With chef Geert de Natris at the helm, Garlic Queen uses the wonderfully smelly herb for all of its dishes: from the famous garlic soup to garlic ice cream. “We started off in 1997,” owner John van den Broek tells us. “It was a bit of a guess as it was different – Garlic Queen was the first restaurant of its kind in the Netherlands.” Twenty years later, Garlic Queen is still drawing regulars and new customers to the Reguliersdwarsstraat, one of the most vibrant streets in Amsterdam.

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