We are planning to go to Amsterdam next month. Does anyone have recommendations for good restaurants or cafes? We prefer places that are tasty, but not too fancy or expensive. Thanks.
We will be there in a week. Planning to try a few from the Rick Steves' guide book. We find Rick's recommendations a good place to start, and then I talk to locals, look at Trip Advisor, Yelp, etc.
I stayed in the Museum Quarter area in April and found 2 great restaurants there--Small Talk Café on Van Barlestraat just across from the Stedelijk--not fancy but certainly nice and comfy with a full bar, outdoor seating, breakfast through dinner with a good variety on the menu--and Blushing Café on Paulus Potterstraat across from the Van Gogh, a bit more trendy but some really yummy pastries, sandwiches (their pastrami sandwich is incredible), salads and beer/wine plus coffee and tea drinks.
Thank you all for the suggestions! We'll definitely try some of them.
We ate at Hummus Bistro in Jordaan. We got the sampler special where we got to try a little bit of everything like hummus, pickles, baba ganoush, pita etc. It was pretty affordable, and there was plenty for the two of us.
Our favorite was the Pantry which served traditional Dutch dishes. Definitely make a reservation, people were being turned away all night if they didn't have one.
If you're in the mood for Italian, this was some of the best Italian food I have ever had. The waiter said that they mostly get locals coming in to eat.
The Food Hall! Everything under the sun. Beautiful redone old storehouse. Great fun.
Kateja, where is the Food Hall?
Edit to add:
I just googled it; there's a map. http://foodhallen.nl/
Be aware that most of the merchants at Food Hallen only accept plastic; no cash. It's also very busy, claim a place to sit before you start ordering food.
@Nance I almost want to go there just for the amusement of traveling from Southern California to The Netherlands to go to The Original California Burrito Co.!