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Amsterdam Like a Local

When the travel bug hits you and you’re looking for a European gateway, look no further than Amsterdam. From culinary landscape to art scene; the city has a lot to offer. The locals are forward-thinking, relaxed and not in a rush. Each time I visit, the city is always refreshing with new openings around every corner.

Below I’ve given you my Amsterdam city guide along with my favorite coffee, eats, drinks, and shops. The list works best if its your second or third time in the city. If you’re a first timer – make sure to visit some of the historical landmarks as well.

If you make it down to the guide, you’ll see a little surprise video from my Amsterdam visit.

Breakfast & Brunch:


Best brunch experience I had in Amsterdam! There are 2 branches; I visited the new location at Hoftuin, within the gardens behind the Hermitage Museum, and it’s like a dream came true! Must try: Zucchini & Chickpea Fritter, served with minted yogurt, grilled halloumi, a free-range poached egg, cashew nut dukkah, lime and a wedge of fresh avocado.


Little Collins

It has Australian fresh roots with American inspired serving menu located in the popular de Pijp area. Few items on the brunch menu but all of them worth having.

Libertine Comptoir de Cuisine

New opening! Everything is served on a crispy but fluffy brioche bread. I wanted to taste the lobster one; but it was finished. Instead I tried salmon & cream cheese plus nutella & banana – both of them were heavenly!

Pluk Amsterdam

Shop & brunch at the same time.



Toki works exclusively with Berlin-based Bonanza Coffee Roasters to source their coffee beans; and they serve really fine coffee. Interior gives you warm and friendly feelings; its not hard to understand why Toki is the most instagrammed coffee shop of the city.

Scandinavian Embassy

This place combines food & coffee and clothes with chic Nordic vibe.

Bocca Coffee Roasters

Locals’ favorite. I can easily say they had the best coffee that I’ve had. No wonder how they won the European Coffee Award for best artisan roaster in Europe. You’ll find the most talented baristas in town!


Lot Sixty One

Super popular spot with good coffee and tasty treats.

Café Jaren

Not the best coffee nor food; but they have the most pleasant setting just next to the canals. You may enjoy a sunny day with the locals.



Wildernis is every green-thumbed plant lovers dream (even if you’re not really into plants, this place is definitely worth a visit)! Plants hanging from the ceiling, cacti of all sizes.. Its a challenge to leave empty handed.


Every Saturday morning, the Noordermarkt square near Amsterdam Central Station is transformed into an organic farmer’s market boasting fresh and tasty products like cheeses, eggs, fresh fish, bread, honey, herbs, spices, nuts, mushrooms, fruits, flowers and so much more.

Cotton Cake

Minimalist design at its best.


Located in the Hallen, a former tram depot turned food/shop Walhalla in Old West, you’ll find the wonderful celebration of makers and creators that is Gathershop.

Anna + Nina

I regret that I didn’t take any photos while shopping at Anna + Nina! I must be captured in old-world style interiors and accessories. Take a look from their website, link here.

Things I Like Things I Love

I just loved the name! Like every little boutique in Amsterdam, you’ll find something for yourself.

Food & Dessert:

de Foodhallen

De Foodhallen is the new culinary sensation in Amsterdam. In an industrial style setting with varieties of food trucks; you’ll definitely find something for your taste buds. From Vietnamese and Indian street food to Turkish and Italian dishes; make your choice!

Café George

A classic French brasserie with a cool atmosphere. Stop by to meet with friends, to eat iconic Steak Frites, to have wine and cheese delight.


Gourmet burger is not new to the Amsterdam scene. Believe me, you’ll see so many signboards that claim “the best burger in town”. I say you should try Burgerlijk!

Van Stapele

White chocolate filled dark cookie. You’ll be addicted.

De Kaas

Farm-to-table restaurant with an exceptional experience. If you’re celebrating a special occacion or you just want to feel special – take a ride to de Kaas.


Buzzing restaurant and bar; serving up fresh dishes and artisan cocktails from early morning until late.

Sea Food Bar

A huge chunk of Amsterdam’s food scene is achingly cool, and Sea Food Bar is one of them (by the way I think this is my best food shot!)

Finally! 3 days in Amsterdam video:

Have fun!

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