Alkmaar, a charming city in the Netherlands, is not only known for its picturesque canals and historic architecture but also for its thriving food scene. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide where to dine.
That’s why I’ve compiled a list of must-try restaurants in Alkmaar. From traditional Dutch cuisine to international flavors, there’s something for everyone on this list. Let’s take a culinary journey through Alkmaar!
The best restaurants in Alkmaar
With so many options, it’s hard to choose where to go. Here are some of the top restaurants in Alkmaar that you should try at least once:
De Heeren van Sonoy
De Heeren van Sonoy is located in a former monastery in the city centre of Alkmaar, at the Hof van Sonoy. The Hof van Sonoy is one of the famous so-called “Alkmaar courtyards”.
If you’re looking for a beautiful location, then this is definitely one of the best restaurants in Alkmaar to visit. It’s a little more expensive, however the location makes up for this.
This restaurant is a unique place to eat, located in one of Alkmaar’s most beautiful buildings: the Schuttersgilde. For a fixed amount, you can choose from a wide range of tasty dishes from European cuisine.
The Lindentuin offers a nice and different all-you-can-eat dining experience in a good atmosphere. At the time of writing it costs 38.50 euros per person.
At the edge of the city centre of Alkmaar you will find De Eendracht ‘t IJkgebouw: a historic building dated back to 1887, which now houses a restaurant with traditional, distinctive cuisine.
The restaurant is beautifully renovated with impressive high ceilings. The staff is friendly and attentive and there’s a nice covered terrace, which overlooks a garden. Food quality is very good here and the portion sizes are decent as well. Especially the apple crumble dessert is delicious. All in all, dining here is a great value for money.
Bistro de 13 Balcken
This French restaurant is located in a beautiful monumental building dated from the 17th century. The menu at Bistro de 13 Balcken is full of tasty dishes and there is a typical local Alkmaar atmosphere.
Check out the narrow alleyway next to the restaurant as well in the street called ”Geest”.
ECHT Alkmaar is a cute cafe/restaurant that serves all day breakfast. They have a small terrace in front or you can choose to sit inside. This place is especially good for lunch or breakfast. They serve delicious acai bowls, French pancakes, avocado on toast and more.
Their prices are very reasonable. It’s located near Waagplein, around a minute away by foot, yet is a lot less crowded than the restaurants there.
The Hielander is a true gem in Alkmaar. This place is amazing, as the owners are really nice people and offer a unique experience. They love their Scottish roots and it shows.
The food is delicious and there’s a huge collection of whiskey. The decorations in the restaurant are done in a really cool way too. It’s filled with lots of different Scottish items.
If you’re looking for an excellent restaurant with a high-quality set menu, then ‘t Stokpaardje is perfect for you. It’s not too expensive for such a high-quality restaurant. The people working here are friendly and truly care about what they serve. They are happy to explain the course and accompanying wines.
Restaurant Irodion is located in the centre of Alkmaar. It serves some of the best Greek food in Alkmaar and its surroundings. I would highly recommend visiting this restaurant, especially if you love Greek food. It’s one of my personal favorite restaurants in Alkmaar.
The egg plant dishes here are very delicious and the inside of the restaurant has a really nice atmosphere to it.
If you’re craving authentic Indian cuisine, then Uit India Restaurant is the place to be. As an Indian food lover myself, this restaurant truly captures the essence of Indian flavors. It’s without a doubt one of the best restaurants in Alkmaar. If you’re vegetarian, then this is one of the best choices for you here!
Abby’s Restaurant is a must-visit spot in Alkmaar. It’s a favorite restaurant among locals and is located nearby the famous windmill called Molen van Piet. The atmosphere is warm and the staff is friendly. The menu is a mix of traditional Dutch cuisine and international flavors.
Whether you’re a meat lover or a vegetarian, Abby’s has got you covered. Their steaks are juicy, their seafood is fresh and their vegetarian dishes are filled with flavor.
Fernando’s Bar Restaurant
Fernando’s Bar Restaurant is where you can experience the perfect blend of great food and a vibrant atmosphere. If you’re in the mood for something different, this place won’t disappoint. The fusion cuisine they offer is a nice surprise.
This is the perfect place if you’re looking for a delicate 5-course surprise menu. They also have an impressive collection of craft beers, wines and cocktails.
Rue de la Plume
For a truly extraordinary dining experience, make your way to Rue de la Plume. This place is a gem, and it’s no wonder they’ve earned their Michelin star. It’s where culinary art meets perfection. They offer various surprise menus. The menu is a masterpiece, with each dish carefully crafted by talented chefs.
Prepare to be amazed by the symphony of flavors and the incredible presentation. The restaurant is home to an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to indulge in fine dining, Rue de la Plume is the place to be.
Neder is a hidden treasure in Alkmaar and definitely one of the best restaurants here. This charming restaurant offers a cosy and intimate setting. Their focus on local and seasonal ingredients truly shines through in their menu. The attentive service and warm ambiance make it a favorite among locals.
Restaurant Le Bon
If you’re in the mood for a touch of elegance and sophistication, look no further than Restaurant Le Bon. This place is a true gem in Alkmaar. The menu showcases French-inspired cuisine at its finest.
From seafood dishes to meats and exquisite desserts, each plate is a work of culinary art. The staff at Le Bon are knowledgeable and attentive, ensuring that your dining experience is nothing short of perfection.
Another fantastic Greek restaurant is Mylos. The restaurant is located near Waagplein, yet it’s not as crowded as the terraces there. For a delicious Greek meal, this is one of your best options in Alkmaar. It’s an affordable restaurant with kind staff and great gyros!
Craving some authentic Italian cuisine? Mamma Peppino is one of the best restaurants to go to in Alkmaar. This cosy Italian restaurant feels like a home away from home. The rustic decor creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that makes you feel like home.
They don’t have a menu, as they work with the most fresh ingredients, which I think is a really good concept. Each dish is prepared with love and attention to detail. Mamma Peppino is a hidden treasure that you don’t want to miss in Alkmaar.
Soepp is a cosy spot that is especially beautifully decorated. The atmosphere is very informal and relaxed. If you’re looking for an Instagram-worthy restaurant, then this is it.
It’s a nice spot in the centre of Alkmaar and I would highly recommend going here for lunch, breakfast or just a relaxing drink while you’re exploring Alkmaar and its many things to do.
Roberto Bar e Cucina
Roberto Bar e Cucina is another great restaurant in Alkmaar. This place is a true gem for Italian cuisine lovers. The menu offers a wide selection of traditional Italian dishes, prepared with passion and expertise. Don’t forget to save room for their delicious desserts.
Blue District Restaurant
Looking for a place that offers a unique dining experience? Blue District Restaurant is a restaurant worth checking out. This establishment takes pride in its creative dishes and contemporary atmosphere. The menu features a fusion of flavors and textures.
From innovative seafood creations to bold and adventurous combinations, Blue District Restaurant is a haven for food lovers looking for something different. Don’t miss the opportunity to go on a culinary adventure in this vibrant and trendy setting.
Mooij Alkmaar is a great spot when the sun is shining and you’re looking for a nice place to have lunch on a terrace. It’s located next to a canal, so I would especially choose this place if a lovely location is important to you. It’s also a popular place to visit amongst locals.
These are some of the top restaurants in Alkmaar. Whether you’re craving some Dutch food, Indian cuisine, Italian excellence or other international flavors, these restaurants are definitely worth visiting during your time here.
Enjoy exploring the best restaurants this city has to offer and let me know which one you enjoyed most! And don’t forget to discover the top things to do here and the best places to stay.
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