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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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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