Amsterdam may not have quite as many brunch choices as New York City or San Francisco, but it seems the Dutch are quickly catching on to the beauty that is brunch. Here are the 8 best brunch spots in Amsterdam.
I’m trying not to choose favorites here, but Greenwoods may just be it. Not only is the service always friendly and the food always tasty, but the charming tea room on Singel is the perfect escape from the touristy city center.
In addition to an all-day breakfast menu, they also serve high tea, complete with clotted cream, crumpets, scones and finger sandwiches (call for high tea reservations). Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying their homemade soda bread. It’s pure buttery heaven.
Greenwoods 2 locations, Open 9:30 am – 4 pm Mon – Thurs, 4:30 pm Fri – Sun
Dignita was one of the first brunch spots I ever visited in Amsterdam. I immediately fell in love with the inventive menu, the bright interior and the beautiful plating.
At Dignita they’ve got it all. Healthy raspberry beet juices, indulgent sticky gingerbread milkshakes, classic English breakfasts, vegan coconut yogurt with nutty granola and American-style pancakes.
Not only is everything delicious, but every dish is made with love and care. They source local and sustainable ingredients and donate 100% percent of their proceeds to Not For Sale – an international organization that provides training to victims of human trafficking. A meal your tummy and your heart can feel good about.
Dignita Koninginneweg 218 Open 830 am – 5 pm daily
It’s nearly impossible to walk by Pluk and not take a gander inside. Located in the heart of the charming Nine Streets, this is the perfect place to go for a quick brunch before a day of shopping.
While you admire the trinkets, baked goods and kitchenware on the first floor, grab a menu and hop in line. Be sure to check upstairs before placing your order to make sure there is space available. There are only about 8 tables at Pluk so you may need to wait a bit. Good news is, most people are in and out quickly
Want something light? Try one of their smoothie bowls – my favorite is Vitamin Sea with greek yogurt, spirulina, honey, avocado and banana with tons of seasonal toppings. Prefer eggs? The smashed avocado toast with poached eggs, lemon and chili flakes will do the trick!
Pluk Reestraat 19 Open 9 am – 6 pm daily (breakfast 9 am – 12 pm)
4. Little Collins
Spending some time shopping along the Albert Cuypstraat or wandering in the hip Pijp neighborhood? Well you’re in luck! Little Collins has one of the best brunch spreads in Amsterdam.
On a sunny day, grab a seat outside or at the bar lining the windows. Order a Collins Bellini for a sweet start and pair it with my favorite, Funghi Toast.
Little Collins Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19F, hours vary
5. The Breakfast Club
With three locations dotted across the city, you are sure to be near The Breakfast Club at some point. The laid back atmosphere and all-day brunch menu are hard to resist.
I’d recommend one of the City Breakfast options. They may seem pricy, but each comes with a freshly squeezed orange juice and any coffee or tea you like. My favorite is the Mexico City – the closest thing you’ll get to huevos rancheros on this side of the Atlantic.
The Breakfast Club, 3 locations, Open 8 am – 8 pm daily
Metropolitain is an all-day brunch spot that sits just below the popular cocktail bar and club Café de Paris. That means you can have brunch and then head upstairs for some classy cocktails followed by an evening of dancing.
The menus got all sorts of items for everyone. If you like sweet, go for one of the smoothie bowls. The Green Acai bowl with granola and banana is filling and healthy. A heartier favorite is the Croque Monsieur – be sure to swap out the normal fries for the truffle fries and enjoy. This place is small so try to arrive earlier in the day or wait till a bit later.
Metropolitain, Rokin 81, Open 9 am – 10 pm daily
7. Bakers & Roasters
Seven days a week Bakers & Roasters is hard at work preparing homemade cakes and pastries, whipping up exquisite breakfast specialties and grinding artisan coffees.
They describe themselves as a New Zealand style café with a heavy dose of Brazilian influence. A home away from home where you can truly taste the love. On weekends, be prepared to wait a while.
My go-to order: the Vege Brekkie with a Green juice and a Matcha latte.
Bakers & Roasters 2 locations, Open 8:30 am – 4 pm daily
And of course… no Amsterdam brunch list is complete without a pancake spot. Dutch pancakes are one of the staple breakfast foods in the Netherlands. If you’re American think of them like this: an American pancake had a baby with a crepe – voila – Dutch pancake.
You can get savory pancakes and sweet pancakes here. I’d recommend going with a friend and ordering one of each. Best choice? One Goat Cheese Pancake and one Lemon and Sugar Pancake for two please!
Pancakes! 3 locations, Open 9 am – 5 pm Tues – Sat, 9 am – 6 pm Sun – Mon