Café Marcella, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

My time in Amsterdam was coming to a close so for my last lunch I decided to find a small cafe by a canal for a bite to eat and a couple of beers after doing a circuit on one of the canal boats.

I jumped off at the Hermitage Amsterdam and headed over the Skinny Bridge made famous in the James Bond movie “Diamonds are forever” in 1971.

I headed towards the Amstelsluizen, the impressive sluice gates across the Amstel, and turned down the north side of Prinsengracht. It was a delightful walk in the warm Amsterdam spring weather.

After about 10 minutes I stopped at Café “Marcella” and small cafe with an outdoor area on the canal and I sat down at a table that had just been vacated.

After having heard about the Dutch Croquettes several times during the week I thought I’d better give this traditional dish a try.

About 10 or 15 minutes later out came 2 croquettes, 2 pieces of bread and a couple of sachets of Heinz mustard and I started to construct my lunch 🙂 Biting into the now bread and mustard surrounded croquette I had a mouthful of lava hot tasty goodness. The texture was a little weird, more liquid than solid, but the taste was good.

The beer selection was very good. I started with a Dutch De Koninck 2017 from Francke Brouwerij and then a couple of Kriek from the Belgian Brouwerij Lindemans. The Kriek was so refreshing I had a second.

For desert I had a good apple pie and cream.

Café “Marcella” was a really pleasant place to have lunch on a canal and had a decent menu of food and drinks.

Frenzi, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I’m really glad that I stumbled upon Frenzi.

After getting back to my hotel after my outing to Den Haag, I was looking for somewhere close for dinner. I cast the net a little wider than usual and noticed a small cafe no more than 100 metres (as the crow flies) from my hotel, but maybe a 400 or 500 metres walk as I needed to get across The Amstel and a canal.

A great location on a canal looking across to Amstelhoeck and the Flea Market. A corner building that has outdoor seating as well as a nice indoor tiled dining room.

The outside tables were all occupied on this splendid spring evening so I sat inside by the window.

One of the options for dinner is 3 courses (2 tapas + main course + dessert) for €29.50 which is a very good option.

The tapas starters I chose were meatballs with fennel and a spicy dip of tomato and cinnamon, and honey bbq ribs and they were both great.

For my main course I had the casssoulet carcasonne, duck leg with white kidney beans and tomato which was excellent.

Dessert was a scrumptious tiramisu.

Decent wines as well – I had a glass of the recommended sangiovese which complimented the meal.

If I’d managed to get a seat outside I probably would have stayed longer to drink a couple more glasses of wine.

A hidden gem that’s well worth a visit.

Pavlov, Den Haag, The Netherlands

After Mingle Mush and a bit of a walk around Den Haag I’d popped onto Google Maps looking for a somewhere to have lunch and I noticed a place called Pavlov on Spui not too far away.

Walking in around noon I was one of the first patrons in for lunch and helped myself to a seat inside. Unbeknownst to me I could have sat outside on the patio and had a view of Nieuwe Kerk (The New Church).

The lunch menu is quite extensive, and I opted for the Beef burger with tomato onion chutney, pancetta and artisan fries accompanied by a bottle of Imperator, a Maibock / Heller (Helles) Bock by Dutch Koninklijke Brand Bierbrouwerij.

The beef burger was a good feed, very tasty and juicy.

The beer was run of the mill, but went well with the burger.

Heaps of things to explore on the menu if you are in Den Haag.

Mingle Mush, Den Haag, The Netherlands

I’d jumped on the train from Amsterdam Centraal to Den Haag (The Hague) Cantraal and arrived around 70 minutes later and true to form I turned right when I should have turned left as I exited the platform so ended up in the piazza in front of Mingle Mush.

While I got my bearings I sat down in the sun and was able to order a Kornuit, a pilsner, technically for breakfast.

As I was finishing my beer and looking at a map I worked out I was on the wrong side of the railway tracks so I finished my beer, went back through the station and headed into main part of Den Haag to explore for the day.

What I didn’t know at the time was that Mingle Mush is not just a single bar, rather it’s a food court of around 12 or 15 restaurants and bars. If I’d known this I would have stopped for a snack before I jumped back on the train to Amsterdam in the afternoon.

One thing I found interesting was that you can only pay via credit card, even for small purchases. This meant that I don’t end up with a pocket full of coins and there’s no chance of the establishment being robbed. Really cool.

Café Mooy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was originally heading to the Beer Tasting Room In The Wildeman but, as I was to find out, they are closed on Sundays. Luckily, right across the narrow laneway was another bar called Café Mooy.

Café Mooy is an old fashioned / traditional Dutch bar serving a good selection of beers with both inside and outside seating areas.

I sat inside on one of the comfy leather seats by the window while I had a couple of beers.

Firstly I had an Affligem Blonde from the Belgian Affligem Brouwerij, a middle of the road blonde – light, smooth and fruity.

My second beer was Westmalle Trappist Tripel from Antwerp based Brouwerij der Trappisten van Westmalle. This was a great tasting strong beer that I really enjoyed.

Café Mooy is a pleasant place for a Sunday afternoon beer.