Mixing influences from all over the world, food in Amsterdam is heavy and hearty, featuring deep-fried goodies both savory and sweet. Whether you prefer a hole-in-the-wall café or a top restaurant, here are a few foods and experiences not to miss.
Bitterballen are deep-fried meat croquettes served with mustard.
Patat or frites are thick fried potatoes usually served in a paper cone with toppings like curry ketchup, peanut satay sauce, mayonnaise, or onions.
Stamppot is a favorite Dutch comfort food made of potatoes mashed with vegetables and served with a large sausage.
Reflecting the Indonesian influence in Amsterdam, Rijstaffel features a variety of small dishes of rice, meats, and curries.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, try warm, buttery poffertjes sprinkled with powdered sugar; a cream-filled tompouce pastry; or stroopwafel, two thin waffles stuck together with a sweet syrup.
Visit an Amsterdam cheese shop for a special wine and cheese tasting, and learn all about Dutch cheeses.
Head to the streets and the bars for some of the best traditional Dutch dishes and snacks, many of which can be eaten on the go.
Spend an evening with a local family learning how to make Dutch pancakes.
Take a guided food tour through the center of Amsterdam, learning about the city’s history while sampling several favorite Dutch treats.
Join a culinary tour of Amsterdam’s Jordaan district to get a flavor of the city’s more sophisticated cuisine.