Lekker! The Netherlands now has a casual 125 Michelin star restaurants

In spite of all those deep-fried snack foods, the Dutch are really stepping up their gastronomy game, now boasting a total of 125 Michelin-star restaurants in 2023. 

The 2023 selections for the infamous Michelin stars awards were announced last week on Monday, April 24 in Amsterdam. And according to Tippr — and the Dutch won big. 

Food lovers in the Netherlands can rejoice,  the Dutch are putting themselves on the gastronomy world map. This year alone, you will find a total of 22 new restaurants on the Michelin star list.

Sophisticated Dutch cuisine?

While many newcomers have welcomed their first star, one restaurant, Vinkeles in Amsterdam, was awarded a second star this year, upping the total number of restaurants in the Netherlands with two stars to 20 — hoerah! 

To break this information down into bite-size pieces, the 2023 Michelin Guide Netherlands gave 17 restaurants their first star. In total? There are now a whopping 103 restaurants in the Netherlands with one Michelin star. 

Believe it or not, one star describes the restaurant as serving sophisticated cuisine — not exactly our first thought when thinking of Dutch food

The Michelin Guide also features a special category, the green star, which celebrates restaurants committed to the development of sustainable gastronomy. 

Four new Dutch members joined the category this year, bringing the total to 15 green stars. 

Michelin star categoryNew Dutch Michelin starsTotal Dutch Michelin stars
3 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Unique cuisine: worth the trip02
2 stars ⭐️⭐️ Exceptional cuisine: worth the detour120
1 star⭐️ Sophisticated cuisine: well worth the visit 17103
Green star 🌱 Green gastronomy and sustainability 415
Total22140 (including green stars)

All over the Netherlands

Plenty of the starred restaurants are located in Amsterdam — so foodies, it’s time to explore the city’s gastronomy streets. 

For those not in Amsterdam, don’t worry — there are Michelin star restaurants in all corners of the country, such as Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Eindhoven

READ MORE | Where to eat in Amsterdam in 2023: 5 trendy places for lunch and dinner

In fact, restaurants in the Netherlands with two Michelin stars are nowhere near Amsterdam but actually in Kruiningen (Zeeland) and Zwolle (Overijssel). 

Lekker heh? Turns out the Dutch are about more than just bitterballen, frikandelen, and aardapelen. 

Are you surprised by the 2023 Michelin Guide Netherlands? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Naomi Lamaury
Naomi Lamaury
Naomi came to the Netherlands four years ago for her studies with two suitcases and without ever having been to the country or knowing much about it. Now, you can find her eating ‘bitterballen’ and fighting against the Dutch wind on her bike every day like a local. Naomi enjoys writing about what is going on around her alongside a warm cup of coffee.

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