A unique

Restaurant The Five Flies in the heart of Amsterdam

The restaurant is often referred to as a culinary museum at which can be dined under old Dutch art. Walls are decorated with beautiful gold plated leather from the 17th and 19th century. d’Vijff Vlieghen is situated in the centre of Amsterdam and is an ideal location for a romantic dinner for 2 in one of our cosy corners. For private dining, group dinner or conference dinners, there are also possibilities.

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Dining in a
unique entourage from the Dutch Golden Age

Old Dutch
decoration and art

Our head chef likes to work with seasonal Dutch ingredients only, preferably biological as well and always with respect to nature. All natural, no finery with recognizable ingredients. We are proud of all the beautiful ingredients that come from the Netherlands and we can't wait to welcome you and savor it!

The Five Flies,
A unique ambiance

The restaurant consists of several dining areas, each with its own unique character and collection of antique objects. The Print Room has a collection of 18th and 19th century plans and Delft Blue tiles from the 17th and 18th century. The walls in the Glass Room are decorated with gold plated leather from the 17th and 19th century.

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Nicolaas Kroese

I am Nicolaas the Fifth, born in 1627 and forgot to die. I am the King of the Five Flies’ Empire in Amsterdam, Holland. If you come to my Kingdom I will give you an experience you will never forget” Nicolaas Kroese

This is how Nicolaas Kroese promoted his restaurant in the late 40’s in the USA to the American public. In his hand he held a cage in which were 5 copper flies. With his charismatic appearance he knew to make the people enthusiastic for a visit to his restaurant.

Restaurant d’Vijff Vlieghen (or the Five Flies restaurant) is known as a must do when in Amsterdam. In five 17th century canal houses still the most delicious dishes are served. We are proud to continuing the legacy which our founder, Mr. Nicolaas Kroese, started in 1939.


Our collection of guestbooks go back as far as 1946. When visiting don't forget to sign our current guest book and be part of the history of the Five Flies!

Het Vijff Vlieghen team

Feel free to ask the team for a tour, if operations allow it, we will be happy to show and tell you about the restaurant's rich history.

Albert Veerman