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Amsterdam Restaurants You Won"t Find in a Guidebook

While there are some decent restaurant suggestions in popular Amsterdam guidebooks, the ones on this list aren't in any of them. So choose one of these local favorites if you don't want to be a tourist who does it "by the book."

Note: At publishing time, these weren't in the online Frommer's®, Fodor's®, Lonely Planet® and Time Out® Amsterdam guides, or in the printed Rick Steves'® Amsterdam, Bruges & Brussels (2007) and DK® Amsterdam Eyewitness Travel Guide (2005).

Burger Meester

This is burger heaven! Newly opened in summer 2007, this place attracts teens, grannies, businessmen and certainly me -- all in search of made-to-order, mouth-watering burgers.More »

Café Loetje

Join locals for the tastiest steak in the city (and maybe the best I've ever had), without breaking the bank. This mainstay of my very own neighborhood is the epitome of no-frills, but if you're a meat-lover you won't care!More »

Café Nielsen


This is a perfect place for breakfast or lunch in the quaint Negen Straatjes ("Nine Little Streets") area of Amsterdam (one of the city's best shopping areas). Locals have deemed it home to the best club sandwich in town.More »

Le 4 Stagioni

A family-, couple- and singles-friendly place in a residential area of Amsterdam, Quattro Stagioni (Italian for "Four Seasons") serves authentic Italian dishes that never disappoint. And the kitchen is open until 11 p.m. every night!More »

Pasta Tricolore

Formerly called Pasta di Mamma, this place has delicious Italian sandwiches made right in front of you. My favorite: grilled eggplant, provolone and spicy sautéed spinach. Enough said!More »

Proeverij 274

Dine on international cuisine worth writing home about, in a cozy, canal-side setting. A perfect place for a memorable dinner in Amsterdam.More »


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