Welcome to Restaurant Café Van Puffelen

Restaurant Cafe van Puffelen is located on the Prinsengracht. In the middle of the Jordaan district, in the area around the characteristic ’Negen Straatjes’ (nine little streets): they couldn’t have had a better location. Once just a small and authentic Amsterdam ‘bruin cafe’ (brown bar), but after a couple of expansions Restaurant Cafe van Puffelen has become a hotspot in the city and a place that every ‘Amsterdammer’ knows. Therefore, Van Puffelen is visited by a variety of people: from locals to students and from tourists to families.


Divided over two monumental canal houses, in Van Puffelen you can enjoy a relaxed and tasteful dinner in the restaurant and have a drink in the cosy bar. The restaurant has a stylish but intimate atmosphere and the menu offers a variety of ‘honest’ dishes: fish, meat and vegetarian. The kitchen mainly serves the French/Italian inspired cuisine, but also serves dishes with an oriental touch. The wine list is juist as international and diverse. You can see our menu here.

Van Puffelen is also very suitable to welcome large(r) groups. Please visit our group page for more information.


The cafe is the place where it al started in the eighties: a ‘bruine kroeg’ (brown pub) with a few tables. The bar still breathes this atmosphere of a genuine Amsterdam pub. You can choose from a wide selection of draft beers.

Van Puffelen is the place for an evening with beers and friends, to have lunch on the canal side terrace during a sunny summer day, or ‘borrelen’ (to have drinks) with, of course, typical Dutch bitterballen (dutch meatballs). The bar is also thé best location in the center of Amsterdam to have a birthday party or a graduation party.

Restaurant Cafe van Puffelen is open for dinner and drinks daily and for lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Our favorite spring products

Every year, Restaurant Van Puffelen welcomes the arrival of spring. And this is not just because from this moment on, we will be able to enjoy our canalside terrace again, but also because spring brings us some of our favorite produce. Thus we serve crisp green asparagus with our salmon tartare, roasted spring vegetables as an accompaniment to our grilled steak of beef and fresh rhubarb in a rhubarb-apple crumble tart. Curious? Please have a look at our menu.

‘Borrelen’ on your boat

When the sun is shining and you would like to have a little boat party on the Amsterdam canals, Van Puffelen is the place where you can get some snacks to go with it. A portion of bitterballen for example, cheese sticks or a platter of mixed snacks. Take a look at our snack menu and give us a call at 0031-20 624 62 70. After a few minutes you can pick up your snacks in our bar – right on the Prinsengracht canal side.

Do you prefer to take a break for a delicious lunch or dinner? On the Prinsengracht, at a 100 meters distance from Van Puffelen, you will find a large jetty (opposite Hotel Pulitzer). Please take a look at our lunch and dinner menu, and our three course group menu.

Local and organic products at Van Puffelen

Now available at Restaurant Van Puffelen: beer produced by the Amsterdam brewery Brouwerij ‘t IJ. The Zatte is a ‘triple’, the category reserved for the stronger, blond beers in Belgian tradition. It is a full-bodied, golden beer with a scent of fresh fruit mingled here and there with a hint of grain. The flavour is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste.

Van Puffelen prefers to work with local and organic products. We serve Hoeksche Rooie potatoes (a sustainably grown, recognized regional potato from the Hoeksche Waard area) and we only work with free range eggs. Our veal comes from calves that are fully organically bred at Eco Fields farm in the Veluwe village of Wekerom, and the beef from the Lindenhoff farm in Baambrugge. Also, we serve bread from Vanmenno and ‘bitterballen’ (a typical Dutch snack) with a three star ‘Better Life’-mark. For more information, please visit our ‘ Partners‘ page.

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