Best date spots in Amsterdam
Amsterdam is one of the most popular places for a European city break over Valentine’s weekend. To make sure you get the best out of the city we have composed a guide to the best date spots in Amsterdam, from top new restaurants to cool bars and charming breakfast spots
A restaurant in a greenhouse may not be the most obvious setting for a romantic meal in Amsterdam but rest assured, De Kas is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Located in a spectacular greenhouse and nursery garden, De Kas is one of the most stylish dining spots in the city to take your partner. The menu, which changes daily, is based around produce grown on-site and is inspired by rural Mediterranean cuisine. There is a great range of vegetarian options, while meat and fish are carefully sourced from local suppliers.
De Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 462 4562
After a day exploring the city’s Jordaan neighbourhood, make your way to Vesper Bar on Vinkenstraat. The intimate cocktail bar is the perfect date spot, thanks to its cosy setting, soft lighting and extensive selection of both classic and inventive drinks. The menu will keep you occupied for hours with its enticing creations, such as the Victoria’s Secret, made with St-Germain elderflower liqueur, Kings Ginger liqueur, Velvet Falernum sweet syrup, Xante pear and cognac liqueur and lemon.
Vesper Bar, Vinkenstraat 57, 1013 JM Amsterdam
Before you explore all of Amsterdam’s leading cultural hotspots, get your morning off to the best start with a romantic breakfast at Boterham. The chic, rustic-style café is one of the best in the Amsterdam-Oost area, offering pretty interior features alongside a menu of home-baked treats and pastries. Its coffee is made with beans roasted by renowned coffee specialist Bocca and can be enjoyed inside or, in warm weather, outside on the sun-drenched terrace.
Boterham, Andreas Bonnstraat 2, 1091 AX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 663 1842
For a luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam, look no further than The Dylan. The chic hotel is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, with five-star amenities, stunning décor and warm atmosphere. Set within Amsterdam’s vibrant De Negen Straatjes (Nine Streets) area, it provides the perfect base for exploring the city’s top attractions and is also in a prime shopping location. During your stay, be sure to book a table at the prestigious Restaurant Vinkeles, the hotel’s Michelin-starred, French-style contemporary restaurant. If you are looking for something extra-special, book a place at the chef’s table, where you can watch executive chef Dennis Kuipers’s refined French dishes being prepared in front of you.
The Dylan, Keizersgracht 384, 1016 GB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 530 2010
Head over to Vyne wine bar to experience the romantic side of Amsterdam’s superb bar culture. With its ultra-chic interior, cosy atmosphere and impressive wine collection, it is one of the coolest wine bars in the city. Spend an evening here to enjoy superb wine and a menu of enticing bar snacks, while marvelling at the bottle-lined walls.
Vyne, Prinsengracht 411, 1016 HM Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 344 6408
For those looking for something extra special, Ciel Bleu is a must-visit. One of the best restaurants in Amsterdam, Ciel Blue offers exquisite seafood dishes and has been awarded two Michelin stars. The restaurant showcases a deep commitment to using local produce and serves only the best ingredients. Located on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okra, Ciel Bleu delivers top food and wine alongside spectacular views of the city.
Ciel Bleu, Hotel Okura, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072 LH Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 678 7450
Those wanting to truly spoil their partner should book into the Wellness 1926 Spa. An oasis of calm, its Mediterranean-inspired interior is designed to aid relaxation. Discover unique and personalised treatments alongside the spa’s impressive facilities, which include a plunge pool, Finnish sauna and Turkish steam room.
Wellness 1926, Halmaheirastraat 28, 1094 RL Amsterdam +31 (0)20 774 9180