Restaurant Blauw Amsterdam is a restaurant that introduces guests to all the wonderful flavors of Indonesia. The restaurant specializes in a particular style of dining called rijsttafel. This is essentially a large collection of small plates meant to be passed around and enjoyed by the entire table, much like Spanish tapas or Japanese dim sum. Rijsttafel literally translates to "rice table" and is called that because most of the options are sat on a bed of rice. At Blauw, guests pay a set price and then get to treat themselves to the seemingly never ending parade of dishes. Diners can expect to see all sorts of Indonesian dishes such as goat satay, fish curry, egg in sambal sauce, roasted coconut and spicy shrimp.
A little sliver of a neighborhood that resembles a tiny triangle, the area packs an outsized amount of character and cafes into a small space. Bordered by the Schinkel Canal, you can find much activity centered around Amstelveenseweg—the main street. A stones throw from Vondelpark, a sort of miniature Central Park, you’ll find dozens of restaurants: a handful of Italian joints, Spanish tapas, Greek food, Surinamese, and a delicious gelato spot to round out the meal. It’s the local cafes, however, that impress with their memorable character. Don’t miss a cause-driven hip brunch spot that’s aim is to give victims of human trafficking a new start, or a family-focused breakfast place with “sweet breakfast.” Savor the cozy vibes of this under-the-radar nook of a neighborhood.