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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Amsterdam

By Janette

Marketeer and social media expert who just "happens" to speak Chinese fluently. Moved to the capital two years ago and shares her Amsterdam discoveries with you.

August 11, 2017

More and more Chinese tourists discover the beauty of Amsterdam. The city has everything you want for your trip overseas. Enjoy the rich history, great shopping streets and the most beautiful diamond jewelry in the “City of Diamonds”. Amsterdam has always been a hodgepodge of many cultures and traditions. The museums aren’t the only places where you find a reflection of these mixes of culture. One of the best places to notice this is in one of many restaurants in Amsterdam. Whichever food you like: Amsterdam has a restaurant that serves it.

One of the cultures that really settled in Amsterdam, is the Chinese one. More than 100 years ago, many Chinese people went to the Netherlands and you can still see their legacy here. Over the years, they have also established some of the best Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam. The Chinese department of Royal Coster Diamonds created the Top 5 best Chinese Restaurants in Amsterdam for you:

1. FuLu Mandarijn Amsterdam

Located in the city center, near Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and the Central Station. FuLu Mandarijn (Mandarin) Amsterdam is one of the best Chinese and Asian restaurants in the area. It is famous for its Sichuan and Cantonese food. Many travelers recommend the kitchen of FuLu Mandarijn. As it turns out, the taste of the Sichuan food is exactly the same as in Sichuan itself. One of the best things at FuLu is that you can choose the level of spiciness on an individual level.

Sichuan food on a table
Address FuLu Mandarijn Amsterdam
Rokin 26
1012 KS Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 623 0885

2. Sea Palace

Next to Amsterdam Central Station and with its characteristic Chinese pagoda-style architecture a landmark of Amsterdam since 1984. Sea Palace is the first floating restaurant in Europe. The large restaurant specializes in Cantonese food, but many say the Beijing duck is also very delicious. Sea palace also serves hot pot, seafood and traditional dim sum, made by a dim sum chef.

Cantonese food hot pot on a table
Address Sea Palace
Oosterdokskade 8
11011 AE Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 62 64 777

3. Oriental City

Near the Royal Palace, about a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, you’ll find Oriental City. This restaurant is suitable for both the local Chinese and foreign guests who aren’t used to the Far East cuisine yet. The Hong Kong chefs are specialized in authentic Cantonese dishes. However, Oriental City also serves other dishes such as various dim sums, roasted meats and a lot of sea food.

Cantonese dim sum food on a table
Address Oriental City
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177-179
1012 EV Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 626 8352

4. Sichuan Food

Hidden in one of the side streets in the Amsterdam city center is the first Chinese restaurant in Europe to win a Michelin star. Between the many modern eateries and bars, you can easily overlook Sichuan Food. Drop by, but don’t let the outdated décor deceive you. The food and the service make up for that big time. The specialty, Beijing Duck, attracts many important visitors from all over the world. They still serve this dish as it is supposed to. It comes in three courses with thin pancakes, delicate garniture and a tasty authentic sauce. Other specialties include fresh oysters and dim sum.

Traditional Beijing Duck dish on a table
Address Sichuan Food
Reguliersdwarsstraat 35
1017 BK Amsterdam
+31 (0) 20 626 9327

5. New King Zeedijk

This Cantonese restaurant close to the Amsterdam Central Station has many loyal and returning customers. Both Chinese and Dutch people favor this restaurant. However, don’t expect a traditional Chinese décor with bamboo and an aquarium filled with carps. Though everything tastes good, New King’s specialty is the Sui Kau dumplings. You can eat them however you want: individual or in a soup, fried or not. This restaurant is definitely recommended. However, it is wise to make a reservation instead of dropping by random. The place is always packed!

Sui Kau dumplings Chinese food
Address New King
Zeedijk 115-117
1012 AV Amsterdam
+31 (0) 625 2180

Enjoy your meal!

Hopefully, you’ll stay long enough in Amsterdam to try at least one of these restaurants. However, if you don’t feel like having Chinese food but instead like to try the local kitchen you should try these typical Dutch foods. For more activities in and tips about Amsterdam to make your trip to the Netherlands amazing, please contact us.

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