It’s perhaps not the most important thing I’ve learnt on my travels, but one thing I picked up pretty early on was to always, ALWAYS, say no to hotel breakfasts.
Nope. Nein. Non.
Sure, it’s convenient to just be able to pop downstairs, eat, and get on with your day. But, for me, scoping out the best brunch spots when I travel is just as important as all the other things I do when I’m exploring a new city.
It’s not just fuel for the day, it’s an experience in itself.
Am I starting to sound like a brunch wanker?
But whatever, because these Amsterdam brunch spots aren’t just the kind of places that you skip the hotel breakfast for.
They’re the kind of places you get excited about before you even get on the plane.
Yep, that’s right. They’re that good.
Amsterdam Brunch Spots You *NEED* To Visit
1. Coffee and Coconuts
Walking into Coffee and Coconuts, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d wandered into some kind of beach-side cafe. Three mezzanine dining levels rise up from the ground floor, where rustic wooden furniture decorated with comfy cushions and long-communal tables make for a chilled-out space that’ll definitely have you dreaming about your next island getaway.
And the food doesn’t disappoint either.
We went for the breakfast burrito and the scrambled eggs and avo – the latter of which had me vowing to never make myself scrambled eggs again without crumbling at least half a block of feta into in before serving. It was DIVINE.
Also divine: the watermelon juices that we ordered as well as the obligatory flat whites. Because ain’t nothing gonna make you feel like you’re sunning yourself on a beach somewhere more than freshly squeezed juice. YUM.
Coffee and Coconuts, Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 LR Amsterdam
2. Bakers and Roasters
There are two Bakers & Roasters cafes in Amsterdam: one in Centrum, which is the one I went to on my recent trip with Sophie and Sam, and one in the cool De Pijp neighbourhood. These New Zealand style cafes both serve up brunch with a heavy dose of Brazil, with speciality coffee and yummy baked goods thrown in for good measure, all in a bright, modern setting.
We went for the pancake stack and the vege brekkie, but the kimchi fried rice and summer hash also looked amazing.
Bakers & Roasters Centrum, Kadijksplein 16, 1018 AC Amsterdam / Bakers & Roasters De Pijp, Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 54, 1072 BH Amsterdam
3. The Avocado Show
Everyone’s obsessed with avocados at the moment aren’t they? And, honestly? I’m here for it. I’ve spent many a morning in cafes across the world tucking into a plate of smashed avo on toast with a perfectly poached egg perched on top, and I’m not quite ready to give that up yet.
And clearly neither is anyone else, which is why when we rocked up to The Avocado Show, a new restaurant in the trendy Amsterdam suburb of De Pijp dedicated to serving up dishes based solely around then famous green superfood, we weren’t surprised to find a queue of eager avocado-lovers waiting outside.
And who can blame them with a menu that includes avocado burgers, avocado fries, and even avocado ice cream?
It wasn’t long before we were seated at a table, ordering flat whites, and sharing an avocado rose on toast, a super salad with pomegranate and burrata, and triple dip nachos with melted cheese, jalapeno, salsa, sour cream, and homemade guacamole – all beautifully presented and (more importantly) packed full of flavour.
I’d totally go again, if only because I’m kind of intrigued as to what avocado ice cream actually tastes like.
The Avocado Show, Daniël Stalpertstraat 61, 1072 XB Amsterdam
So there you go: three Amsterdam brunch spots to try out next time you’re there!
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