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Brunch at Upstairs Pancakes • Amsterdam

February 17, 2015

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DSCN5466 DSCN5461 DSCN5464 DSCN5465A few weeks ago I had the most delicious pancakes I have ever eaten in my entire life, and I am not exaggerating! Whilst on holiday in Amsterdam last month with my beloved Beard, we hunted down the best pancake house for us to dine at. I have such a sweet tooth and had been looking forward to devouring some Dutch pancakes ever since I booked the trip, so I wanted the best of the best.

The pancake house we discovered – Upstairs Pancakes – turned out to be a teeny-weeny room at the top of the steepest stairs I’ve ever climbed (yes, climbed). This tiny little room, decorated with adorable tea pots hanging from the ceiling, had no more than five tables in it, making for a very cosy dining experience. We knew we had picked a good pancake house when we walked in without a reservation only to be told they were fully booked. These pancakes are in demand!

We were told by the very friendly manager/waiter to come back in twenty minutes when they should have a free table for us, and so we wandered around the canal for a while, dreaming about our pancakes. Fast forward 25 minutes and we were sat drinking lattes in the pancake house awaiting our chosen pancakes. As usual the beard went for Savory and I went for Sweet (they say opposites attract don’t they?) He chose the Bacon and Cheese, whilst I chose the Sufion; a pancake created by a customer consisting of Banana, Cinnamon, Sugar and Cream.

Just as I began to worry that I’d made a mistake and should have gone for the bananas with chocolate sauce toppings, my Sufion pancake arrived. My jaw dropped. It looked sooooooo tasty, and was beautifully presented with a big fat strawberry sat on a huge dollop of cream. I folded it up and began to tuck into what will forever remain the tastiest pancake of my life. I don’t think anything could top it (pun intended).

The beards looked like a giant pizza! The chef himself advised the beard to cover his savory pancake in maple syrup. The Beard admitted it was the perfect combination and judging by his food baby he was a very satisfied customer.

Not only did we get delicious pancakes, delicious coffee, super quick food and a cheap bill at the end, but we thoroughly enjoyed the intimate experience that the teeny tiny Upstairs Pancakes gave us. We chatted away to the waiter and the chef (who cooks in the same room as you) not to mention a very excited American chap behind us.

If you ever find yourself in Amsterdam, you would be a fool not to head to this place for Pancakes, just be sure to call ahead for a booking so that you don’t miss out. Visit to find out how to book.