A lot of people don't associate Amsterdam as a "foodie" city, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover and experience delicious meals and bites during my extended stay. Since the 16th century, Amsterdam has been a global trade center, so the city has been welcoming people from different countries and cultures. In recent years, the city has seen an influx of tourists that has created an interesting melting pot of eats in the area.
Here are some of the most memorable eats and drinks I've had while in Amsterdam. I'm sure there are plenty of other places yet to be discovered, so I'm looking forward to my return trip. If you have other suggestions, leave a comment!
With all the rain, I always wondered why it took so long for Amsterdam to beef up its coffee game. I'm happy to report that Amsterdam now has quite a roster of cafes and roasters that can serve a mean cup of coffee or espresso drink of your choosing. If you do have a coffee or Americano, make sure you ask for a stroopwaffel. You can thank me later.
2. Chocolate cookie from Van Stapele (Heisteeg 4)
I am convinced that this place inspired the Oreo cookie. Van Stapele only serves one type of cookie. It is a chocolate cookie baked with a molten white chocolate filling. My friend brought some back with her, and I've went back twice. Fortunately, this place is not too close, or I would have eaten a cookie every day.
3. Cheese from markets
Although Gouda put Dutch cheese on the map, there are so many other types to try. Holland is known for their semi-hard and hard cheeses, so they're perfect for variety of occasions whether it be in your sandwich, baked in casserole, or on its own. Maasdammer is one of my other favorites with its sweet nutty flavor that resembles Swiss cheese.
4. Apple pie from cafes (See #1)
Dutch apple pie is the deep dish of the apple pie world. It looks like a cake, but it's more like an open-faced tart. The crust is pressed into the bottom and sides of a spring-form pan. A mix of sliced firm apples, raisins, spices, lemon juice and sometimes nuts and liqueor make up the filling. It is served cold with a healthy dollop of fresh whipped cream.
5. Dutch pancakes from Pancakes Amsterdam (Berenstraat 38)
Dutch pannekoek or pannenkoek is somewhere between an American pancake and French crepe. They can be eaten sweet or savory depending on your mood. On my first morning in Amsterdam, my friend, Jen, took me to this spot around the corner in her neighborhood. My favorite was the savory pancake filled with spinach and garlic, and it was topped with pine nuts and baked goat cheese.