Restaurant Bolenius in Amsterdam

Unique Amsterdam dining experiences

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is a leading culinary capital of Europe, with an overwhelming choice of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets. But for a dining experience that’s especially memorable, make a reservation at one of the city’s more unusual or unique dining establishments.

  • Discover Amsterdam’s most unique dining experiences.
  • Dine on the water on a canal dinner cruise or Pancake Boat.
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Eating out in Amsterdam

In a city as extraordinary as Amsterdam, it’s no surprise that visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to rare dining opportunities. With the city as a backdrop, a meal in Amsterdam is always a special occasion, whether you opt for a Michelin-starred restaurant or a croquette from a vending machine at Febo. But for something truly out of the ordinary, there are a whole host of restaurants that combine a unique concept with their quality culinary offering.

Memorable culinary experiences in Amsterdam

Let your taste buds shine at Ctaste, where you’ll dine in total darkness for an unusual sensory experience. Or immerse yourself in the latest theme at De Culinaire Werkplaats (Culinary Workplace), where design meets dining in an informal, workshop-style setting. For sustainability on a plate, the greenhouse restaurant De Kas or contemporary hotspot Bolenius * both serve up a seasonal menu with ingredients harvested from their own gardens. Or try Instock on the trendy Czaar Peterstraat, a high-end restaurant creating inspiring dishes from daily supermarket wastage.

Dining on the water

Unsurprisingly, some of the most unique dining opportunities in Amsterdam are connected with water. For an undeniably Amsterdam experience, hop on a canal boat for a dinner cruise around the city’s UNESCO-listed Canal Ring. Or ascend the stairs to REM Eiland, a former broadcast platform and measuring station in the North Sea, now transformed into an industrial restaurant perched on stilts high above the waters of the River IJ. For an extra special culinary experience, take a boat to Vuurtoreneiland (Lighthouse Island) – a tiny island in the IJmeer lake, which is home to a waterside pop-up restaurant in the summer months (reservations are essential) and a cozy cellar dining room in a historical fort in the winter. And for a truly Dutch dinner that all the family will love, the Pancake Boat invites you to an all-you-can-eat pancake buffet while sailing the waters of the River IJ.

More in Amsterdam

Still hungry? Amsterdam is packed full of wonderful places to dine, no matter your preference. Find more restaurants and dining experiences in Amsterdam or check out our top 10 Amsterdam restaurants.

Editor’s tip: For a very special occasion, head to the spectacular Moon restaurant for dinner with a panoramic view of Amsterdam. This revolving, circular dining room is located at A’DAM Lookout, at the top of the A’DAM Tower, and offers some of the finest views of the city from every table. 

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