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Meat & Greek
The Utrechtsestraat, which descends through the city's most postcard-worthy canals, is becoming increasingly popular for its small, specialised eateries. A case in point is this beautifully presented Greek gyros joint, where diners choose from an assortment of flavourful flatbread fillings, including a convincing vegetarian option.     

Address: Utrechtsestraat 113 | Telephone: 020 737 1610 |

O Mai
Can't decide what to choose from the menu of this minimally-furnished Vietnamese at the north end of one of Amsterdam's loveliest shopping streets? No problem! Just go for the H? Ti?u Nam Vang Khô, a delicious bowl of rice noodles with pork, shrimp and a lot more. Service here is super quick, so you might want to linger with an authentic Vietnamese coffee after your meal.

Address: 12 Utrechtsestraat | Telephone: 064 359 8740 |

Seoul Food
The Oud West district has undergone a phenomenal foodie transformation of late, but none of the culinary newcomers beats this tiny independent Korean café for its superb street food and a supremely sunny disposition. Place your order for the spicy prawn flatbread and don't fight the foot-tapping K-pop on the radio. 

Address: Kinkerstraat 73a | Telephone: 020 331 8843 |

Forno
This Italian restaurant in the residential west of the city has got the Dutch gift for straight-talking down to a tee. The wine menu goes from "cheap" to "decent" to "special". The food, which includes thin-crust pizzas and home-made pasta, is simple but delicious, and the service is always charming.

Address: 43 Rhijnvis Feithstraat | Telephone: 020 618 7415 |

Affordable Restaurants

Vondelpark3
The cafe here isn't going to win any prizes for speed or civility, but its location in a grand mansion house in the middle of the Vondelpark makes it irresistible on a summer's day. Pull up a pew, order some molten cheese sticks and enjoy the view as Amsterdam's inline skate community enlivens the pathway in front of a giant fountain.

Address: 3 Vondelpark | Telephone: 020 639 2589 |

Bakers & Roasters
This New Zealand-inspired venue in a former car workshop has quickly developed a cult following for its insanely decadent brunch options including huevos rancheros: a crispy tortilla topped with organic Brazilian black beans, melted cheese, two fried organic free-range eggs, avocado, fresh tomato salsa and sour cream. Lekker!

Address: 54 Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat | Telephone: 061 469 9645 |

Drovers Dog
Unlike a lot of brunch venues out there, this relaxed, Australian-style venue serves the kind of fare that feels like it couldn't easily be recreated with a quick trip to the supermarket. House specials include generous corn fritters served with half an avocado and homemade chilli jam. The free-flowing water table is a superb idea, too.

Address: 25 Heemstedestraat | Telephone: 020 669 2233 |

Spelt
Don't worry, the name of this compact café at the north end of Amsterdam's antiques district seems to have little to do with hulled wheat. Instead, the menu throngs with well-rendered classics such as Caesar salad and a hearty fish soup. The perfect pitstop before a spot of trinket browsing in the neighbouring shops.

Address: 5A Nieuwe Spiegelstraat | Telephone: 020 420 7022 |

Café Bern
Blink and you'd miss its discreetly curtained shopfront, but this cosy restaurant is a local favourite on account of its piping hot fondue and tasty steak entrecôte, which diners cook in garlic sauce at the table. Consequently, it tends towards thronging (particuarly on cold February nights) so reservations are recommended.

Address: 9 Nieuwmarkt | Telephone: 020 622 0034 |

Yoepz
Situated right at the point where the trendy De Pijp district gives way to the gentler Rivierenbuurt, Yoepz deals in two specialities - chicken and lobster - and does them exceedingly well. From the ritzy Club Cadillac (a lobster-filled club sandwich) to the butterfly-grilled chicken, everything on the menu here tastes like comfort food, and the staff are jolly nice.

Address: 188a Ferdinand Bolstraat | Telephone: 020 237 43150 |

Good Quality Restaurants

Balthazar's Keuken
This may be the time of peak 'hygge', but this tiny establishment in a former blacksmith's in Amsterdam's Jordaan district demonstrates that the Dutch can give the Danes a run for their money in the cosy stakes. They've even got their own word for it: gezellig. The sophisticated modern European menu is small and perfectly formed, with North African influences. 

Address: 108 Elandsgracht | Telephone: 020 420 2114 |

Dikke Graaf
They're few and far between, but the food and drink venues on the long, winding residential Wilhelminastraat have seen vast improvements of late. Dikke Graaf serves up global sharing dishes of rare, festive flavour in an intimate (read: miniscule) setting. The garlic prawns are delicious, and the dinky tied parcels of fried chicken are adorable. 

Address: 153 Wilhelminastraat | Telephone: 020 221 7756 |

Cantinetta Wine & Pasta
The cheek of it! For carnivores, any of the dishes boasting guanciale as an ingredient at this neighbourhood Italian is sure to bring home the bacon to unforgettable effect. The perfect example of a restaurant that does what it says on the tin, Cantinetta Wine & Pasta requires advance booking - and rightly so.

Address: 105 De Clercqstraat | Telephone: 020 737 0149 |

Café George
Whisper it, but this chic black-and-white tiled brasserie bears more than just a striking resemblance to Pastis, the iconic faux-French posing parlour of New York's Meatpacking district. Fabulous as ever after an unfortunate fire, George is a magnet for Amsterdam's fashionable folk, and the steaks and skinny fries are among the city's best. 

Address: 84 Leidsegracht | Telephone: 020 626 0802 |

Balthazar's Keuken
This may be the winter of peak 'hygge', but this tiny establishment in a former blacksmith's in Amsterdam's Jordaan district demonstrates that the Dutch can give the Danes a run for their money in the cosy stakes. They've even got their own word for it: gezellig. The sophisticated modern European menu is small and perfectly formed, with warming North African influences. 

Address: 108 Elandsgracht | Telephone: 020 420 2114 |

Fine Dining Restaurants

Izakaya
The coolest dish of 2017? Undoubtedly the sashimi served inside a miniature igloo at this majestic Japanese restaurant. Chef Hariprasad Shetty moved here from Nobu in London and he presides over an inventive menu of sharing platters that will seriously challenge your willingness to share. The foie gras and green apple dish is particularly divine. 

Address: 2 Albert Cuypstraat | Telephone: 020 305 3090 |

Anna
Granted, the prices may not be in keeping with the otherwise cheap and cheerful Old Centre district of Amsterdam, but you get what you pay for at this chic new addition to the most bustling part of town. Make sure you leave room for dessert: the homemade strawberry sorbet served with shards of chocolate brownie is worth a visit in itself.  

Address: 111 Warmoesstraat | Telephone: 020 4281111 |

Bussia
Restaurants don't get much more accomplished than this upscale yet welcoming Italian, situated in the small-but-perfectly-formed Nine Streets district. The constantly changing menu, which features French influences, often runs to a whopping six courses.

Address: 28 Reestraat | Telephone: 020 627 8794 |

Swych
This restaurant, situated in the oldest hotel in Amsterdam, would be remarkable for its eye candy alone: Swych overlooks the Kloveniersburgwal, one of the most romantic stretches of water in the city. Still, executive chef Rudolf Brand has gone the extra culinary mile - and then some - with a 'flexitarian' menu of spectacular vegetable dishes (anything with charred cabbage is a must) serve with dainty morsels of fish and meat as the sides. 

Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 26 | Telephone: 070 448 2482 |

TAIKO
Top chef Schilo van Coevorden's name may be a mouthful, but your chops will be otherwise occupied if you wander into his contemporary Asian restaurant in the Conservatorium Hotel. Wasabi - so often used as a mere condiment - is the main event on his spectacular menu of the season. Farmed under exacting conditions by the UK's Wasabi Company, the fresh version of the plant features in cappuccinos, zingy salads and as a sorbet to accompany sashimi. Exquisite. 

Address: 27 Van Baerlestraat | Telephone: 020 570 0000 |

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