1. Bojo Indonesian Restaurant
Founded by two brothers almost 50 years ago, this is my go-to Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam. I usually go for the vegetarian combination meal with tofu satay.
Indonesian cuisine is to the Dutch what Indian is to the English. It’s part of their culture. The tour guide on the Flagship canal cruise I was on went as far as to say that, ‘if you want to try traditional Dutch food, go to an Indonesian restaurant.’
Question about sticky rice: I’m unfamiliar with how it’s made in Indonesia. I’ve had it in Thai restaurants, where it is stuck together in a heavy, translucent rice ball of chewy goodness, but the stuff here is compressed into tofu-style cubes. Is it the way sticky rice is done in Indonesia?
2. Sherpa Nepalese and Indian Restaurant
Whenever I find a new Indian/Nepalese restaurant, I order the Saag Paneer. It’s how I compare them. The SP here gets an A+ and the rice and naan breads are pretty good too.
I never miss this place when I’m in town.
Tromp isn’t actually a restaurant. It’s a cheese shop with friendly staff and excellent cheese. They have a deli bar for making sandwiches and salads. I had a sandwich with rocket, sun-dried tomato and vegetarian cheese (no Rennet) on sourdough bread. Be aware that there are no seats.
At the corner of the street you’ll find Cafe de Eland. If you ask nicely enough and order a drink, they might let you eat there. It’s a great place to visit on a warm summer’s day and watch the world go by.
Also on this street is Key-Color. If you’re into film photography and looking for a place to develop your film in the centre of town, this is the one I use. You can check out my photos on Instagram @stevenjohn.tait
Renamed The Waterhole a good few years ago, this is a live music venue where both local and travelling pub bands come to play. They have three pool tables and a smoke room at the back. Over a decade ago the best version of Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix I’ve ever heard was played there.
There’s always a good crowd of people there.
It costs €2 or €3 to get in.
Live jazz place. Very cozy. Very burgandy.
Good music. Last time I was there was a Latin Jazz night. Free entry.
The old Sailor
Maybe the most popular bar in the Red Light area. Just walk past The Grasshopper off Damrak and keep going till you see it. It gets very crowded but it’s the perfect place to mingle and watch all the goings-on around you. And the staff are quite nice considering with the amount of people they have to deal with.
Large selection of beers.
Damkring coffee shop
Was the best ten years ago. Maybe today it still is.
Vellimiux Vlaams Frites.
Maybe the best chips (or fries) in Amsterdam.
Situated on the corner by a bridge on an artistic street.
Pizza in Jordaan