Amsterdam is full of great places to eat. Because the Dutch tend to absorb many cultures into their own, there is a huge variety of types and nationalities of foods throughout the city. The interesting thing about eating in Amsterdam, especially in the red light district and downtown, is the unique “restaurant districts” you’ll find dotted around the area. With these restaurant districts, you will see one entire street dedicated to Italian restaurants, another street to Spanish tapas restaurants, etc.
This can make eating in downtown Amsterdam both a lot of fun, and occasionally a pain. Because while you’ll have plenty to choose from in the food of your choice, you may have to search to find the kind of restaurant you’re looking for. If, for example, you’re really craving Italian, your chances of stumbling onto an Italian restaurant are relatively slim you’ll want to find the Italian food district to get the greatest choice. This isn’t a hard and fast rule of eating in Amsterdam (you will find many types of restaurants dotted throughout the city), but you might want to be aware it if you’ll be doing much eating in downtown Amsterdam.
The streets around Leidseplein in downtown Amsterdam have the greatest concentrations of restaurants in the city. In this area, you’ll find tons of Italian restaurants, steakhouses, and grillhouses. It’s also the best place in the city to go if you want to eat later in the evening. The locals eat relatively early, and many restaurants outside this area are closed or at least empty later in the evening.
Of the many Amsterdam restaurant districts, one of the most notable is the Argentinean Steakhouse area. This area is notable in particular because it’s huge! In the Leidseplein area, you’ll find one long street full of steakhouses – most noted as Argentine – and many more throughout the city. If you’re in the mood for a steak while in Amsterdam, this is the area to visit.
Just a note: Tipping in restaurants in Holland isn’t strictly necessary, but most diners tend to leave about 10%.
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