Foodhallen is a compact indoor food court located in a former tram depot in the west of Amsterdam, near the Ten Kate street market. Opened in 2014, it was loosely inspired by international food markets such as London’s Borough Market and Madrid’s Mercado de San Miguel.
Foodhallen Amsterdam contains a central bar plus around 20 different stands from local food businesses and entrepreneurs. There are a reasonable number of seats and benches around to enjoy your food – although it can get quite busy, especially at weekends.
The flavour at Foodhallen Amsterdam is both local and international. Stall highlights currently include:
De Ballen Bar – Homemade bitterballen (Dutch croquette-meatballs) run by Michelin star chef Peter Gast
Bulls and Dogs – Gourmet hot dogs (sausage sandwiches)
The Butcher – The Amsterdam gourmet burger bar has a stall at Foodhallen
Dim Sum Thing – Cantonese dumplings
Dutch Meatball Company – Pork, chicken or veggie meatballs
Fento – Mexican inspired dishes, Fresh, Ethical, Nutritious, Tasty & Organic (FENTO)
Holy Fried Chicken – Fried chicken with a gourmet twist
Jabugo Bar Iberico – Spanish deli featuring Iberico ham
Maza – Mediterranean food such as hummus and mezze plates
Mer du Nord – Oysters and local fish dishes
The Noodle Shop – Fresh noodles with vegan and gluten-free options
Renato’s – Italian pizza stall
The Rough Kitchen – Slow cooked pork dishes
Shirkhan – Mumbai street food grilled or cooked in a tandoor clay oven
Mr Temaki – Freshly prepared Japanese sushi
Viet View – Vietnamese street food such as fresh rice paper rolls (Goi cuon)
Adjacent to Foodhallen is the spacious Kanarie Club bar.
Every Friday and Saturday from 1700 at Foodhallen there is the Beats & Bites event featuring live music or DJs.
The De Hallen building dates from the 19th century and has been renovated in a modern industrial chic style with lots of exposed brickwork.
The De Hallen complex also contains Hotel De Hallen and its bistro-restaurant Remise47, TV studios, FilmHallen (a 9 screen cinema), a small public library (OBA) with café and a few shops/boutiques. Outside can be found the Ten Kate street market.
Foodhallen has become a welcome addition to the Amsterdam food scene. Reviews have been mainly positive although some visitors have complained about the relatively high prices for some of the dishes. Also ordering and payment is being funneled through an app, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
If you are passionate foodie and enjoy eating on informal communal tables then it is probably worth a visit.
It is not on the same scale as Rotterdam’s Markthal. Foodhallen also has small food courts in Rotterdam (Wilhelminaplein) and The Hague (Haagsche Bluf).
Foodhallen Amsterdam Essential Info
|Open daily 1200-2300 (Sun-Thu), 1200-0000 (Fri/Sat).
|Admission Prices (2021)
|Free entrance into the De Hallen building.
|To reach Foodhallen you can either walk from the city centre (about 15-20 mins) or take either tram 17 from Central Station or tram 7 from Leidseplein to the “Ten Katestraat” stop. You can enter the Foodhallen via the De Hallen passageway which connects Ten Katestraat and Tollensstraat.
Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, 1053 AT Amsterdam
Last updated 11 October 2021. This article was first published in 2014 and has been regularly updated.