Hotel de Goudfazant isn’t actually a hotel, it’s an ever-trendy, slightly rugged restaurant that’s slowly cemented itself to be one of the most trusty sources for honest, informal but quality food in the city.
De Goudfazant was one of the first to acknowledge that Amsterdam Noord is indeed the hottest part of town. Separated from the Centre by the IJ, the North used to be ignored by everyone on the other side (including me, I’m ashamed to admit). But take every chance you can to visit the North during your stay. It’s glowing.
De Goudfazant was also among the first of the now plenty of restaurants housed in repurposed old factory or school buildings (like Rijsel (by far the best food in town, in an old school), Old School (name says it all), Cafe-Restaurant Amsterdam (all-time favorite in an ancient water pump factory) and De Goudfazant’s own little youngest sibling Cafe Modern, also in Amsterdam Noord, in what was once a bank, safe intact. De Goudfazant’s big open space (with that awesome bottle chandelier!) used to be a garage.
The front part of the restaurant is lined with rows of white-decked tables and cute red chairs, and it’s always packed. Don’t come here for a quiet dinner for two, but do please bring your whole family and enjoy their reasonably priced French-style food.