Cuisine of Amsterdam

By Viator, May 2016

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The traditional cuisine of Amsterdam is straightforward and hearty. Simple meaty dishes feature such as snert (a calorie-ridden pea soup thickened with leeks, celery and smoked sausage and served with bacon and rye bread) or stamppot boerenkool (mashed potatoes mixed with kale and eaten with plump rookworst (smoked sausage).

Herring is the most popular fish to eat, pickled or raw, from street vendors. Tip your head backwards and munch them whole in local style or eat them in a bread roll, served with chopped onion and pickle.

Popular snacks include bitterballen (fried meatballs) served up tapas-like in most bars; a strong salami flavored with cloves called metworst is also often served as a bar snack. Belgian-style patat (fries) are bought from street vendors and consumed straight from the wrapper with plenty of mayonnaise.

As a result of the immigration into Amsterdam that started in the 17th century – and continues today – bringing spices and new styles of cooking, anything goes today in the city’s cuisine; Chinese, Surinamese, Turkish, Indian and Mediterranean dishes all play their part in the Dutch gourmet lexicon. Indonesian rijstaffel is practically a Dutch staple, with restaurants offering a feast of small dishes of savory rice, meats and curries to be tasted all together.

Amsterdammers have a sweet tooth, pouring chocolate sprinkles on all flavors of broodje (sandwich) and devouring pancakes sprinkled with sugar, waffles oozing with syrup and little round oliebollen (donuts).

Cheese is part of the Dutch psyche – The Netherlands is the biggest exporter of cheese in the world – and it’s eaten at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Cheese flavors bread, fills sandwiches and covers burgers. The most famous Dutch cheeses are Edam, which comes in great yellow rounds, and Gouda, wrapped in red wax, but there are countless options; visit a high-end deli such as De Kaaskamer to choose from 300 different cheeses.

Amsterdam’s beers are justly famous, with world-beating names such as Heineken and Amstel; nowadays scores of micro-breweries contribute to the scene. Jenever  (Dutch gin) is still distilled in proeflokalen (gin-tasting houses) and comes in two styles: oude (old) gin is smooth and malty; jonge (young) gin is smoother but higher in alcohol content.

Getting to grips with Amsterdam’s cuisine can be made much easier by taking a guided walking tour; you’ll get expert advice and visit the best stores and bars for the chance to sample the wares and learn about the city’s gastronomy from the experts.

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Try Dutch Pancakes Dinner with a Local in Amsterdam

Come and enjoy tasty traditional Dutch pancakes with your host Mark. The mountains of pancakes that will be prepared for you along with a variety of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $12.51

In The Dark Sightseeing Tour with Optional Chocolate Fondue in Amsterdam

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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.47

Private Dinner with Rembrandt Nachtwacht Painting in Amsterdam

Passionate about food, art and culture, this is the private dining experience for you. Your private host Elisabeth will welcome to her home for you to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.40

Private in the Mix Dinner with a Local in Amsterdam

You are invited to enjoy an entertaining dinner party with Manon. Your host for the evening will prepare a range of local and international dishes to try from ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.40

Private Homemade Vegan Meal with Locals in Amsterdam

Enjoy a delicious homemade vegan dinner with your private host Jenn. This dinner will show you the amazing verity of tasty vegan food while you relax in ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.04

Amsterdam Food Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Discover Amsterdam’s culinary history on a 2-hour food walking tour, led by an expert guide! While learning about the city’s gastronomic roots, sample ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2.5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 72 Reviews

This private walking tour shows you some of Amsterdam’s highlights from a local's perspective. With a knowledgeable private guide by your side, learn about the ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.30

Eat Like a Local in Amsterdam: Traditional Dutch Meal in a Local Home

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Gain insight into local culture during an authentic home-cooked meal with a Dutch host. Go shopping with your host, then enter their home, located in a ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.01

Amsterdam Jordaan District Food Walking Tour

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Taste Amsterdam’s culinary specialties on this 4-hour walking tour of the historical Jordaan district. Following a passionate foodie guide, visit some ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.55

Amsterdam Evening Food Tour in De Pijp

Planning dinner out in Amsterdam? Seize the evening and make the most out of your 4-hour food tour through the locally-loved Amsterdam neighborhood of De Pijp.

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.68

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