The Dutch capital is a melting pot of people and cultures, and this cannot fail to be reflected in its food scene. From an Australian-inspired venue offering sharing plates and great coffee to a food market serving up flavours from all corners of the world, we take a tour of the best fusion and international eateries in Amsterdam
The Netherlands has long had an international outlook. An established trading history with its neighbours provided the perfect base for growth in the 17th century in particular, which saw the country expand its ventures much further afield. Enterprises such as the Dutch East India Company, founded in 1602, played a major part in bringing spices, tea and porcelain, for example, into the country.
These ties with the rest of the world can still be traced in Dutch culture, including in the country’s food offering, and nowhere is this heritage easier to discover than in the melting pot of Amsterdam. Take your taste buds on a world tour without even leaving the city.
Kaagman & Kortekaas
Kaagman & Kortekaas was founded by Giel Kaagman and Bram Kortekaas, and takes its inspiration from contemporary French bistros. Game, poultry and charcuterie (made in house) are all staples here. The menu is small and focuses on seasonal ingredients, meaning it changes on a weekly basis; past offerings have included venison fillet served with venison chorizo and terrine, crisp potato, artichoke and a saffron jus. Keen to push the boundaries, Kaagman & Kortekaas serves up traditional cuisine prepared in a modern way, resulting in elegant plates of food.
Kaagman & Kortekaas, Sint Nicolaasstraat 43, 1012 NJ Amsterdam, +31 020 233 6544
Little Collins is influenced by owner Georgina Patterson’s Australian background. Here you can tuck into breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner made using locally sourced ingredients. At brunch opt for the ubiquitous avocado on toast or try something different such as kimchi waffles or broken-egg curry, while dinner consists of a choice of small plates to share. Because of its roots, Little Collins draws on Australian coffee culture meaning you can expect to find top-quality coffee at this joint, as well as a selection of Australian wines and beers.
Little Collins, Eerste Sweelinkstraat 19F, 1073 CL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 753 9636
For those who want a bit of everything, Foodhallen is the perfect solution, as it brings together culinary specialties from around the world. Founded in 2014, this indoor food market is located in an old tram depot where you can browse different stalls serving up their own signature dishes from different cuisines. With everything from Vietnamese street food, French patisserie and Mexican tacos to egg waffles from Hong Kong, Dutch bitterballen and much more, Foodhallen offers something for every taste and mood. It also has various bars and regularly hosts musical events, making this a great spot to while away the time in Amsterdam.
Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam
Located within Amsterdam’s Conservatorium hotel, Taiko specialises in Asian food. Under the lead of chef Schilo van Coevorden, the restaurant creates contemporary Asian dishes using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Indulge in a cocktail before savouring sashimi, sushi or dim sum, then round off the meal with one of the restaurant’s tantalising desserts. Every evening, guests are treated to live taiko performances, the drum after which the restaurant is named.
Taiko, Conservatorium Hotel, Van Baerlestraat 27, 1071 AN Amsterdam, +31 020 570 0000
Having once been a Dutch colony, it comes as no surprise that Indonesia has made its mark on the food scene of the Netherlands. Indrapura offers authentic Indonesian cuisine under the aegis of head chef Paula Toorop, who uses her own traditional recipes. Highlights include a lobster dish in spicy coconut sauce. The restaurant specialises in rijsttafel – ‘rice table’ in English – which consists of an assortment of different seasonal dishes accompanied by white rice that are designed to be shared.
Indrapura, Rembrandtplein 42, 1017 CV Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 623 7329