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Food, activities and places to unlock the best of Amsterdam's gastronomy

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Traditional dishes, sweets & drinks you should taste

Raw Herring

Fish

Raw herring may sound a little scary to the uninitiated, but every visitor should give it a go. You’ll spot haringhandels (herring carts) serving up this Dutch speciality all over ...

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Raw herring may sound a little scary to the uninitiated, but every visitor should give it a go. You’ll spot haringhandels (herring carts) serving up this Dutch speciality all over the city - ask for a ‘broodje haring’ to get the fish served in a small sandwich with pickles and onions. The best time to try raw herring is between May and July when the herring is said to be at its sweetest.

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Broodje haring

Tasty fish in fresh bread with onion and pickles

Even if Amsterdam isn't connected to the sea, don't forget about all the fishing villages of The Netherlands! You can try their speciality, the raw herring - it's served in fresh ...

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Even if Amsterdam isn't connected to the sea, don't forget about all the fishing villages of The Netherlands! You can try their speciality, the raw herring - it's served in fresh bread, with chopped onion and locally made pickled cucumber from the famous Amsterdam factory.  

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Poffertjes

Delicious Dutch dessert

Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat resembling small, fluffy pancakes. They are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. The traditional way to have them is with powder sugar and melted ...

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Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat resembling small, fluffy pancakes. They are made with yeast and buckwheat flour. The traditional way to have them is with powder sugar and melted butter.

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Cheese from Gouda

The symbol of The Netherlands

According to statistics the Dutch are the tallest nation of the world. Do you know why is that? Because of the good quality milk and cheese they consume, full of calcium ...

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According to statistics the Dutch are the tallest nation of the world. Do you know why is that? Because of the good quality milk and cheese they consume, full of calcium which helps the bones to grow! Visit a cheese shop to sample dozens of varieties of the traditional Gouda cheese, or order a cheese plate to accompany your beer, complete with fresh bread, spicy mustard and sweet appelstroop (caramelised apples turned into a delicious dipping sauce).

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Stroopwaffel

A caramel filled, melting cookie

You can buy this delicious, caramel filled cookie everywhere. But if you want to try the authentic recipe from Gouda, visit Amsterdam's biggest open air food market, Albert Cuypmarkt! You ...

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You can buy this delicious, caramel filled cookie everywhere. But if you want to try the authentic recipe from Gouda, visit Amsterdam's biggest open air food market, Albert Cuypmarkt! You can try it with or without chocolate. A tip: if you decide to take home some, place it on your coffee or tea mug for two minutes, and the caramel will melt inside!

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Fries

Thick Fries

You might see these thick cut fries called patat or frites on menus, and traditionally they come served in a piping hot paper cone slathered with any manner of tasty ...

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You might see these thick cut fries called patat or frites on menus, and traditionally they come served in a piping hot paper cone slathered with any manner of tasty toppings. Ask for 'patatje oorlog' for a dollop of peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions, or a 'patat speciaal' for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and onions.  

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Bitterballen

MeatBalls

Deep fried crispy meatballs traditionally served with mustard for dipping

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