With the Van Gogh Museum, the Royal Palace and the beautiful Dam Square, there’s no denying Amsterdam’s status as one of the world’s best cities for sightseeing. But it can also hold its own in the food and drink department. Whether you want traditional Dutch fare, international flavours or glasses of delicious beer, Amsterdam is a haven for foodies.
Take your taste buds on a gourmet extravaganza during your next city break with our guide to Amsterdam’s food and drink must-trys.
Start off your foodie tour of Amsterdam with something sweet for breakfast to give you plenty of energy for all the sightseeing that lies ahead.
The Dutch are big on pancakes, whether they’re smothered in yoghurt and fresh fruit or served up with plenty of maple syrup and bacon. Head to The Pancake Bakery, where you can watch your breakfast being created before your eyes in the open kitchen. There are also savoury options to choose from, such as melted goat’s cheese with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and honey.
Another local favourite is stroopwafel, two thin waffles sandwiched together with a deliciously gooey caramel filling. Stop by Albert Cuyp Market where vendors bake them fresh or visit Van Wonderen Stroopwafels for a chocolatey spin on the classic recipe.
When you’re up early for a day of exploring Amsterdam’s great museums and galleries, there’s nothing like a little pick-me-up to get your brain into gear.
At Greenwoods you’ll find everything you need to set you up for a packed day of sightseeing, whether it’s a creamy latte or a short and sharp espresso. Lot Sixty One is another brilliant place to stop for a caffeine kick. The beans here are hand roasted daily to create a wide range of cold and warm coffees.
When lunchtime calls, tuck into a hearty sandwich while soaking up the sun sat by the canal at Singel 404. It’s one of the best cafés in the city and the sarnies are so popular with tourists and locals alike. There are some 75 different sandwiches listed on the menu. The smoked salmon with cheese is sublime and if you’ve still got room, the cakes and other sweet treats are just as good.
If you’re looking for somewhere that caters for several different tastes, turn your attention to Foodhallen. This indoor street food market has a melting pot of cuisines to try – keep it Dutch with bitterballen or feast on dim sum, tacos, pizza or oysters.
If you’re out exploring the Nieuwmarkt – the square in one of the oldest districts of Amsterdam – and you need to take the weight off your feet, swing by Poco Loco.
Order up a refreshing beer and choose from some of the tapas, including goat’s cheese with apple and honey and grilled chicken wrap with rocket salad. You can even make a toast to a great trip with a glass of champagne.
Traditional Dutch dinner
For mouth-watering Dutch grub served in cosy, unpretentious surroundings, head to laid-back La Falote in the Museum Quarter.
Expect huge portions of Dutch beef stew, beef schnitzel with melted cheese and tomato and ham with a traditional mustard sauce. And if you’re in the market for dessert, order the apple pie with ice cream – a true Dutch favourite.
Equally good is D'Vijff Vlieghen. This charming restaurant set inside a series of historic townhouses offers refined Dutch dishes paired with superb wines. Come here and feast on smoked veal, tender goose breast and a platter of local cheeses.
When in Rome, it’s Italian red all the way. But when you’re in Amsterdam, beer is the order of the day.
Bustling Arendsnest is a beer lover’s paradise with a lively atmosphere and gorgeous wood-panelled walls. Its motto is “Dutch beer only” and you’ll find taps and taps of the stuff on draft, as well as a great selection of bottles to choose from.
If you’re after a taste of home, Craft and Draft has both international and local craft beers on draft – 40 of them in fact. Not sure what to try first? The friendly staff are knowledgeable and will be able to guide you towards the right brew for you.
And if you’re still feeling peckish, pick up some patatje oorlog – French fries covered in mayonnaise and onions – on your way back home.
With new spots sprouting up monthly, Amsterdam’s food and drink scene is ever-changing. But these trusty spots are our top refuelling recommendations during a city break to the Dutch capital.
Posted: 16th May 2019.