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

Amsterdam Food Tour

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 much-loved local dishes like fresh herring and salty fries. Sit down in a leading city cheese shop for a tasting session, and hear all about the Dutch spice trade during the 16th century. The tour finishes on a high note with drinks in an atmospheric 17th-century distillery.

Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group food tour, ensuring you’ll see the city’s culinary hotspots with personalized attention from your guide.


  • 2.5-hour Amsterdam food tour led by an expert local guide
  • Sample Belgian fries and fresh herring in a much-loved local café while learning about the history of Dutch cuisine
  • Sit down inside the city’s leading cheese shop for a cheese-tasting session
  • Hear tales of the 16th-century Dutch spice trade
  • Sip on spirits and other traditional drinks inside a 17th-century distillery
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people ensure a more personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Amsterdam Food Tour

Try fresh herring on your Amsterdam food tour!

After meeting your guide in the center of town, stroll around the city to learn about the Netherlands’ gastronomic heritage. As a country wedged between nations with more distinctive culinary traditions, the Netherlands’ cuisine is less well defined – taking influences from its European neighbors. Hear of the Dutch love for hot, salty French fries – a specialty from its Belgian neighbor – and after trying some for yourself in a café, sample a dish of fresh herring – a fish favored by the Scandinavian nations.

Continue walking through the city streets, passing alongside picturesque canals and over pretty bridges, before venturing inside one of Amsterdam’s top cheese shops and sample some of its pungent artisan cheeses. Learn about the thriving Dutch spice trade during the 16th century; the Netherlands was a major player in the East Indies Spice trade.

Visit a 17th-century distillery next, and discover the history of the Dutch brewing industry while sipping on a house spirit (or other traditional drink). Hear trivia and little-known facts about the industry, and learn how the Germans and Americans have influenced the country’s brews over the ages.

Your tour finishes at the distillery, and your guide will happily give you tips for other local eateries to try out before leaving.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very well done! A must do if you want to experience the culture in Amsterdam in a more intimate and memorable way!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide was terrific. He showed us some great little food places and even walked us through the grocery store which was very interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent guide and very knowledgeable. Were a small group so we had hid undivided attention and ended up getting a lot more from the experience than if in a larger group. He really went the extra mile for us. Thought I would not like the eel, but it was a great new taste.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Sean was very easy going, fun and engaging.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I wish we had booked this tour earlier in our Amsterdam itinerary. Sean did a great job not just introducing us to local delicacies but also pointing out other attractions in the city. It was a fun couple of hours trying french fries, sausage, brined herring/eel which is actually quite good, and then rewarding ourselves with a stropwafel and ice cream and a drink at a local bar. It was fun, fast moving and very informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Easy to find starting location. Our guide was great and full of energy and lots of descriptions of the areas we were walking through as well as the background and history of the cultural reasons for the foods we were eating. We sampled foods from french fried potatoes, schnapps, cheese, herring, to hot dogs. No better way to learn the culture of a people than through their eating habits.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Just right, great walking tour. The guide provided even more than I expected. Not only good local food but conversation about houseboats, neighborhoods, and more.
The foods were just right, too. Holland had it's share of gourmet restaurants, but I was very interested in local, traditional foods.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Sean was friendly and very knowledgeable about Amsterdam, it's history, culture, and food. We didn't expect to eat as much as we did tip: don't eat beforehand. We tried all the local delicacies and discovered where the locals eat! There were only 4 of us and we had a ball.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Sean was just great and even sent us some photographs after the tour. This was a really enjoyable way to learn a bit about the Dutch and how their eating culture has been influenced over the years. Quite different and great fun. Sean is a font of knowledge and fun. Really enjoyed trying all the different foods, from smoked eels and herrings to pancakes and cheese. All ending up with delicious Bols in a really old drinking house. Thanks very much Sean and we seriously recommend this tour, especially if you have never been to Amsterdam before.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This food tour was amazing. Shawn was extremely knowledgeable about local history and took us to some fun little local places. This is a must-do walking tour.

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