For those of you who live here, it could not have escaped you how fond the Dutch are of their 'Broodje Kaas'. In the weekend, many families upgrade their breakfast or lunch to a baguette a la fromage. There are two great French bakeries in Amsterdam that would even impress les Francais amongst us. Check also the post about Amsterdam's best cheese shops and best wine shops, to make your (petit) dejeuner complete.
Le Fournil de Sebastien - a real French Baker in Amsterdam
After running a bakery in France for over 10 years, French Sébastien and his Dutch moved their oven to Amsterdam: Le Fournil de Sebastien (See video presentation below). Besides the ‘usual’ croissants and baguettes, this bakery also makes breads from Sebastien’s region, such as Brioche Vendéenne, Préfou, Canelés de Bordeaux, Madeleines and Michettes. On Saturday mornings a whole crowd of waiting people are waiting outside. Don't be scared off, though, get your number from the machine, and hop next door to the kiosk to get your FT weekend or other weekend magazine. The service is surprisingly quick and fresh bread is constantly made. Also try the French marmelades, or the Prefou bread which goes well with a Bordeaux at 5 o'clock (for example).
Le Fournil de Sébastien (Dutch/French website), French bakery, Olympiaplein 119, Amsterdam.
Gebroeders Niemeyer - sit down and taste la France in the heart of Amsterdam
Gebroeders Niemeyer are two Dutch brothers with a passion Pain Francais. Issa, the baker, has worked in French bakeries to find out the secrets of making baguette, croissants et pains au chocolate. Using a real French stone oven, organic flour crushed in a mill located in France and real sea salt, the brothers Niemeyer serve you the typically French crusty and light bread. Isa also bakes brioche, classic (French) pastries and scones. Marco, the other brother, is a chef de cuisine and uses the best of biological ingredients to make his own marmalade and chutneys. In the room above the bakery, one can sit down with an organic juice or Italian espresso and enjoy a sandwich, pastry, salads and soups. All items on the menu are organic, whenever possible. Besides the bread and pastries, the shop sells French mustard, pickled olives, Portuguese organic olive oil.
Gebroeders Niemeyer, bakery, patisserie, breakfast- and lunchroom, Nieuwendijk 35, Amsterdam. Open daily from 8h15 till 18h30, Sundays from 8h30 till 17h.
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