for every amsterdammer

You will find the Babel restaurant on the seventh floor of the OBA Central Library, the meeting place for Amsterdammers from all around the world. With all those different backgrounds, culinary cultures and dining habits, Babel is the place for people to meet and enjoy food and drink from every corner of the globe, the beautiful view of the city and each other’s company.

about babel

The name is a direct reference to the story of the Tower of Babel. This explains the history of the creation of different languages; languages and cultures that make the world richer and more beautiful. At the Babel restaurant, we celebrate this diversity. In terms of people but in terms of Amsterdam too.

Babel is open every day from 10:00 to 22:00 and is made up of three parts: the City Bar, the Amsterdam Food Court and the Open Kitchen. You can also head out to the roof terrace for the best view of Amsterdam. Taste the city, welcome to Babel!

taste the city

You are welcome to visit the Amsterdam Food Court every day, to let your senses to be stimulated by the many flavours that Amsterdam has to offer. The menu is made up of accessible dishes from many different cultures present in the city, offering something for everyone. From tasty salad bowls to a range of speciality breads and from stonebaked pizza to delicious dishes from the wood-fired grill.

Try the City Bar for a cup of fresh coffee with an Amsterdam pastry, but also for an ice-cold special beer and good conversation. Where possible, we work with local producers, as in the case of the beers from Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.

taste the city

You are welcome to visit the Amsterdam Food Court every day, to let your senses to be stimulated by the many flavours that Amsterdam has to offer. The menu is made up of accessible dishes from many different cultures present in the city, offering something for everyone. From tasty salad bowls to a range of speciality breads and from stonebaked pizza to delicious dishes from the wood-fired grill.

Try the City Bar for a cup of fresh coffee with an Amsterdam pastry, but also for an ice-cold special beer and good conversation. Where possible, we work with local producers, as in the case of the beers from Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen and Brouwerij ‘t IJ.

babel deals

  • burgerdeal 15.00

    hamburger met frites en lokaal bier
    burger + fries + local beer

  • pizzadeal 11.00

    pizza met frisdrank of heineken (30cl)
    pizza + soda or heineken (10oz)

  • pitadeal 10.00

    pita kip met frisdrank of heineken (25cl)
    pita chicken + soda or heineken (25oz)

zoet

sweets

  • croissant from 1.75
  • muffins 2.95
  • homebaked cookies from 2.25
  • dutch applepie 3.25
  • patisserie from holtkamp 4.25
  • pastel de nata 2.50

ontbijt - tot 12 uur

breakfast - till 12 pm

  • overnight oats 2.75

  • vitafruit 3.95

    fresh fruit salad

  • chick and pig 5.95

    panini omelet bacon

  • croquesant 3.95

    croissant ham, cheese (warm)

tosti

grilled sandwich

  • classic 4.75

    ham, dubbel kaas
    ham, double cheese

  • caprese 4.95

    mozzarella, tomaat, basilicum
    mozzarella, tomato, basil

  • spicy 4.95

    suri kip
    suri chicken

dagsoep

  • soup of the day from 4.50

sandwich bar

dagelijkse keuze uit vers belegde broodjes en landbrood met typisch hollands en amsterdamse beleg

daily choice of fresh sandwiches with typical dutch or amsterdam toppings

geroosterde sandwiches

grilled sandwiches

  • club blt cheese 5.95

    kaas, bacon, tomaat, ei,mosterdmayonaise
    cheese, bacon, tomato, egg, mustard mayonnaise

  • club blt avocado 6.95

    avocado, bacon, tomaat, ei, doritos pure paprika
    avocado, bacon, tomato, egg, doritos sweet chili pepper

  • club blt chicken 7.95

    gerookte kipfilet, bacon, tomaat, ei, mosterdmayonaise, doritos pure paprika
    smoked chicken, bacon, tomato, egg, mustard mayonnaise, doritos sweet chili pepper

pizza

  • margherita 7.95

    mozzarella, tomaat, basilicum
    mozzarella, tomato, fresh basil

  • carciofi 8.95

    artisjok, tomaat, olijf, mozzarella
    tomato, artichoke, olive, mozzarella

  • tonno blanca 8.95

    tonijn, crème fraîche, rode ui, zwarte olijf
    tuna, creme fraiche, red onion, black olive

  • calabresa 9.50

    salami, chili peper, mozzarella
    salami, red chili, mozzarella

  • prosciutto san daniele 9.95

    italiaanse ham, rucola, parmezaanse kaas
    italian ham, rocket, parmesan cheese Babeldo

grill

  • veggie burger 10.50

    vegetarische burger, frites, koolsalade
    vegetarian burger, fries, coleslaw

  • classic beef burger 11.50

    runder burger, frites, koolsalade
    beef burger, fries, coleslaw

  • grilled salmon 14.50

    gegrilde zalm filet, frites, groene salade
    grilled salmon fillet, fries, green salad

  • flat iron steak BBQ 14.50

    sukade steek, frites, koolsalade
    flat iron steak fries, coleslaw

  • smokey ribs 14.50

    gerookte spareribs, frites, koolsalade
    smoked spare ribs, fries, coleslaw, pita

  • grilled chicken 7.95

    gegrilde kip citroen, rozemarijn, frites, koolsla
    grilled chicken, lemon, rosemary, fries, coleslaw

  • gyros 7.95

    tzatziki, frites, koolsla
    tzatziki, fries, coleslaw

  • gyros 8.95

    bavette, chimmichurri, frites, coleslaw
    flank steak, chimmichurri, fries, coleslaw

sides

daily choice of fresh sandwiches with typical dutch or amsterdam toppings

  • gegrilde broccoli, knoflook, chili peper 2.75

    grilled broccoli, garlic, red chili

  • geroosterde zoete aardappel, crème fraîche 3.75

    roasted sweet potato, creme fraiche

poké bowls

served with sushi rice

  • the veggie book 9.75

    tofu, avocado, komkommer, wortel, bosui, tauge, edamame, ei, oosterse dressing
    tofu, avocado, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, bean sprouts, egg, oriantal dressing

  • the tuna papers 10.95

    rode tonijn, avocado, komkommer, wortel, bosui, tauge, ei, wakame
    red tuna, avocado, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, bean sprouts, egg, seaweed

  • the fish reader 10.95

    the fish reader 10,95 zalm of garnalen, avocado, komkommer, wortel, bosui, tauge, ei, wakame
    salmon or gamba’s, avocado, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, egg, seaweed

ramen noedelsoep

ramen noodle soup

  • vegetarisch 8.50

    vegetarian

  • kip 9.50

    chicken

  • tonijn, zalm, garnalen 10.50

    tuna, salmon, shrimps

sushiritto

sushirol met sushirijst sushi roll with sushi rice

  • the veggie scroll 7.50

    avocado, komkommer, wortel, bosui, tauge, ei
    avocado, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, bean sprouts, egg

  • the premium scroll tuna, salmon or shrimps 9.95

    avocado, komkommer, wortel, bosui, tauge, ei
    avocado, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, bean sprouts, egg

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contact

Restaurant Babel
Oosterdokskade 143
1011 DL Amsterdam

You will find the restaurant on the seventh floor of the OBA Central Library, which is open to everyone.

opening times

Babel is opened everyday from 10:00 to 22:00h

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getting there

Babel can be accessed easily by public transport – metros, trams and buses stop nearby. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the stop at Amsterdam Central Station. The OBA Central Library is on the left of the Central Station (when standing with your back to the station). You walk past the trams and the Double Tree by Hilton hotel. At the end of Oosterdokskade, you will see the building.

If you are arriving by car, please follow the signs to Oosterdokskade. You can park in the Oosterdok car park, for example. This car park is next to the Central Station and can be reached from the A10. From the garage, it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk to the Central Library. For more information, go to: http://www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/

Please note: the approach to the Oosterdok car park via Piet Heinkade will be closed for renovation works until early 2019. The parking facilities are therefore only accessible via the route: Prins Hendrikkade – ODE bridge – Oosterdoksstraat.

There are free, covered bicycle-parking facilities underneath the OBA Central Library, providing space for 2500 bikes. You can park your bike here and collect it again 24 hours a day.