Now if just any Amsterdammer were to list off their recommended eateries you might be in for a treat – but not just any treat as typical Dutch cuisine comprises salty herring and super-sweet waffles, not typical flavours for the average Southeast Asian. So you’re in for a real treat as our local, fashion model June (Instagram @junerae_), happens to be a huge foodie with a palate we trust from her experience living in Hong Kong. From breakfast to cocktail bars, read on for June’s top picks in Amsterdam![caption id="attachment_538" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Our insider, June![/caption]
Albert Cuypstraat 2-6 1072 CT Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_532" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photo courtesy of IZAKAYA[/caption]
Located right at the mouth of Albert Cuypstraat, Japanese (with a South American twist) restaurant and bar, IZAKAYA, is one of the trendiest locations in all of Amsterdam. The dining experience at IZAKAYA is refined owing to the meticulous care that goes into every part of the restaurant, from the arrangement of the menu to the layout of the eatery.
Date-night in a new city? Splurge on wagyu and foie gras gyoza, sea bream sashimi, and other fanciful creations, not to mention the explosive cocktails and fine wines. You can even stay at the luxury boutique hotel Sir Albert Amsterdam, located right above Izakaya. Follow them @izakayaamsterdam.
Van Diemenstraat 410 1013 CR Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_534" align="aligncenter" width="1200"]Photo by Aico Lind.[/caption]
If you were planning on visiting the many museums in Amsterdam, you can add BAK to your list as each of their plates are tantamount to works of art. The chefs at BAK create a new set menu each day from the best local products available. Oyster season has just begun in this part of the world so expect to find this delicacy on the menu along with pumpkin, turnip, cabbage and other winter vegetables.
A 5 course-menu costs around S$70, with the option for a different wine paring with each course. Follow the masters of beautiful, ethical cuisine @bakrestaurant.
Kerkstraat 176 1017 GT Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_58" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Photos courtesy of Lavinia[/caption]
As the name Lavinia Good Food implies, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients. Chow down pizzettas and open faced sandwiches covered with mushrooms, truffle, poached eggs, and more. The cozy space is also full of little treasures for sale. So before you leave, take home a piece of gluten free chocolate cake and a lamp made out of recycled cardboard. Follow @laviniagoodfood and always have good food on the mind.
Handboogstraat 17a 1012 XM Amsterdam
What’s better than “affordable” and “steak restaurant” in the same sentence? You in Cannibale Royale. Enjoy an enticing Le Burger du Moment (burger of the moment) and fulfill your weekend gastro-burger craving. Or if you’re in for the kill, the restaurant’s pièce de résistance is a 1 kg cut of “L’absurd” beef – a word to the wise, you’ll need to reserve it at least 24-hours in advance. One of the few places open till late on weekends.
Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 45 1017 PW Amsterdam[caption id="attachment_52" align="aligncenter" width="551"] Photo courtesy of Suzy Wong[/caption]
Upscale cocktail bar Suzy Wong is where you’ll find June before she goes clubbing at Jimmy Woo and the like. Located on the Leidseplein, the bar blends modern American, classic French, and East Asian style to give guests a sensual experience to compliment Suzy’s cocktails that should be forbidden (there’s actually a drink called “Forbidden Bubble”) with fruit infused liqueurs, “fever free” tonics, and all types of good gin.
Now that you know how to enjoy Amsterdam like a local why not live like a local. We’ll clue you in to some sweet B&Bs in Bed & Breakfasts in Central Amsterdam.