Restaurants and bars with an unusual past

De Kas, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Former use: greenhouse

One for the botanists among us, De Kas restaurant in the Netherlands is house within an impressive glass buildings that was once used as a greenhouse. Dating back to 1926, the collection of glass houses belonged to the Amsterdam Municipal Nursery. The buildings were due to be demolished when chef Gert Jan Hageman, who had earned a Michelin star in Dutch haute cuisine, stepped in to give the site a fresh lease of life, opening De Kas in 2001.

Today, the buildings operate as a 140-cover restaurant and nursery, where Hageman grows vegetables, herbs and edible flowers for use in his dishes. Its own produce is supplemented with produce sourced from local farmers, within the vicinity of Amsterdam.

The restaurant creates one fixed menu daily based on its crops, meaning that no two days are ever the same. Its cuisine is “inspired by the cuisines of the rural Mediterranean, with fresh local vegetables playing an important role.”

De Kas, Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3, 1097 DE, Amsterdam

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