Janneke Vreugdenhil's 5 favourite foodie spots Amsterdam

Food author Janneke Vreugdenhil
Food author Janneke Vreugdenhil

Food journalist Janneke Vreugdenhil is the author of several much-loved cookbooks, for example Solo Food, a personal book with 72 recipes that will make you enjoy cooking for just you. The latest book of this 'Dutch Nigella Lawson' is called Altijd Feest (It's Always Time for a Party) with lots of recipes for all kinds of fun festive moments throughout the year. Janneke writes for several Dutch papers and magazines, and has a weekly food column in the NRC. She's a strong believer of the idea that food should not just fill your stomach, but also your heart. Here she shares the 5 restaurants and shops in Amsterdam that fill her foodie heart with joy.

Café De Klepel

Prinsenstraat 22

+31 (0)20 – 623 82 44



There are dozens of delicious little restaurants in Amsterdam, and I like to try out a new one regularly. (Actually, I have to - I try to always go someplace else to stay up-to-date about what's happening in Amsterdam's food scene.) But I keep coming back to this café. The vibe here is so wonderfully relaxed, the staff is genuinely friendly, and the food is always tasty. And let's not forget the wines, 'cause those alone are worth booking a table for.

De Kookboekhandel

Haarlemmerdijk 133

+31 20 622 4768


A bookstore filled to the rafters with nothing but cookbooks, does such a place exist? Yes it does - go take a look on the Haarlemmerdijk. You won't just find books about any culinary subject you can imagine here,  you'll also get some priceless advice. I don't know anyone who knows as much about culinary books ànd about cooking as does the owner, Jonah Feud.

Café Oosterling

Utrechtsestraat 140

+31 020 623 41 40


The Oosterling family has been running this oldschool pub for almost 150 years. I used to live around the corner, and the pub soon became my second living room. When you walk in for the first time, the brothers behind the bar will welcome you with some kind words. When you walk in for the second time or any time after that, they'll know what you'll order even before you reach the bar - same as last time?

Thai snackbar Bird

Zeedijk 77

+ 31 (0) 20 420 62 89


For a quick bite to eat, I usually stop by the Zeedijk. And allthough I sometimes try different bars, I usually end up on a stool at the window in Bird. It's a tiny place, always crammed, no frills. But the Thai food here is so good, you'll keep coming back for more.


Dijksgracht 6

+31 6 3190 3218


A work and meeting space for creatives, where you can attend lectures and workshops or visit art projects that have to do with nature and biotechnology. You can have something tasty and special to eat in Mediamatic's restaurant and bar, in a greenhouse on the waterfront, with great city views. The menu is almost 100% vegan. Try the pizza nero (from the selfmade wood oven), with roasted mushrooms, coconut, spinage, caramalized onion and fermented black beans.