8 Weelchair-friendly breakfast hotspots in Amsterdam

8 Weelchair-friendly breakfast hotspots in Amsterdam

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A growing number of Amsterdam’s restaurants are taking breakfast to the next level, perfecting the art of the pancake stack, smashed avo on toast, eggs benedict, and so much more. Whether you’re looking for sweet or savoury, traditional breakfast classics or modern dishes — Amsterdam has it all.

Here are 8 wheelchair-friendly breakfast hotspots in Amsterdam: 

1. Dignita

Dignita's Banoffee American pancake stack

Surrounded by a beautiful lush garden, Dignita (Hoftuin) is a charming all-day brunch restaurant in central Amsterdam. The menu includes a “classic” Dutch breakfast platter, pancake stacks, granola, poached eggs, courgette fritters, and fresh salmon.

Dignita’s motto is “eat well, do good“. With a focus on sustainability, its chefs use organic and free range ingredients from local suppliers where possible. Dignita is also part of ‘Not for Sale‘, a global organisation that uses social enterprises and training programmes to support vulnerable groups in society.

Please note only Dignita’s Hoftuin location is wheelchair-friendly.

The Dignita (Hoftuin) entrance has two wide manual doors. Inside there are various low tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include a 1 cm threshold at the entrance and tight manoeuvring space when the restaurant is busy. 

2. Lotti's Cafe, Bar & Grill

Lotti's avo toast with poached eggs

Located inside The Hoxton, Lotti’s is a trendy restaurant with a cosy living room vibe. Lotti’s serves a range of dishes like a Full English Breakfast, avocado toast with poached eggs, chia bowls, American pancakes and whipped tofu.

Lotti’s entrance has a manually operated door and a (wide) step of a few cm high. Inside there is a platform lift down to the seating area. The restaurant has low tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include the  step at the entrance and potentially tight space between furniture when the restaurant is busy.

3. Pancakes Amsterdam

Pancakes Amsterdam's pancake with goats cheese, spinach, and pine nuts

This restaurant serves all the pancakes you could possibly dream up. The menu includes classic Dutch pancakes, American pancake stacks, and modern pancakes with a twist. There’s even a possibility of choosing your own ingredients! Pancakes Amsterdam is a particularly spacious and child-friendly restaurant.

Please note only the Pancakes Amsterdam Westermarkt location is wheelchair-friendly. 

Pancakes Amsterdam (Westermarkt) has automatic entrance doors, low tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include a 2 cm threshold at the entrance and the upper floors (only accessible via a staircase). 

4. Blue

Blue's French toast with fruit coulis, almonds, and sour cream

Blue provides a stunning 360 degree view of Amsterdam’s historic centre. From your breakfast table you’ll see the Rijksmuseum, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Central Station, and many other Dutch landmarks. This unique cafe & restaurant has an all-day breakfast menu.

Blue is accessible via a lift in the Kalverpassage. The entrance (lift) has automatic doors. Inside there are low tables and chairs. If the restaurant is busy, space near certain tables will be a tight squeeze. While Blue doesn’t have its own accessible toilet, there’s a wheelchair-friendly loo in the shopping centre a short trip down with the lift. 

5. Coffee & Coconuts

Mexican chilaquiles at Coffee & Coconuts

Coffee & Coconuts is a beach-themed getaway in Amsterdam’s De Pijp neighbourhood. French toast, coconut pancakes, poached eggs, and Mexican “chilaquiles” are just some of your options to start the day.

Coffee & Coconuts’ entrance door is notably heavy. Inside it has low tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet. Potential challenges include the space (tight when busy) and the fact that the accessible toilet has no support rails/ is partly used for storage. The upper floors can only be reached via a staircase. 

6. ITA Brasserie

ITA Brasserie's theatre breakfast

ITA Brasserie is the place to go for a “classic” Dutch breakfast of eggs, cheese, bread, jam, and fruit. Its historic theatre interior and accessible outdoor terrace make it a great place to have breakfast both indoors and out. 

ITA Brasserie has a revolving door which can be adjusted to allow you to pass through with a wheelchair or other mobility aids. The restaurant has low tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include the space, which can be a tight squeeze when busy.

7. Royal 98

Royal 98's granola and blueberry pancakes

Royal 98 is a must if you’re looking to have breakfast in the city centre. Its breakfast menu includes blueberry pancakes, granola,  fresh fruit, and eggs benedict. Royal 98 also has a continental breakfast buffet. 

Please note the accessible toilet at Royal 98 is on the small side, unsuitable for larger wheelchairs and mobility aids. Click here for details. 

Royal 98 can be accessed via automatic entrance doors at the adjoining Swissotel. Inside there are low tables and chairs and a detachable payment terminal. While Royal 98 has an accessible toilet, it is too small for larger wheelchairs* because the turning space is tight (especially when both support rails are down). Note there is a 2 cm threshold in the doorway connecting the restaurant to the hotel.

* For a spacious nearby accessible toilet I recommend the Royal Palace of Amsterdam or de Bijenkorf. 

8. Podium Mozaiek

Podium Mozaiek's Turkish breakfast

Last but not least, Podium Mozaiek offers a unique culinary experience in Amsterdam: traditional Turkish breakfast! Available on weekends, the breakfast platter (for 1-2 people) is made up of a range of cheese, meat, tahini, olives, honey mascarpone, cherry jam, dried apricots, walnuts, and all sorts of Turkish specialties. Each platter is topped off with traditional tea and a basket of fresh bread.

Podium Mozaiek’s entrance has two wide doors. Inside there is a variety of (low) tables and chairs, a detachable payment terminal, and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include heavy entrance doors, a 1 cm threshold at the entrance, and tight manoeuvring space when the restaurant is busy. 

Feeling hungry? Make sure to check out the Restaurants and Cafe’s page for more accessible restaurants around Amsterdam! 

Thank you to Dignita, ITA Brasserie, Royal 98, Pancakes, Lotti’s, and Podium Mozaiek for providing a complimentary breakfast in relation to this blog post. 

Please note that the above menu & breakfast examples are from February 2020. Breakfast options may differ if/ when restaurants update their menus. 

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Josephine Rees

My name is Josephine Rees (1993) and I am Dutch-British. I was raised in Tokyo and Moscow and moved to The Netherlands to study Anthropology & Human Geography in 2012. After briefly living in Thailand and Cambodia, I am now based in Amsterdam. I love exploring this beautiful city and hope to help others by sharing exciting accessibility tips.

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