Amsterdam is a big brunch city. It’s incredibly diverse in styles. It’s been difficult narrowing the choice down to 9, but we’ve managed it. So, if you’re in town for less than nine days, you’ve got some tough decisions to make.
Here are our favourite places for brunch in Amsterdam.
Bakers and Roasters
Bakers and Roasters is an unusual combination of cuisines: New Zealand and Brazil. They’re making beautiful and colourful breakfasts, serving brunch classics, lively salads, and numerous baked goods (with a Kiwi twist!) throughout the day.
It’s also fantastically convenient that they offer a delivery and take away service.
You can see what they’re up to on their Instagram page.
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club does it all. Think New York, London and Mexico City style breakfasts plus everything in between.
And with an impressive 4 locations across the city (and 2 others outside), The Breakfast Club seems like an unbeatable force!
They all have their unique style that reflects its area, so it’s worth the trip around the city to visit the different locations!
The Zuidas branch in the city’s financial district is slick, and efficient looking. The Bellamyplein location has a more arty vibe. The Oost branch reflects the area by being bright and airy. And the Haarlemmerplein branch in the centre has an elegant and up-city art deco vibe.
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Their speciality is eggs. They claim to have cracked over 2,600,000 eggs since 2013!
The menu isn’t just a showcase of specialisation; it’s a showcase of experimentation—bold dishes like omelettes with dates, currywurst or banana and peanut butter, for example. But don’t worry, they do the classics too.
The open kitchen is a lovely touch, as well. The sounds and smell of the kitchen never looked so good as in Omelegg.
Little Collins is another local success story. They’ve now opened a second location too. Visit them in either De Pijp or Old West.
Their De Pijp Branch does a classic and reduced brunch menu inspired by the owners’ routes to their native Australia.
If you can get the weather, sit outside. There is an impressive amount of flowers, and being out in De Pijp is just lovely. If the weather isn’t your friend, indoors is just grand too. We especially like the large communal tables that help add to the cosy atmosphere
In their Old West location, they are enjoying the freedom of developing a more eclectic menu. Their brunch pizzas are a must-try.
Bakhuys is on Sarphatistraat, where you can absorb the energy of the Amstel river and the vibe of a student village with two universities within striking distance.
Fresh bread is baked in a wood-fired oven at Amsterdam’s Bakhuys all day long. The oven is right in the middle of the shop, which creates a beautiful smell and an even better atmosphere.
They do superb sandwiches, and various French pastries are always available.
Sit next to the fire, watch the bakers at work and have a solid brunch in the café’s all-wood interior. It’s, simply, a cosy place to be.
The Scandinavian Embassy is a hip cafe in a top location. Right in the middle of De Pijp, it overlooks Sarphatipark and is a great pick for brunch in Amsterdam.
The cafe specialises in coffee. In fact, it’s award-winning. They also do an array of light and healthy breakfast and lunch menus.
The light and airy interior is perfect with rustic looking wood furniture. It certainly deserved its Scandinavian name.
The Scandanavian Embassy very much embodies the Swedish concept of fika. It literally means to have a coffee. But it’s more than that, it’s a shared coffee. It’s a charming phenomena; an understated social act that makes Swedish life more layered and meaningful.
Public Space is a meeting place for people of all ethnicities and backgrounds in Amsterdam North, across the Ij-Meer water.
The venue is making big waves in the city, not just for their food, but for their great space. Their trendy use of minimalism will bring you back again and again.
The food is anything but minimal, however. You won’t find a simple sandwich here! Confit duck hash and Basque cheesecake are firm favourites.
They also do delivery and take away, so you can explore Amsterdam North while you’re over the water.
G’s Really Nice Place
This place has a big menu with big portions. Their range of Mediterranean and Korean influenced dishes certainly makes choosing what to eat hard.
G’s Really Nice Place is in the much-loved area of the Jordaan. It’s perfect for a post-brunch stroll; the neighbourhood is full of boutiques, antiques, jewellery shops, bars and canals to explore.
Or you can always take it to go and start your afternoon in the Jordaan that bit earlier.
Spek is just west of the city centre. Overlooking a canal and a bascule bridge, watching the boats with a coffee and brunch is a delightful way to pass a morning.
Their menu is a good read. The breakfast bowl, Spek breakfast and their cakes are really good. If you want something lighter, their soup and salad range is great too!
Besides all that, it’s a venue bursting with natural light which invites you to stay for hours.
Wow, isn’t brunch in Amsterdam great? If you’re planning a corporate event, one of these cafes could be great for a relaxed business brunch.
Featured image: Delftware Brunch via Epicure