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At Bar Mick you can come in all day for a relaxed atmosphere and for dishes that are just as no-nonsense. A warm sandwich with sausage from Brandt&Levie for instance, or the ‘Big Mick’ burger and ravioli with taleggio from Holy Ravioli. Here you won’t find any ridiculous prices or arrogant staff, but a pleasantly old-fashioned vibe with games, cheese and ‘bitterballen’ instead. Off to West!
Dophert already was a much-loved vegan catering company, but now there’s also a lunchroom/take-away in Amsterdam West. With the help of crowd funding, the two ladies behind Dophert opened a vegan cafe above their kitchen. They are open for breakfast, lunch and tea with sweets; everything vegan of course. Be sure to take away a meal as well, like the samosas with potatoes, lentils and homemade mango chutney they offer this week.
Just as vegan is Vegabond at the Leliegracht. This specialty store sells a wide variety of ingredients for your own plant-based meal, but also has smoothies and sandwiches to go. Like a focaccia from MAMA bakery, with pumpkin chutney, roasted celery and chili mayo. A sandwich even hardcore carnivores would enjoy.
At Brouwerij Troost in de Pijp they brew beer in a former convent. Real Dutch beer that is, without “funny Belgian additions” or “German strictness”. You can already try a very accessible Blond, Weizen or I.P.A., but lovers of other specialty beers will soon be well served too. And because good beer requires good food, that’s exactly what Troost offers as well. After that club sandwich, burger or flammenkuchen, you can keep drinking for a while.
The owners of the immensely popular Cofee Bru also opened the new ‘Rum Baba’ in Amsterdam East. The focus here lies somewhat more on tea (owner Jeroen is the guy behind tea brand Monkey Chief) and homemade sweets. Like rum baba’s (small cakes, drenched in liquor) obviously, but also carrot cake and walnut pie. Not cheap, but good.
Hartje Oost also thinks that Amsterdam East really is the best neighborhood of the city. This boutique annex coffee store just opened last week and only works with the best local ingredients. The coffee from Two for Joy for instance, or bread from De Bakker van Oost and Peking duck from the nearby Asian food store. The boutique sells i.e. handmade jewelry, lovely gifts and extraordinary shoes. Eline (“she from the clothes”) and Esther (“she from the coffee”) both work with carefully selected products that are just a little bit more special. It’s about the little things after all…
Hotel Toon (named after the grandfather of the owners) in the Utrechtsetstraat is a small boutique hotel, but also a pleasant restaurant. You’re welcome all day: for a proper English breakfast to start your day to pizzas in the evening. And for a real Italian espresso, that you naturally drink while standing at the bar. Come un italiano!