Amsterdam is filled to the brim with local delicacies, hangover cures and sweet treats to get every tastebud tingling.
Alongside its meandering canals, epic nightlife and major museums, Amsterdam’s food options are another key highlight. Dutch cuisine is simple, straightforward and tasty and typically incorporates plenty of fish and vegetables, owing to the country’s farming and fishing heritage.
Staples of the Amsterdam diet
You definitely won't go hungry while visiting the Dutch capital. Tuck into a delicious portion of chips with ‘patatje oorlog’ (just ask, you won’t be disappointed), ‘stamppot’ (mashed potatoes and veg with gravy) or, if you’re really feeling daring, nibble on some ‘hollandse nieuwe’, which means ‘new raw herring’ – yum! If you have a bit a sweet tooth, Amsterdam will cater to your every sugary yearning. Swing by any bakery or street market and pick up a ‘stroopwafel’ (a gooey, sticky waffle) or the famous Dutch ‘zoute drop’, a salty liquorice sweet. Amsterdam’s food is best enjoyed with an ice cold beer, so why not visit the Heineken Experience at the Heineken brewery just outside the heart of the city? Work up an appetite with a guided tour of the place where the famous beer was first brewed, followed by a tasting session in an exclusive bar where you can sample five premium beers paired with a selection of delicious Dutch cheeses.
Dutch cuisine is not all that the city offers when it comes to food. Amsterdam is filled to the brim with dishes from all over the world, especially from Southeast Asia and Europe. Indonesian classics like spring rolls and satay can be found throughout the city, and if you’re feeling really hungry then try the colonial Dutch-Indonesian hybrid of ‘rijsttafel’ (rice table), an enormous meal of multiple dishes which is now more commonly found in the Netherlands than anywhere else.