Amsterdam Is for Gay Foodies and Luxe Lovers

Its reputation for canals and freewheeling coffee shops belies a bonafide paradise for those who seek the finer things in life


September 27, 2016 :: 9:30 AM

Not unlike Las Vegas, Amsterdam has cultivated its raffish reputation for years—and yet, of late, the city of canals has become as renowned for its restaurants as for its cannabis “coffee shops.” The little fishing village on the River Amstel that was founded around 1250 and soon celebrated for its beer, herring, and spices is now a culinary destination befitting the 180 nationalities that call Amsterdam home. 

With 28 Michelin stars, Amsterdam is a city of savvy gourmands who welcome more than 10 million annual visitors to their table. In keeping with Amsterdam’s love of gastronomy, this year’s presentation of Michelin stars for the Michelin Guide Netherlands was held at the DeLaMar Theatre, where numerous Dutch chefs received their coveted Michelin stars and Bib Gourmands.  

Celebrated for its small city charms amidst a cosmopolitan pulse, Amsterdam is enjoying a citywide renaissance. Restored museums and new galleries are complemented by several new five-star hotels. With the heart and soul of a village, Amsterdam is a city of well-defined neighborhoods, each one possessing its own distinct character. Wander like a flaneur and soak up Amsterdam’s pleasures.

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