I recently spent an entire weekend in Amsterdam with my bestie. It’s a tradition we try to uphold every year during Christmas break. This time we stayed at the Mercure Hotel, little outside the center of Amsterdam. But there’s a bus stop around the corner where a bus passes by every 15 minutes that drives you straight to the ‘Leidseplein’, which is right next to all the shops.
Anyhow we acted like real foodies and found some real gems for lunch, dinner and for snack-time. So, since this blog is all about food, why not share my favorite restaurants abroad? It’s a nice change in between the recipe’s :). So without any further ado, hereby my favorite (recently discovered and approved) spots in Amsterdam, a city in The Netherlands:
Lunch at SLA
First of all, after a huge breakfast at the hotel, you might want to take it easy for lunch. So off to SLA you go. ‘Sla’ means salad in Dutch (obvi). And that is basically the perfect name for the place. When you enter you’ll immediately see their big bar stacked up with greens and veggies. The people from SLA will take a big bowl and start off by filling it with a plain salad leaf. You can then add things within a few easy steps: first, pick your leaf (rocket salad, mixed salad,…), then pick a dressing (all 100% vegan), choose a grain, seed or legume (I totally went for lentils. Love them. But I was considering quinoa, but Roxan got that), now pick three veggies (you name it, they have it! I chose pumpkin, broccoli and cherry tomatoes), after you choose a topping (I went for parmesan cheese, but it can be anything from seeds to herbs or even olives). I also took the extra premium addition an chose some beef slices on top. With a green tea on the side… It tasted great. And the whole thing only cost 13euros. Can’t go wrong for that price. And believe you me, it’s a huge salad and the don’t go easy on the veggies and legumes. My kind of salad. Also, the bottles of water with some cucumber slices – for you to take for free – are so cute and are the little extra that makes this a great spot. Place to go for lunch, for sure!
Ceintuurbaan 149 – Amsterdam (Open from 12.00 – 21.00) Website: http://ilovesla.com/en/
4 O’clock snack. Or 10 O’clock if you please. ‘De Taart Van Mijn Tante’
We all know that two full days of sales hunting and shopping and strolling around counts as cardio. Def. So you’re allowed to have a snack. Or two. Throughout your city trip. (and might I add that carrying heavy loaded shopping bags – especially if you’re anything like me and always have to buy shoes – count as some serious weight lifting) Off course we went for a Starbucks stop to enjoy the wifi (addicts for sure) and a brownie. (Oh, might be good to know that all places mentioned in this post provide free Wifi. Just ask the waiters :)) But if you are looking for something a bit more special to have a rest and to comfort your sweet tooth you should go to ‘de taart van mijn tante’ (my auntie’s pie). The interior is a ‘merry kitsch mess’ filled with pretty antique chairs and cosy colored tables and lamps. I love that. It feels like you are sitting inside a huge, artificially colored cupcake. Perfection. (Maybe not the best place to take the boyfriend) Roxan and I both chose the ‘chocolate slut pie’. Because, what’s in a name? And you’ll be pleased to know: it wasn’t too heavy on the tummy. Make sure you schedule a piece of pie from the auntie when in Amsterdam. You won’t be sorry! 😉 I believe it’s kind of mandatory.
Ferdinand Bolstraat 10 (daily open from 10.00 – 18.00) Website: http://www.detaart.com/en/contact.htm
Sushi Dinner at hotspot Izakaya
I love sushi. To such an extent that I could eat it on a daily base. I love to discover new combinations. Even though I’ll always order something tuna. But, if people tell me the latest place to be in Amsterdam is a sushi restaurant I need no further convincing. Izakay is part of the Sir Albert hotel. If you are an unknowing tourist, you’ll walk straight past it. If you are a well prepared and a thoroughly researched foodie tourist (*cough*), you’ll walk straight in. And that’s exactly what we did. The interior is very lofty and loungy. I’m not sure if that’s the correct way to describe an interior, but you guys will have to do it with that. 🙂 Eye catcher is a huge wooden bar (where we didn’t get to sit at, because we were a little late with reservations) right in the middle of the restaurant surrounded by small and cozy tables. We sat right next to the kitchen and got to see the sushi magic happen. When they hand you the menu they give you three options (or at least, that’s what our waiter did): either you follow a menu, which costs about 75 euros per person, or you pick three to four options from their menu (and there are a lot of options) per person that they will put in the middle of the table so you can share, or you can put your trust into your waiter and let him pick out three to four options for you. We combined our own picks (these girls need their tuna and shrimps when eating sushi) with picks from our waiter and fair to say we had a great dinner! We went for three options each, which filled us up fine. But, if you are a big eater and didn’t go for pie earlier on, I suggest you pick four. 😉 It’s the perfect romantic getaway for a datenight or a great girlsnight place. You’ll love it, I promise. It’s a little more pricey then your everyday street corner sushi spot. But it is so worth it
Sir Albert Hotel – Albert Cuypstraat 2-6 (+31 20 30 53 090) Website: http://www.izakaya-amsterdam.com/home.html
Et voila. Those were our discoveries from the past weekend. Amsterdam really is one of my favorite cities in Europe. If any of you have some other great Amsterdam-foodie experiences, feel free to share them below. Will be much appreciated. 🙂
And as usual: bon appétit!