Edwin Raben's 7 favourite wine spots in Amsterdam

Let Edwin Raben, four times Best Sommelier in the Netherlands, guide you to his favourite wine spots in Amsterdam. Check out the guide!

  1. Phone: +31 20 679 1532

    Address: Van Baerlestraat 158, Amsterdam

    Brasserie van Baerle is a modern-classical restaurant with an international profile in Amsterdam Zuid (south part), close to the famous shopping area. An institution for lunch and dinner, and a true classic in Amsterdam for more than 40 years. The setting is far from old-fashioned, with a festive, buzzing atmosphere. This is a typical restaurant where everybody is welcome. The dishes are honest French cuisine as a basis, but they also flirt with the Mediterranean cuisine and is at the same time faithful to the pure Dutch products. Classic dishes, like black pudding and crépinette of veal, ar...

  2. Phone: +31 20 422 3318

    Address: Nes 37, Amsterdam

    This is a small and cosy wine and champagne bar just around the corner from Dam Square. Here, you'll be right in the heart of historic Amsterdam, in one of the city's oldest streets. When it opened in July 2005, it was one of the first wine bars in Amsterdam, and when you enter,​ you can immediately feel the lively atmo​sphere and the love for great wines. Soft lighting, modern but not too clinical, and usually packed with wine lovers.

  3. Phone: +31 20 678 7450

    Address: Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam

    ​​Everything in Ciel Bleu (Blue Sky) is high: You dine in a luxurious setting on the 23rd floor of the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam South (the best restaurant view in Amsterdam, by the way). The level of the kitchen is also high, and it is not a surprise that they have gained two Michelin stars. Bring a well-filled wallet, because the prices are not exactly low either, but then you'll also get a truly unforgettable evening with impeccable service without stiffness; loose and friendly, Amsterdam-style. The parade of dishes is a feast both for the eyes and the tongue. For the foodies: If you wan...

  4. Phone: +31 20 463 2142

    Address: Marcusstraat 52, Amsterdam

    ​Rijsel is a lovely bistro with the typical cosy Dutch atmosphere in a 60’s environment. Plastered and half painted walls, natural stone, steel, with old-fashioned furniture from the sixties makes this an honest and easy-going establishment. The dishes are authentic in a style typical for the Netherlands, with a touch of Belgium. Real comfort food, no-nonsense for everyone. This is a popular bistro, always packed with people,​ so please book a table.

  5. Phone: +31 20 337 9680

    Address: Gebouw 024A, Kattenburgerstraat 5, Amsterdam

    ​Scheepskameel is a bright and spacious restaurant with an open kitchen. It is housed in an old building overlooking the water, on the former Navy premises in the centre of Amsterdam. Great hospitality and good produce are the core elements at Scheepskameel, and the dishes are simple and pure. I love to come here because this is an informal, no-nonsense restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere and a huge German wine selection.

  6. Phone: +31 20 778 6313

    Address: Lijnbaansgracht 267 HS, Amsterdam

    Shiraz Jardin des Vins has been voted the best wine bar in the Netherlands and the best wine bar in Amsterdam. This is a great spot to drop by for a glass of your favourite wine. There are two different Shiraz bars: one in the historical centre​ of Amsterdam, and one in The College Hotel in Oud Zuid district of Amsterdam. Everything is right at this wine bar: There’s the enthusiastic reception of trained sommeliers, a clear explanation of the wine list, and peace of mind to choose from the extensive wine selection. The interior is very atmospheric, with high tables interspersed with low seats...

  7. Phone: +31 20 758 5275

    Address: Fizeaustraat 2, Amsterdam

    ​Hotel V & The Lobby are run by a bunch of ‘Amsterdammers’ in the 12th generation; true Amsterdam lovers. This neighbourhood restaurant has a casual atmosphere in an urban Amsterdam eclectic 70's style. Do not expect artistic, complicated dishes here, but simply pure, honest food from all over the world. Don’t miss the ceviche of Corvina​, veal cheek with beetroot pearl barley or oyster with cucumber granita and green apple. They also have a lovely bar just at the entrance, where you can sit down and choose from the menu and where I also like to walk in for a nice glass of wine. In the buildi...

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