Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, is known for its artistic heritage, clearly seen from the numerous theaters and museums. This beautiful town hosts some of the world’s most vibrant festivals and concerts. But a trip to Amsterdam isn’t complete until you’ve tried some of its cuisine.
There’s a varied mix of menus offered in the numerous restaurants that dot the streets. If you want to experience a meal at Michelin standard restaurants, you’ll find a good number of these. Or, perhaps what you’re looking for is a simple, local outlet. These are numerous, as well.
But the best way to try the cuisine of the city is through one of Amsterdam’s food tours. And luckily, there are a number of tours available to suit your needs and cravings. Here’s a list of the best food tours in Amsterdam.
If you’re a lover of cheese who never seems to have enough, this food tour is perfect for you. The Henri Willig cheese tasting tour is a 45-minute cheese adventure. It starts with a short film which will educate you on the traditions of Dutch cheese. As the film progresses, your first cut of cheese arrives with a dip of your choice. The cheese is also accompanied by some mustard to complement its great taste.
A second flavor is brought to you, then a third, then a fourth. That’s right! Four different cheese flavors in one sitting. Finally, wash it down with either two glasses of red wine or two glasses of beer, specially brewed at the Maallust Brewery.
Amsterdam: Cheese Tasting by Henri Willig with Wine
Duration: 45 minute
This is a tour like no other. It’s a three-course meal in the dark. That’s pitch black darkness with no visibility, whatsoever. How good are your other senses? You’ll find out on this exciting food tour. The waiting staff is blind and able to maneuver between the tables with ease. And their expertise is one they use to reassure you along the way.
You arrive and are ushered into a totally dark dining area. Guided by the staff, you get to experience the three courses with no sight. But don’t worry, they don’t serve anything out of the ordinary, just delectable Amsterdam cuisine. You might find yourself making a total mess but that’s the fun of it.
Amsterdam: 3 Course Dinner in the Dark
Duration: 2 hour
How does a four-hour tour of food and nothing but food sound? It’s a reality in this four-hour food tasting tour of Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. As you drift through the Jordaan, you’ll gain loads of information on the Dutch food traditions from the locals. With the help of a guide, you’ll make seven different stops, as you sample a total of 12 different dishes.
The breathtaking views of the canals accompany you on your walk. This tour will not only fill your belly with finger licking food but will also enlighten you on Amsterdam’s culture and history. And, if that isn’t enough, an extra one-hour canal cruise is available at the end of the four-hour food tasting experience.
Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan
Duration: 3.5 hour
Work up an appetite on this nine-hour bike and food tour. The best way to see Amsterdam is on a bike and, while on this tour, you’ll pass through the best sites the city has to offer. Immerse yourself in the culture and history with a comprehensive overview of the historical sites. On the way, you’ll stop at various eateries that serve cheese, pancakes, and fries.
Also, you’ll get to enjoy three different types of beer. And, as you ride along, get a magnificent view of the UNESCO listed canals and Amsterdam’s world-famous dykes. With your hunger quelled, you’ll get to complete the tour in the cobbled streets of Amsterdam’s red light district.
Amsterdam Cycling and Food Tour including Refreshments
Duration: 6 hours
This is not just another food tour, it’s one where you can win loads of prizes. But, for you to win, you’ll have to complete the various challenges. A guide explains the rules of the tour, letting you in on what the challenges are and how you can win. The first one is a pancake flipping challenge, where you’ll be required to flip a pancake without breaking it. Of course, you get to eat the pancake, too.
The second challenge involves tasting different beers and identifying the one from Amsterdam. Then, you’ll be directed to a cheese shop, where you’ll get to sample various cuts of cheese. Your challenge here will be to guess which cheeses they are. And, as a finale, eat a herring. Finish the whole fish and you’ll have won the challenge. Each challenge won earns you a prize and, at the end, the one with the most prizes gets a special prize.
Guided food tour with tastings and challenges
A guide leads you on this two and a half food tour. It’s covered on foot, in a group limited to 12 people, taking you through Amsterdam’s best culinary outlets. As you stroll along the streets, you’ll get a stunning view of the canals. At the same time, you’ll learn a lot about the history of Dutch cuisine.
Then, you’ll get to enjoy a Belgian favorite - hot, salty fries. You’ll also get to sample some fresh herring at another of Amsterdam’s eateries. A must have is some cheese and this is part of the plan. Enjoy some pungent artisan cheese in one of Amsterdam’s top cheese shops. Finally, at a 17th-century distillery, you’ll get to enjoy some of their traditional beverages, including the house spirit.
Amsterdam 2-Hour Small-Group Food-Tasting Tour
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Be a part of Amsterdam’s culture by taking this food tour that’s guided by a local. Who better to show you the best of Amsterdam than one of their own? This is a private tour that takes a total of two and a half hours. And, because it’s just you, the start time is flexible. This tour involves a visit of some of the best fish vendors where you can sample the seafood.
Then, you’ll get to try out the Dutch treat known as stroopwafel, which is an amazing thin waffle type of biscuit with caramel in between the two layers. Finally, stop over at a café and enjoy a special drink in Amsterdam’s electric Pjip neighborhood.
Amsterdam's Favourite Food Tour for up to 8 Guests
Duration: 3 hours
Hop onto a boat that smoothly cruises on the canals of Amsterdam. On this 90 minute tour, you’ll get to see the best of Amsterdam from a glorious vantage point. However, this boat ride’s prime attraction is the sizzling hot pizza that lands on your plate, straight from the oven. You order the pizza of your choice as soon as you board. It’s then delivered to the boat before it sets sail, to be enjoyed on the cruise.
Unlimited wine, beer and soft drinks are available to wash down the pizza, all the while enjoying the sites as seen from the canals. And after the meal, top it off with some delicious ice cream.
Amsterdam Evening Pizza Cruise
Duration: 90 minute
The food tours here will tease your taste buds, bringing out the foodie in you. These food tours are the perfect way to see Amsterdam, meet the locals and learn about Amsterdam’s culture while enjoying delectable treats along the way. At the end of the day, you’ll be eager to sign up to another food tour in this breathtaking city.
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