Amsterdam Map Tourist Attractions
SHIPPING QUARTER, CANAL RING WEST, AND THE JORDAAN
Harlem: Drinks and Soulfood, Haarlemmerstr. 77 (330 14 98). High-class fusion cuisine blends American-style soul food with Cajun and Caribbean flavors. Entrees ‚12-17. Soups and sandwiches ‚4-5. Open M-Th lOam-lam, F-Sa 10am-3am, Su 11am-lam. Kitchen closes 10pm. MCV.
Lunchcafe Nielson, Berenstr. 19 (330 60 06). A bright ray of light in an already shining neighborhood. Brilliant breakfast and lunch served all day (‚4-10). Open Tu-F 8am-5pm, Sa 8am-6pm, Su 9am-5pm; kitchen closes 30min. before restaurant.
Bolhoed, Prinsengr. 60-62 ( 626 18 03). The best in vegetarian and vegan fare fresh, flavorful, and lovingly prepared. Pastas, casseroles, and Mexican dishes ‚12.50-15. Fresh-squeezed juices as well as organic and vegan desserts around ‚4. Dinner reservations a must. Open M-F and Su llam-lOpm, last reservation 9pm. Cash only. Cinema Paradiso, Westerstr. 186 ( 623 73 44). Cavernous former cinema with purist Italian food and candle-lit charm. Antipasti ‚4-10. Pasta ‚9-15. No reservations; be prepared for a wait. Open Su and Tu-Sa 6-1 lpm; kitchen closes 11pm. AmExMCV. Wolvenstraat 23, Wolvenstr. 23 (320 08 43). At this trendy spot, lunch means sandwiches (‚2-5.20), salads (‚6), and omelets (‚3-4) and dinner means Cantonese cuisine (around ‚10). Lunch menu 8am-3:30pm, dinner 6-10:30pm. Open M-Th 8am-lam, F 8am-2am, Sa 9am-2am, Su lOam-lam. Cash only.
De Belhamel, Brouwersgr. 60 (622 10 95; www.belhamel.nl). Gloriously luxuriant Art Nouveau setting on a beautiful canal serves elegant Franco-Dutch and Italian Dutch cuisine. Appetizers ‚8-11. Entrees around ‚20. Desserts around ‚8.50. Open M-Th 6-10pm, F-Sa 6-10:30pm. AmExMCV.
Padi, Haarlemmerdijk 50 (625 12 80). Locals rave about this Indonesian eethuis, lined with Indonesian fans and rustic wood decor. Cheap appetizers (‚2-4) and saucy entrees (around ‚8). Open daily 5-10pm. Cash only.
Top Thai, Herenstr. 22 (623 46 33; www.topthai.nl), serves traditional Thai cuisine under Asian sunshades that cover the ceiling. Try the eclectic Top Thai Pearls, a sampler of the restaurant’s appetizers (‚7). Open daily 4:30-10:30pm. MCV.
LEIDSEPLEIN AND MUSEUMPLEIN
Eat at Jo’s, Marnixstr. 409 ( 624 17 77; www.melkweg.nl), inside Melkweg. Multi-ethnic menu that changes daily. Soups (‚3.40) and numerous vegetarian options (entrees ‚10) earn raves. Open Su and W-Sa noon-9pm. Cash only.
Cafe Vertigo, Vondelpark 3 (612 30 21; www.vertigo.nl). Vertigo’s expansive, tree-lined terrace is the perfect place to relax. Skip the pricier dinner menu in favor of the lunch sandwiches (‚4) and tasty pastries (‚2). Open daily lOam-lam. MCV.
Bojo, Lange Leidsedwarsstr. 51 (622 74 34). Popular Indonesian eatery with stalwart Javanese chow. Dishes ‚5.80-11. Try the mini rijstaffel sampler (‚10.50). Open M-Th 4pm-2am, F 4pm-4am, Sa noon-4am, Su noon-2am. MCV.
Het Blauwe Theehuis, Vondelpark 5 ( 662 02 54; www.blauwetheehuis.nl). Through the trees in Vondelpark, you may glimpse a linoleum-colored flying saucer full of people having a good time at Het Blauwe Theehuis. Open M-Th and Su 9am-midnight, F-Sa 9am-2am; kitchen closes 10pm. Cash only.
Santa Lucia, Leidsekruisstr. 20-22 (623 46 39). Great pizza in a city where decent slices are hard to come by. Hot pies bubbling with cheese (‚5) and toppings (mushroom ‚6.80; pepperoni ‚7.80). Lasagna ‚8.50. Open daily noon-1 lpm. MCV. O Go Sushi, Johannes Verhulststr. 35 (471 00 35). Tram #16 to Jacob Olbrecthstr. Tiny Japanse Eetwinkel tucked into a quiet street. 3 pieces of maki ‚1.90-2.60; nigiri ‚1.20-2.95; 10-piece sushi “lunchbox ‚9. Open M-F noon-7pm. Cash only.
CENTRAL CANAL RING AND REMBRANDTPLEIN
Maoz Faiafei Regulierbreestr. 45 (624 92 90). Great falafels with all-you-can-stack self-serve salad bar (for any size) make this the best budget deal in the city. Small falafel ‚2.50. Other locations: Outside Centraal Station; Muntpl. 1; Leidsestr. 85; Ferdinand Bolstr. 67. Open daily at least llam-llpm; hours vary by location.
Lanskroon, Singel 385 (623 77 43). The city’s best traditional Dutch pastries and wonderful sorbet. Open Su 10am-5pm, Tu-F 8am-5:30pm, Sa 8am-5pm. Cash only. Coffee and Jazz, Utrechtsestr. 113 (624 58 51). Dutch-lndonesian fusion: Fruity pan-nenkoeken (‚4.50-7) share the menu with tender lamb and chicken satay (‚7-9). Locals say this is the best coffee in town. Open Tu-F 9:30am-8pm, Sa 10am-4pm. NOA, Leidsegrt. 84 (a626 08 02; www.withnoa.com). NOA distinguishes itself as much for its elegant design as for its pan-Asian dishes and salads (around ‚13). Get your cocktail fix here-they make great caipirinhas, and mojitos (‚7-9). AmExMCV.
DE PUP, JODENBUURT, AND THE PLANTAGE
Cafe De Pijp, Ferdinand Bolstr. 17-19 (670 41 61). Stylish, but affordable with flavor-some fusion food. Soup of the day ‚3.90. Appetizers ‚7.90. Entrees ‚13-15. Cocktails ‚5. Open M-Th and Su noon-lam, F-Sa noon-3am. Cash only.
Zagros, Albert Cuypstr. 50 (670 04 61). Great Kurdish cuisine influenced by the 5 countries spanned by Kurdistan-Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey-in a plain but appealing candlelit atmosphere. Hearty, lamb-heavy menu (‚10-14) but plenty of veggie options. Open daily 3pm-midnight. AmExMCV.
Cafe Latei, Zeedijk 143 (625 74 85). Unique cafe-cum-curiosities-shop, with all-day continental breakfast (‚6.40). Large sandwiches about ‚3. Fresh juices ‚2-4. Call for special food events. Open M-F 8am-6pm, Sa 9am-6pm, Su llam-6pm.
Abe Veneto, Plantage Kerklaan 2 (639 23 64). This homey Italian eatery has food and prices to make any traveler happy. A dizzying selection of freshly made pizzas (‚4.50-9.50), pastas (‚6.50-9.50), and salads (most under ‚5). Wine by the bottle or the carafe (half carafe ‚6.50). Takeout available. Open daily noon-midnight. Cash only. De Soepwinkel, le Sweelinckstr. 19F (673 22 93), just off Albert Cuypmarkt. A hip kitchen that elevates soup-making to a fine art form. 6 specialities that change every month, all served with fresh breads (‚3.50-9). Non-soup menu features include quiche (‚2.10). Open M-F llam-8pm, Sa llam-6pm. Cash only.
King Solomon Restaurant, Waterloopl. 239 (625 58 60). Run by a hospitable Orthodox family, this is the only kosher restaurant in sight of the old Jewish quarter. Serves falafel (‚7.25) and gefilte fish (‚6.75). Open in summer M-Th and Su noon-lOpm, F noon-5pm; off-season Sa 45min. after sundown-lOpm. AmExMCV.
Pepplno Gelateria, le Sweelinckstr. 16 (676 49 10). The city’s best homemade gelato (from ‚0.75 per scoop). Flavors include from coconut to banana to pineapple. Excellent cappuccino (‚1.80). Open M-F lOam-llpm. Cash only.
Soup En Zo, Jodenbreestr. 94a (422 22 43). Let your nose guide you to the amazing broth at this tiny soupery. Several soups and sizes (‚2.20-5.50) with free bread and fresh toppings (coriander, dill, cheese, nuts). Check out their new location at Nieuwe Spiegelstr. 54. Open M-F llam-8pm, Sa llam-7pm, Su l-7pm.
Moksie, Ferdinand Bolstr. 21 (676 82 64). The name of this mellow Surinamese restaurant refers to its signature dish, a mixture of chicken, sausage, beef, and pork in soy sauce (‚7.50; large ‚8.80). Open Su 4-10pm, Tu-Sa noon-lOpm. Cash only.
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