In the morning the canals are peaceful with the still waters reflecting the soft light of early day. It's breakfast time! Here are a few of our tips for delicious Amsterdam breakfast places.
25 Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Amsterdam
We've organized our 25 breakfast picks by neighborhood to make it easier to get your sleepy head to the brunch nearest you whether that's in West, Oost, Zuid, Noord or in the Center! (if there's multiple branches, we've listed them in each neighborhood)
Breakfast and Brunch in the Center of Amsterdam
What better place to eat breakfast or brunch than along Amsterdam's charming canals and narrow streets? In nasty weather get cozy inside a cute cafe and when the sun is shining grab a seat outside and soak up the rays along with your morning coffee. Here are our favorite places for een lekker ontbijt in Amsterdam Centrum.
With several locations around the city, De Bakkerswinkel is a terrific option for breakfast in Amsterdam. Their fresh breads are fragrant and delicious and customers eagerly spread jam, marmalade, or lemon curd on top. The charming hand written menu lists lots of options for breakfast or brunch until noon. Bread with meat and cheese, fried eggs, yogurt with muesli, scones and croissants are just a few of the options. Lunch is also delicious here.
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One of the innovators of the Amsterdam breakfast scene, G's offers an authentic weekend brunch complete with creative cocktails. Aficionados rave about the brunch cocktails like mimosas and bloody marys as well as their yummy eggs benedict. The cozy setting is perfect for a romantic brunch for two or hanging out with your friends. G's recommended post-brunch activities include napping and drunk shopping. Sounds like a plan!
Goudsbloemstraat 91, Amsterdam
Koffiehuis De Hoek
A typical Amsterdam cafe, Koffiehuis "De Hoek" is a wonderful spot to sit and watch the morning traffic go by. Open nice and early at 7:30 am, Koffiehuis De Hoek serves delicious omelettes, uitsmijters, broodjes, and pannenkoeken to hungry patrons. Their coffee is rich and their prices are reasonable. It's the perfect place for a down-to-earth delicious Amsterdam breakfast.
Koffiehuis de Hoek
Prinsengracht 341, Amsterdam
We love that Vinnies opens daily at 7:30 AM! That's highly unusual in sleepy Amsterdam. And they even offer an early bird special deal on coffee between 7:30 and 9AM. Vinnies Deli is a cute cafe with two locations that serves healthy and absolutely delicious breakfast and lunch. Sit and linger a while or just pop in for coffee or a quick breakfast before heading to Centraal Station to start a voyage to faraway lands.
Haarlemmerstraat 46, Amsterdam
Nieuwezijds Kolk 33, Amsterdam
The Lobby at Hotel V
The clubby elegant surroundings at The Lobby at Hotel V at Nesplein is a great spot for breakfast any day of the week. We imagine it would be a great choice for visitors and local alike, and provides an ideal location for a romantic brunch for two or a business breakfast. For breakfast try the eggs benedict smothered in creamy Hollandaise sauce or the wentelteefjes which they call "French Toast Amsterdam Style". The flammkuchen is very popular as well.
Nes 49, Amsterdam
Are you looking for a place to have brunch in Amsterdam? Try Greenwoods, a cozy tea room and breakfast spot with two locations in the center. They serve organic eggs in a variety of styles, including scrambled and poached, and offer the option of soy milk for your coffee. Greenwoods is also one of the best spots to get a full English breakfast in Amsterdam. Open from 9:30 in the morning to around 17-18:00 in the afternoon, Greenwoods serves their full menu all day long.
Singel 103, Amsterdam
Keizersgracht 465, Amsterdam
If you like huevos rancheros then Kerkstraat 59 near Leidseplein is where you need to head for breakfast. Lightly fried tortillas are topped with refried beans, melted cheese, and a sunny side up egg, then slathered with tomato salsa to make this delicious Mexican breakfast dish. And the folks at Kerkstraat 59 do it perfectly. (surprisingly minus coriander for you cilantro haters out there) Omelets, yogurt with fruit and croissants are also available for breakfast. They serve a super tasty brownie bite with your coffee too!
Kerkstraat 59, Amsterdam
Sunday brunch at Fraiche is renowned among the city's food lovers. You can get American style pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, ribs with cheesy eggs or a full English style breakfast. No one is going to go hungry, that's for sure! One of the owners is a New Yorker while the other is a Brit. The menu changes with the seasons, but you'll typically find some variation of creative eggs benedict with seasonal produce. Reservations are recommended.
Westerstraat 264, Amsterdam
If you're not from the Netherlands you may not know that pancakes, or pannenkoeken
, are a common Dutch food but are not usually eaten for breakfast. However, at Pancakes! you can get these doughy delights all day long. They have the American style fluffy ones and the thinner Dutch version, as well as French clafoutis and Turkish mücver. But their creative toppings and add-ins take it all to a new level. Try the Dutch pancake with smoked salmon and guacamole or top yours with nuts, banana and chocolate sauce. Wow!
Berenstraat 38, Amsterdam
Juices and Smoothies
Start your day off right with a fresh juice or smoothie! SANE
opens at 10:30AM and has a wide variety of fresh fruits and veggies to combine together however you wish. For you early risers who would like some fruity goodness, during the week Dr. Blend
opens at 7:30AM. If you happen to be over on the southeast side of the center, Lite/Dark
opens at 8AM on weekdays and offers fresh juices and healthy bites. For more juicy goodness, check out our list of 12 juice bars in Amsterdam
Breakfast Spots in De Pijp and Zuid
De Pijp is overflowing with breakfast and brunch hotspots. It's hard to pick just one! Can you eat brunch twice in a day?
Bakers & Roasters
This addition to Amsterdam's brunch scene is a blast of fresh air from New Zealand. The delightful menu incorporates flavors from around the world. Try the huevos rancheros, the creative salads or the American style pancakes and wash it down with a green juice or a flat white. They now serve brunch cocktails too! The friendly service with a smile tops it all off.
Bakers & Roasters
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, Amsterdam
Got a hankering for brunch Aussie style? Then head over to Little Collins in De Pijp for a variety of bloody marys and other brunch cocktails, as well as tasty fresh food. We like the corn fritters, yum! Portions are big so be sure to arrive hungry. These Melbourne transplants serve delicious brunch Wednesday-Sunday until 4pm.
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 19F, Amsterdam
With several locations around the city, De Bakkerswinkel is a terrific option for breakfast in Amsterdam. Their fresh breads are fragrant and delicious and customers eagerly spread the jam, marmalade, or lemon curd on top. The charming hand written menu lists lots of options for breakfast or brunch until noon. Bread with meat and cheese, fried eggs, yogurt with muesli, scones and croissants are just a few of the options.
Roelof Hartstraat 68
This gourmet coffee bar and Nordic food hotspot is hidden away by Sarphatipark in De Pijp. Pop in for breakfast and amazing coffee and say hi to their pup, Java. The menu changes regularly and Chef Rikard makes some of the best poached eggs you'll ever try. Scandinavian Embassy
is one of the hidden gems of Amsterdam. If you love creative, sustainable food, don't miss it! They open at 8AM on weekdays and 10AM on weekends, and they are closed on Mondays.
Sarphatipark 34, Amsterdam
Weekdays Yoghurt Barn opens at 8AM and weekends at 10, so let's get out of bed and have a healthy and satisfying breakfast or brunch! The specials change daily, but you'll typically find yogurt topped with a variety of fresh fruits, homemade granola, nuts and seeds. Add a fresh juice or a smoothie and you're ready to face the day. They serve Bocca coffee and teas from Tea Bar
, too. Yoghurt Barn also offers a full brunch and high tea, they recommend booking these in advance.
Eerste van der Helststraat 80, Amsterdam
Bagels & Beans
If you want to grab breakfast before doing an art marathon at Museumplein, hit up the Bagels & Beans at Van Baerlestraat. They open at 7:59AM Monday-Friday and around 8:30AM on Saturday and Sunday. They definitely have a good sense of humor with their opening time information! We are kind of bagel snobs but we do enjoy the food at this chain. The bagels are big and hearty and come topped with pretty much anything you could desire: cream cheese, hummus, bacon, avocado, tomato, prosciutto, banana, capers, hagelslag
, tuna salad ... but please don't mix all of those on one bagel! The "alles gemengd" juice is deee-licious! (check their website for more locations in Amsterdam)
Bagels & Beans Van Baerlestraat
Van Baerlestraat 40, Amsterdam
Breakfast and Brunch in Amsterdam West
West is full of terrific places to go out for dinner and drinks, however there aren't (yet) as many breakfast options as there could be. However there are a few great finds, take a look!
With several locations around the city, De Bakkerswinkel is a terrific option for breakfast in Amsterdam. Their fresh breads are fragrant and delicious and customers eagerly spread jam, marmalade, or lemon curd on top. The charming hand written menu lists lots of options for breakfast or brunch until noon. Bread with meat and cheese, fried eggs, yogurt with muesli, scones and croissants are just a few of the options.
We recently traveled to Istanbul and could not get enough of the delicious breakfasts there. Theatercafé Mozaïek in Amsterdam West is known as the best place to get a full Turkish brunch in Amsterdam. The generous meal includes an egg cooked as you prefer, and many small plates with fruits, cheeses, meats, fresh breads and our favorite - bal kaymak! It's €13,50 per person and available only on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 15:00. Bring a huge appetite!
Bos en Lommerweg 191, Amsterdam
Staring at Jacob
If you're a brunch lover, make your way over to this hip canalside hotspot for a creative and filling meal. The menu changes regularly but steak and eggs, chicken and waffles and eggs benedict are just some of the typical brunch options. Don't forget a cocktail too, if you are so inclined. This newer brunch cafe is brought to you by a cool group of young guys, including one of the owners of Restaurant Fraiche.
Staring at Jacob
Jacob van Lennepkade 215, Amsterdam
Are you looking for a healthy breakfast? Head to Sugarless on the Bilderdijkstraat. The breakfast and brunch options are simple but tasty, like fresh sourdough bread with a hard boiled egg or fruit with yogurt. Get one of their fresh juices or superfood smoothies alongside. They also have a great selection of herbal teas and lots of sugar free and gluten free options for lunch (served from 10-16:00).
Bilderdijkstraat 92, Amsterdam
Breakfast and Brunch in Amsterdam Oost
Oost has several super cool hangouts and is one of the really up and coming areas of Amsterdam. Here are a few spots where you can find some great coffee, tea, fresh juice and breakfast!
Beter & Leuk
One of the original concept shops in the city, Beter en Leuk is a healthy cafe with some lovely stuff for sale in addition to art and sometimes yoga classes. Drop in one morning for a seasonal superfood smoothie, fresh juice or cheesy baked eggs. On the weekend they have additional specials including waffles with fresh fruit and oatmeal topped with fruit, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds. And once a month on Sunday they serve a special vegan brunch
Beter en Leuk
Eerste Oosterparkstraat 91, Amsterdam
Drover's Dog is the perfect spot for a relaxed brunch with friends and family with two roomy locations in Oost and Zuid and lots to choose from on the menu. We tried the ricotta pancakes with blueberries and their famous corn fritters. Service is friendly and the cafes are spacious inside and have large welcoming terraces. Give it a try!
Eerste Atjehstraat 62, Amsterdam Oost
Heemstedestraat 25, Amsterdam Zuid
If you're a coffee or tea lover looking for a light breakfast in Oost, then Coffee Bru is the one for you! Stop into this cute shop for an expertly brewed coffee as well as fresh pastries and yogurt with muesli. Coffee Bru also serves and sells their own brand of tea called Monkey Chief. It is one of the nicest coffee shops in Amsterdam with friendly owners and a beautiful bright seating area with a wall of green plants.
Beukenplein 14, Amsterdam
Toward the east of Amsterdam you will find many stately facades along the River Amstel. De Ysbreeker is in one of those lovely buildings. Stop in for a coffee in the morning and relax with the newspaper or take advantage of the free WIFI. Breakfast options include croque madame and croque monsieur and scrambled eggs with truffles. Yum!
Weesperzijde 23, Amsterdam
Bedford - Stuyvesant
They call themselves an American coffee bar, and Bedford - Stuyvesant is a little slice of cool Brooklyn style in Amsterdam Oost. In addition to perfectly crafted coffee drinks, Bed-Stuy makes fresh juices and smoothies, and has light breakfast options like toast with jam and yogurt with muesli. Parents like the kiddie corner with games for the tots. We love the hanging chair and lots of green plants.
Javastraat 55, Amsterdam
Breakfast and Brunch in Amsterdam Noord
We love Noord and our favorite Sunday brunch spot is there. Check it out!
Hop on the ferry to Noord and take a 10 minute walk to Jacques Jour for a tasty Sunday brunch. The seasonal menu is not super extensive, but it is creative and fresh. You won't find heavy, greasy English or American breakfasts here, but French influenced light fare using lots of fresh herbs. The ambiance is lovely and relaxed. It's definitely one of our favorite spots.
Meidoornweg 2, Amsterdam Noord
With a funny name and a location that looks like a squat in a schoolhouse, Pussy Galore is an interesting spot in Amsterdam Noord. They open at 9AM on weekdays, so show up with your laptop and take advantage of some free WIFI along with the excellent coffee by Stadsbranderij Noord
. Satisfy your hunger with a homemade fresh fruit juice and a croissant to fuel your morning. Lunch is an assortment of creative vegetarian salad from from Bite Me
, and they often have sweets as well.
Tolhuisweg 2, Amsterdam
Try one of these options for breakfast or brunch in Amsterdam and let us know what you think. Or if you have a suggestion for an excellent Amsterdam breakfast place, please share! New hotspots are opening all the time! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook as well as Instagram and Pinterest!
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