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10 Delicious Dutch Dishes in Amsterdam

10 Delicious Dutch Dishes in Amsterdam

by Sergio G

The Dutch capital situated in the province of North Holland is often referred to as the "Venice of the North" due to the large number of canals and bridges. It may seem hard to believe that Amsterdam, one of the best foodie destinations, once was just small fishing village. The city has a lot to offer, and by ‘a lot’ the first thing we mean is, of course, food.

1. Stamppot - as Dutch as it can get
Stamppot - as Dutch as it can get
Stamppot

Garnish, stewed to the state of puree, consisting of vegetables and potatoes. There are options for Stamppot with stew and sauerkraut.

#345 of 6493 restaurants in Amsterdam
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Rozengracht 251, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Stamppot is a traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several vegetables. These pairings also include sauerkraut, endives, kale, spinach, and sometimes turnip greens. This is usually paired with the traditional Dutch sausage. Stamppot is believed to be one of the oldest, and yet still one of the most popular Dutch dishes ever.

How about some Stamppot at Moeders?

2. Hutspot contains a special ingredient
Hutspot contains a special ingredient
Hutspot

Dutch meat stew, which includes stews, boiled potatoes, carrots, and onions.

#181 of 6493 restaurants in Amsterdam
International, Street food
Leidsekruisstraat 21, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Hutspot is a dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots, and onions. The meal includes a type of carrot known as winterpeen, which gives it a distinctive hint of sweetness that ordinary carrots cannot. Hutspot is traditionally served with a piece of braised beef or a sausage and can be found all over the country. Every year this meal is consumed by locals and tourists in enormous amounts.

The Pantry is a popular Hutspot place.

3. Dutch Butter Cake - light as a cloud and very tasty
Dutch Butter Cake - light as a cloud and very tasty
#51 of 4837 cafes in Amsterdam
Dessert
Noordermarkt 43, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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The Dutch Butter Cake is dense and chewy like a biscuit. It is made with a combination of butter, flour, sugar, eggs and vanilla. On some occasions almond extract, almond shavings and lemon zest may be added to the ingredients for extra flavour. The Dutch Butter Cake is usually served with a cup of coffee on the side in the Netherlands.

You can enjoy this lovely dessert at Winkel 43.

4. Oliebol is an alternative to doughnuts
Oliebol is an alternative to doughnuts
Oliebol

Traditional Dutch "pies" of yeast dough, fried in deep fat. They can be either without filling or with apple stuffing. Usually, they are served, generously sprinkled with powdered sugar or whipped cream.

#96 of 6493 restaurants in Amsterdam
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Museumstraat 2, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Oliebol is the Dutch version of doughnuts made by using two spoons to scoop a certain amount of dough and dropping it into a deep fryer filled with hot oil. The dough is made from flour, eggs, yeast, salt, milk, baking powder and also currants and raisins to enhance the flavour. Oliebol is a traditional treat on New Year's Eve.

Head to RIJKS for Oliebol.

5. Bitterballen are probably the best Dutch snack
Bitterballen are probably the best Dutch snack
Bitterballen

Delicious, deep-fried crispy meatballs are traditionally served with mustard sauce. This snack can be found in the menu of almost any pub in Amsterdam.

#22 of 6493 restaurants in Amsterdam
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Bellamyplein 51, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Bitterballen are a Dutch meat-based snack cooked by making a very thick stew thickened with roux and beef stock and subsequently loaded with some meat. The stew is refrigerated until it firms, and then the thick mixture is poured into balls, which get breaded and fried afterwards. Basic seasonings include onions, salt and pepper as well as parsley and nutmeg.

Foodhallen serves such snacks.

6. Stroopwafel is sweet enough
Stroopwafel is sweet enough
Stroopwafel

Round wafers from two thin layers of dough, baked with a filling of caramel syrup. They were first made in the 18th century in Gaud in the Netherlands.

Fast food, Street food
Albert Cuyp Straat t/o 182 Stand 134, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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A Stoopwafel is a wafer waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough mixed with a caramel filling. The filling is made from syrup, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Warm caramel sets as it cools, thereby binding the waffles together. First made in the Dutch city of Gouda, the Stroopwafel is now extremely popular throughout the Netherlands and the former Dutch colonies such as Indonesia and Suriname.

Rudi’s Original Stroopwafels Albert Cuyp Markt Amsterdam is a well-known Stroopwafel spot.

7. Soused Herring will impress seafood lovers
Soused Herring will impress seafood lovers
#9 of 1221 fast food in Amsterdam
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Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 200, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Soused Herring is raw herring soaked in a mild preserving liquid. It can be raw herring in a mild vinegar pickle or Dutch brined herring. As well as vinegar, the marinade might contain cider, wine or tea, sugar, herbs, spices, and chopped onion. Soused Herring is normally pretty mild due to the fact that it is made from young immature fish. The Dutch eat it on a bun or as a snack with some chopped onions and pickles. It is not only very tasty, but also incredibly healthy. 

Soused Herring can be found at Haring & Zo.

8. Frikandel is a great meal for meat lovers
Frikandel is a great meal for meat lovers
Frikandel

It's a sort of meat snack, usually a round shape or in the form of sausages, fried in deep fat.

#24 of 1221 fast food in Amsterdam
Fast food
Johannes Verhulststraat 107, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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This is a skinless deep-fried sausage made from chicken, pork and beef. It can be served by itself or with mayo, in a roll or cut open and doused in mayo, curry or ketchup and minced onion. Unlike the modern Frikandel, the historical one is made from minced veal and generally spiced with mace, nutmeg, salt, pepper and sometimes orange peel.

Try it at Frietboutique.

9. Crispy and spiced Speculaas 
Crispy and spiced Speculaas
Speculaas

Thin crispy biscuits with lots of spices, which are traditionally served during Christmas holidays.

#313 of 4837 cafes in Amsterdam
Singel 385, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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Also known as Dutch Windmill Cookies, Speculaas bring spiced cookie flavour of the traditional Christmas recipe. These crispy, spiced cookies are traditionally stamped or molded before baking to imprint an image into them, like the classic windmill. They are often decorated with thin almond slices and come in various shapes. Speculaas are many children's favourite treat.

Have some Speculaas at Lanskroon Bakery.

10. Poffertjes are a miniature version of pancakes
Poffertjes are a miniature version of pancakes
Poffertjes

Poffertjes were historically cooked from buckwheat flour, water, and yeast. Such food was considered poor people's food due to the fact that buckwheat grew in dysfunctional, arid areas. Currently, they are baked from wheat or buckwheat flour and served with powdered sugar and a slice of butter.

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Lange Leidsedwarsstraat 33, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
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This is a traditional Dutch batter treat. Resembling small, fluffy pancakes, they are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. They have a light, spongy texture and are sometimes served with custard. Typically, Poffertjes are a sweet treat, served with powdered sugar and butter, and sometimes syrup, too. However, there is also a savoury variant with gouda cheese.

PANCAKE & BURGER BAR offers this dessert to visitors.

A cosmopolitain city with an outward-looking attitude, Amsterdam has never had any trouble attracting people. Today food can be counted among its attractions, with the gastronomic landscape holding its own alongside those of cities twice its size.

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