Eat Like a Local Amsterdam

The top foods you must try when visiting Amsterdam!

The  number 1 thing to try is bitterballen (providing you are a meat eater)! They are delicious balls of heavenly goodness! Ok, we’re lying – they’re deep fried – so not technically “good” but they are yummy! Try them… you won’t be disappointed.


Other typically Dutch things to try are:

Appeltaart – apple tart, cold or warm, served with whipped cream

Ba pao – steamed Chinese rolls filled with meat or vegetables

Erwtensoep – thick pea soup with pieces of sausage, accompanied by rye bread and bacon

Hollandse nieuwe – young (matjes) herring

Kipsaté – Indonesian skewered chicken with peanut sauce

Koffie verkeerd – coffee the “wrong way round” (milky coffee)

Kroket – deep-fried meat (or if you’re lucky – prawn) croquettes

Loempia – spring roll with or without meat

Mosselen – mussels cooked in white wine, served with fries and mayonnaise

Nasi/bami goring – rice or noodles with shrimps and chicken

Oliebollen – sweet dough with raisins fried in oil (similar to doughnuts)

Ontbijtoek – breakfast confectionery with honey, ginger, cinnamon and cloves

Ossenworst – raw beef sausage (originally a Jewish speciality)

Pannekoeken – egg pancakes

Patat Oorlog – French fries with mayonnaise, peanut sauce and onions

Poffertjes – mini-pancakes with icing sugar

Roti – Indian or Surinamese flat bread filled with meat or vegetables

Stamppot – mashed potato with pieces of sausage (or other meat) and vegetables

Uitsmijter – slices of bread with boiled ham, fried eggs and cheese

Vla – a thick vanilla pudding


Restaurants serving traditional Dutch cuisine:


A restaurant with a very relaxed atmosphere and a truly unusual style of cooking. It is hidden away in a side street and serves modern Dutch cuisine, from baked black pudding to halibut with dune vegetables. Closed Mondays | Peperstraat 23 | Tel. 020 7 79 74 50 | Metro: Nieuwmarkt

Hotel de Goudfazant

Trendy restaurant in an industrial district in Noord. French-influenced Dutch dishes are served beneath a huge chandelier in an unadorned warehouse atmosphere. Closed Mondays | Aambeeldstraat 10h | Tel. 020 6 36 51 70 | Bus: 38 (Hamerstraat)

De Kas

A restaurant serving organic vegetables grown from its own garden. Expect modern and creative Dutch food and an out-of-the-ordinary atmosphere. Make sure that you book in advance if you want to dine in the evening! Closed Sundays | Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 | Tel. 020 4 62 45 62 | Tram: 9 (Hoogweg)

De Silveren Spiegel

Atmospheric restaurant in a crooked old house dating from 1614. The emphasis is on regional products and contemporary interpretations of Dutch dishes. Closed Sundays | Kattengat 4/6 | Tel. 020 6 24 65 89 | Tram: 1, 2, 5, 13, 17 (Nieuwezijds Kolk)

D’Vijff Vlieghen

Wooden genever barrels, Rembrandt etchings and a collection of old weapons create an authentic mood in these five 17th-century houses. The menu too upholds Dutch traditions. Open daily | Spuistraat 294–302 | Tel. 020 5 30 40 60 | Tram: 1, 2, 5 (Spui)


A restaurant inspired by mum’s home cooking – and to reinforce the point the walls are covered with hundreds of photos of mothers. The menu is traditionally Dutch, but there are a few dishes that might have been rustled up by a Mediterranean mamma. Open daily | Rozengracht 251 | Tel. 020 6 26 79 57 | Tram: 10, 13, 14, 17 (Marnixstraat or Rozengracht)

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