Brunch was an institution in Montreal, a weekend rite of passage, the perfect start to a slow morning or a worthy celebration after a night out. The excitement of going out for a delicious brunch, whether it be eggs & bacon or french toast or pancakes, never failed me. And there were so many great places in Montreal including Le Vieux St. Laurent, L’Avenue, Beauty’s and Bagel Etc (read more in my Montreal Eats roundup). I was so excited to finally try G&T’s really, really nice place (Goudsbloemstraat 91) in the heart of the Jordaan…
And turns out the owners are Canadian, and one even attended McGill University… And graduated just a year before I started my first year! Everything about G&T’s was perfect. The ex-brown cafe in the Jordaan has been transformed into a comfy living room with subtle trinkets and treasures…
And their brunch menu… From Breakfast Burritos to their famous Eggs Benedict and (oh-so Canadian) Challah French Toast, there’s something for everyone. And reminiscing my Montreal brunch days, I opted for the Challah French Toast topped with bananas and cinnamon sugar. Oh, they didn’t disappoint.
Be sure to make a reservation online for weekend brunch, from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. G&T’s also serves cocktails (a Bloody Mary to go with your Eggs Benedict, maybe?) and hosts movie nights, so be sure to check their agenda for weekly events. G&T’s really, really nice place can be found on Goudsbloemstraat 91.
Last month, I had the opportunity to visit the NeighbourFood Market in the lovely Westergasfabriek. It’s great, living so close to the Westerpark. From the “Cool Globes” exhibition in September to the monthly Sunday Markets, there’s always something to enjoy at the Westergasfabriek.
This “neighborhood” market is a platform for bio-farmers, top traiteurs, bakers, butchters, local chefs, fanatic foodies, barista’s… The list goes on.
From deliciously brewed coffee to Spanish tapas and homemade carrot cake with lemon icing, there’s something for everyone and I guarantee you won’t leave hungry.
The third edition of the NeighbourFood Market is coming up this Sunday 18 March at the Westergasfabriek in the Westerpark, between 11am and 4pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.
Here’s another cafe to add to the collection of lunch cafes in Amsterdam, a collection that includes a few of my favorites: Cafe George (Leidsegracht 84), Greenwoods (Singel 103), Latei (Zeedijk 143) and Singel 404 (Singel 404). This little gem, Toos & Roos, is located on the picturesque Herengracht, right below the Raadhuisstraat.
The interior is simple, but that only adds to the charm, and I especially love the large black-framed photographs on the wall.
(It also helps that a friend of mine works here a few days a week, hence the cute notes!) Toos & Roos is located on the Herengracht 309, and is open daily from 9am and on Sunday from 10am. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday, and here for previous Coming Up posts.
The other week, I met up with this lovely lady at De Stadskantine (Van Woustraat 120). I’m not too familiar with this part of town, but another friend of mine just moved here and I’ve added several cafes on my to-visit list! This little restaurant/cafe is nestled on the corner of the busy Van Woustraat and Van Ostadestraat, has a New York style cafe feel to it, and it was refreshingly quiet on a Saturday morning.
They have a new menu set everyday, which you can check online. They also have a set menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As we just missed breakfast (until 12), we ordered warm sandwiches that were prepared fresh.
An easy-going neighborhood cafeteria with class. De Stadskantine is located in Amsterdam-Zuid at Van Woustraat 120. It is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 10pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 10pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.
The other day on my way home from school, I biked up Singel on my way home, past the Torensluis, home to the lovely Cafe Van Zuylen (Torensteeg 4-8) and the chocolatier Puccini Bomboni (Singel 184).
Amsterdam has a number of delicious chocolatiers, including Unlimited Delicious (Haarlemmerstraat 122) and Jordino (Haarlemmerdijk 25) on the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk. But Puccini Bomboni’s location on the Singel makes it worth a trip in itself.
In addition, their chocolates are incredibly delicious. Their original bomboni are made on the premises according to traditional recipes using only the finest natural ingredients. And their products have a wide variety of flavors including cranberry, vanilla poppyseed, thyme and apple to name a few.
Puccini Bomboni has two locations: Staalstraat 17, open Monday and Sunday from 12-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Singel 184, open Monday and Sunday from 12-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.
The Bijenkorf (Dam 1), or ‘The Beehive,’ is a luxury department store featuring a wide selection of items, from clothing to home interiors and furniture, from books and CDs to baked goods and snacks. The Bijenkorf dates back to 1870 when Philip Goudsmit opened his first shop, selling buttons and sewing supplies, on the Nieuwedijk in Amsterdam. More information about the Bijenkorf on the website.
The Bijenkorf Kitchen, located on the top floor of the building, has been modeled as an ‘open kitchen‘ and features cuisines from all over the world. There’s even a frozen yoghurt counter of Frozz (see previous post). Here are some photographs from a recent visit to the Bijenkorf Kitchen…
The Bijenkorf (Dam 1) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am to 7pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 7pm, Thursday and Friday from 10am to 9.30pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 7pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.