Food may not be the first thing people think of when they visit Amsterdam – the beautiful canals and architecture, landmarks and historical significance are perhaps more regularly associated with the city. There’s quite a lot to discover about Dutch cuisine however, and what better place to do it in than one of Europe’s most exciting and historic cultural hubs? |
Krokets are a favourite snack among the Dutch and are sold all around Amsterdam in various shapes and sizes. These delicacies are sausage-like in shape and appearance but are actually hot ragout coated in a deep fried crispy outer layer. The ragout filling is usually made up of beef or lamb, but there are also some meat-free alternatives for the visiting vegetarians. Krokets are great if you fancy a quick snack and they’re easy to find - particularly at the fast-food chain, FEBO. Dutch Herring
This is definitely not for the vegetarians. Perhaps the most famous Dutch delicacy you’ll find, herring is a dish not to be missed if you want the full foodie experience and it dates back through hundreds of years of Dutch culture and cuisine. It’s usually pretty cheap too and is available freely from supermarkets, restaurants and on food stalls. Just pick it up raw and dig in! If you’re a little less adventurous, perhaps you should just order a broodje haring – which is a version of a (very delicious) herring sandwich.
Now onto the cakes! Stroopwafels are among the nation’s most popular treats, and an absolute favourite with tourists and locals alike. They are a circular pastry filled with syrup and can be found pretty much everywhere you go in the city, from vending machines to the dessert menus at upmarket restaurants. For guaranteed authentic quality, go for one of the old stroopwafel market stalls, like those at Albert Cuypmarkt and Dappermarkt.
These little beauties really are something special. Think chocolate éclairs, but bigger and circular and you’re pretty close to picturing one of the best-loved national treats the Dutch have. It’s not had a long time on the scene – only becoming widely available in the early twentieth century – but the Bossche Bol makes up for lost time with its unbelievably tasty chocolate glazed profiterole outer coating and cream filling. It’s most definitely one of the best finger-licking sweet treats you can lay your hands on.
How to Get There
To get your Dutch culinary exploration started as smoothly as possible simply pre-book a Schiphol airport transfer before you leave home. That way, as soon as your flight lands there’ll be a driver to meet you and your Schiphol airport transfer will take you straight to your accommodation – or to one of Amsterdam’s many eateries if you can’t wait that long!
Truly one of the best ways to explore the culture of a place is with a mouthful of local food. Amsterdam is no different: dive in and enjoy as much as you can in the time you have!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers in various countries across the globe. If you’re looking for an affordable Schiphol airport transfer, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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