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8 Wheelchair-Friendly Restaurants in Amsterdam

Text by Josephine Rees. Photo by Roselinde Bon
Able Amsterdam

June, 2020

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Amsterdam has a great bustling restaurant scene. It offers a range of international cuisines, trendy interiors, and menus for every budget. While accessibility can still be a real challenge, a number of the city’s restaurants are doing it right. Many of these wheelchair accessible restaurants in Amsterdam can be found on Disabled Accessible Travel’s app, accessaloo. This app includes information and pictures of wheelchair-friendly toilet facilities.

I recently had the opportunity to partner my site, Able Amsterdam, with accessaloo to expand the accessibility reviews of wheelchair accessible restaurants across Amsterdam. As an accessaloo ambassador, I’ve been asked to share some restaurant recommendations in this guest post today. Thanks to accessaloo I can explore new places without the stress of searching for an accessible toilet.

Read on to discover my favorite wheelchair-friendly dining-spots in the Dutch capital!

1. MOJO Japanese Kitchen

MOJO Japanese Kitchen serves traditional Japanese dishes. These include sushi, bento boxes, poké bowls, teppanyaki, and other dishes with a modern twist. The menu offers a variety of à la carte options, as well as all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner. To top it off, this restaurant has a lovely waterfront view near Amsterdam Central Station.

Accessibility & accessaloo

MOJO Japanese Kitchen has a manual entrance door and a lift to the upper floors. The restaurant is spacious. It has low tables, a variety of chairs, and includes a portable payment terminal. An accessible toilet with support rails is located on the ground floor. Potential challenges include the heavy entrance door. Luckily, this is usually wide open during the day.

MOJO Japenese kitchen sushi

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MOJO Japanese kitchen toilet

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2. Frank’s Smoke House

If you’re looking for quality seafood in Amsterdam, Frank’s Smoke House is a must. Frank’s Smoke House started in 1994 as a salmon smokehouse along the Wittenburgergracht. Now, it boasts the largest selection of smoked delicacies in The Netherlands. Along with the original smokehouse, this family-run deli, cafe and restaurant is especially popular amongst Amsterdammers. Smoked salmon, shrimp croquettes, king crab, fish & chips — it’s all there!

Accessibility & accessaloo

Frank’s Smoke House has several manual entrance doors. Inside there are low tables and wooden chairs. There is also a portable payment terminal and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include the small space at the entrance and heavy entrance doors. The adjoining deli is accessible.

Accessible toilet franks

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Accessible bathroom Franks

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3. Lotti’s Café, Bar & Grill

Next up is Lotti’s Café, Bar & Grill, a trendy all-day restaurant inside Amsterdam’s The Hoxton Hotel. It has a central location and a cozy atmosphere. This makes it the perfect spot for a morning coffee, brunch with friends, or late-night candlelit dinner. With its picturesque canalside view of the Herengracht and internationally-inspired menu, this is a place you won’t want to miss.

Accessibility & accessaloo

The entrance door at Lotti’s is manually operated. Inside, an electric wheelchair platform leads down into the restaurant. There are a variety of low tables, chairs, and sofas. Lotti’s also has a portable payment terminal and an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include a small space at the entrance and tight maneuvering space if the restaurant is busy.

Lottis cafe bar and grill eggs on toast

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Lottis cafe bar and grill wheelchair accessible restaurants Amsterdam

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4. Canvas

Canvas is located on the 7th floor of the Volkshotel. It is an affordable and casual restaurant with a panoramic view of Amsterdam. Canvas’ menu includes a variety of Dutch and international options. If you are up for a snack, make sure to try their classic Dutch ‘bitterballen’. On Friday and Saturday nights this restaurant transforms into a lively nightclub that hosts a variety of DJs and musical genres.

Accessibility & accessaloo

The entrance to Canvas (via the Volkshotel) has two wide manual doors. The restaurant can be reached via a lift. Inside it is spacious, with low tables, chairs, and sofas. An accessible toilet with support rails is located on the ground floor of the Volkshotel. Canvas also has a portable payment terminal. Potential challenges include the heavy entrance doors to the hotel.

Canvas wheelchair accessible restaurants Amsterdam

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Accessible toilet Canvas

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5. Dignita

Surrounded by greenery in a beautiful courtyard, Dignita is a peaceful little getaway in central Amsterdam. Its menu includes pancakes, granola, and all sorts of delicious all-day brunch options. Dignita is part of ‘Not for Sale’. This is a worldwide organization that uses training programs to support vulnerable groups in society.

Accessibility & accessaloo

Dignita has multiple locations, however only its Hoftuin restaurant is wheelchair-friendly. The entrance doors are manually operated. Inside you will find low tables and chairs, and a portable payment terminal. The restaurant has an accessible toilet with support rails. Potential challenges include a small threshold at the entrance and tight maneuvering space when the restaurant is busy.

Pancakes Dignita

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Toilet Dignita

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6. Mama Makan

Mama Makan is a stylish Indonesian restaurant and bar. It is located inside the Hyatt Regency in Amsterdam. The pride and joy of this restaurant’s menu is the traditional rijsttafel. A much-loved feast, ‘rijsttafel’ refers to a combination of shared Indonesian side dishes and rice. With a variety of meat, fish, and vegan choices, there’s something for everyone. Mama Makan is also a great place for breakfast, lunch, or a cheeky cocktail at the bar.

Accessibility & accessaloo

Mama Makan can be best accessed via the automatic doors of the hotel entrance. The restaurant is spacious, with a variety of low tables, chairs, and sofas. There is a portable payment terminal. An accessible toilet with support rails can be found in the connecting lobby area.

Mama Makan dish

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Mama Makan accessible toilet

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7. Blue

Located at the top of the Kalverpassage, Blue offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Amsterdam’s historic centre. With the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Central Station, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and plenty of other landmarks in sight, it is a captivating place to have a meal. Blue’s menu includes (all day) breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Accessibility & accessaloo

Blue can be accessed via the lift inside the Kalverpassage shopping centre. The restaurant has a variety of low tables and chairs. It also has a portable payment terminal. While the restaurant does not have its own wheelchair-friendly toilet, you can find one nearby in the Kalverpassage (via the lift). Potential challenges include the restaurant’s upper floors (staircase only) and tight manoeuvring space when busy.

Blue desert

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Blue soup wheelchair accessible restaurants Amsterdam

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8. Bridges

Bridges is an award-winning fish restaurant in central Amsterdam. Guests can choose between à la carte dining, the Chef’s menu, or a special private dining room. This can accommodate up to 12 people and includes a private cocktail bar, a cigar cabinet, and whiskey selection.

Accessibility & accessaloo

Bridges can be best accessed via the Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam entrance. This restaurant has low tables and a variety of chairs. It also includes a portable payment terminal. The restaurant’s accessible toilet can be accessed inside the connecting lobby of the Sofitel hotel.

Bridges toilet wheelchair accessible restaurants Amsterdam

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About Josephine and accessaloo

Josephine Rees (1993) is a Dutch-British resident of Amsterdam who loves exploring the city. Her website, Able Amsterdam, is full of accessibility tips and reviews. Moreover, Josephine is one of the ambassadors of our newest app, accessaloo. This app helps you to find, add, and share accessible toilets at restaurants, museums, or public locations. Josephine has helped us place Amsterdam on the accessaloo map. All the wheelchair accessible restaurants in Amsterdam mentioned above can be found in the app.

See it for yourself! Download accessaloo and get more information on facilities, photos of the toilets, and the exact locations.

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