When you think of the IJsselmeer, you think of extraordinary nature, cosy harbour towns and sailing boats that pass by. But did you know that in the various towns and villages around the IJsselmeer and Markermeer, you can also find special culinary delights? We list the ten best restaurants for you. So that on your next sailing holiday in your own country, you can moor at the best spots!
1. Michelin-starred restaurant Mos, in Amsterdam
Start your culinary sailing trip at the IJdok in Amsterdam, at Michelin-starred restaurant Mos. Located on the river IJ and the Amsterdam Marina, with a view of the NDSM wharf, Adam Tower and the Eye film museum. Here you eat 5 or 6 courses from the Chef or a la Carte, a surprising ‘Dutch’ menu with products such as North Sea crab, cockles and Dutch beef. The ambiance is special, chic but casual, with different vides that all have their own colour and atmosphere.
The Michelin Experience of Mos on Location
The location of Mos is breathtaking but if you prefer to experience the Mos experience somewhere else, that is also possible. The team of Mos also cooks their star of heaven on location and takes care of everything! From matching wines to cutlery, tableware and washing up.
2. Michelin-starred restaurant Posthoorn in Monnickendam
Restaurant Posthoorn is located in a beautiful 17th-century building in the historic centre of Monnickendam. The restaurant is a mix of classic and modern, with high ceilings, oak wooden floors and, to complete the classic experience, a beautiful vintage interior.
The Posthoorn has had a Michelin star since 2008 and is since then one of the culinary top Dutch restaurants. In addition to delicious food, you can also spend the night at the Posthoorn in a completely thematic way. The hotel has tastefully decorated rooms to make your experience complete.
3. Culinary delights at L’auberge Damhotel Edam
From Volendam harbour, you can reach picturesque Edam in no time. Be taken to the chic and classic Auberge on Keizersgracht. You are welcomed in style in this former inn and, if you wish, you can have an aperitif in front of the monumental fireplace.
At the Damhotel, you can enjoy gourmet meals in 3, 4 or 5 courses, but a la carte dishes range from Peking duck to Italian classics. If you like, you can start with caviar or deliciously fresh oysters.
4. Marque restaurant in Hoorn
Marque is located in a V.O.C. warehouse from 1618. Walking in here after a day of sailing on a ship that takes you back to the time of the V.O.C. makes your holiday complete. The charming old beams in the warehouse mixed with a contemporary interior and the delicious southern European cuisine create a nice casual atmosphere. You will eat the stars from the Mediterranean sky here while you spontaneously dream of a sailing holiday on the Mediterranean.
5. Restaurant Meijers 2.0 in Medemblik
Imagine: you see the harbour of Medemblik looming up, after a wonderful afternoon of sailing or lazing on deck on the IJsselmeer. The ship docks, the bubbles are uncorked and a stone’s throw away lies Meijers 2.0where they are already waiting for you. This restaurant is highly recommended by Michelin‘s culinary experts.
In a prime location in the Oosterhaven, you can indulge in a multi-course surprise menu from the chef or choose delicious classics such as oysters, lobster or duck liver. Vegetarians, too, have a wide choice of perky dishes served at star level. At Meijers 2.0 they say they cook a la modern French cuisine.
6. Restaurant Oxalis in Wervershoof
At Oxalis, the Michelin star is in the air! They received a Bib-Gourmand in 2018, this award given by Michelin to restaurants with an excellent value for money.
At Oxalis too, you get value for money, delicacies that melt on your tongue and can be washed down with only the very best wines. You can order the wines from the online wine shop and collect them from Oxalis in the restaurant. Not only are you then assured of a really good wine, you also get a discount on the wine list when you come to eat!
Do you have something to celebrate or do you want to treat your sailing party to a special evening? Then Oxalis is also the right address for you. In that case, it is best to reserve the Chef’s table. This table is in the historic town hall of Wervershoof. Here you can have an intimate dinner with a group of up to 20 people.
7. The refined cuisine of Restaurant De Hinde in Hindeloopen
Refined cuisine in one of the Eleven Cities, pontifically at the IJsselmeer. At De Hinde, they have been cooking for generations and the Michelin experts have noticed that too. Not only do you eat beautifully prepared dishes here, you also marvel at an amazing view. Not only from the terrace or from the restaurant, but also from the rooms of the adjoining lodge.
Hindeloopen has a historic, small harbour and arriving here by sailing ship is always an experience. You get off the boat and walk straight to de Hinde, where they are happy to serve you a delicious drink and a glamorous snack. You can also have lunch or dinner here.
8. The French cuisine of restaurant De Baai van Lemmer
At de Baai van Lemmer or rather La baie de Lemmer, they serve classic French dishes with a twist. Here, too, you can look out over a beautiful harbour and be surprised by menus of up to 12 courses. You’ll finish those with ease after a day of sailing on the IJsselmeer.
The facade may not be so inspiring. At least not like some other starred restaurants, which are located in former V.O.C. buildings or iconic warehouses, but the view and the menu are great non the less.
9. Michelin recommended restaurant De Boet in Urk
Restaurant de Boet in Urk is not yet a star, but it is rising. Here you will stay in a nautical atmosphere, in a renovated barn where traditional Botters [platbodem schepen] used to be built. You can have lunch, drinks or dinner at the historic harbour of Urk.
Of course the famous freshly caught Urk fish is on the menu, but there are also special vegetarian options and delicious meat dishes. You can choose from three, four or five courses here. A special beer, a special wine and some tapas of your choice on the terrace are also possible.
10. Brasserie Bakboord Almere Harbour
At the Almere Harbour you will find another fine spot! At Brasserie Bakboord you can have lunch and dinner at top level. In an unaffectedly stylish spot, with a view of the ships in the harbour. In addition to delicious dishes with star appeal, you can also celebrate your wedding at Bakboord. Can you already see yourself arriving on a beautiful sailing ship with your captain, moored at the jetty of the restaurant? Can be arranged!
Bib gourmand from Michelin restaurant Scheepskameel, Amsterdam Oost
In gebouw 24 op het voormalige Marineterrain vindt u restaurant Scheepskameel. From here you have a view of Amsterdam’s NDSM shipyard. The focus here is on European cuisine, but what is special is that they only serve German wines.
Now you may think: Say what!? But you will be amazed at the fine wines that go with the European dishes served here. After all, it’s not for nothing that this is the only place in Amsterdam with such an extensive German wine list.
What is a Ship’s Camel?
Very hip name Ship camel but do you know it was really a tool for ships? A Ship’s Camel is the forerunner of the dry dock. In the Golden Age, when merchant ships from all over the world sailed to the port of Amsterdam, there was a problem for deep-sea sailing ships: the shallow depth at Pampus, in front of Amsterdam.
A ship’s camel was used to reduce the draught of a ship in order to cross the shallow waters off Amsterdam. Floats were tied to two sides of a ship. These floats were then pumped empty so that a deep-drafting merchant ship could be lifted over a shallow stretch of water.
A culinary sailing trip on a historic sailing ship
Is your mouth watering after reading all these delicious restaurants? Would you like to experience a delicious culinary experience with your own group of friends, family, or as a company outing?
Let yourself be taken to one or more of the lovely places around the IJsselmeer or the Markermeer. This can be done on a day trip where you can be dropped off at one of the aforementioned places during or after a wonderful day of sailing. For example, for a gourmet lunch or dinner. Can’t choose? No problem, book a sailing weekend or longer and we will turn it into a culinary multi-day sailing trip.
A celebrity chef on board a sailing ship during your holiday in your own country
Do you not want to leave the ship at all during your sailing holiday, or would you rather enjoy 6 courses in a nautical setting? Then just let the Michelin Stars come to the ship! The chefs of Mos restaurants can be booked to come and cook for you and your party.
You enjoy a delicious aperitif by the setting sun, in a nice harbour around the IJsselmeer or perhaps at anchor in the middle of the Markermeer or the Wadden Sea. In the meantime, a variety of delicious courses are prepared for you below deck. Does this appeal to you? Then get in touch with us!