Though it's been months since we really last spoke about it, the world is still battling the deadly coronavirus. Apart from the heart-breaking loss of life & suffering that continues to ravage society, one of the saddest things about this pandemic is the uncertainty that hovers over us all, in Amsterdam & abroad. Many of our favourite spots from our book are struggling to survive - if they've made it this far. The economic impact of the Coronavirus on the hospitality sector is devastating. But even in the middle of the country’s worst economic & social crisis for generations, the city’s hospitality sector has shown incredible flexibility & creativity – many places have switched to delivery & takeout or have transformed into shops.
Obviously, none of these emergency measures are a substitute for being fully booked & sold out day after day or for a proper package of small-business support from the government – but every little helps. The situation is changing rapidly, but we’ve put together a list of what some of our favourite foodie spots in Amsterdam are doing right now. In these difficult times, it’s important to support the wonderful businesses that make our city so lovely.
Cecconi's at Soho House Amsterdam
Enjoy a killer shot of caffeine at Cecconi's, tucked away on the ground floor of Amsterdam's Soho House. You'll feel very chic as you trot around the Spui with a Cecconi's cup in hand.
Bring some joy to your Corona bubble and indulge in Choux at home (Thursday till Sunday) with their delicious do-it-yourself takeaway menu, crafted by Merijn van Berlo. They've also opened a wine shop, Zuiver Wijnen, in the restaurant, so you can buy a bottle of natural wine to go with your dinner when pop in to pick up your dinner package.
When all you want is pure comfort, you'd better order the 4-course menu from Gebroeders Hartering for pickup or delivery (open daily). What's a great dinner without a great bottle of wine? Don't forget to throw one of their wonderful bottles in your basket on the way out.
Continuing on in the name of comfort, we can't recommend the fantastic organic bread & pastries baked in-house at the French artisinal bakery, Gebroeders Niemeijer.
Kaagman & Kortekaas
If you want something a little grander for supper, order the seasonal 3-course menu dreamt up by Giel Kaagman and pair it with a nice bottle of wine selected by Bram Kortekaas - all for takeout or delivery. Craving something simpler? Order their homemade sausage & charcuterie.
You can't go wrong with Scheepskameel's 3-course menu (Thursday till Sunday) that evolves on a weekly basis. A good bottle of German from their cellar rounds out any meal.
Soup en Zo - Jodenbree
For a healthy, warming lunch, pass by Soup en Zo. A little walk & a delicious soup will refresh you after hours spent sitting in front of your laptop at home.
De Jordaan & Westerpark
Stock up your wine cellar with the best French biodynamic wines from Au Paradis, a tiny authentic wine shop tucked away in the middle of De Jordaan.
Pass by Café Parlotte Wednesday through Saturday for their famous Parlottedog or lobster sandwich. Make sure to ask Margot for some advice on a bottle of wine.
Making your own homemade ravioli is intimidating, but picking up an order handcrafted by Flavio at Domenica (or pizza on Saturdays!) is as easy as pie. You can find them Tuesday-Sunday at the Noordermarkt.
If you're feeling a little sluggish and in need of vitamins, you can never go wrong with lunch or dinner from Foodware.
Fromagerie Abraham Kef
Our favourite cheese shop in Amsterdam sells a wonderful selection of cheeses and is the perfect place to assemble an interesting cheese platter for a dinner at home.
You can now enjoy our favourite menu dello chef at home! Pre-order for pickup or delivery & enjoy!
Fill your fridge with fresh, seasonal, organic fruit & veggies, fish, cheese & bread every Saturday at the Noordermarkt. Start off your day with an indulgent breakfast of a piece of the best apple pie in town from Winkel 43.
After you've filled your baskets at the Noordermarkt, pass by TOKI for flat white made with Bonanza Coffee Roasters from Berlin, & treat yourself to one of their tasty cakes or homemade chocolate chip cookies.
venu, a new work & lifestyle concept, just opened on the Haarlemmerstraat. If you're entirely sick of working at home (& who isn't), you can still book the work spots by the hour (in advance) & enjoy their excellent coffee made from Single Estate Coffee Roasters beans.
Apple pie any day of the week - we simply cannot get enough!
Bakino Deli at Bambino
BAK & Bambino have transformed Bambino into a temporary traiteur with anything & everything delicious: great sandwiches, tasty snacks, takeout meals & other culinary magic to enjoy at home. Also available for delivery.
Back to Black - Wetering
This is & always has been one of our favourite coffee spots in town. We can never resist their extremely delicious & addictive banana bread, & we know you won't be able to either. You've been warned!
WAKE & BAKE
Wanted to test your baking abilities all through the first lockdown but felt intimidated? Well, now you can breathe easy. WAKE & BAKE provides the cookie dough, so all you need to do is slice & bake.
Bocca is a great place to pick up a flat white, espresso or a bag or two of ground beans for home.
Bouchon du Centre
For the ultimate French comfort food, pre-order by phone with Hanneke. It's as close as we're getting to a French vacation these days.
Bring BREDA home (every day) with their 3- or 4-course menu (there's a veg-focused option for all the vegetarians) for delivery or pickup. Throw one (or two) bottles of wine in your basket to make the evening extra special.
BUFFET winkel by Buffet van Odette
Pass by the shop from our favourite classic Buffet van Odette for some Pierre Robert cheese, homemade focaccia or the famous sticky toffee cake. And on Saturday, you can pick up the freshest fish from WOORDVIS. Yum.
Café de Klepel
Order a box with a bottle of wine and the most deliocious homemade bites to go along with it. Pick it up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, & your weekend couldn't possibly be boring. Trust us!
De Vrouw met de Baard
For your soul comfort food cravings, pass by De Vrouw met de Baard.
Fosbury & Sons
Done with working at home? Book a private office including lunch & coffee and finish your work undisturbed.
Pick up a 3-course menu by Chef Tim on Fridays or Saturdays at Restaurant Watergang and surprise your lover or a friend with one of the best dinners we could imagine.
Rumbaba - Elandsgracht
Grab a good cup of coffee & a slice of vegan apple cinnamon cake, and you'll be smiling all day long. Don't forget a bag of fresh beans while you're at it.
Soup en Zo - Spiegelstraat
For a healthy, warm meal pass by Soup en Zo. You can enjoy your soup in the sun on one of the Spiegelstraat benches overlooking the Prinsengracht.
Bring the Waldorf home and treat yourself to a seasonal high tea or the Waldorf delight box.
Every Saturday, you can pick up a 4-course menu with homemade bread, or you can book a room and enjoy dinner in the restaurant.
Shop everything Mexican at the Coba store from Wednesday til Sunday and treat yourself to tacos & Mexican cocktails at home.
This delicious thin crust pizza is definitely worth the ferry ride! You can also pick up a frozen pizza at Hotel De Goudfazant or Troppo Giovane wine shop if you want to bake it in the comfort of your home.
For the perfect workday lunch, score a slice of pizza, a sandwich or salad at Kebek.
One of our favourite coffee spots in town now delivers your caffeine & sweet treat essentials straight to your doorstep..
Vendejo de Goudfazant by Hotel De Goudfazant
Shop the best of Hotel de Goudfazant at Vendejo de Goudfazant - think anything craveable from Hemelse Modder to their tasty fish soup. Closed on Tuesdays.
De Plantage & Oost
One of our go-to takeout spots (we were there weekly during the first lockdown) for coffee & warm, tasty buns. They also sell the most delicious chicken burger & homemade ravioli (to finish at home).
Alex + Pinard
Pick up a meal & bottle of wine on Saturday, and your weekend is set!
The perfect pit stop for coffee & homemade pastries from Rum Baba on your walk through the Oosterpark,
On Fridays & Saturdays, you can bring Coulisse home with you. Chef Tim, formerly at NOMA, releases a new menu every week.
Come by (or order online) to pick up a coffee, some pastries, bread, hot dogs, juices, beers or wine Thursday til Sunday.
In Between Burgers & Entrepot Winkel by Restaurant Entrepot
For the perfect juicy burger on the perfect homemade bun pick up (or order) a juicy burger at the pop-up burger shop In Between Burgers. For wines & homemade bread, stop in at Entrepot's new shop Thursday-Sunday.
Order mouthwatering French comfort food. Don't miss the signature roast chicken.
Pop in for a bag of fresh beans or a strong cup of coffee to go.
Who ever thought you'd be lucky enough to enjoy an omakase experience at home? Thankfully, Chef Kit is making dreams happen (closed Mondays).
Though we miss dining at 101 Gowrie, bringing their Japanese-inspired comfort food classics home is the next best thing.
Boeuf by Oeuf
Lovely Oeuf has really pivoted, serving up umami-packed burgers & fries at their fun new pop-up, Boeuf.
One of the loveliest French spots in town is creating packages so that you can recreate their classics at home.
Yamazoto & Sazanka
Choose your favourite dishes from Yamazoto or Sazanko to have the most delicious Japanese dining experience at home.
Coffee District - Hendrik Jacobszstraat & Coffee District - Willemsparkweg
We need energy more than ever before, and we're guessing you do too. Dash over to Coffee District for a truly fantastic cup.
RIJKS & WILS
Whether you want to order in or pick up a stunning meal from RIJKS or WILS, they've got you covered. If you're feeling a bit craftier, you can also order their 'RIJKS make-away menu' to test your skills in the kitchen.
Soup en Zo - Van Baerlestraat
For a healthy & warm meal pass by Soup en Zo and compensate for those hours sitting in front of your laptop at home.
Rise & shine (possibly even before the sun!) and head to this neighbourhood market to get some fresh. organic provisions for the perfect home cooked meal.
This sweet little bar has temporarily transformed into a shop. Stop by to get all the fixings you could ever dream of.
Though we miss squeezing in here for an animated dinner on the reg, we're satisfying our cravings with Binnenvisser at home. Pre-order their packages (available with or without meat) and get everything you need for a delicious meal - wine included. Don't feel complete without their groovy tunes? They've got their grooviest playlists up on Spotify.
Transform your kitchen into the best cafe in town with the help of a bag of beans or two from Friedhats Fuku.
Bread is pretty much a must-have for us, so we can't tell you how excited we are that one of the best breadmakers in town are finally opening up their own brick-and-mortar location. If you can't wait until they throw open their doors, you can score a loaf from Lindenhoff.
Levain et Le Vin
And speaking of bread, we couldn't possibly talk dough without mentioning dream spot, Levain et Le Vin. Their shop is still open and serving up some of the best sourdough, pastries & natural wine in town.
Coffee, coffee, coffee. Need we say more? Stop by for your morning flat white and snag a pastry to help with the afternoon slump that inevitably rolls by every day.
Massimo Gelato - Oud-West
If you're in the mood for a stroll & something sweet, wander over to Massimo Gelato for the creamiest cone in town. Feeling lazy? They're also available for delivery.
Swing by for a mid-morning pick-me-up for tasty pastries & killer coffee.
White Label Coffee
And, while we're on the topic of coffee, we couldn't possibly leave out White Label. Pop in for an instant energy jolt.