To celebrate my friend’s birthday, we went to the Ysbreeker - an unpretentious hotspot with lots of Dutch delights: in terms guys and in terms of pastries. The chocoholics amongst us praised the chocolate cake - and no wonder it came from the kitchen from Van Velze! The Ysbreeker's dessert menu also boasts the apple pie from Kuyt - another important name in the Amsterdam world of pastries.
It became clear to me: write a post about best pastry shops in Amsterdam asap.
Grand cafe / Restaurant De Ysbreeker, Weesperzijde 23 (along the Amstel), Amsterdam. Lively terrace in summer, great local meet-up spot, free wifi and large reading table 'to share'.
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Van Velze Chocolaterie & Patisserie
Chocolatier and pastry chef Robbert van Velze and Irish partner Deborah Kilroy share their love for chocolate with their loyal local following. Since 2008 they perfect spoil them with ‘heavenly’ chocolate cake, truffles and exotic (sweet chili & balsamic) and less exotic (Irish beer Guinness) bonbons. Photo right: the infamous chocolate cake from Van Velze’s chocolaterie & patisserie, 1e Oosterparkstraat 7 (East), Amsterdam. Open: Tue-Sat.
Patisserie Shop Kuyt
Awarded as Best Pastry Shop in the Netherlands and infamous for their apple pie in Amsterdam (p11 in e-mag). At their tearoom you can enjoy the pastries and wholesome sandwiches. Patisserie Kuyt Utrechtsestraat 109-111, Amsterdam, Open Mon - Sat. Tea room is closed on Mondays.
Since 1886 Holtkamp has been spoiling Amsterdammers and the Royal Family with hand- and home-made croquetten and cakes. With pride, many bars & restaurants also serve Holtkamps delicacies. Not only the sweet delights please one's eyes in the shop, also the 1928 Art Deco interior by Amsterdam School artist Piet Kramer. Patisserie Holtkamp, Vijzelgracht 15, Amsterdam. Open: Mon-Sat.
Patisserie Chocolaterie Van Avezaath Beune
Since 1802 this pastry shop has been pleasing the sugar-toothed Amsterdammers. Personal favourites include the Strawberry Bavarois, the Sachertorte (a proper Sachertorte is hard to find in Amsterdam) and the Bossche Bol - a cream-filled delicacy from Den Bosch. Patisserie Chocolaterie Van Avezaath Beune, J. Verhulststraat 98, Amsterdam. Open regular shop hours.
Patisserie Chocolaterie Tout
Chocolate and Pastry shop Tout specialized in French art ‘a base de sucre’: macarons, chocolate Bombe with a tonka beans cream, Mille Feuille of chocolate with chocolate and praline cream, crème, de Gatau Basque and, of course, des pralines. Patisserie Tout, Maasstraat 105 (Rivierenbuurt - excellent parking facilities), Amsterdam. Open Tue-Sat.
Huize van Wely
Also listed in the best chocolate shops in Amsterdam, Huize van Wely is a jewelry shop of pastries and chocolates since 1922. The in-house Wely-artists make the ‘most flavourful’ bonbons, truffles, pastries, cakes, sweet and savoury biscuits, and, in summer, ice cream. Huize van Wely, Beethovenstraat 72 (Apollo area), Gelderlandplein 173 (Buitenveldert), Amsterdam.
Le Fournil de Sebastien
As the best French bakery shop in Amsterdam, it is unsurprising that the macarons, madeleines, canelés (see photo right) and tarte au citron. Delicieux is what describes the products coming from Sebastien’s oven! Le Fournil de Sébastien, Olympiaplein 119, Amsterdam. Open: Mon - Sat from 7h-19h.
Patisserie Chocolaterie Pompadour
Pompadour is a little museum of sweet Dutch delights which are on display in the 18th-century interior. There’s also a tea room where you can enjoy one of the 50 pastries, chocolates or wholesome sandwiches/salads. Must try: the Lemon Cake. Patisserie Chocolaterie Pompadour, Huidenstraat 12 (Open daily), Kerkstraat 148 (Closed on Mondays), Amsterdam.