Foodies visiting the Dutch capital will be happy to hear that Amsterdam is not short on some seriously amazing brunch options. Whether you are looking for a casual eatery that serves classics like eggs benedict, pancakes, and croissants or you wish to enjoy a variety of innovative brunch dishes at a sleek café, Amsterdam offers something for every hungry traveler. Without further ado, here is our list of the best brunch joints in Amsterdam.
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1 The Breakfast Club
With a couple of locations in the city and a fabulous all-day brunch menu, the Breakfast Club is a great place to kick-off your foodie travel itinerary in Amsterdam. The menu features a variety of dishes ranging from avocado toast and fish tacos to fresh croissants, poached eggs, and salads. Visitors with a sweet tooth will definitely want to try the mouthwatering buttermilk pancakes, while meat lovers can enjoy the signature Breakfast Club burger that comes with fried eggs and some crispy bacon. As for the drinks menu, the Breakfast Club offers a wide range of smoothies, as well as wine, beer, and cocktails.
2 Bakers & Roasters
Located in the picturesque De Pijp neighborhood, Bakers & Roasters is a popular brunch spot that serves a classic American fare including a bunch of baked delicacies, boozy milkshakes, pancakes, burgers, fruit salads, and much more. The owners of this hipsterishly restaurant are from New Zealand and Brazil and they describe this place as a “Zealand style café with a heavy dose of Brazilian influence”. Don’t leave this place before trying the imported artisan coffee from Ozone Coffee Roasters. It is also worth mentioning that Bakers & Roasters has one more branch that is located in the center of Amsterdam.
3 Little Collins
Welcome to Little Collins, a cozy café that offers one of the best brunch spreads in the city. The owner, Georgina named this fabulous café after the famous Little Collins Street in Melbourne. After a couple of years serving the most delicious brunch dishes ever such as kimchi, gruyere scramble, and waffles with potatoes at her eatery in De Pijp, Georgina decided to expand and open up a new larger venue in the West. From the signature avocado-based salsa with coriander and black beans to fava bean hummus and Ozzie-style Bloody Mary’s, everything you order here promises to be a real treat for your taste buds.
If you feel like having eggs for brunch while staying in Amsterdam, look no further than the famous Omelegg. Unlike other restaurants in the Dutch capital that offer classic egg dishes like scrambled and poached eggs, Omelegg has taken things to another level. There are over 20 omelet dishes on the menu including dozens of experimental items like eggs with peanut butter. As for the prices, egg dishes range from 7 to 10 euros. Omelegg has two locations: one in De Pijp and the other one close to the Central Station.
Travelers looking for comfort foods and lazy weekend brunches in Amsterdam should definitely check out the lovely Pluk café. Their smoothie bowls are to die for, while avocado toast with poached eggs is also extremely delicious. The good news is that Pluk’s brunch menu is available all day long. They also have a shop on the ground floor where kitchenware and accessories are available for purchase. The only downside of this café is that there are only 8 tables. Luckily, the service is fast and many visitors take their food to go.
6 Brunch on a Boat
How about enjoying your brunch on a boat? A canal boat cruise is one of the best ways to experience Amsterdam and admire the beauty of its charming architecture. Instead of going on those crowded canal tours, hop on a cozy boat with a small group of people and try typical Dutch snacks such as stroopwafels, Gouda cheese, hopjes’ (licorice) and speculaas (spiced shortcrust biscuit). While the local guide tells you everything there is to know about the Dutch capital, you can enjoy a variety of drinks like the famous Heineken beer, wine, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. If you are visiting Amsterdam with your family or with a large group of friends, there is also the option of renting out a luxurious and traditional saloon boat with a private chef on board who is in charge of preparing authentic Dutch lunch/brunch foods. Your own private brunch/lunch boat.
Opened in 2015, Dignita is a cute restaurant that offers healthy foods using local and seasonal ingredients. They even have their own garden with veggies and fresh organic produce. The menu features healthy and wellness food options such as sticky gingerbread milkshakes, wholegrain granola with nuts, macrobiotic salad bowls, and raspberry beet juices. Classic dishes like eggs benedict and American-style pancakes are also available to order. Families traveling with kids will be happy to hear that a special menu for the little ones can be found here at Dignita. While you are in the neighborhood, make sure to visit the Hermitage Museum which is located just behind this extraordinary restaurant.
8 Staring at Jacobs
No list of brunch places in Amsterdam would be complete without mentioning the Staring at Jacobs. With a lovely interior and a New York-style menu, this Oud-West brunch spot serves the most delicious chicken and waffles. Add killer cocktails like the Dirty Bloody Mary to their hearty and hangover-friendly comfort dishes, and you’ve got yourself a perfect combination. Their fried chicken buttermilk waffles are definitely one of the most popular dishes on the menu, while Japanese pancakes are also worth ordering. Since Staring at Jacobs is one of the most popular brunch eateries in Amsterdam, it’s recommended to book a table in advance.
9 CT Coffee & Coconuts
Situated inside a former multi-story art deco cinema in the hip De Pijp neighborhood, CT Coffee & Coconuts is an amazing café with a Hawaiian vibe that offers a coconut-themed drinks menu and a variety of tasty brunch foods. The food menu is extensive with favorites such as fresh French toast, coconut pancakes, and Korean tacos. Healthy eaters visiting CT Coffee & Coconuts can look forward to a wide range of vegan smoothie bowls, while coffee lovers should order the cappuccino with the local white label beans. As for the coconuts, they can be blended, squeezed, or juiced.
10 The Avocado Show
Some people love taking photos of colorful foods on their plates and sharing these pics on Instagram. You will find many of them at the Avocado Show, a picturesque café in Amsterdam with pink velvet couches and green walls. For obvious reasons, the menu focuses on avocado dishes such as the Avo Rose and Salvocado which is poke bowl with masago eggs, raw salmon, rice, edamame, and wakame. Although many people come here solely to take photos of the nicely-decorated and colorful dishes, the quality of the food is actually very good. If you are looking for a picturesque dining establishment in Amsterdam, the Avocado Show should definitely be included in your foodie travel itinerary.
11 Metropolitain Amsterdam
A fabulous all-day brunch eatery located in Amsterdam’s city center, Metropolitain Amsterdam features an extensive brunch menu with options like crepes, sandwiches, eggs, and smoothie bowls. The forest fruit crepe is a real crowd-pleaser, as well as the green acai bowl with banana. Hungry patrons can order the famous Croque Monsieur or go for the truffle fries which are delicious. Although the café is located in one of the busiest parts of the city and can be crowded at times, the food is excellent and reasonably priced. In case you wish to enjoy a refreshing cocktail, head upstairs to the Cafe de Paris that is part of the same brand as the Metropolitain Amsterdam.
12 Scandinavian Embassy
Esquire named this place as the best coffee bar in Amsterdam, so it comes as no surprise that the Scandinavian Embassy is nowadays one of the most popular restaurants and specialty coffee shops in De Pjip neighborhood. From hearty soups and salmon dishes to bear sausages and carrot cakes, Nordic influenced breakfast and brunch options at the Scandinavian Embassy are plentiful. However, the main reason why many people visit this place is the freshly-brewed and award-winning coffee that is served here. Guests who wish to learn how to make their own artisan cup of coffee will be happy to hear that the Scandinavian Embassy also offers barista workshops. As for the décor, the white minimalistic interior with blonde wood furnishings and a stylish bar looks inviting.
13 Benji’s Amsterdam
The most hipsterish of them all, Benji’s Amsterdam is not to be missed when exploring the streets of the Dutch Capital in search of a hearty brunch meal. With colorful plants, a spiral staircase, and plenty of steel and concrete touches, this stylish café offers an all-day breakfast menu with favorites such as sugar waffles, salmon avocado teriyaki, and yogurt bowl with granola and banana. Some customers say how their buratta and rice cake with various toppings are also excellent options. You will find Benji’s Amsterdam on the Wibautstraat in Amsterdam East.
An award-winning hotel, Zoku is home to a lovely rooftop restaurant that offers magnificent views of the city and more importantly, a mouthwatering brunch menu. There is a special brunch format here and you can choose from 4 different warm brunch dishes that change daily. The other option is to have their all-you-can-eat breakfast that comes with complimentary juice, tea, coffee, and other refreshing drinks. Whichever you choose, you’re not going to regret it. Once you’ve done eating, sit on one of the comfortable sofas and enjoy views from the restaurant’s multiple terraces.
15 Louie Louie
Located in Amsterdam Oost close to the city’s ethnographic museum, Louie Louie has nothing to do with Louis C.K. but offers one of the best brunch menus in the Dutch Capital. Run by experienced entrepreneurs from popular places like De Biertuin and Bukowski Bar, this recently opened bar is famed for its breakfast and brunch food delicacies. Whether you wish to try the amazing Louie Louie Torta Cubana which includes everything from pulled pork, jalapenos, smoked mozzarella to chorizo, ham, and cheddar or go for the freshly-made tacos with avocado cream, and pineapple salsa, everything your order at this South American-inspired bar will satisfy your taste buds. Many guests note that the Lamb chops from the grill are particularly tasty. Besides its nicely-decorated indoor area with floor-to-ceiling windows, Louie Louie boasts a nice outdoor area.
16 Betty Blue
For an unforgettable all-day brunch experience in the heart of Amsterdam, head out to the Betty Blue Restaurant. Located just a short walk from the Rembrandt House Museum, this extraordinary dining establishment is an ideal place to enjoy comfort foods like chicken and waffle supreme, pancakes, burgers, and a variety of sweets and savory sandwiches. Visitors with a sweet tooth can indulge in the restaurant’s lovely cakes and desserts like cheesecake and Portuguese egg tarts. The locally sourced coffee from Boca Coffee Roasters is great. They also have a nice bakery on-site that offers scrumptious goodies.
Famed for its delicious English breakfasts and American pancakes, Greenwoods is a lovely brunch restaurant with two locations in Amsterdam. With a cute canal-side terrace, their branch in Keizersgracht is an ideal spot for a lazy weekend brunch. From organic scrambled and poached eggs and finger sandwiches to the tasty coffee cake, banana bread with mascarpone cheese, the brunch menu in Greenwoods is extensive, to say the least. Make sure to their homemade soda bread, as well as a proper pot of English tea.
Who would have thought that you can get the best pancakes ever at a place called Pancakes!? For those who don’t know, Dutch pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast dishes in Amsterdam. It doesn’t really matter whether you are a fan of savory or sweet pancakes, having a proper Dutch pancake while visiting Amsterdam is simply a must. Everything at Pancakes! is crafted to perfection. I mean, they even have their own flour produced at a nearby Dutch windmill. Try the fluffy Dutch pancakes that come with numerous toppings and fillings like lemon, goat cheese, ham, blueberry sauce, and maple syrup.