Amsterdam is heaven for almost any tourist. Whether it’s a girl’s weekend away, an art trip, gazing at one of the most beautiful cities in Europe or slightly more clandestine pastimes, there’s plenty of choice to keep you entertained. One element of Amsterdam’s culture that does not get celebrated nearly enough though, is its incredible foodie culture. This is the ultimate list of Amsterdam food you need to try.
Of course, there’s the well-known coffee culture, but few people know about the variety of Indonesian food that’s available, or indeed delicious traditional Dutch food.
For those after a complete Amsterdam food guide, these are the best spots to eat.
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The Best Budget Eats In Amsterdam
Surinamese Food At De Hapjeshoek
For those who enjoy food on the go, Amsterdam street food has got you covered. One option that really stands out is hidden away in the Waterloopein station. De Hapjeshoek is a friendly Surinamese takeaway that is totally affordable for any budget. Whilst it’s extremely convenient if you happen to be passing, it’s almost worth making a trip especially for a Kipfillet Kerrie Broodjes.
These sandwiches are comprised of rich, thick, chicken curry, sandwiched between two fluffy slices of bread. If you’ve never tried a curry sandwich then dig out 3eu and treat yourself.
Of course, there are plenty of other sandwich filling options, including the very popular salted cod.
However, the chicken curry stands head and shoulders above the rest, so why not try something a little different?
Pizza And Prosecco At De Pizzabakkers
Although pizza and prosecco might not be what immediately springs to mind when you think about traditional Dutch food in Amsterdam, it still has to appeal. De Pizzabakers have managed to perfectly execute two of our greedy favorites and have made the whole thing totally affordable.
Pizzas start at 9eu each and a glass of prosecco is only 2.65eu.
Although you might be able to find a cheaper pizza in the Amsterdam food scene, the bases here are light, crisp, and truly delicious, so they more than justify the extra euro you pay! Team that with the ridiculously priced prosecco and you’re in for a good night!
There are several locations across the city, but they can get pretty busy, so if you’re planning to visit at the weekend then it’s worth booking a table in advance.
Dutch Food From A Vending Machine?
Whilst vending machines are understandably left out of most Amsterdam food tours, there is one company that has given an adequate reason to bend the rules, just this once. FEBO de Lekkerste runs a chain of 22 vending machines spread out across the city, each serving delicious post-beer snacks 24 hours a day.
Whilst most vending machines serve refrigerated packet snacks only, FEBO serves piping hot savory treats at all hours. For just 2eu you can treat yourself to a number of Dutch favorites. Crispy krokets are particularly popular, consisting of deep-fried potato, often mixed with cheese or ham.
Frikkandel is another good choice, a sort of hotdog made from minced meat and deep-fried.
If deep-fried, salty junk food isn’t your thing, then perhaps avoid, but everyone else should make a 2 am beeline for these devilish machines.
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Mid-Range Top Food To Eat In Amsterdam
Cook It Yourself At Miss Korea BBQ
If you’re the kind of person who fancies yourself as a bit of a chef, then Miss Korea BBQ might be exactly the kind of restaurant you’ve been looking for. The main elements that are on offer here are incredibly fresh meat and fish. They come marinaded in a seasoning of your choice, ready to be cooked to your liking on the grill at your table. This way of sharing is popular in Korea, and Amsterdam as it happens because everyone on the table can enjoy the same protein, but cooked exactly to their liking.
As well as cook-it-yourself meat and fish, there are also a number of delicious appetizers to try. When people ask what food is Amsterdam known for, people will rarely say Korean seafood pancakes. However, they would be wrong not to. The pancakes at Miss Korea BBQ are to die for. They’re freshly made to order, perfectly light and fluffy and packed with juicy shrimp and shellfish. Feel free to make your way right through the appetizers list, but you’d be a fool not to try the pancakes!
Tuck Into A Gourmet Burger at Burgermeester
Since 2007, Burgermeester has been known as the food you need to eat in Amsterdam. With several locations spread out across the city, this small chain has made waves on the burger scene. Since the beginning, they’ve always held a competition to create the burger of the month.
Patrons are invited to suggest their own combinations. Whoever wins sees their burger grace the menu for a whole month. Not only that, but they and friends can come and eat their creation for free.
Alongside the burger of the month, there are some favorites that stay on the menu all year round. The Bief Royal is a delicious and slightly unusual option. It combines a heritage-breed beef patty, with truffled egg, pancetta, and rich and creamy mayonnaise. If you’re traveling as a vegetarian then a burger restaurant might not seem like the natural choice.
However, you’re remarkably well catered for at Burgermeester. The Manchego is a juicy burger made from sheep’s cheese and crisp Granny Smith apples. It’s served with a quince compote.
Oh and both of those burgers come in at 11eu, plus sides and a drink, you should be able to eat like a Dutch King and still have change from a twenty!
Best Indonesian Food Amsterdam at Restaurant Jun
There’s a large Indonesian population in Amsterdam and their incredible food heritage can be smelled all over the city. A foodies guide to Amsterdam would not be complete without a trip to an Indonesian restaurant and Restaurant Jun might just be the most charming one.
The location of this restaurant is perfect for sightseeing as it’s an easy walk from the Anne Frank House and Vondelpark. Time your morning visit to end just in time for lunch and you’ll be in for a treat.
If you’re new to Indonesian food then a good way to get to know all of the different flavors is to order a rijsttafel, translating as ‘rice table’. This allows everyone who’s eating to try a few different dishes. Often Jun will serve sate telur puyuh, which is really difficult to find in the Netherlands but is absolutely delicious.
This dish involves marinating quail eggs in a hot, rich spicy broth of soy sauce and Indonesian spices, then skewering them and serving. Delicious!
Traditional Dutch Food In Amsterdam
Bitterballen At Literally Any Pub
Bitterballen are one of those seriously moreish things, so moreish that you’ll wonder how they haven’t made it back to your home country yet. They make the perfect snack to go with a beer or to soak up beer, or just to scoff on your way home. Bitterballen are deep-fried, dangerously crispy meatballs, which are generally served with a peppery and creamy mustard dip.
Whilst most places have their own subtle variations on this classic Dutch snack, you’ll be able to get your hands on one in just about any pub.
Poffertjes at Amsterdam Zoo
Poffertjes are another snack that is a local favorite food. Surprisingly some of the best ones are to be found at Amsterdam Zoo. These snacks fall somewhere between a churro and a donut. They’re tiny little blobs of batter, fried until golden and then coated in powdered sugar.
Good ones should be as light as a feather, meaning you can have a whole bagful to yourself. If you can’t get to Amsterdam Zoo, then you’ll be able to get your hands on some poffertjes at any pancake house.
Brave Some Herring At Haring & Zo
Herring is a favorite throughout a lot of Northern European countries and Holland is no exception. These slippery little silver fish are eaten here like America eats cookies, or the UK eats chips. For some people, just the smell of herring is enough to put them off, but it can help to think of it as a sort of ‘Dutch sushi’.
If you feel like trying some then there’s a tiny little street food stand called Haring & Zo, that serves up perfectly pickled herring with gherkins, onions, and a slice of rye bread. Although it can be intimidating for some, it’s surprisingly delicious and a cheap lunch option too.
Line Your Stomach At Moeders
Moeders is the Dutch word for Mothers because that’s exactly the kind of cooking you’ll get here. The portions are enormous, the food is the kind that warms you up and sticks to your ribs. Be sure to arrive hungry and you’ll leave unbuttoning your waistband.
As you wait for your food you’ll notice that all of the walls are adorned with photographs of patrons’ mothers. If you’ve got a picture to hand, you can even add your own. Order yourself a main course of Sudervlees, a hearty beef stew served with cabbage and melty mashed potatoes.
If you’ve got room for dessert then consider a career in competitive eating.
Gorge Yourself On Dutch Pancakes
If there’s one thing that Amsterdam locals love, it’s pancakes. There are plenty of stands all around the city, but if you’re after a day to remember then book yourself onto a pancake cruise. The cruise will take you up the IJ river, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to look at Amsterdam’s architecture.
Once you’ve seen enough, make your way to the all you can eat pancake buffet. There are loads of traditional fillings for pancakes including fruits and jam for those with a sweet tooth, and ham, eggs, and cheese if you fancy something savory. By the time you get back to the dock, you’ll be full of pancakes, with a river tour under your belt, talk about multi-tasking.
It Wouldn’t Be An Amsterdam Food Tour Without…
You guessed it! Space cakes, hash brownies, weed cookies, whatever you want to call them, Amsterdam is famous for them. There are so many coffee shops that it would be impossible to list all of them, though there are food tours that will take you around plenty.
If you can’t face a whole tour though, then there are a couple that really stand out from the crowd are Paradox and Boerejongens.
Paradox Cafe has an incredibly laid back vibe and not only serves homemade space cakes that are out of this world, but they also make ultra-indulgent shakes to go with them. If you’ve got the munchies, then there’s no better place to be than Paradox.
Boerejongens are slightly less cosy and more sleek and modern than Paradox. However, don’t let the minimalist decor put you off. Their brownies won the competition for Amsterdam’s best edible last year. The red velvet cake is to die for, weed, or no weed.
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High-End Amsterdam Food
Explore Seasonal Produce At Restaurant Vermeer
Many high-end restaurants have a ‘gimmick’ of sorts, but Restaurant Vermeer’s is beautifully simple and also functional. Instead of ordering from a traditional menu, guests can choose how many courses they would like. Next, you are presented with a list of seasonal ingredients. From these ingredients, they can choose any that they don’t like and also any that they particularly like. From this information, the chef creates a menu for the table to try.
The seasonality of the menu means that you’re unlikely to get to try the same dish on more than one visit. However, there’s something special about having your own experience that is totally unlike anyone else’s.
If you’re after luxury Amsterdam food, that’s perfectly presented and packs a real punch, then Restaurant Vermeer is the place to book.
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Step Back In Time At De Silveren Spiegel
This restaurant has been here since the 17th century! Although changes have of course been made along the way, all of that elegance from the Dutch Golden Age remains. The restaurant itself is in a breathtaking townhouse, in a popular part of town. The proprietors of the restaurant are a family and as such know lots of fascinating history about the building and even old menus.
Leave around three hours for your visit and treat yourself to the six-course menu – with wine pairings if possible. The menu does change three or four times per year, but some favorite courses include: Dutch trout, served as a tartare with chewy sourdough and crunchy beetroot, or Calf sweetbreads served in a rich and decadent gravy alongside perfectly plump pearl barley. This menu, especially with the wine pairings, is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Discover A Secret At Restaurant Bougainville
It’s crazy to think that one of Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets is hiding right over Dam Square, but it’s true! To enter Restaurant Bougainville, you must take the hidden lift. Once inside it feels like you have truly escaped the hustle and bustle of the city. On arrival, guests can enjoy a glass of champagne or a cocktail in the bar, before heading to their tables. The decor is wonderfully quirky, but not over the top. With that said, onto what we’re all here for, the food.
Guests can choose to eat a surprise menu that works in much the same way as at Restaurant Vermeer. Or if you’d rather, choose a la carte. Both options are delicious and dishes often include a mouthwateringly tender carpaccio or an ‘unusual’ savory ice cream.
The food here is a little more challenging and fussy eaters should perhaps stick to ordering a la carte. If you want to stretch your palate and experience some of the most creative dining that Amsterdam has to offer, then Restaurant Bougainville could just be the perfect foodie heaven for you.
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And That’s All The Amsterdam Food You Need To Eat
With its wonderful cultural heritage, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam has more than its fair share of incredible restaurants. Whether your budget is 3 or 300 euros, you’re guaranteed to be able to find a little slice of heaven with this Amsterdam food guide. On your next visit, why not try to tick off every Dutch favorite on the list? Or treat yourself to a really special meal at somewhere that’s a bit of a budget buster.
Of course, there’s no such thing as a complete foodie guide to anywhere. New restaurants pop up all the time. Even the most thorough traveler doesn’t always get round to every single hidden gem. If you know of any Amsterdam favorites that deserve a spot on the list then leave a comment explaining why!
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