In the heart of Amsterdam, yet seemingly miles away from the city’s chaos, lies De Gouden Reael. Located on perhaps the most beautiful part of the Western Islands, this international restaurant has translated its characteristic surroundings to its cuisine and ambiance. The typically Dutch canal house provides us with high expectations of what is inside. Built in 1648 as a residence by the Family Reael (mayors of Amsterdam), the Gouden Reael has served as an inspiration for novels, and as a restaurant since 1978. “De Gouden Reael has such a rich history,” says head chef and owner Robert Peppelenbos. “Several famous chefs have started their career here and Jan Mens – a successful mid-20th century writer – even wrote a bestseller titled De Gouden Reael.”