At weekends I love to go out for brunch with family and friends. It’s a great way to refuel myself from the busy working week and spend quality time with my loved ones. I always like to try out different places to eat. This time I went to Corner Bakery in Amsterdam, which has been on my bucket list for quite awhile.
Hidden between the famous Museumplein and the vibrant district of De Pijp, Corner Bakery is located on the corner of Johannes Vermeerstraat (hence the name!) at number 40. But the fact that it is not centrally and visibly located does not stop people from flocking here to enjoy breakfast, brunch, coffee and lunch. Its Instagrammable food and cheerful interior make it a lovely eating spot. The menu includes a wide variety of salads, sandwiches, pancakes, burgers, milkshakes and drinks.
During brunch, my sister and I tried as much of the menu as possible. As the freak milkshake is their iconic menu item, we definitely had to order this first. You can choose between vanilla, strawberry, white chocolate and banana flavours. The freak milkshake comes in a cute jar with a doughnut on top that is colourfully decorated with sprinkles, marshmallows, cereal and whipped cream.
We sampled the vanilla and chocolate milkshakes. Not only do they look photogenic, the quality could also be tasted. The vanilla and chocolate flavours were potent without being too sweet. These base flavours were complemented by the freshly baked doughnuts, which were somewhat sweeter than the shakes themselves.
Then we decided to choose an item from each of the other menu categories. As I have long been a big fan of red velvet, the choice of red velvet pancakes was easily made. The pancakes were served warm with maple syrup, whipped cream, icing sugar and fresh fruit. This combination was great, with sweetness and freshness all in one dish.
When it came to the sandwiches, we opted for the tuna salad sandwiches. The tuna salad was freshly made, with the courgette and bell pepper giving it a nice twist.
Although we were nearly full up, we still wanted to try the eggs Benedict. Corner Bakery’s version consists of two halves of an English muffin topped with poached eggs, bacon, lettuce and hollandaise sauce. The egg yolk was very soft and all the different ingredients complemented each other well.
Corner Bakery is a cosy spot for brunch and the drinks and dishes we tried were delicious. Although it was busy, the staff were very friendly. It’s a small space and can get pretty crowded, especially around lunchtime, so go outside lunch hours to avoid a queue.
Johannes Vermeerstraat 40, Amsterdam 1071, Netherlands