Following my recent article on things to do in Amsterdam during the summer, I thought I’d reach out to all you foodies who may potentially be planning a trip to the Dutch capital in the next couple of months. I’m one of those people who absolutely has to try local cuisine whenever I go anywhere. In Ireland I ate the stews and drank all the Guinness, in Portugal I ate as much seafood as humanly possible, and in Brazil I loved the ‘Fazenda’ cuisine and the traditional restaurants in Sao Paulo which served amazing feijoada. I will admit, though, when I visited Amsterdam a couple of years ago the only real Dutch food I remember trying was Frikandel. Don’t hate me, foodies… I’m one of you, I swear. I just genuinely think I cared more about alcohol and other substances on that trip. I was 19 and a bit silly. Anyway, whether you’re planning your trip to Holland or if you’re just curious to learn about Dutch cuisine, here are the top 5 dishes in Amsterdam you need to try when visiting the Netherlands.
Top 5 Dishes in Amsterdam You Need to Try
In England, drunkenness leads to messy kebabs and pizza at the end of the night. In Holland, the answer is always bitterballen. These are little deep-fried crispy meatballs that are typically served with mustard for dipping. If you’re a sucker for pub food, then you’ll love these hearty snacks that are served at most Dutch drinking establishments.
The ultimate Dutch comfort food, Stamppot is typically eaten in the winter months, but this doesn’t mean you can’t eat it in the summer, too. It literally translates to ‘mash pot’, and it includes potatoes mashed with other vegetables such as carrot, onion and kale. It’s served with a big, juicy sausage.
Broodje haring translates to ‘raw herring’, and it’s actually a popular Dutch speciality. To be totally honest I’m not entirely sure I’d enjoy it, but I’d definitely be up for giving it a go if the time came. You can get raw herring from a fishmonger or a street vendor, and if you can’t stomach it by itself, just have a raw herring sandwich. Definitely one of the top 5 dishes in Amsterdam you need to try. Erm… yum.
If you, like me, have a seriously sweet tooth, then you’ll love the stroopwafels in Amsterdam, which are available from almost every street vendor in the city. It’s essentially a waffle made of two layers with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. Perfect for a walk along the canals after enjoying lunch at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Come on, you can’t visit the Netherlands without trying their cheese. You just can’t. There are even street markets dedicated to local cheeses, so it’s definitely worth paying one of these a visit during your trip if you want the best of the best. If you’d prefer to actually sit down somewhere for lunch, most Dutch cafes serve baguettes/sandwiches with fillings including gouda, edam and leerdammer.