I came across Jansz while walking around the Nine Streets area. The entrance caught my attention because it was different from the other restaurants; I later discovered that the storefront belonged to a pharmacy and the restaurant chose to keep as it was. Jansz, situated within the Pulitzer hotel, mixes Dutch elements with modern comfort; the atmosphere is elegant and easygoing with marble tables and gray wainscoting.

The window street facing tables are great if you want to enjoy Amsterdam’s street life while dining on delicious food. Do try the oysters and don’t miss the cheese and port. I enjoyed the selection of wines by the glass and the very attentive staff who helped me to pick the right wine to match the dinner. Jansz is an effortless excellent dining experience; everything is prepared with care and special requests are happily accommodated. Reestraat 8, 1016 DN Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Vork en Mes

Just 10 minutes by car from Schipol Vork en Mes (Fork and Knife) caught my attention for its original food, mostly organic and home grown. I choose the surprise menu, which heavily featured all the vegetables from the restaurant’s garden, and I was impressed by the innovative way in which the vegetables were prepared and presented.

The building itself is a work of art: quiet, elegant and serene. This futuristically shaped building is a great place to enjoy modern architecture and food at the same time; with stunning views over the lake and curtains of water you feel like in another world. Paviljoenlaan 1, 2131 LZ Hoofddorp, Netherlands.

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