Café-Restaurant Amsterdam is situated in a most impressive building: an old Pumping Station, built in the late 1800s, and kept operational right through to 1996 – when the super stylish restaurant opened in the engine room, with much of the original machinery and decoration in tact.
Even the lighting is larger than life, supplied by 22 huge original floodlights sourced from Amsterdam’s football stadiums! On warm days, diners can sit outside along the canal – though I kind of prefer the soaring ceilings and original metalwork of the interior, myself.
An atmospheric spot for dinner – or just as fabulous at lunch, when daylight affords you a better view of the place – the menu is French-influenced and extensive. Expect to pay no more than €10 for lunch, or around €18 for a main course at dinner.
Watertorenplein 6, 1051 PA Amsterdam, Netherlands