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Amsterdam’s top restaurants for design lovers

Characterised as minimalist, experimental, innovative, quirky and humorous, Dutch design is known for pushing the boundaries while producing interiors that are as functional as they are creative. Amsterdam boasts a wealth of restaurants, bars and cafés which demonstrate creative designs that embody practical whimsy; they push the boundaries while remaining solidly functional and bringing high-art concepts into real life. Verity Hogan explores some of the city’s most inventive dining venues

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Every aspect of Nevy revolves around the sea; from its seafood-rich menu to its décor which features a deep ocean blue and flashes of gold that represent the riches of the sea. Leading Dutch designers Concrete have split the restaurant into two distinct sections; on one side diners can take a seat at the modern raw bar with its selection of sashimi including Norwegian salmon, albacore tuna and mackerel while on the other, a more traditional dining room offers hot dishes with an international flavour.
Nevy, Westerdoksdijk 40, 1013 AE Amsterdam,
+31 (0)20 344 6409

The building housing Open is perched on a bridge across the city’s famous waterways and the design of this restaurant certainly makes the most of the unique location. Designed by Pie de Bruijn, the structure is made almost entirely of glass, and the expansive windows give the interior a different feel depending on the time of day: each evening, lights from the surrounding buildings dance across the tables while during the day, when it’s sunny, rays catch the central golden bar and soar across the room.
Open, Westerdoksplein 20, 1013 AZ Amsterdam,
+31 (0)20 620 1010

With its oak floors, walls and ceilings, Vyne’s décor takes its inspiration from traditional wooden wine vats, making this a suitable setting for a bar which is dedicated to the finest international wines. This intimate room houses the bar’s old-world wines and is designed in stark contrast to the cool stainless steel found in the adjoining new-world room, where glass cabinets stocked with wine provide the decoration while a clinical metal bar offers the only seating.
Vyne, Prinsengracht 411, 1016 HM Amsterdam,
+31 (0)20 344 6408

Stanislavski revels in the opulence of a bygone age; its low- hanging chandeliers, ornate cornices and traditional leather banquettes are a perfect match for the period dramas performed in the adjoining theatre. This all-day eatery is ideal for a pre-performance meal and the menu rivals those of the world’s best brasseries. The focus is on familiar, classic dishes and snacks, sometimes with a twist.
Stanislavski, Leidseplein 26, 1017 PT Amsterdam,
+31 (0)20 795 9995



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