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an insider's guide to Amsterdam's coolest restaurants

Lifestyle photographer and recipe creator Renée Kemps knows a thing or two about Amsterdam, having lived in the city for over three years. “It’s small, cosy and has everything you need,” she says. “You can cycle everywhere within an hour.” When she’s not busy ogling at Foam’s latest exhibitions or, of course, snapping her own masterpieces, Renée can be found eating her way around the cool kids’ favourite district, De Pijp. Escape the throngs of tourists and follow her food-lover’s guide to the Dutch capital. Eet smakelijk!

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1.De Wasserette

One of my favourite cafes. This is my go-to place with my little sister. We love coming here in spring/ summer time and sitting outside on little french chairs at round marble tables. It has the best coffees and toast with avocado, chicken and bacon, topped with big slices of parmesan cheese. The lemonade is amazing on a hot day – and there’s plenty of sweet treats to share.

contactEerste van der Helststraat 27
1073 AC



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2.Buffet van Odette

A big favourite for everything from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. It’s very french and minimalist with fresh and incredibly high quality food. Buffet van Odette is known for its truffle cheese omelettes, incredible wines and lovely small dishes with roasted vegetables and hearty meats.

contactPrinsengracht 598
1017 KS


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This pasta bar is quickly growing and becoming everyone's favourite. They serve a constantly changing menu of pasta dishes, all made fresh daily and served only with a fork. There’s no reservations, no starters, just two desserts – tiramisu or scroppino – and a couple of good wines. Go here for a quick, cosy, comforting dinner with friends and family – I have many fond memories here.

contactVan Woustraat 123,
1074 AH



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4.Restaurant As

Expensive. Special. Restaurant As is tucked away in Beatrixpark, away from most other places [yet less than five minutes’ walk from citizenM Amsterdam]. The restaurant makes almost everything in house, each ingredient being of only the highest quality. Dinner here is definitely an experience; you’ll keep thinking about long after you've been.

contactPr. Irenestraat 19,
1077 WT


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5.Scandinavian Embassy

I love this Scandinavian haven for brunch. It serves very good coffee and makes the best cinnamon buns – almost like the ones you’d get in Sweden or Denmark. The Embassy has amazing, very Nordic dishes on the menu such as potato soup, fermented beetroot and duck breast on wild greens with lingonberries.  Each dish transports you straight to Scandinavia.

contactSarphatipark 34,
1072 PB


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