The last of Amsterdam’s authentic diners
TEXT: ARNE ADRIAENSSENS | PHOTOS © EETCAFÉ HET PAKHUIS
In the touristic centre of Amsterdam, an authentic place to take the edge off your appetite can be hard to find. Eetcafé Het Pakhuis is one of the last of its kind. In the atmospheric diner, you will find the best Dutch classics for a reasonable price. Don’t believe us? Ask one of the many locals who regularly grab a bite to eat here!
When entering Eetcafé Het Pakhuis, you get transported to the Amsterdam of yore. Its warm colours, wooden panelling and tenderly-lit bar make you feel welcome in a heartbeat. “For over 50 years already, locals, tourists and day-trippers have fallen in love with our unique décor,” says owner Klaas Veenhoven. “Surrounding us, you find many trendy bars and restaurants, but none are as authentic as ours.” On top of its charming character, Eetcafé Het Pakhuis’ affordable prices surprise many a client when they open the menu. For anything between five and 25 euros, you can enjoy a generous Dutch feast with nothing but quality products. “At noon, we invite you for some tasty croquettes or an ‘uitsmijter’ (sliced bread with ham, cheese and a fried egg on top). We also have plenty of different pancakes, both the sweet and the savoury ones.” For dinner, the chef recommends his acclaimed schnitzel, spare ribs or satay. Nonetheless, the vegetarian courses and fish dishes have proven to be real crowd-pleasers as well. “Even if you have allergies, we go to great lengths to take them into account. This way, everyone can enjoy a worry-free meal at Eetcafé Het Pakhuis.”