Amsterdam: Food, Drink & Coffee shops

Amsterdam: Food, Drink & Coffee shops

If this is your first time travelling to Amsterdam, make sure you know the basics!

Holland sandwich herring pickles onionSo, you booked your cheap flights to Amsterdam and you are about to make your daily schedule. It is quite easy to find information about the most popular attractions, but the same does not apply for food and drink. Here are some tips to eat and have fun like a local:

Try local recipes:

The capital of the Netherlands offers great culinary experiences. From Dutch fries to stroopwafels, there are many traditional Dutch foods that you should try such as bitterballen (deep fried meatballs), broodje haring (raw herring in sandwich with pickles and onions), patat (thick cut fries served with toppings), kibbeling (battered chunks of deep fried cod), stamppot (mashed potatoes with vegetables and sausage) and snert (split pea soup). Satisfy your sweet tooth with stroopwafels (thin waffles with caramel-like syrup filling), poffertjes (mini, fluffy pancakes), ontbijtkoek (ginger cake) and tompouce (cream-filled pastry with pink icing on top). Cheese tasting is an experience that you shouldn’t miss during your trip to Amsterdam. Try Gouda, Edam, Geitenkaas, Maasdammer and don’t go home without buying local cheeses like Old Amsterdam Kass from the city’s open air markets and kaas shops.

Satisfy your craving for craft beer at Amsterdam’s cool beer bars:

Amsterdam cheese shopThere are many microbreweries, pubs and canal-side bars that serve traditional lagers. Travelling to Amsterdam, beer enthusiasts will have the chance to enjoy the best local beers at Amsterdam’s cool beer spots like Brouwerij ‘t IJ, Proeflokaal Arendsnest, Beer Temple, Bierfabriek, Café Gollem and Brouwerij Troost. There are more than 400 breweries in the country. Besides the famous brands like Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch, there are many smaller breweries that you should try such as Brouwerij ‘t IJ, De Prael, Amsterdam Brewboys, Gebrouwen Door Vrouwen, Butcher’s tears, Pampus and Oedipus.

Know the differences between coffeehouses and coffeeshops:

If you don’t want to accidentally visit a coffeshop, pay attention! Coffeeshops (or koffieshops) are places that are licensed to sell soft drugs like marijuana, hashish, weed and space cakes etc. Amsterdam is famous for its coffee shops and there are more than 250 scattered across the city. They display a green-and-white sign at the entrance, along with their license and notices declaring that persons younger than 18 prohibited from entry. Some of the most popular are Barney’s, Dampkring, Green House, Amnesia, Abraxas and Grey Area. On the other hand, Coffee Houses (or koffiehuizen) without the green-and-white sigh, are places where you can enjoy your coffee or juice with fresh sandwiches and sweets. So, if this is your first time travelling to Amsterdam and you want to have a simple coffee with your breakfast, look at the signs and try not to confuse them!

*Searching for coffee houses, bars and restaurants during your city tours, may lead you to tourist traps. Better do an online research and note all the places that seem to suit your taste and budget as soon as you book your cheap flights to Amsterdam!