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This portable guide has been updated to include the Four Season Resort which opened on the island of Exuma in Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 26th by Frommer's first published December 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Besides, the location is one of the best you find in this or any price range: 5 minutes in one direction is the Kalverstraat shopping street; 5 minutes in the other, Leidseplein.
Most of the rooms are standard, with good-size twin beds or double beds, and some have big bay windows. Furnishings are elegant, and Oriental rugs grace many of the floors in the public spaces. The higher-priced doubles have antique furnishings, and many have a view of the Prinsengracht. The breakfast room has hardwood floors, lots of greenery, and white linen cloths on the tables. There is a lounge and bar. Prinsengracht at Looiersgracht , HX Amsterdam. MC, V. In room: TV, safe. Canal House A contemporary approach to reestablishing the elegant canal-house atmosphere has been taken by the American proprietor of the Canal House Hotel.
This small hotel below Raadhuisstraat is in three adjoining houses that date from ; they were gutted and rebuilt to provide private bathrooms and filled with antiques, quilts, and Chinese rugs. Plus, on the parlor floor, the proprietor has created a cozy Victorian-era saloon. It is, in short, a home away from home. Keizersgracht near Leliegracht , CX Amsterdam. DC, MC, V. Amenities: Lounge; limited room service. In room: hair dryer. The family touch shows in careful attention to detail and a breezy but professional approach.
It offers the blessed advantage of an elevator, a rarity in these old Amsterdam homes. While it will look dated to some, the wood bedsteads and dresserdesks in fact lend warmth to the recently renovated and upgraded rooms. The room sizes vary considerably according to their location in the canal houses, and a few are quite small, though not seriously so.
Most of the rooms will accommodate two, but some rooms have more beds, which make them ideal for families. Singel near Spui , WJ Amsterdam. Tram: 1, 2, 5, to Spui. Amenities: Bar; bike rental; concierge; limited room service; babysitting; laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms. Rembrandt Residence Following the example of the Hotel Pulitzer, the Rembrandt Residence was built anew within old walls. In this case the structures are a wide 18th-century building on a canal above Raadhuistraat and four small 16th-century houses directly behind it on the Singel canal. The look of the place is best described as basic, but rooms tend to be large in all sizes and shapes.
Some still have their old fireplaces not working with elegant wood or marble mantels. And as you walk around, occasionally you see an old beam or pass through a former foyer on the way to your room. Hair dryers are available at the reception desk. Herengracht at Hartenstraat , BJ Amsterdam. Tram: 1, 2, 5, 13, 14, 17 to the Dam. Each room is individual. There are antique furnishings Art Deco, Biedemeyer, Louis XVI, rococo , handmade Italian drapes, hand-painted tiles and wood-tiled floors, and Impressionist art posters on the walls. The biggest room, on the first landing, can accommodate up to four and has a huge bathroom with marble floor, double sinks, a fair-size shower, and a separate area for the lavatory the sink and shower even have gold-plated taps.
The room is enormous, with high ceilings, a big mirror over the fireplace, an Empire onyx table and antique leather armchairs, and an array of potted plants. Reguliersgracht 31 at Keizersgracht , LK Amsterdam. Rates include full breakfast. Tram: 16, 24, 25 to Keizersgracht. Style marries tradition in the elegant little Singel, near the head of the Brouwersgracht in one of the most pleasant and central locations in Amsterdam.
Three renovated canal houses have been united in harmony to create this hotel. The decor is bright and welcoming. The modernly furnished rooms are spacious for a small hotel. Some of the rooms have an attractive view of the Singel canal. The Toren is a sprawling enterprise that encompasses two buildings, separated by neighboring houses.
Clean, attractive, and well maintained, the Toren promises private facilities with every room, though in a few cases that means a private bathroom located off the public hall with your own private key, however. All this and a canalside location, too. Amenities: Bar; room service; babysitting; laundry service; dry cleaning. Its central location makes it easy to get to all the surrounding sights and attractions. Rooms at the front have a canal view. Several other touches make a stay here memorable.
There is, however, a television and a grand piano in the cozy lounge. In good weather, breakfast, which includes excellent omelets and pancakes, is served in the flower-bedecked courtyard. Because the hotel, which is nonsmoking, has so few rooms, you need to book well ahead. In room: Coffeemaker, hair dryer, safe, no phone. Prinsenhof A modernized canal house near the Amstel River, this hotel offers rooms with beamed ceilings and basic yet reasonably comfortable beds. The place has been recently refurbished, and new showers and carpets installed.
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Front rooms look out onto the Prinsengracht, where colorful houseboats are moored. Breakfast is served in an attractive blue-and-white decorated dining room. Prinsengracht at Utrechtsestraat , JL Amsterdam. Tram: 4 to Prinsengracht. While the exterior of the American must always remain an architectural treasure and curiosity of turrets, arches, and balconies, in accordance with the regulations of the National Monument Care Office, the interior of the hotel except that of the cafe, which is also protected is modern and chic, though Crowne Plaza Amsterdam-American 66 C H A P T E R 3.
Rooms are subdued and refined, superbly furnished, and while some have a view of the Singelgracht, others overlook kaleidoscopic Leidseplein. They are always pink and bright, which perhaps appeals to the international rock stars, who often stay here. The location, in the thick of the action and near many major attractions, is one of the best in town. There is also the Bar Americain, which has a closed-in terrace looking out on Leidseplein.
Leidsekade 97 at Leidseplein , PN Amsterdam. Tram: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10 to Leidseplein. Amenities: Restaurant Continental ; bar; exercise room; sauna; concierge; hr. The front desk is in a cozy and sociable lounge and there is a marble-floored breakfast room. One of the perks is a small in-house Finnish sauna; and the largest concentration of city-center restaurants is right on the doorstep. Its sculpted facade, wrought-iron balconies, and stainedglass windows stand out on the often brash Rembrandtplein.
The hotel takes its name from the painter Frits Schiller, who built it in His outpourings of artistic expression, IN THE JORDAAN 67 in the form of portraits, landscapes, and still lifes, are displayed in the halls, rooms, stairwells, and public areas; and their presence fills this hotel with a unique sense of vitality, creativity, and personality. Rembrandtplein , CV Amsterdam. Tram: 4, 9, 14 to Rembrandtplein. Amenities: Restaurant Dutch ; 2 bars; health club; hr. In room: TV, minibar, coffeemaker, hair dryer. Simple, clean, and comfortable, the rooms have recently been equipped with new beds, writing tables, and chairs.
They all have canal views. Breakfast is served in a triangular breakfast room. Two houseboats for guests on nearby Lijnbaansgracht add an authentic local touch—but what might seem like the earth moving for you may be only the wake from a passing boat roiling the water and setting your houseboat bobbing.
Lindengracht at Lijnbaansgracht , KH, Amsterdam. Tram: 3 to Nieuwe Willemstraat. Accommodations vary considerably, with the best rooms in the newest building. However, the oldest and simplest rooms also have a great deal of charm. Whichever building you wind up in, ask for a room in front overlooking the canal. Bloemgracht and off Prinsengracht , TN Amsterdam. No credit cards. Amenities: Lounge. Everything here is done with perfect attention to detail.
That residential feel extends to the rooms, which look much more like a well-designed home than a standard hotel room. Tram: 2, 5 to Hobbemastraat. Amenities: Winebar; spa; concierge; hr. The hotel is modern on the inside, with crisp-and-clean bedspreads and furniture and walls all colored light blue-gray. Most rooms have twin beds—some have three and some four. You find more ambience in the hotel bar than in many street cafes. The Acro is definitely value for your money. Tram: 2, 3, 5, 12 to Van Baerlestraat.
Both on the inside and the outside, it is as near as you can get in Amsterdam to staying in a country villa. The house is furnished and decorated with taste, combining Louis XIV and Liberty styles and featuring stained-glass windows and Murano chandeliers. The house also affords guests a private garden and terrace. Tram: 2 to Valeriusplein. Amenities: Laundry service; dry cleaning, nonsmoking rooms. Atlas Off Van Baerlestraat, the Atlas is a converted house with a convenient location for shoppers, concertgoers, and museum lovers. The staff backs up the homey feel with attentive service.
The guest rooms are small but tidy, decorated attractively in gray with blue comforters on the beds and a welcoming basket of fruit on the desk. Leather chairs fill the front lounge, which has a grandfather clock ticking in the corner. De Filosoof On a quiet street facing Vondelpark, this Finds hotel might be the very place if you fancy yourself as something of a philosopher king or queen. One of the proprietors, a philosophy professor, has chosen posters, painted ceilings, framed quotes, and unusual objects to represent philosophical and cultural themes.
Each room is dedicated to a mental maestro—Goethe, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Marx, and Einstein are among those who get a look-in—or are based on motifs like Eros, the Renaissance, astrology, and women. Rooms in an annex across the street are larger; some open onto a private terrace. Tram: 1, 6 to Jan Pieter Heijestraat. Its spacious rooms are well furnished and the staff is charming and professional. Half the rooms overlook the park, two second-floor double rooms have semicircular balconies, and the honeymoon suite has a water bed.
The lower-priced rooms are in an annex behind the main hotel. Hair dryers are available on request. Tram: 3, 5, 12 to Van Baerlestraat. Amenities: Bar; concierge; limited room service; laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms. Vondel Named after the famous 17th-century Dutch poet Joost Van den Vondel, this five-floor hotel opened in late and has since become one of the leading three-star hotels in Amsterdam.
Three of the rooms all with soundproof windows are on the first floor and are ideal for travelers with disabilities. The furniture is solid, the rooms are spacious, and the service is good. This is a comfortable place, conveniently located in a quiet and popular area close to the museum area and Leidseplein. Vondelstraat off Stadhouderskade , GE Amsterdam.
Tram: 1, 6 to Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat; 3, 12 to Overtoom. In room: TV, minibar, hair dryer. Zandbergen Beside Vondelpark, this place nearly outdoes the Amstel in its use of shiny brass handrails and door handles. Rebuilt in , and modernized since then, the Zandbergen has been efficiently divided into a variety of room types and sizes by the use of simple but attractive brick wall dividers between rooms.
Wall-towall carpets and a color scheme based on bright tones of sand and blue-gray make the rooms seem more spacious and inviting, and all are outfitted with some flair and have good comfortable beds. Recent improvements include new bathrooms and air-conditioning in the reception and breakfast area.
Tram: 2 to Emmastraat. Amenities: Laundry service; dry cleaning; nonsmoking rooms. In room: TV, dataport, minibar, coffeemaker, hair dryer. The breakfast room commands an excellent view of the museum with its numerous stained-glass windows. Robin de Jong, the proprietor, has filled the rooms with an eclectic furniture collection, from s English wicker to s pieces. In room: No phone. Rooms are not very big but are not cramped, and have all been renovated recently. The bathrooms are tiled floor to ceiling. Tram: 1, 6 to Stadhouderskade. Amenities: Bar; concierge; limited room service; babysitting; laundry service; dry cleaning.
One of the spiffiest little budget lodgings in town, the P. Hooft seems to have picked up a sense of style from the smart shops on the street without picking up their tendency toward upscale pricing. The guest rooms are bright and tidy, and the building houses a coffeeshop, which is a handy spot to stop for a quick bite before you hit the sights or the shops.
You have to climb quite a few stairs to enjoy your stay, though. Most rooms have been updated. The breakfast room, guaranteed to wake you up, is painted wild shades of orange and blue. One way they achieve this is by serving you breakfast in bed, if you want it. In addition, Pierre, the head of the family, plays some perfectly acceptable Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Chopin on the piano. The large rooms are furnished with old-fashioned or antique pieces.
This is the Rolls Royce of Amsterdam hotels, a place for visiting royalty and superstars hiding from eager fans. Its only possible fault is that it may seem to run a bit too smoothly. The hotel sports a mansard roof and wrought-iron window guards, a graceful Grand Hall, and rooms that boast all the elegance of a country manor, complete with antiques and genuine Delft blue porcelain.
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The Italian marble bathrooms have separate toilets and showers. The French La Rive restaurant is one of the hallowed temples of Amsterdam cuisine see chapter 4 for details. Amstel Inter-Continental Amsterdam Prof. Tram: 6, 7, 10 to Weesperplein. Amenities: Restaurant French ; lounge; bar-brasserie; heated indoor pool; health club; Jacuzzi; sauna; concierge; limo; hr. The small and tastefully decorated hotel likely provides its guests with more space per euro than any other hotel in town. A converted Roman Catholic orphanage from houses a friendly, stylish, youth-oriented hotel. Monumental marble staircases, cast-iron banisters, stained-glass windows, marble columns, original murals—all have been faithfully restored.
Spare modern rooms, some sporting timber roof beams and wooden floors, line long high-ceilinged corridors on two floors. Each room is individually decorated and styled by up-and-coming young Dutch designers. Some are split-level. The continental cafe-restaurant To Dine looks a little like an upgraded cafeteria on the inside, but has a great alfresco terrace in the garden and an attached bar, To Drink.
Hotel guests get a discount on concerts and dance nights in the nightclub Tonight, which puts up music from the s onward in the old orphanage chapel. Free parking. Amenities: Restaurant Continental ; bar; executive rooms. The rooms themselves are furnished and equipped to the highest standards and with refined taste; only executive rooms have coffeemakers.
Bathrooms are in marble, and each is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub. The Kersepit Cherry Pit is a cozy bar with an open fireplace and a vast range of Scotch whiskeys. Dijsselhofplantsoen 7 at Apollolaan , BJ Amsterdam. Tram: 5, 24 to Apollolaan. All the accommodations of this intimate hotel are quiet, spacious, and grandly furnished.
Bathrooms are fully tiled, and rooms at the back of the hotel overlook the well-kept gardens of the hotel and its neighbors, and the summer terrace where guests can have a snack or a cocktail. Amenities: Bar; hr. The recently renovated rooms have new carpets and plain but comfortable modern furnishings; some have kitchenettes and small balconies, and there are large rooms for families. The hotel is a few blocks from the popular Albert Cuyp street market, in the somewhat raggedy De Pijp neighborhood.
Tram: 24, 25 to Ceintuurbaan. Amenities: Bike rental. Guess what? It is. As a port and trading city with a true melting-pot character, Amsterdam has absorbed culinary influences from far, wide, and yonder, and rustled them all up to its own satisfaction. More than 50 different national cuisines are served at its restaurants. Better yet, many of these eateries satisfy the sturdy Dutch insistence on getting maximum value out of each guilder spent.
From elegant 17th-century dining rooms to cozy canalside bistros, to exuberant taverns with equally exuberant Greek attendants to exotic Indonesian rooms attended by turbaned waiters, to the bruine kroegjes brown cafes with their smoke-stained walls and friendly table conversations, the eateries of Amsterdam confront the tourist with the exquisite agony of being able to choose only one or two from their vast numbers each day. Dutch practicality has also produced a wide selection of restaurants in all price ranges.
There are a few distinctively Dutch foods whose availability is seasonal. On the weekends, unless you eat especially early or late, reservations are generally recommended at top restaurants and at those on the high end of the moderate price range. Many of these places—some of which are reviewed below— are essentially brown cafes bars with a hardworking kitchen attached. Note that restaurants with outside terraces are always in big demand on pleasant summer evenings; make a reservation, if the restaurant will let you—if not, get there early or forget it.
Dutch national dishes tend to be of the ungarnished, hearty, wholesome variety—solid, stick-to-your-ribs stuff.
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A perfect example is erwtensoep, a thick pea soup cooked with ham or sausage that provides inner warmth against cold Dutch winters and is filling enough to be a meal by itself. Seafood, as you might imagine in this traditionally seafaring country, is always fresh and simply—but well—prepared. Fried sole, oysters from Zeeland, mussels, and herring fresh in May, pickled other months are most common.
These fish stalls are a great resource for snacks of baked fish, smoked eel, and seafood salads, taken on the run. Far-ranging Dutch explorers and traders brought back recipes and exotic spices, and the popular Indonesian rijsttafel rice table , a feast of 15 to 30 small portions of different dishes eaten with plain rice, has been a national favorite ever since it arrived in the 17th century. It became a kind of tradition, one upheld by Indonesian immigrants to Holland who opened restaurants and, knowing the Dutch fondness for rijsttafel, made it a standard menu item.
Rijsttafels are only a small part of the menu in an Indonesian restaurant, and there is a trend among the Dutch to look down on them as being just for tourists; the Dutch generally have a good understanding of Indonesian cuisine and prefer to order an individual dish rather than the mixed hash of flavors of a rijsttafel. However, rijsttafels remain popular, and many Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai restaurants in Holland have copied the idea. Rijsttafel is an acquired taste, and unless you already have a stomach for both Chinese and Indian cooking, you may not like much of what you eat.
The basic concept of a rijsttafel is to eat a bit of this and a bit of that, blending the flavors and textures. A simple, unadorned bed of rice is the base and the mediator between spicy meats and bland vegetables or fruits, China, France, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Spain, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and several other nationalities well represented.
Although a rijsttafel for one is possible, this feast is better shared by two or by a table full of people. In the case of a solitary diner or a couple, a dish rijsttafel will be enough food; with four or more, order a or dish rijsttafel and you can experience the total taste treat. Remember, the idea is to have tastes of many things rather than a full meal of any single item.
Also, there are no separate courses in an Indonesian rijsttafel. Among the customary dishes and ingredients of a rijsttafel are loempia classic Chinese-style egg rolls ; satay, or sateh small kabobs of pork, grilled and served with a spicy peanut sauce ; perkedel meatballs ; gado-gado vegetables in peanut sauce ; daging smoor beef in soy sauce ; babi ketjap pork in soy sauce ; kroepoek crunchy, puffy shrimp toast ; serundeng fried coconut ; roedjak manis fruit in sweet sauce ; and pisang goreng fried banana.
Crystal chandeliers, elaborate moldings, crisp linens, fresh bouquets of flowers, and picture windows with great views on the Amstel River, help to give this refined place a baronial atmosphere. Respectable attire jackets for men is required. Vo 9 Wolvenstraat rac dsg The Dam N. So what is gezellig, or gezelligheid the state of being gezellig? The special something that makes a place comfortable, congenial, cozy, familiar, friendly, intimate, memorable, tolerant, warm, and welcoming.
Dutch, in fact. Box some up and take it home with you. It includes such choices as smoked eel with dill a Dutch specialty or marinated sweetbreads of lamb with salad for starters, fillet of halibut with caper sauce or fillet of veal with leek sauce as main courses, and desserts such as orange pie with frozen yogurt or raspberry bavaroise with mango sauce. A meal here is a lovely way to start an evening at the ballet or the opera, especially as live—and soft—music is played on the grand piano every evening to get you into the mood.
Reservations recommended on weekends. Main courses Mon-Fri am, pm, pm; Sat-Sun am, pm. Tram: 4, 9, 14, 16, 24, 25 to Muntplein. The decor is Old Dutch, though each of the nine separate dining rooms has a different character. You can enjoy quite a mouthful by choosing the geroosteerde tamme eend op een bedje van appeltjes en tuinboontjes overgroten met een vinaigrette van rode en groene pepers roasted tame duck on a layer of apples and broad beans drizzled with a vinaigrette of red and green peppers.
Or select from an extensive range of fish, game, and vegetarian options. Spuistraat at Spui. Daily pm-midnight. The two houses that form the premises were built in for a wealthy soapmaker, Laurens Jansz Spieghel. De Silveren Spiegel Kattengat off Singel. Daily pm open for lunch by reservation. Oysters and lobsters imported from Norway and Canada are the specialties. The three-course menu is also very popular.
Among the half dozen or so choices featured on the chalkboard menu, you might find fish soup to start, followed by grilled plaice, Dover sole, bass, or John Dory. The spectacular seafood plate includes 6 oysters, 10 mussels, clams, shrimp, and half a lobster. The long, narrow dining room is cooled by ceiling fans and features an aquarium. In summer, chairs are placed out on the sidewalk.
Lucius Spuistraat near Spui. Daily 5pm-midnight. It occupies a solid-looking, spacious building on two stories with unusually high ceilings that served originally as bank. You can enjoy everything from a cup of coffee, a beer, or a glass of jenever gin to a good salad, spaghetti Bolognese, and rib eye steak. And you can peruse the English-language newspapers while you do it. Nieuwe Doelenstraat near Muntplein. Main courses 7.
Sun-Thurs 10am-1am, Fri-Sat 10am-2am. Its beamed and tiled Dutch-tavern dining room has recently been fully restored along with its parent hotel. The restaurant is equally noted for its Dutch pea soup. Daily 7ampm. Lots of nooks and crannies decorated with Delftware and wooden barrels, brocaded benches and traditional Dutch hanging lamps with fringed covers give an intimate, comfortable feel to the setting. Daily noonpm. And what is the Waag? In medieval times it was the St. Dissections were once carried out on the top floor. You can mix easily with other diners. The breast of Barbary duck with sesame-cracker and sherry dressing is pretty good, as is the vegetarian Kashmir bread with braised vegetables and coriander-yogurt sauce.
Nieuwmarkt 4. Daily 10am-1am. Metro: Nieuwmarkt. Moreover, it attracts customers who like their Indonesian food not only chic, modern, and cool, but good, as well. Other choices include stewed chicken in soja sauce, tofu omelette, shrimp with coconut dressing, Indonesian pumpkin, and mixed steamed vegetables with peanutbutter sauce. Finish off your meal with the multilayered cinnamon cake or try this at least once the coffee with ginger liqueur and whipped cream. Spuistraat beside Spui. Daily pm. Dishes are prepared in Dutch, continental and international styles.
In season, come for the coquilles St-Jacques scallops, the mussels and oysters from the southern Dutch province of Zeeland, and the house-smoked salmon. You could also try poached brill with onion sauce, fried wolf-fish with light mustard sauce, or sashimi. Reguliersdwarsstraat 32 behind the Flower Market. Mon-Fri noonmidnight, Sat 5pm-midnight.
The results are invariably splendid. Oysters are a regular feature among three or four starters; then, choose from three main courses: meat, fish, and vegetarian; and finish with a torte. You dine on one of two levels, at plain tables in a cozy setting with bare brick walls, and a view of proceedings in the open kitchen. Lof Haarlemmerstraat 62 near Centraal Station. Main courses 9. Tues-Sun pm. The pink, white, and green color scheme is a refreshing and contemporary alternative to the usual basic decor found in Indonesian restaurants. Damrak 44 near Centraal Station.
Daily ampm. It offers a wide array of classic Chinese choices in a classic Chinese setting, with lots of lanterns, watercolor paintings, and Chinese scripts. You can eat dishes from any of the four main styles of Chinese cooking—Beijing, Shanghai, Cantonese, and Szechuan. Look for specialties such as Beijing duck, Szechuan-style prawns very spicy , and steamed dumplings.
Treasure Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal near the Dam. Daily noon11pm. This intimate restaurant in the Frascati Theater building attracts actors, journalists, artists, and other assorted bohemians. At night the place is jammed with people around the bar. The simple but tasty fare includes lamb chops with garlic, pancakes with cheese and mushrooms, homemade pasta, and cheese fondue. Barberenstraat 7 off Rokin. Mon-Sat 4pm-1am. Tram: 4, 9, 16, 24, 25 to Rokin.
Unlike other cafes in Amsterdam, which often draw a distinctive clientele, Luxembourg attracts all kinds of people because it offers amazingly large portions of food at reasonable prices. Soups, sandwiches, and such dishes as meat loaf are available. Spui at Spui. Salads and specials 8.
Sun-Thurs 9am-1am, Fri-Sat 9am-2am. People come here to pay modestly for food that is both authentic and excellent, from a menu with items written on it. The steamed oysters with black bean sauce and the duck with plum sauce are to die for. Judging by the number of ethnic Chinese customers clicking chopsticks around, Nam Kee does okay when it comes to homeland credibility. Zeedijk at Nieuwmarkt. Daily am-midnight. Royer serves sensuous, sophisticated food in an elegant setting featuring dark cherry-wood paneling, thick carpets, rice-paper lamp shades, stately cacti by the windows, and floral paintings by contemporary Dutch artist Martin van Vreden.
The food is similarly refined, using traditional Mediterranean ingredients—figs, truffles, olives, and saffron—in exciting new ways. Try the roasted milk-fed Pyreneean lamb, or roasted turbot in a light curry sauce, and finish with a light tart of prunes in Armagnac. Leliegracht 46 between Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht. Tues-Sat pm. Latin style, world music, a changing program of ethnic exhibitions, evening candlelight, and a fine view of the canal from each of its two cheerful rooms distinguish a restaurant for which vegetarian is a tad too wholesomesounding.
Service is delivered with equal amounts of gusto and attention. Bolhoed Prinsengracht near Noordermarkt. Sun-Fri noonpm, Sat 11ampm. Among the menu dishes that show flair, creativity, and a seemingly inexhaustible supply of ingredients, you can try fried butterfish with a tarragon, coriander, and pesto cream sauce served on bacon and tomato spaghetti; and the main course Salad van Puffelen, served with tandoori chicken, smoked turkey, smoked salmon, roast veal and Cajun shrimps.
Other choices include vegetable platters and mozzarella with tomato. Save room for the delicious handmade chocolates that are house specialties. Mon-Thurs 3pm-1am, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat noon-2am, Sun noon-1am. The tables fill up quickly most evenings, so make reservations or go early. You can also get vegetarian dishes.
Try for a window table and take in the superb canal views. Although generally excellent, De Belhamel does have two minor flaws: The waitstaff is occasionally a bit too laid-back, and when it is full, as it often is, the acoustic peculiarities of the place can drive the noise level up to about that of a boiler factory. Brouwersgracht 60 at Herengracht. Sun-Thurs pm, Fri-Sat pm. It gets its grace from Florentine wall murals, floor-to-ceiling Art Deco lamps, drapes, hangings, ceiling mirrors painted with flowers and vines, a candle on each table, and not least from an elegant canalside location.
And it avoids being starchy by a characteristic Amsterdam exuberance and buzz. In either of the twin rooms, try for one of the window tables that look out on the canal. The menu ranges across the globe for inspiration. Look out for items such as the vegetarian coconut curry crepes filled with spinach, lentils, and nuts; and stir-fried guinea fowl with nuts and bok choy.
Leliegracht between Keizersgracht and Herengracht. If anything, the limpid atmosphere is a tad too hallowed, an effect enhanced by an absence of decorative flourishes that may be Zen-like in its purity but leaves you wishing for something, anything, to look at other than your fellow veggies while you wait to be served.
The menu livens things up, with its unlikely roster of Indian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican dishes. The food is ace, delicately spiced and flavored, and evidently prepared by loving hands. Multiple-choice platters are a good way to go. For the Indian thali, you select from constituents like sag paneer homemade cheese , vegetable korma, and raita cucumber and yogurt dip ; the Middle Eastern platter has stalwarts like falafel, chickpea-and-vegetable stew, and vegetable dolmas.
Side dishes range across items as varied as guacamole, couscous, and pakora. The homemade ice cream is a finger-licking good way to wind up. Utrechtsestraat close to Frederiksplein. Main courses 6. Be ready to go out on a limb, foodwise, and to write the experience down to, well, to experience, should it get hacked off behind you. The food mixes influences from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Oceania with north European and Mediterranean dishes, in a free-style yet rarely overindulgent manner.
Moko occupies a converted 17th-century, white-painted timber church, the Amstelkerk, but here endeth the churchly connection.