Where to eat in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city with a large variety of cuisines and restaurants for every kind of mood. Here is a list of delicious and unique restaurants you must try when you are in the Dutch capital.

1. FOR THE MEAT LOVERSCANNIBALE ROYALE

I tried this place for the first time last week and I instantly fell in love with it. The burgers are big, rich in ingredients and accompanied by equally delicious fries. This rustic restaurant is located in one of the small streets of the city centre- in an area not commonly visited by tourists but very popular amongst the locals.
Their pint cocktails to share are also excellent, especially the long island ice tea.

Address: Handboogstraat 17 A 1012

Opening: Sunday – Thursday 12.00 – 3.00
Friday – Saturday 12.00 – 4.00

2. SUSHISumo
Sumo is one of my favourite places to have sushi outside of Japan.
Imagine a beautiful restaurant by a canal where you can have all the sushi and warm dishes you can possibly want. It’s truly heaven. As you wait for the food in between rounds, its impossible not to admire the decoration of red and sakura trees.
Above all, this is one of the few Japanese restaurants that I’ve been to with real Japanese green tea and just because of that, I absolutely love it.

Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 17
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12.00 – 22.30 Sunday 12.00 – 22.00 Reservations & prices

Mackerel, sea bass, salmon flambé and eel.

3. PICTURE PERFECTMaMa Kelly
MaMa Kelly is every girly girl’s dream. The restaurant is entirely decorated in pink and gold which matches perfectly with their specialities of chicken and lobster.
This fabulous restaurant is a bit far from the city centre, but it is also close to the museum quarter, making it the perfect lunch or dinner spot after a day of museum hopping.

Address: Olympic Stadium 35, 1076

Opening times: Every day from 11.30 to 00.00

CLASSIC DUTCH – In De Waag

If you are looking for the full Dutch experience on a romantic trip, this 1488 restaurant is a great place for a date night.
Located at one of the main squares of the city in Nieuwmarkt, this beautiful and eye-catching castle is solely lit by 300 candles creating an intimate atmosphere amongst the guests. While they experience Dutch cuisine accompanied by a great selection of wines and Heineken beer.

Location: Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012
Opening times: Every day 9.00 – 22.30

5. ARGENTINIAN STEAKHOUSECAFÉ DE KLOS

For some interesting reason, Amsterdam is full of Argentinian restaurants but these steakhouses are not your usual ones. Many of them are specialised in ribs, so much so that you can get unlimited amounts of it! These juicy dishes are served with steamed vegetables, potatoes and the classic Dutch sauce, mayonnaise. The first set of ribs come naturally to your table and as you digest it, waiters walk around with mountains of even more ribs.

Address: Kerkstraat 41-43, 1017

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday 16.00 to 23.30

BONUS: FEBO FOOD STAND
A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without a snack stop by a FEBO stand. Where you can grab your own burger or frikandel at any time of the day or night by simply adding a couple of coins to a slot on the wall, and grabbing your food. These stands are all over the city, so if you find yourself needing a late-night snack after a long night of clubbing, this is your place.

Stockholm Food Guide

Eggs with Bacon Toast

Stockholm cafés and restaurants are guaranteed high class meals but they are also high class prices. It is quite difficult to go to a fancy restaurant without burning a hole in your wallet. So make sure you are mentally ready to spend a lot and have a fabulous time.

Greta’s – Norrmalm | Hötorget 13-15 Haymarket Hotel

Salmon & egg toast in the front and Tomato &

Located at the heart of the city, Greta’s is an adorable café inside the Haymarket hotel by Scandic. The hotel is a fabulous interpretation of the 1920s and the café embraces the afternoon tea glamour. It’s a great place for late brunch where you can get delicious toasts, pancakes, sweets and others. Including a splendid selection of coffees, juices, wines and champagnes. The vibe of the place is really relaxing with great music.

Loved for: Ladies afternoon tea

Site: Haymarket Greta’s Cafe

Opening hours: Monday 08:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tuesday toThursday 08:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday 08:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

STHLM Bruch Club | Vasastan | Dalagatan 24

Breakfast Burrito with Eggs Benedict with Salmon

This adorable café does not disappoint its name. It serves every brunch lover’s dream; pancakes, waffles, toasts, burgers, bagels and açai dishes. They also offer breakfast plates like English breakfast with sausages, beans, eggs and toast. To top it off, the club also serves delicious drinks like milkshakes, fresh juices, teas and Sweden’s finest coffee brew, Johan and Nyström.

Nuterella Milkshake with a crouwn donut

Since most things in life don’t come easily, be prepared to wait in line for about 20-30 mins. Since this café is quite small. But trust me, it is definitely worth the wait. This place is one of my favorite brunch places in the city and I usually don’t mind the line when I know I’ll get a delicious meal. Plus it’ll give you time to catch up with your friends without the distraction of the delicious food.

Known for: Crown donut milkshakes

Site: STHLM Brunch Club Cafe

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 3.30 PM

Saturday & Sunday 8.30 AM – 4.00 PM

Mr. Cake – Östermalm | Rådmansgatan 12a

Raspberry Cheesecake

This modern café was created by Swedish chefs Roy Faris and Mattias Ljungberg. The sweet menu consists of velvet croissants, yogurt bowls, pancakes, huge Swedish cinnamon buns and endless types of cakes. For the salty menu, the cafe has delicious sandwiches, bagels, burgers. Each dish is more beautiful than the other. Picking one is extremely difficult so make sure to go there very hungry and with friends so you can order several dishes and many!

Known for: Velvet desserts, black burgers, and pancakes

Site: Mr. Cake Cafe

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 7.30 AM – 6.00 PM

Saturday & Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Greasy Spoon | Södermalm & Vasastan | Tjärhovsgatan 19 & Hagagatan 4

Blueberry & Scotch Pancakes

A cozy café so loved that there are two of them in the city. It has a large variety of classic brunch dishes like pancakes, toasts and many types of eggs such as oven baked spicy BLTE eggs and eggs Benedict. As for a drink, Greasy Spoon has a large variety of drinks like freshly squeezed juices, coffees, teas, cocktails and other choices.

The staff is always very friendly and give great advice on what to order.

This place is also great for a fika during the week in the afternoon when its emptier, to share a pancake with your friends and a cup of coffee.

Known for: Eggs Benedict and Pancakes

Site: Greasy Spoon

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8.00 AM – 4.00 PM

Saturday to Sunday 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Red Days 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM

Espresso House – Every neighbourhood in city

Last but definitely not least, Espresso House. The Starbucks of Sweden, and may I dare say, much MUCH better. You can find this café literally everywhere in the city and it is great for any time; breakfast, lunch, dinner, studying, coffee date, catching up with friends and even small meetings. Every café is decorated with book walls, plants and coffee posters. It has extremely comfortable chairs and sofas with reachable chargers and Wi-Fi. Every chain café that you go, no matter the size, will make you feel at home with guaranteed delicious food. The dishes are very casual like sandwiches, wraps, bagels, salads, small pastas and many others. For dessert and afternoon snack, you can get the traditional sweets like cupcakes and brownies but I would recommend trying the Swedish classics like cinnamon buns, mud cake, thin pancakes, chocolate ball and scones.

The café also has a collection of vegetarian deliciousness like muesli yogurts,

It has delicious coffee brews that vary every month.

Espresso house also has local affordable prices which makes a great place to be your to go café when in Sweden.

All of these places in this list are my favorites in town but Espresso house holds a special place in my foodie heart. Make sure to try my favorites:

Chai Latte from Espresso House
  • Chai Latte

  • The month’s special brew

  • Mocha Frappuccino with a shot of espresso

  • Salmon bagel

  • Organic Croissant with cheese and turkey

  • Cinnamon bun

  • Toscan muffin with toffee truffle and banana

  • Chocolate ball

  • Ginger shot

Known for: International brews, frappucinos and their traditional Swedish dishes.

Site: Espresso House Chain Café

Each E.H. has it’s own times and the common hours are:

Monday to Friday 9:30 AM – 11.00 PM

Saturday 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM

Sunday 11.00 AM – 6.00 PM

The concept of first come, first serve has been religiously kept by these lovely cafés so in some places it might require a longer waiting time than others. Make sure to go for a brunch with a free schedule so you don’t have to stress yourself and enjoy your meal. These places also serve brunch menu all day so I would recommend late lunches or afternoon tea.

When in Stockholm, I recommend ordering as much salmon as you can especially for brunch and lunch. The Swedish salmon is wild with an apricot-colour flesh that is much healthier than common salmon.


Restaurants

Kasai | Japanese Cuisine | Östermalm

Kasai is an incredible restaurant that serves traditional and modern Japanese dishes. They have the classic dishes like sushi, sashimi and makis but also warm dishes like tempura, wagyu and fillets in Japanese style.

It’s a great place for a delicious dinner and drinks at any day of the week, even if you have early work the next day, you can enjoy one of their many delicious mocktails (non-alcoholic cocktails).

The staff and atmosphere is so lovely it will make you feel at home both at the restaurant and at their own night club, Ochaya. Which has an incredible eye-catching Harajuku style decoration with great rap and pop music.

During spring and summer, the courtyard is open for guests to dine amongst their beautiful red leaves garden and lovely flowers.

It is probably the most expensive suggestion in this list, but it is also the best Japanese restaurant in town.

Known for: Sushi and mocktails

Site: Kasai Restaurant

Opening hours: Tuesday – toThursday 11.30 – 3.00

17.00 – 12.00

Friday 11:30 – 3.00

17.00 – 2.00

Saturday 1.00 – 4.00

17.00 – 2.00

Lebanon Meza Lounge | Lebanese Cuisine | Östermalm

Lebanese food is already delicious, imagine a buffet with all the traditional meals is food heaven. This chic restaurant is decorated with Lebanese beauty, perfect to dine out with the family and friends. At night the restaurant becomes a la carte making it the perfect place for a date.

Known for: Hummus and Lamb dishes

Site: Lebanon Meza Lounge Restaurant

Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 11.00 – 00.00

Friday to Saturday 11.00 – 01.00

Brunch Saturday 12.00 – 16.00

Sunday 12.00 – 22.00

Supper | South American | Vasastan| Tegnérgatan 37

A beautiful restaurant with a great Latino vibe. The entrance corridor recreates the summery streets of South America. Inside the two dining rooms have their own style, one themed as a 1920s velvet diner and the other an inside-outside patio full of flowers and warm colours.

The food is also delicious and very difficult to choose due to their big variety of dishes. Luckily, the menu mainly consists of tapas so you can order several ones and share with loved ones. Here you can get meats, seafood and vegetarian dishes.

Tuna Tartar

Known for: Tuna Tartar and Ceviche

Site: Supper Restaurant

Opening hours: Every day at 17.00 to late

Berns Asiatiska | Asian Cuisine |Östermalm

Berns Dining Room

An insanely beautiful restaurant inside the extravagant Berns hotel. This restaurant was the first (and most beautiful) Chinese restaurant in Sweden that opened in the 1940’s. The restaurant is located in a legendary ball room with burgundy velvet armchairs and chandeliers. Giving real 40s vibes.

Today the quality of the dishes remains the same but it has expanded to flavours from all over Asia.

The restaurant also offers an incredible Easter buffet for lunch and dinner.

Make sure to also try their divine cocktails and worldwide wine selection.

Known for: Sushi and Dumplings

Site: Berns Asiatiska Restaurant

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 AM – 1.00 AM

Saturday to Sunday 7.30 AM – 1.00 AM

Yuc Mexican | Mexican Cuisine | Vasastan

Michelada Drinks

A delicious modern Mexican restaurant that turns into a trendy bar at night. The restaurant has all the delicious Mexican classics like tacos, taquitos, bocaditos and a variety of ceviche.

Make sure to save some space for their incredible desserts like chocolate fondue, dulce de leche ice cream cake and passion fruit suspiro. All delicious Mexican recipes.

This restaurant is also a great place to go for drinks. They offer classic and frozen margaritas but also their own cocktails like Michelada, a homemade salsa and tomato lime cocktail topped with a bottle of Corona beer! A must try drink. There’s also a delicious selection of mocktails for those who are alcohol free.

Known for: Sweet potato fries, ceviche and the Michelada cocktail

Site: Yuc Mexican Restaurant & Bar

Opening hours:

Sunday to Tuesday 5.00 PM – 11.00 PM

Wednesday to Thursday 5.00 AM – 12.00 AM

Friday to Saturday 5.00 AM – 1.00 AM

These amazing restaurants are always in high demand so make sure to book them at least one week before. If you are a large group of more than 4 people, I would also recommend making a reservation because Swedish restaurants aren’t usually prepared for a big group and have a special menu for the occasion.

Pernambuco, Brazil

Porto de Galinhas & Tapioca Crepes

Porto de Galinhas Beach

Located in the northeast of the country, Porto de Galinhas is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, because of its mesmerising natural pools and corals. The fishing town is fairly isolated and small compared to its surrounding cities, such as the capital of Pernambuco, Recife, which is just an hour away (63km) by car.

The town has been preserved as a local area from the rest of the world. In consequence, the town is really laid back and can be pretty difficult to find Wi-Fi outside of your hotel, inn or resort. So if you want to tune off from the world and practice your Portuguese, this is the perfect place.

The center is full of colourful and cute open air traditional restaurants, artisanal stores, kiosks and aquatic sports agencies. With the city center situated directly in front of the beach or very close by. I recommend staying at a resort because they have English speaking staff and are ready to help you plan and book your vacation. It might be pricier than staying at a pousada (inn) but it will save you a lot of stress and time. Plus, most of them are located directly in front of a beach, which is the best part of the area.

Porto de Galinhas is a great destination for a family trip, because you can safely let your kids play at hidden low tide beaches, while relaxing by the shore drinking coconut water. The beaches are usually very quiet and pretty empty so you will always have plenty of space and peace.

There are many exciting activities to do like scuba diving by the coral reefs at Praia do Porto de Galinhas, which covers a large part of the ocean shore separating the waters and creating different shades of blue throughout the beach.

You can also have unique adventures, like observe first hand where the guaiamum ( the blue carb) and the uça crabs live at mangroves, where the trees and the beach meet. Take a ride on a buggy, a common transportation in Porto de Galinhas which you can book from your hotel or from the town center. Make sure to ask for a driver that can speak English or your own language. The buggies can take you to different beaches or on a tour around the town. You can also book taxis for a day and go on a day visit to Recife and the beautiful Olinda. The drivers are always very nice and well informed on the region’s history.

At night, the restaurants become even more full with lively Brazilian music, where you can have a fun night out with caipirinhas and dancing. Frevo is the traditional music of the Pernambucan region, so if you go to Brazil during February, make sure not to miss the carnival shows and Frevo dances.

Tapioca Crepe with Ham, Brie Cheese and Oregano

Pernambuco is not only known for their delicious seafood, but also for their tapioca crepes, which is one of my favourite Brazilian foods. ❤

In Portuguese, tapioca (a.k.a cassava root) is the name for both the vegetable and the dish, since the crepe is made only from the starch extract. The root was inherited from the indigenous people that lived in Brazil before it was colonized by Portugal. The great thing about the vegetable, is that it can be made in many ways, with salty or sweet ingredients and it can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Since the country does not produce a lot of yeast to make bread, Brazilian people use tapioca to make flour, and gain the nutritious benefits needed. Since it’s full of iron, calcium and many other nutrients, with a low level of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Which helps improve blood circulation by maintaining good levels of blood pressure. It also helps lose weight and fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore because of all these benefits, the most common time to have a tapioca is in the morning with ham and cheese to give you energy for the day ahead.

Tapioca Crepe with Nutella, Banana and Cinammon

I personally enjoy eating tapioca for breakfast as well and as a desert, with Nutella, banana and cinnamon powder.

The tapioca crepe is incredibly easy to make, once you have the flour, but it can be pretty hard to find outside of Brazil or in other regions, because it’s a regional dish. But in Porto de Galinhas, you can find it at almost every restaurant and café.

Mandioca is another dish that can be made from the tapioca root. It’s also very easy to make, by just cutting the root into medium pieces and boiling or frying it. The side dish goes perfectly with dry meat and roasted onions, which are also typical dishes from Pernambuco.

Best season to go to Porto de Galinhas is at the end of the year when its summer in Brazil. Pernambuco is not as insanely hot as Rio, but you can definitely get a tan and enjoy your days by the beach.

London

Chelsea may be known for its famous football team and Fashion Week location, but little do most people know how beautiful and entertaining the area can also be. Last week I was in London and the city was in a lovely Autumn mood, which is my favorite season. With the color pink and floral arrangements all around. I am not a very big fan of the color but I couldn’t help falling in love with the scenery. Especially in Chelsea, where every neighbourhood and street was filled with beautiful flower arrangements and pastel colors. Walking around Sloane Street, you can find fashionable and antique stores that contribute to the theme of the city with their Victorian architecture. But it wasn’t only the outdoors that were inspired by the seasonal theme, the Saatchi Gallery is also a unique entertainment to check out during this time of the year. Where the founder, Charles Saatchi exhibits contemporary artwork by new artists from around the world. Surrounded by autumn colors, the gallery is the best place to stay inside, during the colder days.

As for a delicious drink, The Ivy restaurant was the best place to enjoy an afternoon tea, while watching the seasons change at their romantic and all-so flowery alfresco courtyard. There you can try the Ivy Garden Royale, their signature drink with rose liqueur. The restaurant makes a normal afternoon become fascinating. The restaurants and bars are always full all week and weekend long, so a reservation is highly recommended. Londoners love being out an being social, so it’s very likely that you will make friends in any place. During this delicious period, bartenders usually suggest cocktails with flower fragrances, that make you taste the sweetness of the season.

Chelsea pode ser conhecida por seu time de futebol ou por ser a localização do Fashion week, mas poucos sabem como a área é divertida e graciosa. Semana passada eu estava em Londres, toda a cidade estava em um clima adorável de outono, que é a minha estação favorita. A cor rosa e a decoração floral estavam em evidencia. Eu não sou a maior fã da cor rosa, mas não resisti ao seus charmosos encantos. Especialmente em Chelsea, onde cada rua e vizinhança estavam cheias de arranjos florais e cores pasteis. Enquanto passeia pela rua Sloane, você pode encontrar várias lojas elegantes que fazem a cara da cidade, por causa de sua arquitetura Vitoriana. Mas não era só os lugares ao ar livre que se inspiraram no tema sazonal, a Galeria Saatchi também e um lugar incomparável para você conferir durante essa época. Onde o fundador, Charles Saatchi, exibe arte contemporânea de artistas novos do mundo todo. Rodeado de cores de outono, a galeria e o melhor lugar interno para passar tempo nos dias mais frios.

Sobre uma bebida deliciosa, o restaurante The Ivy é o lugar para tomar um chá da tarde, enquanto assiste as estações mudando ao seu todo-florido pátio ao ar livre. Lá se pode experimentar o Ivy Garden Royale, uma de suas bebidas de assinatura que contém licor de rosas. Simplesmente o The Ivy faz uma tarde comum se transformar numa tarde fascinante. Restaurantes e bares da capital estão sempre cheios então fazer uma reserva e altamente recomendado. Os Londrinos amam sair e ser social que provavelmente você fará amigos em qualquer lugar. Nessa época tão doce do ano os bares geralmente o bartender sugere bebidas com fragrâncias de flores, eu diria que é uma experiência mais do que agradável que te fazer sentir intensamente o gosto dessa doce e suave estação.

Stockholm

One of my favourite places in Stockholm is Östermalm, which is not as popular as other places like Gamla Stan, but it is just as beautiful. An area full of medieval history and an interesting twist of colours. It’s the home to traditional Swedish indoor and outdoor food markets, Saluhall, beautiful buildings and canals. The streets are filled with houses with a traditional style, giving an insight into how Stockholmers live. It makes you instantly want to have fika, which is the Swedish word for afternoon tea when a cup of coffee and a bun are always welcome.

The Swedish bun is not like your typical bun. It has its own unique ingredients, the beloved cinnamon, and during Santa Lucia, the bullar becomes even more unique because it is made with saffron.

A trip to Östermalm is the best way to spend a relaxed afternoon.

Um dos meus lugares favoritos em Estocolmo é Östermalm, que não e tão famoso quanto Gamla Stan, mais é igualmente lindo. Uma área cheia de história medieval com um toque de cores. É casa do tradicional mercado sueco, Saluhall, prédios lindos e canais. As ruas são cheias de casas tradicionais, dando uma visão de como os holmienses vivem. Instantaneamente faz você querer ter fika, que é sueco para café da tarde, quando um copo de café preto e um bolinho de canela são sempre bem vindos.

O bolinho nāo é o como seu bolinho típico. É feito com ingredientes especiais, a amada canela, e durante Santa Lucia o bolinho é mais especial ainda porque e feito com açafrão.

Um passeio em Östermalm é a melhor maneira de passar uma tarde relaxante.

Uno de mis lugares favoritos en Estocolmo es Östermalm, que no es tan popular como otros lugares como Gamla Stan, pero es igualmente hermoso. Un área llena de historia medieval con un interesante giro de colores. Es la casa de los tradicionales mercados suecos y canales. Las calles tienes muchas casas de estilo tradicional, dando una idea de cómo viven los suecos. Hace que te viene un fuertísimo deseo de fika, que es la palabra sueca para el afternoon tea, cuando una taza de café y un bollo son siempre bienvenidos. El bollo sueco no es como su típico bollo. Tiene sus ingredientes únicos, la canela querida, y durante Santa Lucía el bullar se vuelve aún más único porque está hecho con azafrán.

Un viaje a Östermalm es la mejor manera de pasar una tarde relajada.