Best places to visit in Amsterdam’s Oud West
From elegant streets to eclectic boutiques and exciting eateries, Amsterdam’s Oud West neighbourhood is one of the best places to explore during your stay in the city. Here, we offer our guide to the best places to visit, including the top pancake restaurants, cool bars and street food markets
For pancakes with a healthy twist, head over to Mook Pancakes, where the popular dish is made with organic spelt or oatmeal flour. Menu options are extensive and also include gluten-free and vegan versions. Highlights include the Mancake, made with bacon, onions and cheddar, and the Blue Magic Deluxe, with fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas and coconut. A host of extra toppings and fresh-pressed juices are also available at this must-visit café.
Mook Pancakes, De Clercqstraat 34, 1052 NG Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 334 6995
Lot Sixty One
Lot Sixty One takes coffee seriously. At the chic café, the expert staff roast all the coffee beans in-store and ensure the best individual roast profiles. The coffee is chosen from the most recent harvest for maximum freshness and can be enjoyed on-site or bought from the café’s store.
Lot Sixty One, Kinkerstraat 112, 1053 ED Amsterdam, +31 (0)61 605 4227
Part indoor garden, part shop, Wildernis is a fascinating store dedicated to all things green. With a mission to make Amsterdam a greener place, the store sells plants, gardening supplies, potting soil, seeds and pots, and is also a great place to pick up a coffee. Visitors can also take part in one of the gardening-themed or coffee-making workshops.
Wildernis, Bilderdijkstraat 165F, 1053 KP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 785 2517
With its dimly-lit, stripped-back interior, Café Panache is one of the city’s coolest hidden gems. The eclectic café is located just off the beaten track, offering guests the perfect escape alongside a menu of top drinks and sharing plates from its charcoal-fired grill. Café Panache uses only the freshest seasonal ingredients and is a dining spot that’s well worth seeking out.
Café Panache, Ten Katestraat 117, 1053 CC Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 221 1736
De Vier Pilaren
De Vier Pilaren is one of the best pancake houses in Amsterdam. Situated in the middle of a charming park, it is a great place to immerse yourself in the relaxing surroundings while enjoying the café’s famous poffertjes (Dutch-style pancakes), or the larger traditional versions. Topping options are extensive and range from Nutella with fresh strawberries and whipped cream to savoury combinations such as ham and cheese or sausage and vegetables.
De Vier Pilaren, Stadhouderskade 11, 1054 ES Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 363 6831
Oud West is one of the best districts in Amsterdam for food. To sample some of the most delicious delicacies under one roof, make a beeline for the Foodhallen indoor street food market. The market offers an impressive range of different cuisines and vendors, from Le Big Fish’s fresh catch of the day to Butcher’s top burgers and delicious Vietnamese food from Viet View. Graze your way around the stalls or opt for a takeaway and enjoy a picnic.
Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 2926 5037
For craft beer and delicious burgers, Bar Fritz is a must-visit. The cosy bar is the perfect spot for refuelling after a day of exploring the area, offering a menu of gourmet burgers and tempting sides such as grilled vegetables, fries and onion rings. An extensive selection of craft beer makes this cool eatery a great place to spend an evening.
Bar Frits, Jan Evertsenstraat 135, 1057 BV Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 233 9796