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Our story

Kanteen25

A culinary playground

Kanteen25 was created as a classic French cafeteria to host, feed and connect with students at the neighbouring coding school, Codam. The space was created with a specific vision in mind –  To be a culinary playground where we celebrate good food, connection, young talent, and quality. We see food as the carrier of true connection: we cook, we eat, we share, we make memories. The local community quickly fell in love and Kanteen25 flourished into an incredible meeting space, playground and place of comfort for the Marineterrein community and public of Amsterdam. 

The journey from 5€ cafeteria styled lunches to refined and sophisticated menus has been a process of soul-searching, inspired by the aim to make the vision of Kanteen25 accessible to all. Today, our values are well defined among our regular customers and new visitors alike – Going the extra mile to source our ingredients locally, going above and beyond to ensure our food waste is kept to a minimum, and being unapologetic about our quality from top to bottom. 

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Our Mission

Kanteen25 is a culinary playground where we celebrate good food, connection, young talent, and quality. We see food as the carrier of true connection: we cook, we eat, we share, we make memories. 

We strive to make good, local food accessible to all. Whatever your purpose, Kanteen25 has something for you. From kids to working professionals, we love having a diverse public that makes the most of our truly unique restaurant space, all the while enjoying fresh and exciting culinary experiences.

This is what makes us tick – Finding that perfect combination of food, company & environment that create memorable moments for everyone that walks through our doors. 

Our recipe for this mission:
100 grams of locally sourced ingredients
a big pinch of creativity
12 chefs from all over the world
100% quality

We are...

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Local

We pride ourselves on our use of local ingredients and suppliers, while still delivering the unique taste of Paris in Amsterdam. To foster a local community, we believe you must practice what you preach. For this reason, you won’t find international brands like Coca Cola or Heineken at Kanteen25, unless specifically requested.

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Sustainable

We practice sustainability primarily through limiting food waste. We’re proud of the fact that less than 10% of our total ingredients end up as food waste. Our aim is to reach 0%. For all events we hold, leftover food is repurposed into staff meals or packaged for food banks.

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People-Driven

Kanteen25 is made up of a close-knit international group. With over 16 nationalities speaking 14 different languages, each person brings their own unique experience and value to the team. We’re constantly training and expanding the team through our in-house Cooks25 program.

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Cooks25

We believe everyone deserves an equal opportunity for a better future. In collaboration with City of Amsterdam, we developed Cooks25: an in-house hospitality program turning refugees into talents in the commercial kitchen. After trainees complete the program, we place them in a company within the field of hospitality.

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Partners

We always have the drive to work with inspiring partners that share our vision. We learn and grow with every step we take, and we want to be transparent about your food. That’s why we proudly tell you the story of our suppliers.

Varkenshouderij De Herkomst

Pig Farm De Herkomst

De Herkomst produces sustainable pork, of which the CO2 emission is equal to the production of meat substitutes. Founder Dirk wants to change Dutch culture when it comes to food waste and eating meat. Not by banning it, but by linking it to Dutch cuisine.

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MOMA

MOMA is passionate about putting sustainability into practice and making sure Amsterdam-made milk is consumed in Amsterdam too. Now also available at Kanteen25.

QueLicious

QueLicious

QueLicious imports high-quality wines and food products from Spanish family businesses. Their mission is to be a link between the producers in Spain—that create fantastic foods and wines—and the gourmets in the Netherlands.

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Saru Soda

At Saru Soda, they take enjoyment seriously. Fair ingredients, a beautiful brew, and exciting flavors. That’s why they work with organic cane sugar, get the best quinces in the Amsterdam area, and personally stand in front of the boiler to make sure their syrups are seriously delicious.

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Food to Impress

Family business Food to Impress believes that everything you eat should have character and taste. That’s why Food to Impress supplies fresh quality products to Kanteen25—from traditional home-smoked salmon to beautiful artisan delicacies from Italy.

Grain

Korenmolen de Zandhaas

Korenmolen de Zandhaas grinds all kinds of grains—the authentic way. Their mill, dating back to 1779, grinds grain by sheer wind-force between millstones. This grinding method ensures high-quality products.

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Buffalo Farm Twente

At Buffalo Farm Twente, buffalos and single cows are raised and milked. They started in 2009 with 38 pregnant buffalos and now have a herd of buffalos, from calves of a few weeks of age to 15-year-old buffalos. In 2011 they started processing their first buffalo milk, and they decided to start making fresh organic buffalo mozzarella in 2012.

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Instock Market

Instock Market was founded in 2014 by Selma, Bart, and Freke, and they have been putting food waste on the menu in various ways ever since—with their restaurants, catering, product range, and cookbooks. Instock now consists of a large, enthusiastic team that shares a love of food and a dislike of waste.

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Wynand Fockink

Wynand Fockink boasts the title of ‘oldest distillery’ in Amsterdam and has been running concurrently since 1724. They offer a wide range of unique and delicious liquors that we use to create some of our fantastic cocktails. Their production continues the tradition of using large copper distilleries that can be found within a quaint alley on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

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Moyee Coffee

Moyee Coffee is the #1 choice for sustainable coffee distributors in Amsterdam. Moyee has been reimagining the coffee industry by roasting and packaging in country of origin. Farmers and roasters now reclaim their rightful position as equal partners in the global coffee chain. Plus, its absolutely delicious!

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Brouwerij Homeland

An award winning brewery who also happens to be our Marineterrein neighbour! They brew traditional classics and innovative craft beers in their independent brewery at the old naval wharf in the heart of Amsterdam. Brewed with love and bottled in cans and stainless steel kegs to experience aroma and taste as our brewers taste it directly from the tank.