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, 201911 min

France, which is always known as a hotspot of culture in the world, has a big impact on almost Europe countries’ culture. Culinary is especially the easiest way to “export” the culture to other regions. In France, 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 top-notch fine dining French restaurant in Amsterdam which is awarded with two Michelin stars due to its fantastic experience and services offered. At Ciel Bleu, you will get an elegant evening. The chefs always select the best local ingredients to make their “masterpiece”. The menu, which rotates four times a year, 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 also dinner. You will feel cozy thanks to its warm-ish decoration. Gold, yellow, green, and blue are colors that 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 great restaurant can provide you with tasty foods and decent amount of options to satisfy your craving. Toast with mixed mushrooms and poached eggs, Sirloin steak are highly-recommended dishes you must try at Bistro Berlage. Thanks to 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 one of our top recommendations. The venue has a great passion for French cuisine. They have a short and up-to-dated menu over time. Sometimes you must be surprised with fusion dishes from their chefs. The interior is a mix of classic French with signatures of 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 that people use the most to describe Le Restaurant known by their excellent French dishes. One of attractive points that win over their customers is the open kitchen where you can watch the chefs performing their magical skills in processing your orders. The tasty dishes are classically prepared and completed with a “spoon” of the chef’s personal touch. A glass of good wine is always recommended to enhance the taste of food here. Le Restaurant only accommodates 20 persons for serving. The great service and wonderful foods help them 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 famous restaurant 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. During summer, you can even enjoy delicious dishes 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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