Ben Cohen

If you’ve been in Amsterdam for a decent while the name ‘Ben Cohen’ might ring some bells. Opening up in 1978 Mr Cohen started one of the first Israeli shawarma restaurants, reknowned for their tasty shawarma paired with the OG garlic sauce.

Fast forward to today, Ben Cohen has since closed, renovated and reopened under the guidance of sons Allon and Dalien Cohen. The restaurant now offers Tel Aviv style street food that will fill your stomach and absolutely nourish your soul. The beloved shawarma is still available (also wuth mushrooms as a vege option) for the avid followers but has gained some strong contenders such as Humshuka, Sabich, or my personal favourite, Msabbah – super soft chickpeas swimming in garlic lemon tahini served with warm fluffy pitas. All of the dishes are generous portion sizes perfect for sharing amongst a couple, friends.. or having it all to yourself. 

Inside is cozy and welcoming, tasteful graffiti adorns the walls and the bar is stocked with an array of spirits to satisfy even the thirstiest of guests. There’s enough space for groups to dine comfortably or if people watching is more your style; opt for the window seats looking out onto Rozengracht. Recently they’ve begun opening for lunch as well as dinner so now there’s plenty of time to get your Israeli fix.