If you’re visiting the Anne Frank House and looking for a meal, afternoon coffee, tea or ice cream, we’ve found a number of places you might want to try. These are our recommendations for eateries in and around the Anne Frank House:
Da Portare Via – Situated in a tiny little space, not much bigger than a sauna, and just about as hot, this pizzeria makes delicious thin-crusted pizzas in a wood-burning oven. Da Portare Via has multiple locations in Amsterdam, but we like the one at Leliegracht 34. Seating is limited inside and there’s one bench out front.
Pancakes! Amsterdam – This is a tiny little eatery an easy seven minute walk from the Anne Frank House. As the name of the place indicates, Pancakes! Amsterdam serves pancakes ‘in the broadest sense of the word…Big, small, thick, thin, from the Netherlands and the rest of the world”, and not just for breakfast. Choose from sweet or savory, Dutch-style pannenkoeken, American-style pancakes, or a French galette. On one occasion, we tried their Dutch-style apple and the ‘special of the day’, which happened to be a Dutch-style bacon and cheese pancake with onion compote on the side. Delicious! Pancakes! Amsterdam is located in the 9 Straatjes (9 Little Streets) area at Berenstraat, 38.
Travel tip: Show your iAmsterdam card for 25% off the breakfast menu (until 1:00 pm).
Baton Brasserie – It’s a tight squeeze finding place in this three-story brasserie, but if you manage to grab a table you’ll enjoy a nice sandwich (we really liked the Ciabatta goat cheese with walnuts, thyme, honey and balsamico). In addition to fresh and flavorful sandwiches, they offer soups, salads and a fixed-menu breakfast. Baton Brasserie is located at Herengracht, 82 and if you’re lucky enough to get a seat near a window or outside on the ‘terrace’, you’ll have a good meal with a great view of the canal.
IJscuypje Ice Cream Shop – On a warm day in Amsterdam you just can’t beat an ice cream treat from Ijscuypje. They’ve got some really great ‘ijsjes’, refreshing, sweet and creamy. There are three locations in Amsterdam, though we seem to always find the one on Prinsengracht (#292) without even trying. Since this place is so popular, the line may extend out the door and down the sidewalk. Be patient, their service is usually quick and any wait is worth it. Note: the Prinsengracht location has been known to close during the winter.