The book Flavors of Life is a collection of inspirational biographies, sharing the stories of 62 entrepreneurs from around the world. Ranging from a famous Swiss drummer to an American ballet dancer to those who grew up during the apartheid in South Africa or in a small village in the mountains of Nepal, they are connected by a common thread: all own a restaurant in Amsterdam. To them their lives are normal – just everyday events and choices – but their experiences are unexpected and fascinating. Read more about what in particular inspired Flavors of Life.

  • Discover how these diverse individuals landed in the same city, in the same industry, with a shared passion – a love for food

  • Gain an appreciation for the variety of restaurants in Amsterdam, the city of canals

  • Learn how food and the customs surrounding it crosses cultures and unite us

  • Follow their personal journeys and be inspired

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APieceofFinland

A Piece of Finland

Anna Kelhu and Ramona Korhonen-Breukel (Finland)
Cuisine: Finnish | Neighborhood: Haarlemmerbuurt | Read more…

Abyssinia

Abyssinia

Alem Tesfamicael and Abeba Nebrathu (Eritrea)
Cuisine: Eritrean / Ethiopian | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

BakersandRoasters

Bakers and Roasters

Julian Kirwan (New Zealand) and Sergio Seibert (Brazil)
Cuisine: Kiwi with a Brazilian Twist | Neighborhood: De Pijp, Centrum | Read more…

BasQRotterdam

BasQ

Dennis Martherus (Netherlands)
Cuisine: Basque (Spanish) | Read more…

CafeBelcampo

Cafe Belcampo

Gary Feingold (USA)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

CafeBern

Cafe Bern

Tom Bachmann (Switzerland)
Cuisine: Swiss | Neighborhood: Nieuwmarkt | Read more…

CafehetPaleis

Cafe het Paleis

The Castro Machuca Family (Chile)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: Historic Canal District | Read more…

CafePiazza

Cafe Piazza

Agata Mazurkiewicz (Poland)
Cuisine: Italian | Neighborhood: Nieuwmarkt | Read more…

Centra

Centra

Dennis Martherus (Netherlands)
Cuisine: Spanish | Neighborhood: De Wallen (Under renovation until December) | Read more…

Anthony and Siang-Lan - Square

De Pizzabakkers

Siang-Lan Go and Anthony de Vries (Netherlands)
Cuisine: Italian | Neighborhood: De Pijp, Haarlemmerbuurt, Oost, Oud-Zuid | Read more…

DougalDroversDog

Drovers Dog

Simon O’Connor (Australia)
Cuisine: Australian | Neighborhood: Oost, Oud-Zuid, Amstel | Read more…

Foodism

Foodism

Pedja Simsic (Serbia)
Cuisine: Mediterranean | Neighborhood: West | Read more…

GarysDeli

Gary’s Deli

Gary Feingold (USA)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

WangSisters

Geisha

Dongmie, Meili and Meauw Wang (China)
Cuisine: Asian | Neighborhood: De Wallen | Read more…

SuryaRajGiri

Himalayan Kitchen

Surya Raj Giri (Nepal)
Cuisine: Nepalese and Indian | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

HosokawaSushi

Hosokawa

Hiromichi Hosokawa (Japan)
Cuisine: Japanese | Neighborhood: Leidseplein | Read more…

NikosTsiaxirasIGrec

I-Grec

Nikos Tsiaxiras (Greece)
Cuisine: Greek | Neighborhood: IJburg | Read more…

SimoneAmbrosin

Incanto

Simone Ambrosin (Italy)
Cuisine: Italian | Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein | Read more…

Izakaya

IZAKAYA

Yossi Eliyahoo (Israel)
Cuisine: Japanese | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

JulienJacquesRouet

Le Petit Latin

Jacques Rouet (France) and Julien Rouet (Netherlands)
Cuisine: French | Neighborhood: Spui | Read more…

LosPilonesKerkstraat

Los Pilones

Juan, Pedro, and Hector Mouneu (Mexico)
Cuisine: Mexican | Neighborhood: Leidseplein, Jordaan, Nieuwmarkt | Read more…

Mamouche

Mamouche

Nizar Yassine (Morocco)
Cuisine: French-Moroccan | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

FeiziFamily

Mantoe

The Mantoe family (Afghanistan)
Cuisine: Afghan | Neighborhood: Jordaan | Read more…

MOMO

MOMO

Yossi Eliyahoo (Israel)
Cuisine: Asian | Neighborhood: Leidseplein | Read more…

MrPorter

MR PORTER

Yossi Eliyahoo (Israel)
Cuisine: Steakhouse | Neighborhood: Dam Square | Read more…

BuddhaCandy

Nyonya

Wai “Buddha” Phang (Malaysia) and Kwun Mui “Candy” Chow (China)
Cuisine: Malaysian | Neighborhood: Nieuwmarkt | Read more…

KamalAbdulrahmanAlJunubi

Obalade Suya

Kamal Abdulrahman Al-Junubi (Nigeria)
Cuisine: African | Neighborhood: Zuidoost | Read more…

OmeleggAmsterdam

Omelegg

Nima and Faraz Ghorbani (Iran)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: De Pijp, De Wallen | Read more…

Orontes

Orontes

Nesip Can (Turkey)
Cuisine: Turkish | Neighborhood: De Pijp, West | Read more…

ArnoAli

Pannenkoekenhuis Upstairs

Arno Jakobs (Netherlands) and Ali Sadikin (Indonesia)
Cuisine: Dutch | Neighborhood: Spui | Read more…

Pho91

Pho91

Ang-Great Tsar (Netherlands) and Mai Linn Trinh (Vietnam)
Cuisine: Vietnamese | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

RestaurantBeyrouth

Restaurant Beyrouth

Kamal Estephan (Lebanon)
Cuisine: Lebanese | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

Khawajas

Restaurant Pakistan

Z.M. “Bobby” Khawaja (Pakistan)
Cuisine: Pakistani and Indian | Neighborhood: RAI | Read more…

OliveiraFamily

Restaurant Portugalia

The Oliveira Family (Portugal)
Cuisine: Portuguese | Neighborhood: Leidseplein | Read more…

RestaurantTibetAmsterdam

Restaurant Tibet

Tseyang Dolma (Tibet)
Cuisine: Tibetan | Neighborhood: De Wallen | Read more…

RestaurantRiaz

Riaz

Madjidan Abdoel (Suriname)
Cuisine: Surinamese, Indian, and Indonesian | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

ScandinavianEmbassy

Scandinavian Embassy

Rikard Andersson (Sweden), Dominika Budny (Poland), and Nicolas Castagno (Argentina)
Cuisine: Swedish | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

SeasonsRestaurantAmsterdam

Seasons

Blaine Hamrick (USA) and Peter Waltz (Netherlands)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: Historic Canal District | Read more…

Singel101

Singel 101

The Castro Machuca Family (Chile)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: Historic Canal District | Read more…

StaringatJacob

Staring at Jacob

Anthony Joseph (UK) and Noah Tucker (USA)
Cuisine: American | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

TascaBellota

Tasca Bellota

Nelys Velazquez (Venezuela) and Folcmar Louman (Netherlands)
Cuisine: Spanish | Neighborhood: Historic Canal Ring | Read more…

TheButcher

The Butcher

Yossi Eliyahoo (Israel)
Cuisine: International | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

TheDuchess

The Duchess

Yossi Eliyahoo (Israel)
Cuisine: Nouveau-Niçoise | Neighborhood: Dam Square | Read more…

TjingTjing

Tjing Tjing

Michael Ricketts (South Africa)
Cuisine: South African | Neighborhood: De Pijp | Read more…

Toetanchamon

Toetanchamon

Mostafa Amria (Egypt)
Cuisine: Egyptian | Neighborhood: RAI | Read more…

Yokiyo

Yokiyo

Tim Doornewaard (South Korea)
Cuisine: Korean | Neighborhood: Oost | Read more…

NikolayHubenov

Zest

Nikolay Hubenov (Bulgaria)
Cuisine: Balkan | Neighborhood: Oud-West | Read more…

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