Travelling with a group of friends is a lot of fun, but it can also be a little stressful, especially when it comes to finding somewhere to eat. Amsterdam is a city geared for tourists, there are a lot of good places to eat, however, in the centre you might find it hard to find a cute place to accommodate a party of 8 or 10, so I thought I would share a few of the places I found when in Amsterdam recently with my friends.
I have found the best place to grab a burger and general comfort food, the most incredible freakshake, the most delicious apple pie, as well as the best place to accommodate all tastes, and my new favourite Asian restaurant.
For the best Dutch Apple Pie – Winkel 43
In the heart of the Jewish quarter is Winkel 43, which basically just serves up homemade Danish apple pie all day. This is a full-on tourist spot, but it is so worth it, as it is one of the best apple pies I’ve ever tried.
I love the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, as well as the fact that they have large tables outside so you can all enjoy pie together in the sun. Outside was table service, but can’t wait for your pie, just head on inside.
Want to know what else is on the menu? Yeah, no clue, everyone was just eating the pie, sipping coffee or having a glass or two of wine – so why not just join them!
Something For All – Foodhallen
It is hard to please a large group of people when it comes to food, however, I think I’ve found the place – Foodhallen – an incredible international food hall stuffed full of street food vendors in ex-tram sheds with a fun airy open-plan eating area, complete with a gin bar, a club and a TV lounge.
There is a lot to choose from, dim sum, nachos, tacos, ribs, burgers, hot dogs, Mediterranean delicacies, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, and even a French pastry shop selling desserts, macarons, madeleines, chocolate chip cookies and cakes. I told you this place has it all!
I was with a group of 10, and we basically all went off, and scouted out all the stands before all selected something completely different. I went for Bulls & Dogs, which does the most incredible hot dogs including my popcorn-topped vegan dog that was as yummy as it looked, while my friends opted for chilli-topped nachos, BBQ grills, Vietnamese street food, and freshly made pitas. I can tell you there was a lot of food envy.
For Fun – Happyhappyjoyjoy
Asian streetfood eatery Happyhappyjoyjoy is officially my new favourite place and just writing this review is making me want to return to Amsterdam immediately and order the whole menu! I just love restaurants that are a little quirky, very Instagrammable without being OTT on the pink, while still offering incredible food and Happyhappyjoyjoy ticks all those boxes and more.
Inspired by Asian local markets, Happyhappyjoyjoy will have your senses on overload, not just because of all the incredible Asian flavours but also the bold, playful and cheerful decor, with paper umbrellas decorating the ceiling and fun wallpaper with the likes of My Little Pony on it, to those incredible neon lights that
This place is great for groups of people as most of its dishes are starter size, and the concept is to order around 3 to 4 per person and share. There is a lot of choice on the menu with dishes with Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Chinese influences including steaming pans, dim sum, bun
They also have an extensive selection of Asian beers, bubble teas, and Asian sodas.
You can find Happyhappyjoyjoy at the Bilderdijkstraat (West), Oostelijke Handelskade (East) and Ceintuurbaan (South) in Amsterdam. My favourite though has to be Happyhappyjoyjoy East, which was a five minute walk to the Lloyd Hotel and it has a great outdoor terrace.
For Comfort Food – The Butcher
The Butcher is billed as having the “best bloody burgers” and my friends can confirm they might be right. For me, this place was the ultimate place for comfort food, with a menu filled with every burger you could possibly want, nachos, wraps, fish and chips, salad, and the best milkshakes you’ve
There are a number of The Butcher locations in Amsterdam, we went to the Social Club in Overhoeks, which is across the IJ river from the city’s central station on the free ferry. It is easy to get to, the ferry goes like every 5 minutes or so, and you can go up the A’DAM tower, and even swing over the side if you are feeling adventurous, pose with the Iamsterdam sign, which has been moved from the museum quarter, and there is even a film museum.
This is a good spot to have a giggle in the sunshine outside while eating lunch, followed by a gaming session inside as it has an old school video game hall with football tables, Ping-Pong tables, pool tables and pinball machines.
For the Ultimate Freakshake – Corner Bakery
Looking for a truly perfect instagrammable place to have a sweet treat or an all-day breakfast? Well, Corner Bakery is the spot, as it does the most insane freakshakes as well as the fluffiest pancakes, avocado on toast, over-the-top sandwiches and Unicorn cake – basically, this is the place to enjoy on your cheat days.
I love a milkshake, but the Corner Bakery’s freakshakes are on a whole other level, I went for a chocolate one that was topped not only with cream but party rings, fruit loops, sweets and even doughnuts – yep, this is a drink you need a fork to finish. I have to be honest I didn’t realise how big this would be, so I’m glad I was sharing it, as with my pancakes I was super stuffed – but just think of it as fuel for a day of cycling around Amsterdam.
There are a few Corner Bakery locations in Amsterdam – Johannes Vermeerstraat, Slotervaart at the Koningin Wilhelminaplein next to World Fashion Centre and Jan Pieter Heijestraat in Amsterdam Old West.