Breakfast is said to be the most important meal. Research shows that eating in the morning can provide many benefits, including weight control and sharper thinking. according to American Institute for Cancer Research, the food provides a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals and regulates your appetite. Breakfast sets you up for the rest of the day.
Dutch breakfast is quite simple. Before school or work, some will take a slice of bread and slather it on butter, peanut butter, or Nutella and spread it on top (hagelslag). Others prefer bread and cheese. Some eat yogurt or fresh fruit. Freshly squeezed orange juice and coffee are frequent companions.
The Dutch enjoy a more extensive breakfast on the weekend. It is a mix and match of many cultures. For example, they have their own equivalent of French Toast called Goelteefjes. Eggs are a popular choice, as is a “uitsmijter” – a slice of bread, a fried egg and meat – or an omelette. The kitchen is often filled with the aroma of fresh bread and croissants. One of the family’s favorite foods is pancakes.
Amsterdam offers numerous options for waking up to a delicious meal. These restaurants offer various creative combinations and different flavors. Try a typical Dutch breakfast at Koffiehuis de Hoek or enjoy a Dutch favorite at Pancakes! Try one of the fabulous freshly baked pastries at De Bakkerswinkel or order a full English breakfast at Greenwoods. After dining at one of these amazing joints, you’ll feel energized and ready to start your day.
Café Letting is a cozy cafe in Jordan that will satisfy all appetites. For those looking for something to settle their stomachs, enjoy a poached egg on toast or a fresh croissant with homemade jam. If you’re absolutely hungry, don’t worry; Café Letting will take good care of you. A stack of American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, scrambled eggs with smoked halibut, or an omelet jam filled with ham, tomato and onion are just a few of the options. All Letting’s delicious breakfasts come with freshly squeezed orange juice and your choice of tea or coffee. You can also order one of the other fresh juices and smoothies. Sit back, relax and enjoy.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Cafe Letting caters to appetites of all sizes, large and small.
Jessica’s expert advice: Order one of the fresh juices or smoothies and be sure to try the homemade jam.
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Little Collins, a cozy restaurant established as a tribute to Melbourne, is located in the multicultural neighborhood of De Pijp. The restaurant has a delicious and varied brunch menu. The menu includes pan-fried potato hash and coconut-topped French toast paired with lemon curd and baked apples. Maybe sweet and sour pork with Asian salad, fried eggs and crepes is more your thing. If you are extremely hungry, order Carnivore’s. In addition, Little Collins offers four different variants of Bloody Mary: original, virgin, Tokyo and Mexicana. They all have a spicy kick. The menu offers items to share, as well as a little something for a sweet finish. For those who want to visit later in the day, the restaurant also serves dinner and drinks.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Little Collins offers creative brunch combinations and serves four different but delicious versions of Bloody Marys.
Jessica’s expert advice: Try one of their Bloody Marys: original, virgin, Tokyo or Mexicana.
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Koffiehuis De Hoek, a name that literally translates to “coffeehouse corner” in English, is located on the corner of Prinsengracht and Reestraat. A favorite of locals, business people and tourists alike, De Hoek is a lovely little cafe to wake up to with a warm cup of coffee, eat a typical Dutch breakfast and watch the world go by. Choose from a variety of options including Broodjes (sandwiches), uitsmijters (open-faced sandwiches with fried eggs), hearty omelettes and Dutch pancakes. Be sure to reserve a room; you’ll definitely want to try a slice of their freshly baked apple pie.
is recommended for Breakfast because: De Hoek offers a typical Dutch breakfast. The cafe is ideal for both residents and tourists looking for a relaxing place to start the day.
Jessica’s expert advice: Be sure to try a slice of the freshly baked apple pie.
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Pancakes! If you’re in the mood for a pancake breakfast, Amsterdam is your best bet. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly meal or enjoying a meal with a friend, you’ve come to the right place. Every kind of pancake imaginable is on the menu. You’ll find traditional Dutch pancakes like bacon, apple or cheese, but also other recipes from around the world – fluffy American-style pancakes, mucver from Turkey and Russian Blini. You can even choose your own ingredients – mix and match to create the perfect pancake. The restaurant uses some local ingredients. For example, the flour comes from de Eersteling windmill in Hoofddorp and the apple juice from Appeleare in Zeeland. Reservations are not possible, so you may find yourself waiting when it’s busy.
is recommended for Breakfast because: The menu has every type of pancake imaginable. Everyone at the table will be satisfied with the variety.
Jessica’s expert advice: The Dutch prefer hearty pancakes, for example with bacon or cheese
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Head to Greenwoods for a delicious English-style breakfast and a delicious cup of tea. Enter through the vibrant red doors and discover a charming cafe filled with wooden accents and fragrant flowers. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, so you’ll feel right at home. If you’re hungry, order the Full English Breakfast. You can also try Eggs Benedict, Eggs Florentine or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and fresh fennel. Finish your meal with one of Greenwood’s sweet treats. As Greenwood’s is a tea house with quite a variety of loose leaf teas, be sure to order a pot. Not an early riser? You can order breakfast all day. If the weather permits, sit on the terrace or send a picnic to Greenwoods to enjoy one of Amsterdam’s beautiful parks.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Greenwoods is the best English teahouse in town and serves breakfast all day.
Jessica’s expert advice: Order a cup of loose leaf tea. Greenwoods offers quite a variety.
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Start your morning by enjoying a mouth-watering breakfast at Bakkerswinkel. The Bakkerswinkel, which translates to The Bakery in English, is a cozy cafe that welcomes you the moment you walk in. The aroma of baked goods fills the air. Rustic wooden tables are neatly arranged around the room. The place is illuminated with beautiful fragrant flowers. Visitors can choose from the many delicious items on the menu or simply stop in for a scone and some tea. Have some sweets? Bakkerswinkel also offers an incredible range of pastries and cakes. Amsterdam has three different locations and each has its own personality and charm. Find the one closest to you and make yourself at home.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Bakkerswinkel offers delicious freshly baked goods. The staff is friendly and the decor creates a relaxed atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: The buns are great. Ask one or two people to leave. Don’t forget to order homemade jam.
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Located in De Pijp opposite Sarphatipark, the Scandinavian Embassy is the perfect peaceful place to start your day quickly. This walled cafe boasts great, aromatic coffee. Nikolas, the 2013 Swedish Brewers Cup champion, knows how to do it right. A lifelong foodie, Chef Rikard serves incredible Scandinavian cuisine with a focus on fresh, healthy ingredients. One of his most popular dishes is gravlax. Sit at the counter and meet the owners, or grab a window seat and people walk by. Don’t forget to say hello to the Javanese dog. He will give you a warm welcome.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Embassy of Scandinavia specializes in fantastic, fresh Nordic cuisine and delicious coffee in a rustic, relaxed atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: Be sure to try the drip coffee.
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Omelegg’s main focus is eggs, especially omelets. This charming restaurant with a rustic feel creates a variety of tasty, sometimes creative omelet combinations, from mildly sweet to hearty. Don’t forget to complement your choice with a cup of hot Catunambu coffee or fresh juice. Stop by for breakfast with friends and family or relax at the large reading table in the back with a good book. Maybe you want to catch up on emails while eating; The restaurant also offers free Wi-Fi. Surrounded by green plants and natural wood elements, you will feel at home. Although Omelegg doesn’t take reservations, tables turn pretty quickly, so you won’t have to wait long. Come hungry and leave satisfied.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Omelegg offers delicious omelet combinations in a cozy country and city atmosphere.
Jessica’s expert advice: Try the date, honey and walnut omelette.
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Bakers & Roasters is all about delicious brunch. Julian from New Zealand and Sergio originally from Brazil make the day easy with a cup of fresh coffee and a hearty Kiwi breakfast. They serve everything from eggs and granola to pancakes and kiwi pies. The kitchen is completely open, so you can watch the chefs at work. Pair your choice with a plain white or a cup of tea. Maybe you prefer spirits like a Bloody Mary, Mimosa or G&T. Continue. Have fun. Bakers & Roasters doesn’t take reservations, but you can grab a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) while you wait.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Bakers & Roasters in De Pijp offers a delicious Kiwi Brekkie (aka breakfast) in a warm, welcoming environment.
Jessica’s expert advice: End the meal with a sweet dish. Bakers & Roasters always has a variety of delicious items freshly baked.
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Gartine is the perfect retreat for a quiet, delicious breakfast with family or friends. This cute little restaurant is one you can easily miss as it is tucked away in a small alley off one of Amsterdam’s main streets. Gartine grows vegetables, fruits and herbs in her own garden and ensures that she uses organic eggs. Try the French Toast with maple syrup or the sourdough bread with poached eggs and fresh herbs. If you’re craving something sweet, you’ll want to try one of the homemade cakes or pastries. Reservations are highly recommended as the place is small and always full.
is recommended for Breakfast because: Gartine grows fruits, vegetables and herbs in his garden. They also use organic eggs.
Jessica’s expert advice: Reservations are highly recommended. The place is popular so it’s always busy.
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