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Amsterdam restaurants in lockdown: takeaway, delivery and other resources

A question I get asked a lot is how often I go out to eat. There’s no hard and fast rule, but for dinner it’s at least twice a week. Add in a couple of lunches, a few coffee dates and the inevitable drinks after work, and the proportion of time I spend at restaurants, cafés and bars in Amsterdam gets even higher. When Mr Foodie and I were analysing our finances before we bought our apartment two years ago, we discovered that a third of our expenditure goes on what we categorised as “food & fun”. And no, that doesn’t even include our supermarket expenses.

So when it was announced that all restaurants and bars in the Netherlands were being closed down because of the coronavirus pandemic, my first thought was: “Fuck, where am I going to get ramen?” And my second thought was: “How on earth are all those food businesses going to stay afloat?” (In that order – I’m not proud of myself.)

Luckily, Amsterdammers are creative types, and many businesses have been coming up with ways to keep serving their customers in different ways. This is a list of all the good stuff I’ve found so far, but it’s undoubtedly incomplete and inaccurate as things change over time. I first published it in March 2020, but have updated it several times since – adding more over time as foodie entrepreneurs find their feet in this new reality we’re living in. So if you hear of any other initiatives that would fit the bill, please leave a comment below or email me at amsterdamfoodie@gmail.com.

Amsterdam restaurants offering delivery/takeaway

Fine dining:

Takeaway Amsterdam - Graham's Kitchen
Takeaway dinner from Graham’s Kitchen

European cuisine:

  • Kop van Oost – Three-course dinner boxes plus wine for pickup and delivery via dekopvanoost.com
  • Rijsel – French restaurant (great for rotisserie chicken!) offering takeaway via rijsel.com
  • Wilde Zwijnen – Modern Dutch restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via wildezwijnenwinkel.nl
  • Apostrof – French/Mediterranean restaurant offering takeaway Wednesday through Sunday via apostrofamsterdam.nl
  • Belhamel – Classic French/Italian restaurant offering takeaway and delivery daily between 5 pm and 8 pm; menu and contact info via business.facebook.com/RestaurantDeBelhamel
  • Bar Bistro Belleami – Eetcafe offering takeaway and delivery via mail@belleami.nl, 020 612 4662 as well as Facebook and Instagram DM
  • Bij Kees – Dutch comfort food restaurant offering delivery via bijkees.nl
  • ‘t Pakhuis – Eetcafe offering spareribs for home delivery via eetcafehetpakhuis.nl
  • Publiek – cafe-bistro in Oostpoort offering takeaway lunches and dinners plus wines via publiekamsterdam.nl
  • Zaza’s – French/Mediterranean a la carte menu available for pickup in de Pijp on Fridays and Saturdays – order in advance via zazas.nl
  • Ciro…Passami L’Olio! – Italian restaurant offering delivery and takeaway by text; for the menu visit business.facebook.com/restaurant.CiroPassamiLolio.Amsterdam
  • Oost – Pizza and pasta restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via oostpizzapasta.nl 
  • Pizza Pizza – No prizes for guessing… pizza restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via text, Thuisbezorgd and UberEats; view the menu on pizzapizza.pizza
  • Gustatio – Italian restaurant offering takeaway via WhatsApp to 06 14664533, email to info@gustatioamsterdam.nl, or phone to 020 737 0752
  • Spaghetteria – Pasta restaurant offering delivery via UberEats from certain branches (check UberEats.com from your location for the closest)
  • Bacco – Italian restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via UberEats; menu via bacco-ristorante.com
  • Le Due Sicilie – Sicilian restaurant offering delivery via Thuisbezorgd, Deliveroo and UberEats, as well as pickup from the restaurant; menu via restaurantleduesicilie.nl/take-away-deliveries-menu
  • Segugio – Italian restaurant offering takeaway dinner boxes and picnic boxes from their window (Note: this was a tip from a reader and I can’t find anything online to verify this so you’ll have to walk by)
Le Due Sicilie - Italian food in Amsterdam
The mouthwatering pulpo at Le Due Sicilie

Middle Eastern cuisine:

NENI Amsterdam
Photo: NENI Amsterdam

Asian cuisine:

Takeaway Amsterdam - Nomads
A taste of Vietnam at home from Nomads

Food from the Americas:

  • Pendergast – BBQ restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via pendergast.nl (use the code HOMEDELIVERY to waive the delivery fee on UberEats)
  • Pikoteo – Fusion tapas restaurant offering delivery via pikoteo.nl
  • Sjefietshe – Peruvian restaurant offering takeaway via 06-22428844
  • CHUSCO – From the people who brought us NAZKA, Peruvian comfort food available for delivery via deliveroo.nl/nl/menu/amsterdam/pijp/nazka-amsterdam
  • Local Dealer – Mexican street food that you can eat on the street (the clue’s in the name!) at Dappermarkt 23 or order at home via deliveroo.nl/nl/menu/amsterdam/oost/local-dealer-food-inc
  • Bootoe – Caribbean restaurant offering takeaway and delivery via bootoe.nl
Local Dealer Food Inc - tacos in Amsterdam
Taco time at Local Dealer Food Inc.

For the vegetarians and pescatarians:

  • Betty’s – Vegetarian restaurant offering their surprise menu plus drinks for takeaway or delivery via bettys.nl
  • Yerba – vegetarian restaurant offering limited weekend menu via business.facebook.com/yerbarestaurant/
  • Mediamatic ETEN – Vegan fine dining restaurant offering four courses for takeaway via mediamatic.net
  • Pesca – Fish restaurant offering at-home packages for delivery via Deliveroo and pesca.restaurant/winkel
  • The Good Companion – fish restaurant delivering DIY fish meal boxes as well as a Happy Oyster Hour box including 12 oysters and a bottle of white wine via thegoodcompanion.nl/nl/box
  • Fyrre – Fish restaurant offering a dish of the day to take away, plus new fish BBQ packages, via 06-26979044
  • The Seafood Bar – Seafood restaurant offering packages of products/dishes that can be warmed up at home (plus wine) for takeaway and delivery via theseafoodbar.com/takeaway

Brunch and more:

Takeaway Amsterdam - Bam Boa
Pan-Pacific fusion food from Bam Boa

Cafés

  • 4850 – Usually a Scandi-chic all day concept, 4850 is currently offering its legendary cinnamon buns and coffee from its front windows at Camperstraat 48-50
  • Selma’s – Nordic café and bakery offering freshly baked goods and coffee to take away at Jan van Galenstraat 70
  • Beter & Leuk – Veggie café offering delivery and takeaway via beterenleuk.nl
  • Public Space – Offering bakery goods and some simple lunch dishes for delivery via publicspace.amsterdam
  • Badeta – Coffee roaster serving specialty coffees from outside the café at Tweede van der Helststraat 18
  • Juice Brothers – Cold-pressed juices available for delivery via deliveroo.nl/en/menu/amsterdam/centrum/juice-brothers-centrum
  • Café Binnenvisser – Offering menu “packages” for two people for pick-up and delivery; more info via business.facebook.com/cafebinnenvisser
  • PakuPaku – Offering coffee to go in collaboration with Manage Every Little Cup (MELC) Coffee from their terrace on Beukenplein
  • Podium Mozaïek – Turkish café offering special takeaway menu via podiummozaiek.nl
  • De Tropen – Leafy museum café offering takeaway meals via amsterdamdetropen.nl
4850 Amsterdam - coffee and cinnamon buns
Coffee and cinnamon buns from 4850

Amsterdam catering services

  • Borrelplank Amsterdam – For all those virtual after-work drinks we’re now having, order a board laden with snacks via borrelplankcompartir.com
  • Rond ‘t Fornuis – I’ve never tried this but it looks good: rondhetfornuis.nl
  • Local Deli – Healthy food shop serving fresh, affordable, home-cooked meals and salads to takeaway – see localdeli.nl for details
  • Small World Catering – Tasty sandwiches, salads and cakes for delivery via deliveroo.nl/nl/menu/amsterdam/jordaan/small-world-catering
  • Lazagne – Offering two lasagne dishes and two desserts for takeaway and delivery via 06 12804639; more info via business.facebook.com/lazagne
  • Brengdang – Rendang and rice delivered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday via @brengdang – profits go to help struggling local businesses
  • Daily Meal – Offering a daily home-cooked meal Monday through Friday for €9.50 via dailymeal-amsterdam.nl

Amsterdam grocery delivery services

  • Lindenhoff – Farm in Abcoude that usually supplies lots of restaurants in Amsterdam, especially with meat and fresh produce. You can now order for home consumption via lindenhoff.nl
  • Support Your Locals – Lots of restaurant suppliers have also been badly hit by this crisis and now have lots of fresh produce they can’t sell. Support Your Locals has clubbed together to create grocery packages available in Amsterdam for €45 via supportlocals.nl
  • Lokaal Amsterdam – Offering online delivery services from various shops, including food and drinks stores, via lokaal-amsterdam.com
  • Boerderij Box – Farm-fresh box of goodies from Boerderij Dikhoeve in Ransdorp for €50 every Saturday; more details via @boerderijbox or email boerderijbox@gmail.com

Other useful resources

  • Vegan restaurants – Amsterdamschat has compiled a list of all the vegan restaurants that are still open for takeaway/delivery (but I’ve not personally tested most of these): amsterdamschat.com/2020/03/18/vegan-restaurants-still-offering-food-despite-corona/
  • Waar kan ik afhalen – This website (which translates as “where can I get takeaway”) shows all eligible restaurants by postcode: waarkanikafhalen.nl
  • Working Lunch – For inspiration for what to cook for lunch when you’re working from home, invest in a copy of this cookbook: amsterdamfoodie.nl/product/lunch-cookbook-vicky-hamptons-working-lunch
  • Saved Soup – If you’re a supplier, chef or other horeca professional with leftover produce, you can donate it to Chef René Piqué, who will turn it into soup. Contact him via 06-523 010 84 or @reneetje_piquetje on Instagram
  • Rayleigh & Ramsay – Wine business offering online wine tastings at home via rr.wine
  • Creative Locals – Handy map tool to find out which small businesses (including food businesses) in your area are still open, and details on how they’ve adjusted their trading – see creativelocals.eu

While you’re here… When this is all over, Amsterdam restaurants are going to need our help and so am I. As a self-employed writer, I’ve billed a lot less since this crisis started and that trend looks set to continue. To help both me and the restaurant business, please consider buying a copy of my Amsterdam Restaurant Guide e-book: it’s just €4.95, and it contains all my recommendations for where to eat in Amsterdam. Come 2021, let’s hope we’ll need it again!

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