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Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best.

Since 1978, the shawarma bar Ben Cohen has been a household name in Amsterdam for the late night snacker.

Mr. Cohen was one of the first in the Netherlands to start an Israeli shawarma restaurant and may call himself the proud inventor of the combination of garlic sauce with shawarma. Back in the days you never saw garlic sauce anywhere else. But thanks to Cohen the dip sauce is now indispensable and even available everywhere.

After running the business for 38 years, Cohen passed the baton on to his sons. Allon and Dalien Cohen have transformed the shawarma palace into an atmospheric street food restaurant where you can enjoy the flavors of Tel Aviv.

Think about the unforgettable shawarma as Cohen used to serve, stuffed pitas and hummus variations which are just the start on the menu. In this eatery you will find innovative twists on classic grab-and-go recipes, authentic, fantastic, classic Israeli meals, redefined pitas, mouthwatering meat and vegetarian options, and a mix of Tel Aviv moments. You will see friends running into one another and catch up while your food is being served on backing paper and you are nipping on your finger-lickin cocktail.

Don’t be afraid to get a little messy with the shareable plates but experience all the colorful flavors. Drop by if you are looking for a quick but filling meal or if you just want to sit back and enjoy the crazy atmosphere.

Whatever your needs are Ben Cohen will satisfy your taste buds.


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Tuesday to Thursday 5PM till 1AM
Friday and Saturday 12PM till 2AM
Sunday 12PM till 1AM (kitchen open until 9PM)
Kitchen open daily till 11PM
Closed on monday


Rozengracht 239
1016SX Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 7058 171

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