Dutch cuisine is not as famous as other country cuisines. But luckily for non-Dutchies we have some pretty famous snacks. Of course, we have our Dutch cheese and stroopwafels (caramel cookies) but we have so much more snacks you need to try when you’re in town!
Stamppotten (Dutch Stews) are probably our most traditional dish. Mashed potatoes mixed with carrots or kale, served with rookworst (sausage) make great traditional Dutch (winter) food. While stamppot is mostly eaten as dinner, we have many more snacks. One of our favourite things to do before dinner is ‘borrelen’. It’s often done at cafes, where you can order a borrelplate. Borrelen means eating snacks and drinking (beer) together with friends. The snacks served on the plate are typical Dutch like ‘bitterballen’ (sort of fried meatballs/balls made of kroketten) and ‘kroketten’ (or a plate of mixed ‘bittergarnituur’ which also includes cheese snacks and fried spring rolls). Order a ‘vaasje’, which means ‘vase’ in English, but stands for a beer in a wider glass or a ‘fluitje’ which means ‘whistle’ and stands for a beer in a narrower glass to become a real local. You can also try the kroketten from the snackbar on the corner, and get it from the wall.
If you’re looking for a ‘different lunch than a typical sandwich’, order a Dutch apple pie or poffertjes. The best apple pie (with whipped cream!) in Amsterdam can be eaten at Winkel 43 near the Noordermarkt, and poffertjes are sold in various cafes and locations like food trucks. Poffertjes are small pancakes, served with sugar and butter.
Getting hungry now? Make sure you read the three (!) articles written by Awesome Amsterdam about Dutch food too, because they have some great suggestions like drop, snert and speculaas. I, II, III and if you want to eat out check out this list of top 10 Dutch food restaurants in Amsterdam.