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My Amsterdam Food Chain – Wellness & Travel Blogger


I can final reveal what I did in Amsterdam with Waldorf Astoria & The Hilton team and I have to be honest, as a travel and wellness blogger, it’s one of my personal favorite campaigns to date! While I could describe this Amsterdam campaign with all sorts of weird culinary delights, the bottom line, I ate. As much and as often as possible, at some of the best and undiscovered gems around Amsterdam. And right now, my only job is to tell you about it. Yes, it’s a pity I could have gained a few more Ibs on a short 4-day trip by consuming more food FARs than necessary (or tolerable) in a 72 hour period, but boy has learned more of his local food knowledge and now you can collect all that from me without extra kilos.

This campaign has been 3 months in the making with a lot of behind-the-scenes work so joking aside, I hope you find all these suggestions useful and original and would love to hear your feedback. for these types of travel and food blogs, so please comment below or connect with me on Instagram here.

This is my third trip to Amsterdam and it’s no secret that it’s a haven for the city’s unique “boutique” restaurants and cafes. Chocolate and caramel waffles sprinkled with layers and quaint, shabby chic breakfast spots serving up a great selection of vegan cakes and waffle rolls. This is home to the quirky Butter Show and the infamous Hallen Food (dangerous on an empty stomach!), but what about the rest? As for the sophisticated and modern dining side, the city’s farm-to-table restaurants and hero chefs…

Staying in one of the most beautiful and historic hotels I have visited, my plan was to fit two experiences. How can you get the same level of sophistication from the local restaurants you experience while staying? Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam? In the end, this is truly a centralized list trip with all the restaurants less than a 15 minute drive from the hotel… but feel free to bring in and out as you please!

Restaurant…

Sometime coffee

First visit on Amsterdam’s best food tour. A specialty coffee shop with a simple glass façade with Nordic inspired interiors and delicious avocado toast! The concise menu is served all day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering platters of favorites from compartments of pancakes and French toast to savory toppings. Plus, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a perfectly homemade cheesecake or slice of gluten-free red velvet. It may not be a Michelin star restaurant but when it comes to casual cafes, I fell in love with Coffee Sometime a bit.

Restaurant De Kas

This is the ultimate farm-to-table location in Amsterdam, with the building being an actual greenhouse (with temperature regulation in place, fear not!). It’s a huge space, tucked behind a bridge over a lake, unlike any other Amsterdam restaurant we’ve been to. Exquisite dishes are served from a set menu, with a 5-6 course option (with wine) and a cheese platter if you have the room. The girlfriend I went with (@Iantherose) being vegan turned out to be extremely beneficial in finding out which restaurants could serve her in a more appealing way than a ‘green salad’. De Kas welcomes changing all of her dishes to make them vegan-friendly without altering the palate (I can confirm – because of course, my own 5 dishes are: insufficient…). The restaurant uses whatever produce they can grow in a greenhouse but they also have a field in the Beemster region where they grow all the vegetables and herbs. Along with a chef’s table, a conservatory for drinks, and a patio open in the summer, this is a year-round destination that offers exceptional dining in a buzzing and warm environment.

Choux

I’ve heard rave reviews about Choux but looking online, I’m not really sure. The image of the team’s hero inside looks cold and half-club-like but I’m happy to say, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Choux somewhat stands on its own (not somewhere you can pop into the sidebar) but I don’t doubt that tends to be an issue. In a way, it has a rather romantic feel to it, though, the guests seem to consist mainly of local diners enjoying dinner with friends over fine food and wine. There’s nothing pretentious about this place, but neither is it where you’ll get a quirky look if you want to wear a pair of heels!

However, food is really part of the conversation; a set menu again, this time 3,4,5 or 10 courses with wine pairing options and an unmissable celebration of the ingredients themselves running throughout the menu. I like it. Only 4 core ingredients are used in each dish, dried, roasted, smoked and steamed in all manner of ways I didn’t know was possible! The vegan options are some of the most picturesque creations I have ever seen and the service is incredibly knowledgeable and genuinely passionate. It’s a highlight of a restaurant – warm atmosphere, gorgeous food and intimate interior. Yes, please!

Coffee and coconut

Disclaimer: Be prepared to line up for the weekend! I guess it’s fair to say Coffee & Coconuts is not a hidden gem, a treat loved by locals and most people visiting Amsterdam bring a camera! However, it deserves its place here because they haven’t landed anywhere by luck. True, the service could be faster and more recognizable but I’ll bring that down to Saturday rush hour. If you want stacks of berry-compote-style pancakes drenched in whipped cream, vibrant green smoothie bowls and comfy relaxing sofas where you can spend your mornings, then Coffee & Coconuts is the place to go. is your jam. However, vegan-friendly… not as much as FYI. There are a few options but surprisingly sparse for what we assumed. Still worth a trip for coffee!

Petit Caron

Oh, J’adore! This place is just Paris on a plate! Created by the sons of renowned French chef Alain Caron, this is the family’s second restaurant in Amsterdam with the more upmarket Café Caron having launched a few years earlier. Lunchtime is pretty quiet even on weekends but you will struggle to get a table for dinner so book early! It’s really true French – the interior is a memoir from my honeymoon in Paris – so cozy and a place where you could settle in for hours too long. From creamy burrata to fresh oysters and chopped sardines in tins mixed with olive oil, it’s a flavor frenzy. When the sun shines in Amsterdam, their red Parisian-style rooftop terrace tables will be my first stop.

Goldfinch Brasserie

Inspired by the Goldfinch bird that once pervaded the gardens of the Waldorf Astoria in Amsterdam (Note: still the largest private garden in the entire city!), this restaurant is something quite spectacular. The service at the Waldorf in general, but especially at the restaurants, is by far the best we’ve received during our stay, in fact it’s completely faultless without being overbearing though. just an inch, and the food sings from the same hymn. With current two-Michelin-starred chef Sidney Schutte at the restaurant, you’ll enjoy a delicious meal! It’s more than worth a visit… Ps the breakfast is equally impressive, a very ‘breakfast at Tiffany’ style meal!

Daalder

I’ve saved the best for last because while the above are extremely strong contenders for my perfect meal, Daalder has to win a culinary award – their job is unquestionably outstanding. It’s a dish that takes you on a journey, making you question that the mysterious ‘corn on the cob’ plate in front of you is actually a meringue-inspired dessert, with a flavor strong shine through each dish…and don’t even help me get started with the interior! Flooded with natural light, the New York-style marble bar and tables 2, 4 and 6 are spacious but closely spaced along the windows. It is simply amazing and you must go!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Amsterdam Cuisine Series! There are so many incredible restaurantsNTS Hwell worth a visit. Comment below if you have any questions and tag me in Instagram Let me know if you end up visiting any of these interesting spots!

Carly x

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