved the sound of Dr Brockiwi – with kiwi and broccoli) but in the end went for Dr Red (I can’t get enough of beetroot).   There is a small seating area from where you can admire the shelves of blenders and packets of quinoa, seeds and powders which gets me excited but I am well aware this may not be everyones cup of tea.  We saw sandwiches laden with smashed avocados go by, as well as delicious smelling soups and organic muffins.

Dr Blend, Amsterdam

Dr Blend, Amsterdam

Dr Blend, Amsterdam

Dr Blend, AmsterdamDr Blend, Amsterdam

Lavinia is another new ‘good food’ (as they call it) cafe.   We went in to grab one of their raw hot chocolates, but it appears that we were not the only ones in search of a post-Christmas ‘health’ injection.  It is super cosy, warm and welcoming, with good breakfast options, sourdough sandwiches, spelt pizzas and ‘green cocktails’ (without alcohol of course).  Will need to head back there next time.

Lavinia, Amsterdam

If you want to grab something on the go for lunch, then Stach is a great option.  They offer everything from salads to sandwiches, but use seasonal ingredients and have more of a health focus than other Dutch take away shops.  It’s worth just wandering along the little nine streets to pop into a vintage shop or a cafe.  I love people watching here as it’s a nice balance between tourist and local.

Stach, Amsterdam

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For more tips on Amsterdam check out my post on the Rijksmuseum/Brunch and my Amsterdam updated post.

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Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

November 14, 2014
Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Every time I return to Amsterdam it has numerous new tempting brunch additions.  But when I was in town two weeks ago I was determined to brunch at Buffet van Odette – a cafe/restaurant which is a staple brunch place for most young and ‘with it’ Amsterdammers, and which I, shamefully, had yet to visit.

The name is misleading, since it does not really offer a buffet – though the bar and windowsill display a selection of plates of cakes and pastries and huge bowls of the freshest, most colourful salads – so a buffet of sorts.

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

I was worried that this bright, charming, and seriously popular cafe would be full as we walked down the Prinsengracht on a beautiful autumnal Saturday morning.  It takes no brunch bookings after all.  But we were lucky – while the small terrace facing the canal (i.e prime seats) was busy, inside was relatively empty.  Just a few friends catching up, and a number of couples sipping cappuccinos.

 

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

 

We ordered Bloody Marys (good ones) while we waited for our food (which did take a while).  The truffle cheese omelette was high on everyones list.  Turns out that it’s famous for a reason – it blew us all away. I felt like something lighter so went for the ‘salad from the buffet’.  And this was really no ‘normal’ salad –  my bowl was piled high with all my favourite ingredients: roasted beetroot, crunchy quinoa, grilled carrots, creamy humous, tomato tapenade, carvelo nero kale and fennel with dill.  Sublime.   Oh, and the bread they use – from Hartog – is seriously good too.

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette also serves dinner (which you can book), and for 30 euros you can get a three-course meal.  Niet slecht (not bad).  Seeing the canal lit up at night through their large windows can’t be a bad way to end your day either.

Buffet van Odette has prime location on one of Amsterdam’s most stunning canals and those who don’t know Amsterdam well should stroll along the Prinsengracht after brunch towards the ‘negen straatjes’ (nine little streets), for some window shopping and more cute cafes and restaurants.  We passed a new shop called ‘Second Female’ – a Danish brand which recently opened in Amsterdam, offering amazing knit jumpers, lose fitting smart winter coats and tailored dresses.  On the pricier side of the high street, but just about affordable.  And at least no one else will be wearing it in England!

Amsterdam

negen straatjes, amsterdam

Second Female, Amsterdam

Second Female, Amsterdam

Second Female, Amsterdam

Buffet van Odette

Prinsengracht 598

1017 KS Amsterdam

020  423 60 34

Photos City Turtle’s and Buffet van Odette’s (Moon Jansen)

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Vondelpark3, Amsterdam

May 4, 2014

Vondelpark3, Amsterdam

I’m not in Amsterdam enough, but when I am, I make it a point of visiting somewhere  new.

Since we did not have a lot of time, Mini Turtle (who’s own tab on Amsterdam will be added to City Turtle very soon) and I decided to visit Vondelpark3 for a quick breakfast before going to The Hague.

Vondelpark

OUR STROLL THROUGH THE PARK

Vondelpark3 is the new Kitchen & Bar which has opened (less than two months ago) in the beautiful Vondelpark in Central Amsterdam.  We were lucky with the weather because that is Vondelpark3’s real selling point: its expansive terrace with lovely views of the park.

Vondelpark3

AN ACTIVE SATURDAY MORNING (FOR SOME)

Vondelpark3 is in the newly (and beautifully) restored Vondelpark Pavilion – it took them a year and a half to restore and they’ve done a great job.  The most notable thing apart from the terrace is just how much space there is.  While I’m sure come the summer this place will be very popular, at least they’ll be able to accommodate a lot of people, both in and outside.

Vondelpark3

WELCOME

Vondelpark3

TABLES IN THE SUN

Vondelpark3

EMPTY TABLES ON AN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

We sat outside in the lovely spring sun and watched joggers run past and dogs chase sticks.  The perfect way to start the weekend.  Inside it is light and airy, with comfortable sofas and chairs and newspapers and magazines to read.  The combination of this with the terrace is probably why they call themselves the park’s ‘livingroom’.

Vondelpark3

INSIDE

Mini Turtle just had an orange & kiwi juice and a Cappucino.  I had the organic yoghurt, fruit and muesli option as well as a strawberry & rasberry juice. My yoghurt option was huge and fresh, just what I felt like.  The juices were good, as was the coffee.

Vondelpark3

THE LIQUIDS

Vondelpark3

ORGANIC YOGHURT COMBO

The menu does not offer much choice for breakfast, so I would really recommend coming for (an affordable) lunch instead, where their salads (especially the Shepherd – goats cheese, asparagus, spinach and blue grape) really appealed.  They also serve dinner.

Vondelpark3

THE MENU

Vondelpark3

Vondelpark

Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 639 25 89

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Staring at Jacob, Amsterdam

October 27, 2013
Staring at Jacob, Amsterdam

After an active morning in the stunning Rijksmuseum we treated ourselves to a delicious brunch at Staring at Jacob, a new(ish) brunch place which has opened in Oud West.  Highly recommend it.  It  has a New York Meat Packing District feel to it.

Staring at Jacob

Staring at Jacob

The mute colours, big blackboards with a small but excellent menu, a combination of small and large wooden tables.  A chill out corner with stacks of magazines and mis-matching furniture.

The Menu

The Menu

A Mimosa and Bellini cheers

A Mimosa and Bellini cheers

The service was good, the food better.  I went for the aptly called Tree Hugger – an original choice for me since it was the veggie and healthy option.  I loved the tofu, quinoa and kale combination.

Tree Hugger

Tree Hugger

And the yoghurt and granola was delicious.  Mol went for the All Around which I was a little jealous of – the pancakes bacon and maple syrup were seriously good.

All Around

All Around

Jo’s Eggs Benedict (the ‘Benny Hill’) were yummy too.

The Benny Hill

The Benny Hill

To finish off the brunch we had the chocolate tart, which I passed upon entering and could not resist.  It was worth it!

The Chocolate Tart

The Chocolate Tart

Staring at Jacob

Jacob van Lennepkade 215,

1054 Amsterdam

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