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16 Unique hotspots in Amsterdam

By Mathilde Simon
August 03, 2020

Are you looking for a unique hotspot in Amsterdam? Then you are in the right place, because there is a lot of creativity in such a big city as Amsterdam. This has resulted in unique restaurants, cafes and bars where you not only eat unique dishes, but where there is also a lot of attention put into the concept and design.

In this article, you can find 16 hotspots that definitely offer something unique. From colorful vegan dishes to a container bar with its own beach.


1. Dignita

Dignita is a great hotspot for breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu offers many delicious dishes with unique ingredients, such as the white chocolate, rhubarb & rose American Pancakes stack. Yum!

There are three locations of Dignita in Amsterdam, one in Amsterdam South near the Vondelpark, one in the Hoftuin, an oasis in the center of Amsterdam, and one in the Westerpark.


Koninginneweg 218h, 1075 EL Amsterdam
Nieuwe Herengracht 18a, 1018 DP Amsterdam
Spaarndammerstraat 55h, 1013 TA Amsterdam


2. Vegan Junk Food Bar

Most people know that vegan food doesn’t have to be boring! And eating at the Vegan Junk Food Bar is anything but boring. Here you can eat 100% vegan junk food. On the menu you will find burgers, bitterballen, ‘kapsalon’ and more colorful dishes.

In addition to the Instagram-worthy dishes, the interior is really worth a visit. Just like the vegan dishes, the interior is an explosion of color. A lot of use is made of graffiti and fun texts. Vegan Junk Food Bar is certainly a unique restaurant in Amsterdam!


Marie Heinekenplein 9, 1072 MH Amsterdam
Reguliersdwarsstraat 57, 1017 BK Amsterdam
Staringplein 22, 1054 VL Amsterdam
Eerste Van Swindenstraat 389, 1093 GB Amsterdam


3. Blue Amsterdam

Als je een mooi uitzicht van Amsterdam wilt, dan is Blue Amsterdam zeker de moeite waard. Deze prachtige zaak bevindt zich in Winkelcentrum Kalverpassage in een glazen toren. Daardoor heb je een panoramisch uitzicht en kun je veel bezienswaardigheden in Amsterdam van bovenaf bewonderen.

If you want a nice view of Amsterdam, Blue Amsterdam is definitely worth a visit. This beautiful restaurant is located in the Kalverpassage shopping center in a glass tower. This gives you a panoramic view and you can admire many sights in Amsterdam from above.

Blue Amsterdam is ideal for (all day) brunch, lunch, sweets or snacks. For example, try the tasty shakshuka or choose one of the burgers with fresh fries!


Winkelcentrum Kalverpassage, Singel 457, 1012 WP Amsterdam



TEDS can of course not be missing from this list. It’s a great hotspot to start your day on a lazy Sunday with a good brunch. On the menu are all kinds of dishes that remedy a possible hangover. From the ‘Eggs Norwegian’ to the yoghurt with fruit. You can also have breakfast with an ‘Espresso Martini’ or a beer; it is the weekend after all!


Bosboom Toussaintstraat 60, 1054 AV Amsterdam


5. Foodhallen

In the Foodhallen of Amsterdam you can taste all kinds of international flavors under the same roof. It is actually a street food market and bar but in a more modern way.

It is the perfect place for a quick bite or to try out all kinds of different dishes. Come here with your large group of friends if you can’t figure out where to eat as there is definitely something tasty for everyone.


Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam


6. The Avocado Show

Een van de meest populaire restaurants in Amsterdam is waarschijnlijk the Avocado Show. Ondanks dat de meeste mensen wel bekend zijn met deze hotspot, is het toch wel echt nog steeds een uniek concept.

One of the most popular restaurants in Amsterdam is probably the Avocado Show. Although most people are familiar with this hotspot, it still holds a unique concept.

Every dish at the Avocado Show shares the main ingredient: avocado. From pancakes with avocados as a topping to eggs served in half avocados. There is even avocado ice cream! So definitely worth a visit if you love avocados and want to experience a unique dining experience.


Willemsparkweg 152-H, 1071 HS Amsterdam (to go locatie)
Daniël Stalpertstraat 61 HS, 1072 XB Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 449, 1017 DK Amsterdam


7. IJver

Een unieke hotspot die je kunt vinden op de NDSM-Werf. IJver bevindt zich in een 100 jaar oude Scheepsbouwloods. Hier kun je aan tafel voor een heerlijk ontbijt, lunch, diner en borrel.

A unique hotspot that you can find at the NDSM-Werf. IJver is located in a 100-year-old Shipbuilding Shed. Here you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

On a sunny day you can enjoy their outside terrace here, but on a rainy day you can sit inside, on the terrace in the shed itself.


Scheepsbouwkade 72, 1033 WM Amsterdam


8. Pesca

Pesca is a special fish restaurant in Amsterdam. The aim of Pesca is to make good quality fish accessible again. It is certainly not a traditional restaurant.

For example, they do not have menus or white linen here. Pesca is all about the experience at the fish market where you choose your own fish and side dishes. Prices change during the day to avoid unnecessary waste. Pesca is happy to welcome you to their Theater of Fish!


Rozengracht 133, 1016 LV Amsterdam


9. Moer

Bij Café Moer zit je elk moment van de dag goed. 's Ochtends plof je neer op de bank met een kop koffie, 's middags eet je er een lekkere lunch en na werk hang je aan de bar met een speciaalbiertje.

At Café Moer you are at the right place any time of the day. In the morning you relax on the sofa with a cup of coffee, in the afternoon you eat a nice lunch and after work you hang out at the bar with a specialty beer.

Also a big plus: playing table football, while you enjoy the LP player and the cool interior. On the menu you will find dishes with local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Changing dishes with fish, meat, veggies, any time of the day and every day of the week.


Amstelveenseweg 7, 1054 MB Amsterdam


10. Door 74

Een verborgen cocktailbar in Amsterdam… Door 74 is een speakeasy bar met een jaren ‘20 sfeertje. Speel hier ‘The Game of Spirits’ en bestel zo iets verrassends van hun cocktailmenu.

A hidden cocktail bar in Amsterdam… Door 74 is a speakeasy bar with a 1920s atmosphere. Play The Game of Spirits here and order something surprising from their cocktail menu.

Also read our article with nice places for a cocktail in Amsterdam!


Reguliersdwarsstraat 74, 1017 BN Amsterdam


11. Nmag & de bar

Delicious food while surrounded by art is what you get at Nmag & De Bar in Amsterdam West. This is a gallery and bar in one! You can go here all day: for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks!


Bos en Lommerweg 88-90, 1055 EC Amsterdam


12. Mr. Stacks

Zin in pancakes voor brunch? Bij Mr. Stacks eet je de lekkerste, meest fluffy vegan pannenkoeken. Er staan allerlei variaties op het menu, voor zowel de zoetekauw als de hartige eter.

Mr. Stacks is a must-visit for all pancake lovers! Here you can eat the tastiest, most fluffy vegan pancakes in a beautiful hotspot. From savory to sweet pancakes, all pancakes are delicious. For example, go for the unique ‘Plant Based Tacos Stack’ (!!) stack with guacamole and vegan cheese or for the ‘Dutch Apple Pie Stack’ with caramelized apples, cinnamon, vanilla and caramel sauce. So good!


Govert Flinckstraat 122, 1072 EM Amsterdam


13. The Duchess

Bij THE DUCHESS in Amsterdam kun je genieten van een heerlijke lunch, diner, high tea en cocktails. Hier kun je jezelf even onderdompelen in luxe - écht een leuke ervaring.

At THE DUCHESS in Amsterdam you can enjoy delicious lunch, dinner, high tea and cocktails. Here you can immerse yourself in luxury – a really nice experience.


Spuistraat 172, 1012 VT Amsterdam


14. Café Panache

This spacious hotspot on the Ten Kate Market was once an old market store and is now a restaurant with a nice bar. Here you drink tasty cocktails and pitchers in an urban chic atmosphere. Lots of wood, steel and colorful lamps and tiles. The food here is also worth a try!


Ten Katestraat 117, 1053 CC Amsterdam


15. G’s, A really nice place

Drinking during brunch? Why not! At G’s you can drink a delicious Bloody Mary cocktail during your brunch. From the classic Bloody Mary to Bloody Kimchi, they really have every kind of Bloody Mary you can imagine!

Even so special: you can enjoy your brunch on their boat! They will pick you up just in front of the Anne Frank House on the Prinsengracht, after which you will take a lovely trip through Amsterdam.


Ferdinand bolstraat 158, 1072 LT Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 177, 1016 DR Amsterdam (brunch boat)


16. Pllek

Pllek is een bijzondere plek waar je heen kan voor ontbijt, diner of een drankje. Het is eigenlijk een container die getransformeerd is naar een café/bar met een eigen strandje en uitzicht op de skyline van Amsterdam.

Last but not least on this list: Pllek! To get here you have to take a (free) ferry to the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam North. Then it is a few minutes walk from the NDSM ferry port.

Pllek is a special place where you can go for breakfast, dinner or a drink. It is actually a container that has been transformed into a café/bar with its own beach and a view of Amsterdam’s skyline.

Whether you come to warm up by their fireplace in winter or just lie in the sun on their private beach in summer, Pllek is always worth a visit!


T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam

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