Thursday, September 27, 2012

De Pijp and spare-ribs... Amsterdam

De Pijp and spare-ribs...

I didn't know much about what the cuisine in Amsterdam would be like, what was on offer or what I expected to see on all the menus.
Everyone knows about the pancakes and 'dagga' cookies... but we were after actual food. (I know some of you are thinking there isn't anything wrong with dagga cookies for starters, savoury pancakes for mains and sweet pancakes for dessert...)

So we walked around the streets of de Pijp (the local hipster, trendy, arty area directly south of Amsterdam's city centre) and popped our noses into many cafes and restaurants to see what they had on offer. Most menus are displayed (like in Paris), and one thing that popped up everywhere was 'Ribs'.
'Rib specials' were plastered on boards outside cafes... and the smell of grilled ribs wafted through the air, tempting us, until we finally sat down to find out what all the fuss was about.
For an average price of 15Euros, you can get a 'rib special', which includes salad and chips.
The portions are large and the ribs were delicious, so we recommend trying them.
rib special and Brand-Up beer at Flinck restaurant
Pair them with a local beer and enjoy the evening.

Something else to look out for in De Pijp is the Albert Cuyp market. The daily market (which is over 100 years old) is centrally located just beyond the Museum Quarter and is open 6 days a week (except Sundays). The market boasts a mix of food, clothes, knick-knacks and random gifts, but is worth checking out, especially for some cheese tasting and cool fresh fruits. If the weather is good, pick up some items from the market and head to Vondel Park for a picnic. 

Albert Cuyp market
map showing De Pijp area

Flinck restaurant in De Pijp

picnic in VondelPark

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