AmsterdamFood GuideNetherlandsTop 5 French Restaurants in Amsterdam

France, which is always known as a hotspot of culture in the world, has a big impact on almost all of Europe countries’ culture.
Helena PeiSeptember 4, 201910 min

France, which is always known as a hotspot of culture in the world, has a big impact on almost all of Europe countries’ culture. Especially, culinary is the easiest way to “export” French culture to other regions. In French, they often say that “Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup”, which means “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly”. And there are several French restaurants in the capital of the Netherlands that can deliver this French feeling for you. Here are top 5 French restaurants in Amsterdam have the crème de la crème (the best of the best) French qualification.


1. Ciel Bleu
Ciel Bleu is known as the best top-notch dinner fine dining French restaurant in Amsterdam as being awarded as two Michelin star restaurant, it is definitely well deserved. At Ciel Bleu, you absolutely get a truly elegant evening. The chefs always select the best local ingredients and products in making their “masterpiece”. The menu, which rotates four times a year, always features the finest flavors of the season. Furthermore, good wines are well reserved waiting for you to enjoy. Located on the 23rd floor of the gorgeous five-star Okura Hotel, you can experience a beautiful panoramic view of Amsterdam.


2. Bistro Berlage
This a great spot for you to sit down for lunch, drinks and finally also dinner. You will feel cozy as its warm color scheme decoration. Gold, yellow and hints of green and blue welcome you into the interesting space that still has a lot of original details from the building itself. You also can enjoy the sunny season with the big windows. Even though there are not so many selections for you, this top-notch restaurant can provide you tasty and enough options to satisfy your craving. Toast with mixed mushrooms and poached eggs; and Sirloin steak are highly-recommended dishes you must try at Bistro Berlage. Because of its location, it is the perfect place to meet after a long day of shopping, or a great place to get you started before you immersed into the city center.


3. Rijsel
If you are looking for good French dishes with a fair price in Amsterdam, Rijsel is highly-recommended. Rijsel has a passion for French cuisine. They have a short and sweet regularly changed menu. Sometimes you must be surprised with fusion dishes from their chefs. The interior is a mix of classic French with a hint of modern 1960s. In case you are looking for a space to celebrate any occation or enjoy the night out with your partner and family, Rijsel will satisfy all your needs with its amazing food and friendly staffs.


4. Le Restaurant
Cozy and relaxing are popular adjectives they most use to describe Le Restaurant, which serves excellent French cuisine in De Pijp, Amsterdam. They attract customer by their open kitchen. You can watch the chefs work their magic in processing your order. The tasty dishes are classically prepared and completed with a bit of the chef’s personal touch. A glass of good wine is always recommended to enhance the taste of good food here. Le Restaurant only accommodates 20 persons for serving. The great service and wonderful foods help them to toast one Michelin star, as well as 16 points from Gault-Millau guide.


5. Brasserie van Baerle
Situated in an old townhouse near the Museumplein, Brasserie van Baerle is a restaurant that is famous for serving traditional and contemporary French brasserie cuisine. Co-owner and manager Floor van Ede said “An eatery needs to have a soul. Ours is quality, consistency, and attention.” That is the reason why they become one of Amsterdam’s top French restaurants over the years. After Concertgebouw performance, enjoying a delicious dinner with your family and friends is the most recommended activity that you must not forget when traveling to Amsterdam. In the summer, you can even lounge in the peaceful garden. The steak tartar and poached eggs with salmon are listed as must-try dishes at Brasserie van Baerle.



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