IN AMSTERDAM’S FLORENTIN, BRUNCH LIKE YOU’RE IN TEL AVIV
A new urban hotspot serves mezze and homemade drinks, among other things.
In the vibrant neighborhood of De Pijp in Amsterdam, Florentin opens its doors to all-day brunches in a colorful and urban setting. From a traditional Israeli mezze breakfast to shakshuka florentine, Batya Post and Ricardo Chaves bring the hip vibes of Tel Aviv to our capital city.
In Israel, brunch is a communal affair, with large tables filled with the most delicious mezze, preferably made by mom. And that culture was missing in Amsterdam, according to Batya Post and Ricardo Chaves.
Breakfast together with fresh bread
Batya is half-Israeli and, together with her half-Colombian husband, opens a place where guests can experience the brunch culture of the Middle East. On the menu, you’ll find an extensive traditional breakfast with eggs, salad, homemade bread, spreads, and various brunch dishes such as shakshuka, schnitzel on challah (Jewish bread) with hummus and matbucha, and sabih with eggplant and potatoes. They also serve homemade juices, lemonades, and iced teas. One of Batya and Ricardo’s priorities is that everything served at Florentin is of high quality. They carefully select their suppliers, and the bread (both the Jewish challah and the Colombian arepa) is homemade.
Colorful and trendy
Florentin is named after the trendy neighborhood of the same name in Tel Aviv. Just like De Pijp did years ago, this Israeli counterpart is undergoing a transformation. The neighborhood is booming and has become the place where hip Tel Aviv gathers. The colorful and slightly alternative vibe is translated into the Amsterdam-based Florentin. Color plays a significant role in the brunch spot, with a beautiful graffiti mural by the renowned street artists and brothers Wessel and Stein Koning as the centerpiece. Florentin is located at Eerste Sweelinckstraat 20 and is a cozy venue that can accommodate around 24 guests. In the summer, a large south-facing terrace will be added, accommodating around forty extra lucky ones.