Amsterdam

By Dorothy

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Had a heavy, meaty dinner at this brasserie with cheeky decor. We tried classic Dutch bitterballens for a starter -- they are basically meat croquettes. Not my cup of tea. The classic burger and ribs were pretty good. It was rather dark in there so I could only take blurry photos.

It seems like Amsterdam is a lot more kid friendly than Paris when it comes to dining out. Even a loud, divey pub like this has a high chair.

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This complex is similar to Chelsea Market in NYC and the Ferry Building in SF. However, in addition to a food hall and crafty shops, it also houses a movie theater and a small public library. There was a decent variety of food to choose from -- craft beer, burgers, seafood, traditional Dutch food, Mexican, Vietnamese, dim sum, etc. We tried a bunch of things, including a burger, fries, Vietnamese spring rolls, and this soft shell crab bao that looked more appealing than it tasted. The food could be better, but it’s a nice space to meet up with friends.

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Then we walked through Albert Cuypmarkt, described as one of the largest open markets in the Netherlands: www.iamsterdam.com/en/visiting/what-to-do/shopping/amsterdam-markets/albert-cuypmarkt.

Though it was interesting to visit the half-food, half-flea market, it was a bit ho-hum compared to the ones in Paris. I know I sound like a total Francophile right now, but it’s tough not to compare the two since we were just there.

Afterwards, we ate at kitschy Middle Eastern restaurant that was once an old church. I had a durum, which was a grilled kebab rolled in garlic yogurt sauce and flatbread. It was a nice change from all of the bistro and brasserie food we’ve been eating for the past month. The bathroom decor was pretty neat.

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