What you Must Eat and Drink in Amsterdam City

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There are so many delicious food items and delectable drinks to have in Amsterdam, but some Dutch specialties are more must-tries than others. A visit to a city will not be complete without having your fill of their food, and Amsterdam is also no different. If you have any doubt regarding where to find these, consult with your private Amsterdam tour guide for more information.

Must-Try Foods


These dough balls are a traditional Dutch food. Oliebollen are so tasty that you will want to have at least a mouthful of these. These are delicious when warm, and you will find pop-up stalls selling these all around the capital city. While delicious, oliebollen stalls only appear in the days leading up to Christmas.


These Dutch wafers are made from thin baked dough layers with a filling of caramel syrup in the middle. These classic desserts are so delicious. Just be careful when you bite into these while still hot, because it is easy for greedy eaters to have a scorched palate. Instead, give the caramel-filled cookie some time to cool slightly before eating. In the meantime, enjoy its smell.


These beef-filled balls are a classic Dutch food item. A rounder version of a sausage-shaped croquette, bitterbal is served with mustard in Amsterdam bars. Turned into bite-size rolls and fried crispy, bitterballen are best served hot with some mustard on their side.


These are a Dutch delight resembling extremely small and fluffy pancakes. These have delectably crisp edges, are provided extra “puff” with batter, and are served with syrup and powdered sugar. You can find these in touristic bakeries and canal-side bars in Amsterdam. Ask for more powdered sugar for a sweeter taste


This Dutch pea soup is a high in protein, hearty and an affordable food item. It is studded with sausage and leeks and carrots. It is easy to see why this has a history of being the sailors’ meal. Outdoor stores often offer this as the food to eat when you stroll along the canals, so one gets the feeling that the Dutch people’s love for it may have something to do with their liking for gezellig (Dutch for coziness).


These little cakes filled with marzipan are a weakness of many people. Kasteeltjes are not all that easy to find in Amsterdam, but these are so good that you would wish to have them anyhow. Your best bet is to walk into some branches of the Albert Heijn supermarket chain. As always, your private Amsterdam tour guide will be at your service.


This is a battered and fried fish food item. The raw material for making this Dutch fish snack, the “cod”, is often sourced from the Noordzeekanaal (North Sea Canal). The Kibbeling gets its name from kabeljauwwang, although a lot of it is not made from cod cheeks, but other pieces of hake, cod or haddock.


No tour devoted to food will be complete without having your fill of dessert. The subtle sweetness of this Dutch Apple Pie might not make it the same in taste as its American cousin. However, did you know that even the famous American politician Bill Clinton reportedly had it when he visited Amsterdam city?

Must-Have Drinks

Dutch Beer

The Dutch one is often made in the Belgian beer style, meaning it is milder and less intense compared to beers elsewhere. So even if you are not a frequent beer drinker, the Dutch beer might be okay for you. If you want your suds to be like what we described above, look for witte (white) beers when in Amsterdam.

Verse Munt Thee

Unlike most fresh mint teas found elsewhere, the Dutch people put the whole plant into this and leave it to sit. This mint tea is refreshing, and you can find it at most cafes in Amsterdam city. When waiters serve it to you in glassware, just take your time for it to cool off; otherwise, it may burn your skin.


If you are visiting Amsterdam in the winter, be sure to have a glass of very hot gluhwein. It is a popular Dutch drink, a kind of wine heated before drinking. Even if you are in Amsterdam in other seasons, you can still buy it from a supermarket. That said, the rule remains the same: heat it before drinking. This sweet wine serves as one of the comfort drinks in the chilly months for most Dutch people.


This is the classic liquor drink of Belgium and the Netherlands, from which the gin evolved. The name “genever” is allowed to use provided the liquor is made in these two nations. They make cocktails with this unique spirit. The classic Dutch gin is offered in various flavors, and if you are unsure which one would be best for you, seek tips from a local or mixologist.

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