Five Dutch Snacks You Must Try in Amsterdam

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Despite the fact that most people consider Amsterdam a “must-visit” destination in Europe, it was never a city I was particularly drawn to. Maybe it was its reputation as a party city. Maybe it was the fact that it’s expensive and doesn’t have particularly amazing weather. Whatever the reason, it wasn’t high (ha!) on my list of cities to visit.

Despite this, I found myself in the city of canals in September of 2015, visiting my good friend who was living there at the time. Amsterdam surprised me in a multitude of ways, but what particularly surprised me was how quickly I was charmed by the quirky neighborhoods and beautiful canals. And what surprised me the most was the delicious food I ate there (not that I’d ever really thought about what to eat in Amsterdam).

If my expectations for the city were low, my expectations for good food were even lower. The Netherlands isn’t exactly renowned for its world-class cuisine, but I was impressed – I didn’t eat a single bad meal or snack while I was there.

While I don’t think I ate any particularly traditional Dutch meals, I did consume my weight in Dutch snacks. In fact, I’d say I probably only ate three or four “real” meals while I was there, and spent the rest of my time snacking away. Clearly I make healthy choices while I travel.

Anyway, now that you’ve sufficiently read the world’s longest introduction to a post, here’s my guide of what to eat in Amsterdam  –  a list of the five Dutch snacks you must try.

 

1. Bitterballen

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Translating directly to “bitter balls,” these are essentially deep-fried meatballs. But guys, these are not your ordinary meatballs. They’re made with a mix of beef broth and other spices then deep-fried, which results in crispy-on-the-outside and soft-on-the-inside bites of deliciousness. I ate these every single day because they’re that good. They’re often served with a side of spicy mustard. You can find bitterballen at virtually any café, but if you want to try some fusion bitterballen, check out De Ballen Bar.

 

2. Pancakes

Amsterdam might not have the reputation of a foodie city, but the delicious eats impressed me! Read this to find out what to eat in Amsterdam (mostly snacks)! |http://passportandplates.com

Dutch pancakes are in no way similar to American pancakes, except for the name. Served either savory or sweet, they’re giant and thin and remind me more of a crêpe than a pancake. But they are delicious. The best place to eat them? The aptly named Pancakes! Exclamation point included because eating a good pancake is an exciting endeavor y’all.

 

3. Frites

Amsterdam might not have the reputation of a foodie city, but the delicious eats impressed me! Read this to find out what to eat in Amsterdam (mostly snacks)! |http://passportandplates.com

I’m going to be honest here. French fries are my food weakness. No matter where I am or what I’m eating, if French fries are an option, I’m getting them. Imagine my excitement to find that Amsterdam has shops dedicated entirely to fries! Dutch frites are thicker cut and less crispy than American fries, but still incredibly tasty. They’re often served with fritessaus, a sweeter and creamier version of mayonnaise, and raw onion. Depending on the shop, you usually get lots of different sauce options. I tried them the traditional way, with curry, and with garlic aioli. Get your fix at Vers Gesneden Friet or Frietboutique.

 

4. Appeltaart

Amsterdam might not have the reputation of a foodie city, but the delicious eats impressed me! Read this to find out what to eat in Amsterdam (mostly snacks)! |http://passportandplates.com

Though you’d think it would be like the Dutch Apple Pie found in an American pie shops, apple pie (or appeltaart in Dutch) in Amsterdam is quite different. It’s significantly less sweet, much more dense, and is a lot heavier on the apples. Frankly, I wasn’t the hugest fan (I’m either really used to the sugary American version or I didn’t try a particularly great piece) but I do think it’s worth trying to taste the difference. I tried it at Kwekkeboom but my friend swears by the pies at Winkel43 and Cafe ’T Papeneiland.

 

5. Stroopwafels

Amsterdam might not have the reputation of a foodie city, but the delicious eats impressed me! Read this to find out what to eat in Amsterdam (mostly snacks)! |http://passportandplates.com

These are not the fluffy light waffles you’re imagining. A stroopwafel is basically a dense cookie – really thin and baked with a caramel type syrup. If you order a coffee or tea at any café, you’ll likely get a small one on the side. There’s also a “correct” way to eat these (that I didn’t know about initially). The regular sized ones are the perfect size to fit on top of a mug of tea or coffee. You top the mug with the wafel for a minute so that the steam softens the syrup, and then voila – a soft and gooey stroopwafel to go with your tea. They’re highly addictive and can be found at any café or grocery store.

 

What to eat in Amsterdam – the honorable mentions:

Dutch cheese: I didn’t have enough time to go to a cheese shop and sample a bunch, but I did have a dutch cheese croissant. That counts, right? If you’re planning on getting your connoisseur on, check out De Kaaskamer or KaasHuis Tromp. I may have to go back just to get my hands on some…

Poffertjes: These are basically small pancake puffs made with buckwheat flour and dusted with sugar. De Vier Pllaren seems to be quite the popular locale for these.

Indonesian food: I know this isn’t technically a Dutch snack, but I couldn’t resist adding it as a must if you’re figuring out what to eat in Amsterdam, because the Indonesian food in Amsterdam is amazing. I say this after having spent two months in Indonesia. Go to Blauw (make reservations) and order the Selera Blauw Rijsttafels Indonesian platter. You’ll get a huge sampling of Indonesian food, and your life will be complete.

Amsterdam might not have the reputation of a foodie city, but the delicious eats impressed me! Read this to find out what to eat in Amsterdam (mostly snacks)! |http://passportandplates.com

The Indonesian sampler

 

If you want to see the complete guide to what to eat in Amsterdam, check out this post and scroll to the TLDR section at the bottom.

 

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? What other snacks would you add to this list of what to eat in Amsterdam? Share in the comments below!

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  • That’s soft cheese with the thick rind on top of your pancakes looks sexy AF. But I gotta say I’m crushed dutch cheese only made honorable mention!

    • LOL, hey there fellow cheese lover! And I knowwww, I’m really disappointed I didn’t get a chance to do a proper sampling. All the more reason to go back I suppose! 🙂

  • Nadeen

    Great and yummy post. Can’t wait to get over there to try these! Stopping by from female travel bloggers.

  • Chantell Collins

    I can understand how you felt about not being that excited about going to Amsterdam. I felt the same way but then once I went, I was actually won over by how beautiful the city is. I just loved it! It was so long ago now that I can’t remember what I ate but after reading this list I am (Hungry!) and inspired to go back :).

    • That’s so funny that you felt that way too! Most people didn’t understand my initial feelings. But I agree – it’s beyond beautiful and charming! I hope you get a chance to go back soon 🙂

  • Vyjay Rao

    All the snacks sound yummy, but Pancakes and Frites for me please. A very appetizing post indeed.

  • Luxury Travel Diva

    I must admit Amsterdam is not high on my bucket list, I think it is the association of English stag and hen weekends! However, you make it look very enticing and the pancakes and frites look good.

    • That’s exactly how I felt about it initially to be honest! But if you look beyond the associated shenanigans, Amsterdam is a surprisingly charming city!

  • Thanks to you now I want to eat some pancakes in Pancakes! :p
    My Dutch friends kept telling me I should try it. Bacon bits are included in their version which I think would be glorious! :p

  • Paige Brown

    I could go to town on those meatballs, pancakes and frites especially! I haven’t been to the Netherlands yet, but I can see my mouth and stomach are going to love it! Cheers!

  • Restless Heart

    This all looks so good. I tried stroopwafel before that someone brought back for me and thought it was so good but I never knew about that trick of how to eat it using the mug, I have to try that!

    • I initially didn’t know that trick either! I liked them on their own. But they’re even better steamed – you have to try it 🙂

  • Janna C.

    Oh my these look so yummy! I love splurging on food whenever I travel. I would definitely try the frites and appeltaart!

  • Jamporter

    Yaaaas stroopwafels! I can actually have excessive amounts of those tasty sweet cookies! Those fries too, I didn’t get to sample them on my brief layover in Amsterdam but I will head straight for some fries next time I’m there!

  • Fatima Ali

    I loved being in Amsterdam. Their frites are amazing and luckily the weather was good when I was there. When did you go to Amsterdam?

    Fatima | http://www.blogsbyfa.com

    • Lucky you! Weather wasn’t great when I went in September. When did you go? But yes the frites are SO good…I ate them everyday! #notsorry

  • businesstravelerswife

    Yum!! I looove stroopwafels!! 🙂 I would like to try those honorable mentions! I’m going to save this list. We’re planning to go to Amsterdam this year. Love your post!! 🙂

  • Assia Shahin

    Thanks Sally, this was so useful! It’s all on my notes for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam, which I’m sooooo excited about 😀

    Assia http://www.assiashahin.com

    • I’m glad you found it helpful, Assia! Amsterdam is surprisingly very much a foodie city. You’re going to love it! Enjoy your trip 🙂

  • Very nice round-up! Looks like I didn’t do too badly as I managed to try most of those in only 2 days in Amsterdam!

    I could do with a couple of Stroopwaffels right now though! These things are seriously addictive!

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

    • Oooh I’m impressed! You’re a champ!
      I LOVE stroopwaffels! Luckily there’s a shop in Los Angeles that sells them – so worth the trek!

  • stephaniestraveldiary

    I am Dutch and I am happy you tried these delicious snacks.
    I have to say, we do not eat those things often LOL. Maybe a few times a year!

    Which one of the five is your favorite? I think mine are the bitterballen!
    x

    • Haha yeah I figured as much! Mine is DEFINITELY bitterballen. I love savory foods and there aren’t any dutch places in LA so I am dying to get my hands on some!

  • Danielle Wolter

    Those stroopwafels look great! Amsterdam is definitely not one of those places I think about when I think foodie trip. But it looks like we could make it work if we end up there 🙂

    • Yeah, right?! It’s one of those places I never expected to have good food but I was pleasantly surprised! So many cities are filled with surprises 🙂