Every time I return to Amsterdam after spending some time in France, I know I’ll be missing the food real bad. Of course, I take some stuff with me, but that just doesn’t cover it. Since Amsterdam is a big city, it’s not impossible to get my French heart beating. So about time, I shared my favourite French restaurants, hotspots in Amsterdam. On the look out for the perfect French restaurant in Amsterdam.
No wannabe Frenchie without the urge of being a bit rebellious. The French Connection has as a life motto: vive la revolution, and that just covers it all and makes me want to scream: OUI OUI! Because after all, not everything French is fantastic. Every now and then we should shake things up and that’s exactly what the people at The French Connection did. Expect all your favourite French dishes but with a twist. And Lord knows I like to twist. They’re twisting it real good, so to say. The perfect French restaurant along the French canals. What more could you wish for? A glass of pastis? They’ve got you covered!
An auberge in the middle of Amsterdam? What’s wrong with this picture? Not very much. Auberge Jean et Marie decided the place for their new auberge should be situated in the wannabe Marais; De Pijp. And where De Pijp lacks a lot of Maraisian qualities, the Auberge makes up for that. French classics on the menu, so just close your eyes, enjoy and pretend to be in France.
No France without patissiers and then there’s just one place to go: Petit Gateau. With a shop situated at the Haarlemmerstraat and one in the Foodhallen (check out Entrecôte while you’re there) a little gateau is always within reach. I would certainly go for the gateau au caramel beurre salé.
My expectations are huge for this new place in town. Not yet open and planned for September as it says on their Instagram account. Hopefully, the place where we can nibble on some authentic crêpes (and galettes?), some pastry and hopefully a shop full of Breton products. I can’t wait!
The true French joie de vivre hidden in a souterrain in the coeur of Amsterdam. Here you’ll find French tablecloth (you do know they don’t leave the house without it), wooden tables and a Frenchman called Jacques running it almost by himself. This is for the true Franch wannabes underneath us. It’s heavy. Big pieces of the finest meat drown in sauces. Escargots melted in lots of French cheese and amazing French wines to accompany. If you dare, make sure to try his “eau de vie” where bottles are hung on branches on the apple or pear tree. The kind that certains you’ll be rolling home. Ooh la la.
If you can’t survive for months without your freshly baked madeleines, financiers or caneles, these should be your dealers. Gebroeders Niemeijer situated in the centre of Amsterdam at the Korte Nieuwendijk (perfect for lunch too) and Le Fournil situated at the Stadionweg in South. The only 2 Boulanger’s baking French style. But do tell me if I missed one. And I’m not talking about baking off in the store. Freshly made every day in French style. You do taste la difference if you’d try!
Oh them French are so idle. And I do know I must have missed some French places in Amsterdam. So don’t get mad and just tell me where to go and I’ll be forever grateful to you.Because the more French hotspots this town will have, the easier it’ll make me to survive in between my trips to Vive La France.