One of my favourite streets in town, Javastraat in Amsterdam Oost. The people in the street reflect the cultural diversity of Amsterdam and the bars, restaurants and shops are of an equally pleasantly diverse mix. One of the interesting shops worth a visit is Tigris & Eufraat. It’s a store with all kinds of Middle Eastern food and also houses a modest take-away, with some seating available.
Here they offer Middle Eastern streetfood, including outstanding falafel! At Tigris & Eufraat they roll it in a Syrian flatbread, which is the preferred way for me compared to a pita bread. Besides falafel they add to it pickled vegetables, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, mint, tahin sauce and hot sauce. Just tell them no yogurt sauce.
Besides falafel they also have other mezze, the vegan ones include hummus, baba ghanoush and muhammara. In the bakery section they have manaqish (baked flatbread) with za’tar.
To order, first take the shop entrance and pay for a falafel at the cash desk, you’ll receive a coin. Then enter the take-away section and place your order.
The owners of Tigris & Eufraat are from Syria themselves. The store name refers to the two mayor rivers in the Middle East, the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, crossing Turkey, Syria and Iraq.
Tigris & Eufraat
Mon-Sun 10:00 – 20:00