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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Amp Up in Amsterdam


2. Where to Eat

Settle in for a nautical dinner and views of the city at Pont 13.  

Slurp oysters ($16.50) on a rustic ferry built in 1927 at Pont 13, a quirky French restaurant in the industrial waterfront area. Sit at a vintage wooden table while taking in an unmatched view of the city and dining on specialties like Dorado bruschetta and expertly cooked duck with cheesy potatoes and bacon (both $26.70).

Get a taste of Indonesia when you order the Rijsttafel, or rice table ($40), at destination restaurant Blauw. Presented in more than a dozen brightly colored ramekins, the meat, vegetable, and fish dish displays the scope of flavors in Indonesian cuisine. Two people can easily share one order, but request an extra side of Sate Oedang (grilled shrimp skewers; $14.70), and try the Spekkoek layer cake for dessert ($12.30).

Gear up for a night out at the year-old bistro Braque, which becomes more bar than restaurant as the night rolls on. Start with seared scallops with celeriac-truffle cream ($15.75) followed by the peppery entrecôte ($26), then stick around to share a bottle of prosecco ($34.20) before heading out to one of De Pijp’s watering holes nearby.

Published on Dec 2, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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