I say it straight away – I am biased, but to me Amsterdam is the most beautiful city there is. It disguises itself as a 17th century open-air museum that is actually liveable. With a labyrinth of canals, thousands of bikes ringing through the streets and clueless tourists in their way, Amsterdam isn’t as crowded as London, not as unfriendly as Paris and not as dead as Rome. (Remember – I am biased).
There are plenty of reasons to visit the city, but food is generally not on many people’s lists. However, there is plenty of yummy and quirky food to be discovered. We put together a list of food that you should try when in Amsterdam. Approved by Dutch chefs.
There plenty of disputes about whether fries are actually French or come from Belgium (or the Netherlands). The answer usually depends on who you talk to. No matter where they actually come from, they are serious business around here. Therefore, you shouldn’t be satisfied with the very first fries that you are presented with. Locals know that the best place to get them is at Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx, which is a tiny shop in the Voetboogstraat in the centre of town. There might be a queue, but you won’t wait more than three minutes. Get a big portion and select from 16 different sauces.
2. Stamppot with Rookwurst
This super-typical Dutch dish might not be on your ordinary fine dining menu, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Travel tips are there to encourage you to try something new. Stamppot is literally a mash of potatoes, vegetables and occasionally bacon. The Dutch will eat it often in combination with something else, such as Rookwurst – which is a smoked sausage. If they do it, you should too.
Similar to the fries, Bitterballen is something you will find it the local Café (often a bar) and eat while drinking a few beers with your friends. Just going for a quick beer somewhere is by the way not uncommon at all. So if you want to go local, then better get used to eating those deep-fried snacks. Bitterlallen have a crunchy breadcrumb coating and filled with a mixture of chopped beef, beef broth, flour, butter, herbs and spices.
The name gives it away, we are talking about a humble apple pie. But if you have eaten it before, then you what’s up. This isn’t apple flavoured, the Appeltaart is filled with real taste and apples. The apples are often taste like cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice. Again – you don’t just except any Appeltaart. The best one you will find in the cafes around the Noordermarkt farmers market, happening every Saturday.
5. Hollandse Nieuwe Haring
Typically served with chopped onions and gherkins, Haring (herring) is eaten raw and considered a speciality. If this isn’t exactly your taste, you should still give it a go. In the worst case you can flush it down with a beer and some fries.
More Food Travel Tips: Try also some Sate and Bami Goreng. Indonesian food is local here too.