Food and Restaurants near Amsterdam Centraal

Traveling on the train and need a place to dine near Amsterdam Central Station? We have some tips for you!

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Here are five terrific restaurants just a few minutes from the central train station, plus a bonus rooftop lounge. These are the perfect places to meet someone who is traveling by train or to have something to eat before or after you go to Amsterdam Centraal.

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Sit down to an amazing three course meal at Choux just a short walk from Central Station. Choux is open for lunch and dinner and serves a set menu based on seasonal produce. We recommend going for the wine pairing as well. It’s a good idea to call ahead for reservations.


Walk to the north side of the station and hop on the Buiksloterweg ferry for a 2 minute ride across the IJ. Just a few steps away is THT, a lovely restaurant with small plates to share and a great view across the water.


An old rotating bridge has been transformed into a unique restaurant. Wolf Atelier serves gourmet lunch and dinner overlooking the Westerdoksdijk, and it is just a short stroll from the station.


Just a few steps outside of the station you’ll find Loetje. The lovely white building known as the Noord-Hollands Koffiehuis was built in 1912. And it now houses Restaurant Loetje, where you can get a steak, burger or sandwich while looking across a canal at the city center. Loetje also has five other locations around town.

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Hop on the free ferry across the IJ and head to the A’dam Toren for a meal with a view. There are two restaurants on the top floors of the hotel. For lunch and dinner, check out rotating restaurant Moon, a prix fixe meal of three to five courses. For lunch, dinner or drinks you can also head to Madam, located on the top deck of the building. Unless you have a reservation you will also need to pay the Lookout entry fee. For a good meal without the stellar views you can also dine in the Butcher Social Club on the ground floor of the tower.

Looking place to eat near Amsterdam Central Station? Here are five terrific restaurants just a few minutes from the central train station, plus a bonus rooftop lounge. Nevel


Bonus tip: The Skylounge is a great place to get a view of it all! Sit on their open roof terrace on a nice day and enjoy a panoramic view over Amsterdam with a drink in hand. They serve snacks and drinks on the top floor of the DoubleTree, and it is just next to the station.

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Food in Amsterdam on every corner

Ah, Amsterdam, let me take you on a little culinary adventure through the heart of the Netherlands.

Now, when you’re in Amsterdam, you’ve got to start your day off right with a Dutch classic – poffertjes! These fluffy mini pancakes are like little bites of heaven, and you’ll find them at nearly every street corner. Top them off with a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar and a dollop of melting butter. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you.

Feeling peckish later in the day? Head over to one of Amsterdam’s cozy brown cafés. These traditional pubs serve up hearty snacks like bitterballen (crispy, meaty balls of delight) and cheese platters that pair perfectly with a local beer or a Dutch gin called jenever. It’s the kind of place where you can strike up a conversation with friendly locals and feel like you’re part of the Amsterdam scene.

When the dinner bell rings, don’t miss out on trying some Dutch herring, especially if you’re feeling a little adventurous. These little fishies are usually served with onions and pickles, and you just gotta take a bite like a local – hold it by the tail and go for it! It’s an acquired taste, but hey, when in Amsterdam, do as the Amsterdammers do.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit more substantial, head to one of the city’s many charming canal-side restaurants. You can enjoy a leisurely meal while watching the world go by. Try some Rijsttafel, an Indonesian-inspired feast with a variety of small dishes, or savor some traditional Dutch stamppot, a hearty potato and vegetable mash.

And we can’t forget the street food scene – from thick-cut fries with a rainbow of delicious toppings to the ever-popular kibbeling (fried cod) with a generous squirt of mayo. You’ll find food trucks and stalls all around, and they’re perfect for grabbing a quick bite while you explore the city.

But let’s not forget dessert! Stroopwafels, those sweet, chewy, syrup-filled waffle cookies, are an absolute must-try. You can find them freshly made at markets and street vendors. Or, if you’re looking for a more upscale experience, indulge in a slice of Dutch apple pie at one of the city’s charming tearooms.

Amsterdam isn’t just a feast for the eyes with its picturesque canals and historic architecture – it’s a food lover’s paradise. So, go ahead, stroll the streets, hop on a bike, and explore the culinary wonders this vibrant city has to offer. Amsterdam has a little something for every foodie, and you’re bound to discover a new favorite dish around every corner. Enjoy! 🍽🚲🌷