Dutch pancakes are an entirely different species than American pancakes, French crêpes, South Indian dosa or any other pancake you may have been exposed to. With the diameter of a satellite dish, Dutch pancakes are often savory (bacon, ham, cheese), sometimes sweet (pineapple, banana, apple), and always consumed for dinner: most pancake restaurants don't open until well after breakfast time! Pancakes and their little cousins, poffertjes, are a popular and typically Dutch meal that tourists in Amsterdam should sample at least once. These top pancakes restaurants in Amsterdam are excellent choices for superior pancakes.
Open daily, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The quality is in the details at Pancakes!, who source their flour from an authentic Dutch windmill in nearby Hoofddorp. Pancakes! doesn't only offer Dutch pancakes, but also features international pancakes like Russian blini, French clafoutis and Korean pajeon. Also open for breakfast; I amsterdam card holders receive a 25% discount before 1 p.m.
Open Fri 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sat 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Mon - Thurs.)
Phenomenally tiny but always cozy, the Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs is traditional Dutch food and atmosphere at its best. True to its name, visitors have to climb a precipitously steep staircase - typical of old Dutch row houses - for a taste of some of the best sweet and savory pancakes in town.
Open daily, 12 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
The Pancake Bakery is the most touristic of the list, but nevertheless a solid favorite for their extensive menu of pancakes, poffertjes and kid's dishes. It also has the most variety of non-pancake dishes, from soups and salads to hearty omelettes. Bonus: it's just a stone's throw from the Anne Frank Huis.