Dignita Restaurant

Dignita, Amsterdam, Cafe, Restaurant, Brunch

There’s a new kid on the block in Amsterdam’s Old South and it has fast become popular, not only among trendy city-goers, but also among young families thanks to its child-friendly design. Dignita restaurant specialises in brunch and has been developed with much love and thought, both in terms of décor and in their deliciously crafted menu. The café itself is light, open and spacious – and split across three levels, with seating that caters to different sized groups. In one pocket of the restaurant there is a small play area designated for children, which sits conveniently next to a large table that can be shared by multiple customers. The play area is aimed mostly at young toddlers (think wooden puzzles, plastic blocks and other small toys) however there is also a small selection of books that can entertain slightly older kids too.

Dignita, Amsterdam, Cafe, Restaurant, Brunch

Without question, the most exciting part of a visit to Dignita is the food (and the fairly decent coffee, too). The menu has been very carefully thought out and put together by a chef  from New Zealand (who is also a qualified dietitian) and includes a diverse variety of meal options, ranging from healthy choices such as the ‘Earthworks salad bowl’, to more indulgent ones like a slowly braised beef cheek with decadent sides. The food really goes beyond the typical brunch options that most cafés offer, and every ingredient is of high quality and sourced locally and/or ethically wherever possible. As an added bonus, thanks to the chef’s dietetic background, their offerings cater to different dietary requirements exceptionally well.

Dignita also includes a small children’s menu which offers a couple of popular menu items in a child-size portion and price, as well as ice-cream floats and even a ‘Kids fluffy’ for the babyccino lovers out there. You can even get a little taste of New Zealand (and Australia) with some home made crumpets that do not disappoint!

Just in case you needed any more excuses to check them out, Dignita are also part of the Not For Sale social enterprise model – an international organisation that provides certified training programs and support to vulnerable groups and individuals. Knowing that 100% of their profits go to supporting the work of Not For Sale, you really have no reason to feel guilty indulging in this lovely space on your next visit to Amsterdam!

Dignita, Amsterdam, Cafe, Restaurant, Brunch

Dignita Restaurant:
Koninginneweg 218HS
1075 EL  Amsterdam
Telephone:  020 221 4458

Open 7 days a week:  09:00-17:00



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