De Pijp in Amsterdam is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods and a local’s favorite to go on any day off. There are a ton of things to do in de area, from strolling around over the famous Albert Cuyp Market to interior and fashion shopping at one of the many boutique stores. When it comes to Amsterdam’s culinary and bar scene, De Pijp really is the best place to be. Almost every international kitchen is represented here. Tropical toko’s, small student café’s, haute-cuisine restaurants and anything in between. With a selection that big, it’s hard to choose where to go, even if you’re an Amsterdam native. To help you out we have selected the 18 best restaurants de Pijp Amsterdam – from breakfast to dinner and from coffee to cocktails. Enjoy!
International kitchen at Hoed & Krelis
Situated on a corner in the cosy chaos of the Albert Cuijp area, you’ll find Hoed & Krelis. The kitchen here offers a world tour of flavors, from breakfast burritos and lobster rolls for lunch on weekends to fillet of sea bream for dinner. Their wine and cocktail list offers a respectable selection of delicious options. Their interior is on point to say the least, with a picture-friendly pink marble and brass bar and matching bar stools against a gorgeous green backdrop.
Fine dining at Restaurant Ciel Bleu
Ciel Bleu is the renowned penthouse restaurant of five-star Hotel Okura and is proud carrier of two Michelin stars. Their dishes are prepared according to ancient Japanese traditions, using seasonal products. Let the sommelier persuade you with his knowledge in wine and surprise you with a pick of their award-winning wine list. The dishes, in combination with outstanding service and views from 80-meter-high, Ciel Bleu makes for a world class culinary experience.
Hangout with the Locals at Locals Coffee
Don’t be fooled by the name. With a menu that includes coffee and gin tonics, it is safe to say that Locals Coffee is a perfect all-day spot. Trade the city sounds for Jazz and RnB for a moment and sit back while enjoying their service. Freshly brewed coffee, tasty sandwiches, salads and pastas: you can enjoy breakfast as well as lunch and dinner at Locals Coffee.
Italian Pizza paradise at Sotto De Pijp
If you love Italian pizza SOTTO is the place to go. They are serious about their cuisine. The owners learned their craft from masters in Napels Italy, and it shows. Their wood-oven pizzas have a crispy yet light crust and are made with homemade San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh buffalo mozzarella.
Besides the always perfect Margherita, there are two pizzas worth mentioning. Both the Salame with Sopressa or spicy Ventricina salami and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and the Tartufo with Coppa di Parma ham and truffle cream are mouthwatering good. If you can, try to keep room for their Tiramisu. Bon appétit!
Carnivores unite at Cannibale Royale
The name says it all, doesn’t it? With three locations in Amsterdam, Cannibale Royale is the place where people from all over the city head to for a juicy steak, seriously good burgers or the tenderest spare ribs. At this no-nonsense brasserie, they pride themselves in offering a selection of gorgeous wines, delicious cocktails and craft beers to complement your meal
Good to know: their kitchen is open until 11:00 p.m. which is quite unique in Amsterdam. So even for a (very) late dinner or pre-night out cravings, this is your spot!
Brunch at Little Collins Amsterdam
You’ll find Little Collins a stone’s throw away from the famous Albert Cuyp market. This Aussie-owned café has a creative international brunch menu. Go for the “A Huevo”, chipotle-braised beef with fried eggs, smashed avo, crème fraiche and jalapeno salsa, or try the apple & carrot overnight grains with orange panna cotta, or kimchi pancakes with smoked tofu, shiitake and spring onion salad. Also on offer: great coffee from Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters, Teastreet teas and Bloody Marys that pack a punch.
Seafood galore at Brut de Mer
Brut de Mer is a favorite for anyone craving delicious fish dishes. This seafood bar stands for pure ingredients and outstanding quality, with fish freshly delivered from Zeeland. Let the “oyster man” help you with various types of oysters and a glass of fitting wine to go with that. Their wine menu is extensive, as well as a beautiful selection of Champagnes and Sekt. Favorite on the menu: the lobster roll for lunch and one of the sumptuous seafood platters for dinner. Enjoy!
Discover the Moroccan cuisine at Mamouche
Restaurant Mamouche beautifully combines North African flavors with those of Western Europe. It’s a great introduction to the flavors of Morocco in a modern and elegant surrounding. All dishes are prepared with the purest, seasonal ingredients and served with a superb level of gourmet refinement.
Loetje De Pijp: the best steak in town
Loetje is (and has been for years) a go to for the some of the best steak in town. This restaurant still has the looks of an old Amsterdam brown café, which gives Loetje de Pijp its charm. Although they have enough tasty dishes like Chicken Saté and North Sea Sole on the menu, they are famous for their steaks. Definitely try the Biefstuk Bali – a juicy steak in spicy gravy. A tradition amongst locals is to ask for some white bread to go with that to soak up the gravy. There is no shame in a completely wiped clean plate at Loetje.
Shared dining at Boca’s De Pijp
Boca’s is a spot you can both start and end your day at. It’s a locals favorite for a refuel in between shopping, a quick bite before heading out or a full night of dinner and cocktails with friends. During day and night Boca’s offers a selection of small dishes and mixed platters with loads of meat, fish and vegetarian options. All for sharing (or not).
During the day a few recommendations are the Queso Iberico with fig compote, Lamb merguez with tzatziki and the Prawn croquettes with lemon-wasabi mayonnaise. All served on small bread rolls from the oven. At night The Meat, Fish, Cheese and Vegetarian platters come in three sizes. Or ask for a combination if you want it all. Bites worth mentioning are the Dates with Blue Cheese and a mini Hamburger with Foie Gras. Oh, and don’t forget to order the Three types of Fries (with three types of mayonnaises) to go with that. It’s an absolute favorite. After dinner the ever so friendly staff will get the party starting by serving some great cocktails and turning up the music. Dancing is allowed and encouraged!
The Avocado Show: do we need to say more?
The Avocado Show is one of the hottest spots for brunch in Amsterdam, with people lining up to be seated every weekend. As you probably already guessed: this restaurant revolves completely around avocados. The chef creates the most wonderful breakfast and lunch dishes with this extremely popular superfood. Eggs, pancakes, cocktails. If we say everything, we mean everything – with avocado.
Whether you are a meat eater, a vegetarian, a flexitarian, a vegan or a pescatarian, you’ll find something you like here. Tip: try the Avo Garden breakfast special. And if you’re a true avocado fan, visit their pop-up store where you can buy all sorts of merchandise.
French cuisine at Auberge Jean & Marie
With traditional French cuisine as the main source of inspiration for its menus, Auberge Jean & Marie is a restaurant and wine bar that takes diner to an exceptional culinary level. Guests are welcome for lunch and dinner served in a comfortable atmosphere comparable to that of a French inn. The setting is personal yet formal, with the right amount of attention for detail. At Auberge Jean & Marie they love sharing their knowledge and passion for good and delicious food and wine. Expect classic dishes served with a modern twist, a good glass of wine and friendly service.
Meatless in de Pijp: The Vegan Junkfood Bar
The Vegan Junkfood Bar is known to Amsterdam vegans as the place where they can also take their non-vegan friends to. Offering a variety of mouthwatering vegan versions on comfort food. It’s the place to be for people craving some burgers or other junk food goodies, but at the same time want to eat plant-based.
Bakers & Roasters: where New Zealand and Brazil meet for brunch
Bakers & Roasters is a New Zealand style coffee & brunch café with a heavy Brazilian influence. Their menu is a brunch lovers heaven. Pancakes, eggs any way, loaded sandwiches and healthy fruit bowls. Make your brunch complete with one of their old school milkshakes or classic brunch cocktails.
Michelin star quality food for less at EN Japanese Kitchen & Sake Bar
For years host Ryuji Ikemizu en Chef Ken Osawa leaded the kitchen at fine dining restaurant Yamazato located in five star hotel Okura. With their restaurant EN Japanese Kitchen & Sake Bar they deliver the same quality for a friendlier price. Their menu is based on shared dining and consists of an extensive range of small dishes and main courses. From sushi and sashimi to grilled fish and meat.
Their Sake menu has over 30 different choices on there. The host will help you choose the best sake to accompany each dish with pleasure. He explains that he’s pleased that sake has become more popular over the last few years and is passionate about getting even more people acquainted with the drink.
Grab a drink at Café Flinck
Hungry after a day of sightseeing or in need of a cold beer and a nibble? Café Flinck, located in the heart of ‘de Pijp’ district, serves, lunch and dinner, but also cake with coffee or tea and typical Dutch snacks such as the delectable ‘bitterballen’. In the winter, warm up at the bar in their cosy interior. Come the summer, the terrace is a great place to catch some rays and take in the Pijp’s vibe!
Flexitarian restaurant The Meets
Great food and great company are crucial ingredients for a good meal, but healthy food can often be a bit boring, especially when your foodie in crime is a diehard carnivore. At The Meets, a new eatery and take-away spot in De Pijp, they have the solution. Their chef prepares a mouth-watering range of all-day options from locally sourced, if possible, organic ingredients, following the 80/20 rule: 80% plant-based, 20% animal-based products.
So you can opt for a healthy kale salad or sink your teeth into a juicy beef burger. They believe in delicious food that is good for you too! Everything on their menu is delicious, but when in doubt opt for their shashuka or the tuna burger, those never disappoint!
A taste of Spain at Restaurant Barça
At Barça you can enjoy a little bite of Spain right in the middle of Amsterdam. Their menu offers a large selection of Tapas, Mediterranean dishes, Cava & Sangria by the glass or pint and tropical cocktails. Guest favorites are the Pan Cristal, Tortilla, Croquetas and pimientos de Padrón. On the weekends the music goes up, so you can do a little dance if you want to.
We hope we have given you enough tips on the best restaurants in de Pijp Amsterdam. Have a favorite of your own? Share it with us in the comments below!