Ok, so that is just our opinion, but de Foodhallen in Amsterdam is the most incredible place and I loved it. In fact, we ate there 3 times in the 3 days we were in Amsterdam, and every time was different.
This is a great space, converted from former tram sheds, so architecturally stunning. But then there’s the selection of food on offer, not to mention the gin and tonic bar, the beer bar, and the main bar.
Look, I get it, the concept is not new. There are a number of places doing something similar in London. This could well be in London, given that all the signage is in English. But then that’s Amsterdam all over for you.
I dare you to go to De Foodhallen and not find something you love to eat. The biggest issue will be deciding what to eat first. My suggestion would be grab a plate of hams and cheese from Jabugo and maybe a beer, then wander round and have a good look.
Or just sit down, enjoy it, and then make another decision. If you’re lucky, like we were on the Tuesday night of our trip, there might be live music to add to the general laid back vibe.
What to eat
We went from tapas onto a bacon and chips from Bulls and Dogs, although we failed to order the onion rings. Lulu Grimes was tweeting from there the same evening and said I should go back for them.
Lucky for everyone I didn’t. I was in our hotel next door in my PJs by then. But hey, I did say it was laid back.
There were amazing tacos, not to mention the amazing nachos from Fento, who provide Mexican flavours with a South Asian twist. We had great asparagus, and certainly, there was no shortage of vegetarian and vegan options around the place.
Sweet stuff was two extremes: tiny, beautiful, sweet tarts or huge egg waffle ice creams. Which MGG tells me are having an Instagram moment. Well, we gave them a go anyway.
It was rather good, in an ice cream and waffle kind of way.
In spite of a pretty good attempt, there were still 12 stands that we hadn’t tried. Which means I most definitely need a return trip, which would be no hardship.
We stayed next door at Hotel de Hallen, which I also highly recommend. Very comfortable, very friendly, incredible bits of art around the place. Loved it.
So, if you’re not interested in the infamous attractions of Amsterdam then this is a great part of town to stay. You’re 15 minutes from the museums, Anne Franks house or the 9 streets.
Or you could just hang out in the Foodhallen. Very, very tempting!