De Kas Restaurant, the Netherlands

When michelin star chef Gert Jan Hageman found out an old Greenhouse that belonged to Amsterdam’s Municipal Nursery was due to be demolished,  he saw it as an opportunity to breathe some new life into the building and into the city. Hageman was able to convert the greenhouse, dated to 1926, into a unique glass restaurant and nursery 8 metres high.

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De Kas believe that food tastes best when prepared with the freshest ingredients, and grow their own herbs and vegetables in the restaurant’s greenhouse and gardens, or on their farmland in Beemster. The rest of their ingredients are supplemented by local suppliers. Hageman can often be found working in the greenhouse, and is sometimes aided by chefs and wait staff. Harvesting takes place daily at sunrise so that diners can enjoy the freshest possible ingredients.

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To take advantage of warmer summer days, lunch and pre dinner drinks are served on the patio in the herb garden. Guests can also take tours of the greenhouse between May and October, or alternatively join a workshop in the Beemster fields led by their green brigade.

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Fifty thousand people eat at De Kas each year, either in their stunning dining room or outside in the herb garden. Make sure you are one of those people in 2016.

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