Here’s a pick of some of my favourite haunts in Amsterdam for all occassions:
Cafe Americain – The American Hotel is a my preferred place to stay. The art deco restaurant downstairs has jazz musicians, great cocktails, first rate food. 97 Leidsekade. http://www.edenamsterdamamericanhotel.com/overview.aspx
Akbar India – if you’re craving Indian and there is no Bukhara! This is an excellent next best. Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 15.
De Witte Uyl. Frans Hulstraat 26.
Danzig. This huge cafe is joined to the opera house. Great atmosphere and reliable fare.
De Jarren. A casual, pleasant cafe that works well for lunch and has great canal views. Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22. http://www.diningcity.nl/cafedejaren/
Patisserie Kuyt. This is a trendy little coffee shop for a quality cake and coffee. http://www.patisseriekuyt.nl/