Food To Try In Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam is known for many things: a liberal lifestyle, scenic canals, and picturesque homes. It also has countless long-term rentals, allowing tourists to fully immerse themselves in the city’s vivid culture and lifestyle.

Its food culture, however, remains relatively unknown, with fewer people visiting the area for its foodie scene compared to other European cities such as Paris and Barcelona. Nonetheless, the city has plenty of culinary offerings that await the discovery of travelers’ taste buds, ranging from freshly caught seafood and meatballs to its own version of waffles and pancakes. It even offers its own take on food that most people would normally associate with Asia, as well as fries with a twist. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory food, you’re sure to find something in the city that your tastebuds will appreciate. Take a look at this list of food to try while in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1. Patatje Oorlog

“Patatje Oorlog” is evidence that the Dutch take their potatoes seriously. This offering is translated to “fries at war”, a description that is oddly fitting, considering what goes on in this offering. Dutch-style fries are served with a generous topping of a special sauce, which is a combination of mayonnaise, raw onions, and peanut satay sauce. This mix might seem strange, but the number of hawkers selling it serves as a silent testament to the popularity of Patatje Oorlog. If you’re leery about buying this from a street vendor, try this dish at Mannekenpis, which earned the top spot for the best fries in the Netherlands.


Address: Damrak 41, 1012 LK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Mannekenpis

Price: 2.50 EUR (2.84 USD) for large

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2. Stroopwafel

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Stroopwafels did not originate from Amsterdam, but in Gouda, a nearby town. In fact, this food item was only made there until the 1870s. Amsterdam, however, has since become the known home of this sweet treat. The stroopwafel may have become popular worldwide, but unlike in other places where you get commercialized versions, you can get it freshly baked in Amsterdam. Loosely translated to “syrup waffle”, this treat is made of caramel sandwiched between two thin waffles. Stroopwafel is also sold by street vendors, as well as bakeries, grocery stores, and in markets. For the best stroopwafel in Amsterdam, head on over to Landskroon.


Address: Singel 385, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price: 2 EUR (2.27 USD)

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3. Poffertjes

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Poffertjes are smaller, fluffier versions of pancakes that are traditionally slathered with butter and powdered sugar, although it may also be served with other toppings such as syrup, strawberries, and cream. Locals will attest that the best option will be buying this from street vendors. However, if you want to enjoy it at a restaurant, there are establishments such as Pancakes! that serve this dish ah well.


Address: Leidsebosje 5, Stadhouderkade 11, 1054 ES, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Price: 5.50 EUR (6.24 USD)

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4. Broodje haring

Amsterdam hareng
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Trying out broodje haring, or herring sandwich, can be your first step to tasting one of Amsterdam’s famous specialties, raw herring. The fish itself has been fully frozen and then salted and aged in oak prior to being sold. Tourists who don’t want to risk eating the fish on its own, try out the herring sandwich instead, which is served with pickles and onions to help lessen the fishy taste. A stroll around the city may lead you to spot a number of haringhandels (herring carts), where you can try this food item. You can also buy it from stores such as Haringhandel Jonk.

Haringhandel Jonk

Address: Spui 7A | Tegenover Esprit Cafe, 1012 WX Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website: Haringhandel Jonk

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5. Satay

Kipsate met friet
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Originally an Indonesian specialty, satay has since become a mainstay in Dutch cuisine. Sliced pork or chicken is skewered on a stick and served with spicy peanut sauce, along with fries and/or salad. Kartika is one place where you can try out Amsterdam’s version of satay if you don’t want to buy some from street vendors.


Address: Overtoom 68, 1054 HL Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website: Kartika

Price: 11-20 EUR (12.50-22.72 USD)

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6. Bossche bol

Bossche bol in the Netherlands
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Here’s another treat for sweets lovers. Bossche boll is a ball-shaped pastry filled with cream and covered in either dark chocolate or brittle milk, making it similar to eclairs, except that it’s roughly the same size and shape as a tennis ball. The sweet treat originated from Den Bosch (hence the name). You can buy a bossche bol from patisseries such as Van Avezaath Beune. While there, feel free to try some of their other delectable pastries and cakes as well.

Van Avezaath Beune

Address: Johannes Verhulststraat 98, 1071 NK Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Van Avezaath Beune

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7. Tompouce

Tom Pouce Dutch pastry
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Tompouce is another Dutch dessert that you can sink your sweet tooth into. This treat is essentially a rectangular-shaped puff pastry filled with cream and topped with icing, usually colored pink. During King’s Day, however, the color of icing used for this dessert is changed to orange in honor of the Dutch royal family, the House of Orange-Nassau. According to legend, this pastry is named after Tom Pouce, the stage name of a performer who became famous. According to those in the know, the best tompouce in Amsterdam is sold in Blommestein.


Address: Churchilllaan 26, 1078 EG Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Blommestein

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8. Bitterballen

Bitterballen mosterd mayo
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Bitterballen is considered a traditional bar snack, enjoyed together with beer. While its name is literally translated to “bitter balls”, this food actually resemble croquettes. Deep-fried snacks are commonly made of chopped beef, herbs and spices, butter, and beef broth and covered in flour. This snack is often served with mustard for dipping. Bars and certain cafes, like BallenBar, serve bitterballen.


Address: Foodhallen, Bellamyplein 51, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: BallenBar

Price: 6.50 EUR (7.38 USD) for 5 bitterballen

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9. Dutch cheese

Dutch cheese
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The Dutch take their cheese seriously - in fact, Amsterdam even has a cheese museum. The city has over 50 varieties of this dairy product, with the most popular variant being Gouda cheese and the most famous, Old Amsterdam, an aged version of Gouda cheese. There are a number of other variants as well, differing from each other in terms of age and flavor (including some combined with herbs). You can try just about every kind of cheese in Amsterdam at De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam. Full meals are also served here, so you don’t have to worry about nibbling solely on cheese if you happen to drop by during mealtime.

De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam

Address: Runstraat 7 1016 GJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam.

Price: Starts at 45 EUR (51.13 USD)

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One of my favourite places to buy quality cheese is Noordermarkt. You can get your preferred selection of cheese here and then head to Brouwerij Troost to relish it with some craft beers.

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10. Stamppot

Boerenkool stamppot
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Stamppot can be translated to “mash pot”, a fitting name considering that it is a mix of mashed potatoes, carrots, onions, sauerkraut, and/or kale. This dish is usually served during winter and is traditionally served together with rookwurst, a type of sausage. You can enjoy a serving of stamppot at establishments such as Moeders, which serves traditional Dutch dishes.


Address: Rozengracht 251, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Moeders

Price: 16 EUR (18.18 USD)

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Delight in Dutch delicacies

Amsterdam’s foodie culture may just be emerging - as can be seen in the number of restaurants that sprouted in the city in the past years - but its native delicacies have been enjoyed by residents and those in the know for quite some time already. Use this guide to help you discover which Dutch delicacies the locals are feasting on.

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