Stuck in the city for the summer? We got you covered! Instagrambloggers tried and tested five awesome places where you can enjoy tropical flavors and island vibes, all without leaving Amsterdam. This summer, escaping to a sunnier state of mind is as easy as hopping on your bike. Don’t forget the sunblock!
Centrum: Cut Throat x Ed’s Caribbean Streetfood
There’s something new cooking at barbershop-brunch-bar Cut Throat. The best-groomed gents in town have teamed up with Ed’s Caribbean Street Food for an all-new menu that feels like a ray of sunshine in the stoner food wasteland that is the city center.
The vibe: Your Patta-wearing hipster boyfriend might be king of the bar, but it’s his Mama who’s queen of the kitchen.
The food: It’s hard to write a review without abusing the word “juicy”, but that’s what Ed’s Caribbean Street Food brings to the table.
The jerk chicken is smoky and saucy, tender and juicy; served with rice and beans, it’s a satisfying meal all on its own.
Snack on the beef, vegan or chicken empanadas, which are bursting with flavor from a perfectly crispy crust, or the crunchy sweet potato fries, seasoned with just a hint of island spice and served with creole mayo.
Try the pastalon, a kind of Caribbean lasagna or moussaka, but made with plantain—it goes down easy, but satisfies with a full belly.
We also spotted a Caribbean espresso martini that we’ll definitely be back for. Grab a table on the terrace, and you’re all set for summer.
Cut Throat Barber, Brunch & Bar Beursplein 5
Westerpark: Bootoe BBQ
West is best! We (Deepa in particular) couldn’t be happier that a new Caribbean BBQ spot opened up right by our beloved Westerpark. Bootoe BBQ brings the heat of the Caribbean grill to the neighborhood, serving up grilled meats on banana-leaf lined plates. And if you believe rum is the new gin, this is the hotspot for you.
The vibe: You know we like our interiors Instagram-proof. We dig the pink walls, green plants, and island vibes of Bootoe. Plus, the natural light and bright colors of the outside tables will get your flatlay popping with tropical flair.
The food: Dinner starts at 17:00 but before that you can order snacks such as jerk chicken wings and bacalhau croquettes. While there are vegetarian options, at Bootoe the meat is the star of the show.
We tried the BBQ XL platter to get a little taste of everything, but our favorites were the sirloin steak (nailed that medium rare, thinly sliced with a perfect sear on the outside) and jerk chicken, which was slightly on the dry side but made up for it with nice crispy skin.
Customize everything to your taste with a variety of sauces, ranging from the Dutchie-friendly homemade pindasaus, to authentic jerk sauce and a fiery hot sauce. Order the roasted corn or sweet potato fries on the side, and you’re good to go.
Wash it down with: Bootoe’s cocktails are based on tropical fruits and island rum, which is a winning combination. We liked the Tropical Storm (passionfruit, pineapple and rum) and cachaca slushy (served in a plastic bag for that island realness).
And forget dessert—order a rum flight to the islands! Three shots of Bootoe’s selected Caribbean rum is the cheapest (and yummiest) way to fly to the tropics this summer.
De Pijp: Escobar
Let me (Eliane) take you all the way to Venezuela this Summer. With the arrival of chef Fernando Paez Magro Escobar took a new turn. The menu is filled with Latin American flavours and dishes. I’ll start with taco’s, ceviche and the amazing burrata. They have a spacious terrace along the Albert Cuyp. The perfect place to spend them Summer night, dreaming about future trips!
The Vibe: We’ve seen pretty much everyone in Amsterdam; students, expats, locals and people looking for some good food or just enjoying drinks at the bar.
The food: We loved it all, great flavours and we were surprised by the Burrata.
NOTE: If the city is heating up too much? They managed to keep it cool indoors!
Where do you go to get them tropical vibes going in Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments!