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Diaspora Eats: 7 of the Best African Restaurants In Amsterdam

Here are seven of the best African eateries in Amsterdam.

DIASPORA—The diaspora is brimming with a variety of restaurants that offer savory dishes that’ll  remind you of mom’s cooking.


In our Diaspora Eats series, we highlight these many eateries, and offer recommendations for the best African food in whichever major city you might find yourself in. 

Whether you’re looking for options to fit your dietary restrictions or you’re simply looking to stuff your face with quality eats, there’s a spot in the city that will cater to your palette. Below are 7 African restaurants to check out while you’re in Amsterdam.

Check out some of the best African food in Houston, London, New York, Paris, and Washington D.C. 

Restaurant Azmarino

This restaurant, specializes in Ethiopian and Eritrean food and offers an extensive collection of imported beer in a casual and cozy setting.

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Kilimanjaro Restaurant

Located on Rapenburgerplein, this restaurant offers an array of food from various African regions as well as some exotic meats.  If you're in the mood for some crocodile, Kilimanjaro Restaurant is the place for you.

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Obalade Suya Restaurant

The name says is all. This restaurant offers everyone's favorite Nigerian snack in both beef and chicken options, along with a plethora of other classics like pepper soup, boiled yam, and beef stew. All the Naija food you need in one stop!

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Raïnaraï

This "nomadic" restaurant serves Algerian cuisine in a posh, oaky atmosphere.  The decor alone if enough to keep us satisfied, but the menu—which includes tender lamb and couscous dishes as well as flavorful vegetarian options—is just as wonderful!

 Walia Ibex

Located on Campenstraat, this quaint restaurant is a must stop for delicious Ethiopian cuisine.

Restaurant Du Maroc

This restaurant on Comeniusstraat offers a medley of Morroccan and Western cuisine. Traditional dishes like couscous and tagine are on the menu as well as merguez paninis. You'll be sure to find something to please your tastebuds.

African Kitchen

This Nigerian joint in South East Amsterdam, offers some of the best Nigerian cuisine the city has to offer. Feast on jollof rice or Ghanaian waakye. Did we mention that all dishes come with garri, amala, semovita or pounded yam?

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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