Amsterdam Travel Guide

The last time Anthony Bourdain was in Amsterdam was 40 years ago, and he slept in the park. Tony has just 36 hours to explore the city… this time with a slightly different mindset.

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Blauw aan de wal

“The approach seems dodgy, but once you get here you find yourself in a tasty oasis amongst the brothels and the sex shows. The kitchen serves up Mediterranean dishes using fresh local ingredients.”

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99, 1012 DD Amsterdam

Café De Prins

Tony sits outside and has a coffee.

Prinsengracht 124, Amsterdam

Café Int Aepjen

Tony visits one of the oldest bars in Amsterdam, Int Aejpjen ("in the ape"). It was originally an old sailor bar and, as the story goes, when a sailor couldn’t pay for his room he would give them a monkey he had collected from his travels.

Zeedijk 1, 1012 AN Amsterdam

Café Noorderlicht

Tony orders a bloody mary and, after seeing nothing appetizing on the menu, a ham and cheese sandwich.

TT Neveritaweg 33, 1033 WB Amsterdam

Café Sound Garden

Tony gets to this “pretty relaxing” hipster café by boat and enjoys a beer.

Marnixstraat 164 – 166, 1016 TG Amsterdam


A wall of vending machines that dispense microwaved meats, cheeses and fried dishes. Tony and Ron find themselves snacking away in the classic yellow light of the Febo after a few drinks at Café de twee Zwaantjes.

Leidsestraat 94 WKL, 1017 PE Amsterdam

Frens Haringhandel

Tony meets up again with Aziz for breakfast and they have pickled herring dipped in onions.

Singel hoek Koningsplein 0t/o 468, 1017 AW, Amsterdam

Maloe Melo

"Late-night dive bar with blues, punk and jazz … this is where you might go when everything else is closed."

Lijnbaansgracht 163, 1016 VX Amsterdam

Paradox Café

"A quaint little coffee shop in the Jordaan."

1e Bloemdwarsstraat 2, 1016 KS Amsterdam

The Pilsener Club

“A public house that’s been open for 125 years. Sand on the floor and an absence of music and joker poker machines.”

Begijnensteeg 4, 1012 PN Amsterdam

Restaurant Gebr. Hartering

“Simple and flavorful and seasonal, and they do a killer headcheese.”

Peperstraat 10hs, 1011 NX Amsterdam

Spang Makandra in De Pijp

"Roti, kabobs, soups, and hot sandwiches."

Gerard Doustraat 39, 1072 VK Amsterdam

Tempo Doeloe in Centrum

Tony and his new friends from Amsterdam head to Tempo Doeloe, one of the best Indonesian restaurants in the city. Tony samples a number of fantastic dishes and is pleasantly surprised by a couple of extremely spicy combinations.

Utrechtsestraat 75, 1017 VJ Amsterdam

Three Little Bottles (De Drie Fleschjes)

Because of his anthropological interest in local indigenous beverages, Tony decides to investigate jenever, a Dutch liquor.

Gravenstraat 18, 1012 NM Amsterdam

Two Swans

Tony realizes Two Swans is not a standard bar when the entire room begins singing classic Amsterdam drinking songs as the microphone is passed around among bar patrons.

Prinsengracht 114, 1015 EA Amsterdam

Upstairs Pancake House

Tony and Aziz have Dutch pancakes at the place that inspired the Beastie Boys to write, "When I’m in Holland, I eat the pannekoeken."

Grimburgwal 2, 1012 GA Amsterdam

Wildeman Café

This is a bar for beer lovers. Ron, Tony and friend enjoy a beer, sausage and cheese -- while they sit outside and people-watch.

Kolksteeg 3, 1012 PT Amsterdam


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