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#21/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Outstanding deli/café for eat-in or takeaway treats - very popular with Amsterdam's ex-pats.

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#22/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

This flying-saucer-shaped teahouse is a social focal point for Amsterdam's main park.

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Spang Makandra

Price guide: Budget
#23/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

Great little few-frills Javanese/Surinamese eatery, in the Pijp.

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Vertigo

Price guide: Budget
#24/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.1 (out of 5)

No head for heights required in this café on the edge of the Vondelpark.

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Envy

Price guide: Mid-range
#25/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Trendy, intimate canalside dining spot, for delicious, creative tapas.

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Wilhelmina-Dok

Price guide: Mid-range
#26/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Spectacularly located waterfront café/restaurant - an adventure to get to.

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Fifteen Amsterdam

Price guide: Mid-range
#27/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

The Dutch version of Jamie Oliver's UK Fifteens, out in the Eastern Docklands.

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Winkel

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#28/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

An Amsterdam institution, justly famous for its apple pie.

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Café Luxembourg

Price guide: Mid-range
#29/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

One of the most stylish of Amsterdam's "grand cafés".

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Burgermeester

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#30/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Without doubt the very best burgers in town.

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#31/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.0 (out of 5)

Ultra-kitsch tea room in the Pijp, specialising in over-the-top cakes.

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Kantjil & de Tijger

Price guide: Mid-range
#32/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Popular, inexpensive, modern Indonesian restaurant.

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Café de Prins

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#33/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Classic eetcafé offering good food, a laid-back atmsophere, and a canalside setting.

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Café George

Price guide: Mid-range
#34/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Understatedly chic French brasserie, popular with trendy locals.

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Witteveen

Price guide: Mid-range
#35/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:3.9 (out of 5)

Stylish, new family-oriented restaurant in the Pijp.

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Kinderkookkafé

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#36/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Unique, inspired and inspiring child-oriented café.

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La Place

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#37/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Cheap but appetising food in the café and bakery of a city-centre department store.

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The Pancake Bakery

Price guide: Mid-range
#38/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.8 (out of 5)

Pancakes every which way in the basement of an old canal house.

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Cobra Café

Price guide: Budget
#39/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.7 (out of 5)

Appealing café on the Museumplein - its big terrace is a major selling point.

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Hap-Hmm

Price guide: Budget
#40/40
expert-rated restaurants in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:3.6 (out of 5)

Amazingly cheap, no-frills Dutch food, in a quirky locals' hangout.

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Though Amsterdam is not a foodie hotspot in the way that somewhere like Paris or New York is, you can eat out very enjoyably in this city. 

Dutch cooking has come on leaps and bounds in the past decade, and a number of restaurants in Amsterdam, such as Greetje and De Kas  do inventive things with traditional Dutch dishes and prime local ingredients.

True, unreconstructed Dutch staples such as erwtensoep (pea soup) and stamppot (mashed potato mixed with other veg) are unlikely to set your taste buds alight, but they can be satisfying on a cold winter's evening - Moeders is as good as it gets for this kind of cooking.  And you may, like me, become rather addicted to various no-nonsense Dutch snacks, such as bitterballen (deep-fried and breadcrumbed croquettes - perfect for sharing over a beer or two), chips served with a dollop of mayo, and a thick wedge of crusty apple pie.

At the same time, you can quite easily spend a long weekend in Amsterdam and not eat any Dutch food at all. Dining options in Amsterdam couldn't be more multicultural. Indonesian cuisine is best represented, but there are also a gallimaufry of other ethnic restaurants to choose from, especially down in the Pijp district.

Lastly, when you're thinking of where to have a meal, don't just think of restaurants. Many of the most appealing (and affordable) places to eat in Amsterdam are in fact cafés of one sort or another. As well as daytime cafés, there are also "grand cafés" (something like smart Parisian cafés) and eetcafés (more down-to-earth places where you can pop in just for a drink, but where the emphasis is on food). About half my recommended places to eat are best described as cafés.

A few additional tips:

* The Dutch tend to eat relatively early, sitting down before 8pm, particularly on weekdays.

* An English version of the menu is normally available, but you may need to ask for it.

* Avoid places in the side streets around the Leidseplein, which are grim tourist ghettoes.

* A service charge is automatically included in a café and restaurant bill, so there's no need to add a further tip. However, it's common practice to round up a bill to the nearest euro or two, or perhaps five euros for a pricier meal.

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First, you won't only find recommendations for restaurants in these Amsterdam food pages. I've purposefully come up with as wide a range of places to eat as possible. Around half my reviews cover cafés, foodie bars, pizza places, burger joints. Which means you'll know where to head for not just for full-blown dinners, but also for light lunches, afternoon teas, a slice of apple pie, and snacky meals morning, noon and night.

I've also made a point of highlighting as wide a selection of cuisines as possible. While a fair number of my recommendations offer Dutch food - both traditional and modern - I've also picked out Indonesian, Thai, North African, Spanish, Italian and French establishments.

Lastly, it should go without saying that I have eaten in all the places I am recommending. But as it's not always the case that guide book writers have eaten in all of their recommendations, I thought it was worth pointing out.