Amsterdam's historical Dam Square dates back to the 13th century and today is known as one of the city's most popular areas. The square and its surrounding streets are home to a host of fantastic cafés, bars and restaurants serving up some of the Dutch capital's finest cuisine. Whether you want to enjoy an afternoon out in the city, or indulge in a wholesome brunch, this hot spot has it all. Read on to find out where to get your foodie fix in Dam Square.
High Tea at De Drie Graefjes
De Drie Graefjes is a charming brasserie serving up an eclectic mix of continental and international cuisine. The cozy lunch room on Dam Square has previously served as both a cigar shop and a clothing store, but today it specializes in dishing up a sumptuous menu of sandwiches, burgers and salads. Alternatively, you can sample a taste of Britain from the High Tea menu, featuring sandwiches, pastries, scones and unlimited tea. And if your sweet tooth is still yearning for more, then nip through to their American Bakery and indulge in everything from double chocolate cookies to apple cinnamon muffins and even New York cheese cake.
Bask in 19th century splendour at Grand Café Ovidius
Grand Café Ovidius can be found within Magna Plaza, Amsterdam's most prestigious shopping centre. The building was formerly the city's main post office, and the café certainly retains plenty of its old splendor. Set over two floors, this elegant establishment is decked out in dark wooden floors and furniture, with a dashing chandelier centre piece hanging over the main bar area. The menu includes everything from fresh salads and sandwiches to hot meals and pancakes. It's the perfect place to break up your shopping day with a spot of lunch, or to enjoy a relaxing drink in the evening. And if the sign on the door is anything to go by, you won't be leaving disappointed. It simply reads: "I came, I saw, I was amazed."
Get your chocolate fix at Metropolitan Deli
Since opening its doors on Warmoesstraat, one of the city's oldest streets, in 2009, the Metropolitan Deli has established itself as one of Amsterdam's most popular chocolatiers. A seemingly endless display of chocolates, cakes and ice creams catch your eye as soon as you enter this bright and cheery deli. The friendly staff also serve up a variety of sorbets and are happy to offer a free sample of their delicious goods, just to get your taste buds rolling.
Metropolitan Deli is just a short walk away from Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center, making it the perfect spot for an ice cream on a hot afternoon or for a late-night sugar fix.
Take in the view at Majestic
On a sunny day, there's no better place for a bite to eat than Majestic. Its outdoor terrace overlooks Dam Square and offers the perfect place to kick off the morning with a Dutch, English or American breakfast. If you fancy going all out, splash out on the Majestic Champagne Breakfast: a luxury feast of fruit and champagne which will set you back €26.
The evening menu features delicacies such as pan-fried pumpkin, a 'Dutch trio' comprising meatballs, bacon and Dutch sausage, and various freshly-made pasta dishes.
Kick back at van Kerkwijk
Many a traveler will tell you the sign of a good restaurant is one which is packed with local residents. In which case, you may want to pay a visit to Van Kerkwijk. You'll find this cozy eatery on the Nes, a narrow street located just behind Dam Square. It prides itself on its easygoing atmosphere and quality food, which attracts customers from morning until late at night. They don't accept reservations, nor do they have a menu; instead, your waiter will provide you with the details of the constantly evolving menu. You can expect everything from French classics to juicy steaks and chips, as well as an impressive selection of beer and wine.
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