When you think of Amsterdam, you may think of the winding network of canals, the controversial red light area, or the vibrant tulips that bloom during the springtime – Amsterdam food isn’t a major draw for many people, until they visit and are surprised by the variety that the city’s cuisine offers. To make sure you taste the best food in Amsterdam, we have put together a quick guide for you.
One of the most popular foods in Amsterdam are the classic Dutch fries – you will find stores and stalls serving up this tasty treat on every corner. What makes them unique is their thickness, and the array of sauces that they are served with. Other must-try dishes when it comes to Amsterdam food include bitterballen (fried meatballs), raw herring and kibbeling (fried fish). If you’re vegetarian, be sure to sample oliebollen (sweet dumplings), local cheese and poffertjes (no better way to describe this dish than ‘a taste of heaven’).
Amsterdam restaurants vary in price and quality. Some of the best restaurants in Amsterdam are upscale and Michelin-starred, such as The Duchess, Breda, Bougainville and Kaagman & Kortekaas. But don’t worry – there are many great, affordable options as well. Foodhallen, an indoor, classy food market, is a great place to sample a wide range of local and international dishes without burning a hole in your pocket, and one of the best places to eat in Amsterdam. In addition, the vibe on the weekend is lively and buzzing – it’s a great place to start your night! Other affordable but fantastic Amsterdam restaurants include Taqueria Tacobar – great Mexican food in a social atmosphere – and Skek for fusion Dutch and Amsterdam food.
Are you drooling yet? If so, it’s time to start planning your Amsterdam trip – visit your local SOTC branch or give us a call to learn more about the capital city of the Netherlands and everything that is has to offer.