Gartine is the kind of place you have to know about or you'd never find; but once found, you’ll want to keep it to yourself like a jealously guarded secret.
The tiny place is run by husband and wife team Kirsten and Willem-Jan Hendriks. The pair also collect antiques. As a result, the décor, like the menu, is mix of southern-European chic and Dutch down-to-earth gezelligheid: a huge metal chandelier hangs from the ceiling and every table is adorned with brass-topped salt and pepper pots.
Kirsten and Willem-Jan are passionate about what they do and it shows. For anyone looking to start their day right, I can’t recommend Gartine highly enough. If you're prepared to get up early and beat the the Kalverstraat shoppers arrive, it’s worth every homegrown bite.
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