A wise person once said “Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Dine like a Pauper…”.
Now…If I don’t have to wake up early for work or whatever else, I also like to sleep in. And in a city like Amsterdam, where it feels like the place never sleeps, it’s so easy to sleep in. So is it worth it to eat breakfast still? For me, I don’t function properly if I don’t have something to eat in the morning. Coffee isn’t enough. If you need breakfast as well (or brunch, or… pre-lunch), I have four places in or near the center I can recommend for good breakfast in Amsterdam.
1. For when you want something traditional (and organic)
Breakfast, lunch, high tea, group reservations – you can have it all. I was quite impressed by this place and the breakfast I had. Nice and homely, it’s so easy to feel good here. The service is great and their food even better. Everything is home made and fresh, it tastes like your mother or grandmother made it. Since 1981. Even the locals come here to have breakfast even though it is unusual to have breakfast elsewhere than at home. They have different kinds of coffee and different kinds of organic teas. I had the “Oh my. I can’t even…” moment. Their food is really of good quality and where else can you have scones with three types of jam, just for you? Even their jams are home made and I was impressed by the lemoncurd and passionfruit one. It is truly a firework of tastes. I recommend not missing out on this place, really.
Why should you eat here? Because you want to feel English and want to eat warm scones with cake, cream and jam. Okay kidding. Or am I? 😛 Well you want to eat here because the atmosphere is great and you eat home made food that, additionally, tastes de-li-cious. You need to try the scones and their daily cake. Best coffee I had in Amsterdam.
2. For when want something healthy, fresh made at a hipster place
Locally grown – fresh – home made – organic – seasonal – fair trade – vintage furniture – living room feeling. All these at vinnies. Peeking inside when standing in front of this place made me think it must be a vegeterian place. And yes, they have vegan, gluten-free food and they are really, really healthy. A nice hideaway from all the fast food and waffle places around the city. You will generally find hipster and less touristy places in this street, I’d say. Unique stores and cafés and shops with home made products and things. BUT I’m talking about Vinnies right now. Vinnies was the second best place I had breakfast at and I went back for another breakfast another day. It just felt so good to eat something healthy after burgers and waffles (even though those are really good too). I can’t describe how good it tasted, my body was just so happy. It really tastes like home made food because it is. And even the apple juice was organic. In a world full of fanta and sweetened orange juices, you start to value organic and chemical-free food so much. At least I do. And they do too!
You can also take a piece of Vinnies home with you. They sell their furniture and what you see there. Their coffee is also local/dutch and I had good experience with their staff. Very friendly and really making sure their guests feel good and have what they need. They also do breakfast and lunch catering. If you want to see what is on their menu, click here .
Why should you eat here? Because you want something healthy for breakfast and want to do something good for your body. You want to eat here because it’s a place easy to relax at with a slight starbuck’s feel but with food. Free Wi-Fi too.
Vinnies – Good. Home. Food.
Haarlemmerstraat 46 HS
3. For when want to have a coffe and breakfast at a concept store
Yea, why not? Have some coffee/tea/hot chocolate and an amazing healthy toast at this corner-café in the red light district. It’s really a small place where you won’t be able to sit with three people but you could have breakfast there with your partner for example and while doing so, look at all the cool things they have for purchase. It’s such a sweet little cozy place for people with a healthy lifestyle. Good kitchen and friendly staff. It feels like you just dropped in at a friend’s place for some breakfast, coffee or brunch/lunch, really.
Why should you eat here? Because you want to be impressed by what you see on the walls, how vintage a place can look and meanwhile enjoy breakfast. You want people to serve you something for breakfast you healthy mom or grandma would give you. Or maybe because you just want a little chat with your friend there with a cup of good coffee.
Ivy & Bros
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 96HS
4. For when you’re in need for something quick and tasty
Crêpes and Waffles offers you exactly what their name says. Other than that, you can drink the very delicious hot chocolate (but you get that pretty much everywhere they offer hot chocolate in Amsterdam). Of course they also have coffee and also fresh orange juice. But if you look at their menu you can see they have many different options of crepes and waffles. You can build your own too. And if you’re staying at Hostel Croydon you get 10% off drinks and food. Cool deal, huh?
Why should you eat here? Because they make their crepes and waffles really fresh and have friendly staff. There are always people walking in and out and even though the place is small, it’s nicely furnished. Something else to keep in mind: In Amsterdam, you will see several places with hundreds of waffles in the windows which you can buy but they will just take one and heat it and sell it to you. At crepes and waffles, you will get freshly baked food. Don’t settle for something that was in a window since days…
Crepes & Waffles
Do you have any recommendations for breakfast in Amsterdam?
Let me know if you’ve been to any of these places! Did you like it? 🙂