There are many popular examples of Dutch cuisine that you may already know and many more that you might not and food & drink in Amsterdam is a real treat. Sample something really traditional to get a true taste of Amsterdam
Maatjesharing – Pickled herring, best enjoyed like the Dutch do - with finely chopped onion and pickle dangled into the mouth.
Cheese – Gouda and Edam are very well known Dutch cheese but there are other varieties with a range of flavours waiting to be enjoyed, like Maasdam and Leyden.
Bitterballen – Satisfying balls of savoury beef and herbs crumbed and deep fried. A bar-stool favourite.
Stroopwafel – A layer of sticky sweet syrup sandwiched between two thin, chewy waffle layers. Very sweet!
Poffertjes – A popular snack food in Amsterdam, these small pancakes are fried until crisp and sprinkled with icing sugar.
Beer – The Dutch are known for their love of beer and many homegrown brands like Heineken and Amstel are known around the world. However, there is a whole world of Dutch beers waiting for you to try, from dark ales and porters to fresh new lagers.
Coffee – Enjoyed widely and available across the city in its many cafes and eateries. The local version of Café au lait, Koffie Verkeerd, can be enjoyed any time of day.
Wines & Spirits – International and local styles freely available. Try Jenever, a traditional Dutch juniper infusion reminiscent of gin.