– AMSTERDAM 2018 –


20th-24th June

From 20th – 24th June, the city of Amsterdam welcomed the Refugee Food Festival for the second year in a row.

On this occasion, six refugee chefs took the helm of five restaurants’ kitchens, to offer special menus co-prepared with the restaurants’ usual chefs, allowing Amsterdam’s culinary scene to thrive off Syrian and Iraqi flavours.

FLORA • Kamal Naji

JUNE from 20th to 24th 2018  •  Lunch

For a few days, the very best of Syrian cuisine (suitable for vegetarians) was on Flora’s menu. The restaurant is located right in Bilderdijk park.

Average price: 10€

BOX SOCIAAL • Mahran Shamih

JUNE from 20th to 22nd 2018  • Lunch

Mahran Shamih added exotic Syrian dishes (including vegetarian options) to the usual menu of this cozy restaurant in front of Artis. 

Average price: 10€



BLEND COFFEE & WINE • Mahmoud Barkawi

JUNE 20th 2018 • Lunch

At Blend Coffee & Wine, guests (including vegetarians) were able to enjoy a tasty Syrian lunch, paired with a good bottle of wine, on the beautiful canal side terrasse.

Average price: 10€



ZEST • Mohamad Haj Kasem

JUNE 20th 2018  • Dinner

Music and a terrific Syrian non-set menu made for a wonderful evening at the cozy restaurant Zest on Bilderdijkstraat.

Average price: 20€


BOX SOCIAAL • Adhraa Maqdes

JUNE 20th 2018  • Dinner

The brothers-run restaurant welcomed our female chef for a unique Iraqi 3-course menu, suitable for vegetarians.

Average price: 40€


WATER&BROOD • Mahmoud Barkawi

JUNE 21st 2018 • Dinner

The “gezellig” restaurant Water & Brood exceptionally opened its kitchen at night for a delicious 3-course Syrian menu, suitable for vegetarians.

Average price: 15€


WATER&BROOD • Adhraa Maqdes

JUNE 22nd 2018  • Dinner

Water & Brood exceptionally opened its doors for a second dinner, welcoming Adhraa Maqdes and her delightful Iraqi menu.

For reservations: call +31 6 41078060
Average price: 15€




Bijlmerjabes • STARTUP KITCHEN

JUNE 23rd 2018  • Dinner

The chefs from Startup Kitchen prepared a tasty barbecue in a former prison, with options suitable for vegetarians.

Average price: 15-20€


DE RUIMTE • Final party

JUNE 24th 2018 • All day long

To conclude the festival in Amsterdam, chefs and guests gathered for a day-long party offering Syrian food, music, an exhibition, workshops and more at De Ruimte. 

Average price: 10€




food-festival-porteur-de-projet Mariné-Dupé


Marine and Maria were leading the organisation of the festival from A to Z! In Amsterdam, the organisation of the Refugee Food Festival was made possible thanks to the commitment, enthusiasm and energy of these two project holders, their wonderful team of volunteers and UNHCR Netherlands!