When it comes to luxury dining, Amsterdam is thoroughly equipped. With over 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in the capital, indulge your taste buds in any of the acclaimed options on the list.
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Located just a short walk from Amsterdam’s Central Station, on the tip of the IDok Island, MOS boasts stunning river views. The glass front exterior illuminates the interior with natural light. The restaurant opts for a classically contemporary design.
The copper wall feature rises high, above the next floor of this open plan restaurant. It creates a rose gold reflection against the light of the chandeliers, generating a warming atmosphere. Relax on the plush suede and leather chairs, enjoying the local seafood and fresh, seasonal vegetables as you take in the beautiful views.
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Incredibly cool, Cieu Bleu appears as though the perfect hide out for a Bond villain, with jaw-dropping views of the city from the 23rd floor of Amsterdam’s Hotel Okura. Grey, chrome and marble are the overarching colours and a significant change from the more classic MOS.
The real wood fire, however, ensures you feel welcomed into this intriguing establishment. You can even request private dining. The menu is traditionally Michelin, with caviar, oyster and foie gras only a few of the favourites you’ll find.
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Afraid of heights? Try Yamazato. An authentically Japanese dining experience also housed in Hotel Okaru. However, this time you’ll find yourself safely planted on the ground floor with views of the oriental-style garden.
Waitresses are dressed in traditional Japanese garb and the kitchen is in true Kaiseki style, presenting customers with a series of small, complex dishes. Minimalism and serenity are key here. You’ll almost feel transported to a quiet corner of Japan as you dine on sashimi, wagyu and match tea sponge cake.
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Pass under the Romanic gateway, through the courtyard, and into Vinkeles. Time as you know it ceases to exist as you’re encapsulated by the rustic décor in the former bakery, dating back to the 18th century. The sunken dining room is reached only by descending the exposed brick stairs, handling the narrow metal banister. The menu is made up of meats less common to everyday menus such as quail, pigeon, and fallow deer. It’s the perfect retreat for an intimate meal.
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Aan De Poel
A short drive from the centre, this picturesque setting could easily be mistaken for a Mediterranean oasis. Situated directly on Holland’s tranquil De Poel Lake, Aan De Poel’s views of the lake and Bloesempark are breath-taking.
Dine on the terrace and watch the sunset behind the lake and park. The sleek interior sees greys and blacks interspersed with bursts of colourful flowers.
Choose the tasting menu and the chef will talk you through the culinary journey you are about to begin. For the full experience, opt for the accompanying wines.
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As you first walk in, the relaxed atmosphere of this renovated, lounge-style restaurant is an interesting change to what is usually anticipated when visiting a Michelin-star restaurant. The Flemish architecture and dark wooden floor, seeming as though it may be the original flooring, gives Lastage an authentic feel. Comfort here is definitely important. However, Lastage retains an overall feel of elegance and Dutch cool. The Fresh cuisine includes brioche, homemade bacon, crème brûlée and, for the more adventurous customer, crispy veal brains.
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