For the Jewish tourist Amsterdam can be divided in two
Center of Amsterdam – Tourist attractions and the 'Chabad House'
South of Amsterdam – Synagogues and Kosher food
It takes around 30 minutes by public transportation to get from the center of town to the south of Amsterdam.
We recommend visitors to book rooms in hotels near the Heineken Experience.
The Chabad House
The Chabad House is located in the heart of the Albert Cuyp Market.
We have a synagogue, coffee-corner, we provide tourist information, and of course information about our Shabbat meals.
The airport is called: Schiphol
Language spoken: Dutch (Most people also speak excellent English)
Currency: Euro €
Population: Around 800.000 people in the city of Amsterdam
Public transportation is very well organized throughout the entire city.
Please click here for info on public transportation within the city.
There are many bike-lanes, as riding on bikes is the most popilar, fast and easy way of moving around the city, and so it’s recommended to rent bikes, especially in summer.
How to get to the center of Amsterdam from Schiphol airport:
In the middle of the terminal you’ll find escalators that take you down to the trains, but before going down one first needs to purchase a ticket, either at the electronic ticket-stands in the middle of the terminal, or at the ticket office. As many trains from the airport pass the center of Amsterdam, you need to make sure to get onto a train that stops there as well. Therefore look at the signs which trains stop at ‘Centraal Station’ or 'Amsterdam CS'.
A one-way ticket costs €5.
For advance ticket purchase and for more information please click here.
Bus #197, outside the terminal you’ll find several bus platforms.
Look for platform B9 or B11.
The bus passes every 15 minutes.
A one-way ticket costs around €5.
We recommend you only use recognized taxi companies and advice strongly not to accept rides from private drivers who hang around the arrivals hall.
Taxis can be found when exiting the terminal.
From the airport to the center of Amsterdam costs approximately €42 for up to 4 people, €55 for up to 7 people.
For Hebrew speaking drivers and very friendly service please contact Easyrider.
Parking in the city center is very expensive, around €6 per hour. If you come to Amsterdam by car and would like to tour the city, we recommend you park in the Rai car parking at €1 per day, and to take the metro to the city center, which is a very short ride. Please click here for details on the parking.
Anne Frank House
Albert Cuyp Market
Canal Boat Ride
This is Holland
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Above mentioned tourist company Easyrider , is owned by Israelis who provide tour packages around the country, with pickup from the hotel.
We also highly recommend 'We are Amsterdam' An Israeli-owned tourist company that provides tours, tickets to attractions, canal cruises and more.
The Rabbinate of Amsterdam made an Eruv that surrounds almost the entire city of Amsterdam.
Please click here for a map of the Eruv.
Kosher shops and restaurants
Lovely place for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is located on the lower floor of the Chabad House. A selection of entrees, meats, fish and desserts at reasonable prices. The place is under the Chabad House kashrut.
Meat restaurant, Israeli style - a 15 minute ride from the center.
A local supermarket with a kosher department
All Kosher restaurants are under rabbinical supervision of the Amsterdam rabbinate which is considered Mehadrin.
All meat is Glatt and all dairy is Cholov Yisroel.
The following restaurants are all located in the south of Amsterdam, in the area called ‘Buitenveldert’.
Golan – Steakhouse
Meat me kosher – Steakhouse
Pizza & Co – Pizza, Falafel, French fries
Rimon Deli – Bakery, Coffee corner, Grocery and Catering
Mouwes – Grocery, Coffee corner
Marcus – Butcher
Supermarkets with Kosher departments
- Buitenveldert Kastelenstraat (big department, including frozen food items.)
- In the center: Ferdinand Bolstraat 89B, 1072 LD Amsterdam
Several Kosher products can be purchased in shops from certain chains around the country, like Lidl, AH, Jumbo.
Fruits and vegetables, but be careful with fruit and vegetables from Israel because of Trumot and Maasrot, and with Orlah by fruit.
Pasta without eggs
Fruit juices that are 100% natural are permissible, make sure they don’t contain grapes (called Druiven in Dutch)
Please click on the Kashrut-list from the Rabbinate of the Netherlands (available in Dutch and English only).
Dairy products that appear on this list are not Cholov Yisroel! Kosher bread can only be found in the kosher stores!
We are trying to update this page from time to time for the benefit of travelers, this page was last updated on 04/06/2020
Enjoy and stay safe,
The Chabad House staff