Dutch Food You Need to try in Amsterdam

Looking to try some dutch food whilst in Amsterdam? We’ve pulled together of foods you need to try whilst in the city.

1. Bitterballen

A traditional Dutch pub snack – Bitterballen are deep fried crispy meatballs (often veal) and are usually served with mustard for dipping.

Dutch Bitterballen

2. Stroopwafel

Two thin waffles filled with a layer of sweet syrup. Ideal with a cup of tea or coffee!

Stroopwafel & coffee
Stroopwafel & coffee

3. Oliebollen

I always describe these as a ball shaped doughnut, often covered in caster sugar with raisins or sometimes packed with filling such as chocolate or apple. Unfortunately, they’re only around in winter time but if you’re in the city whilst the Christmas decorations are out, you’ll never be too far from a street vendor selling Oliebollen!

Olibollen stand: 1971 Source

4. Raw Herring

You’ll see food trucks selling raw herring all over the city – and it truly is a Dutch speciality. Ask for ‘broodje haring’ to get the raw fish served in a sandwich. The best time for this snack is May-July when the herring is at its sweetest.

Typical Dutch raw herring

5. Kibbeling

One of our faves! This fish option is a little less hardcore than the one above. It’s deep fried white fish, usually cod with garlic mayo and lemon. We recommend getting it from a market in Amsterdam (Dappermarkt are really good at Kibbeling!

Dutch Kibeling with sauce

6. Dutch Fries

Trust us when we say they are more than just fries! We highly recommend Vleminckk Sausmeesters who have been serving the best fries in Amsterdam with a choice of 25 sauces near to Spui for 57+ years.

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Kroket

Cheap, quick and tasty – this is definitely more a street food than a sit down meal. It’s basically just deep fried meat ragout and often served in a bun with mustard on the side. Find them in the Febo vending machines throughout the city or McDonalds do a great McKroket burger too!

Kroket from Febo

8. Poffertjes

You may have seen these before, they are Dutch mini pancakes! You’ll often find them at markets in Amsterdam or outdoor food stalls during the winter. But many cafes sell them too…

Fresh Poffertjes

9. Cheese (Kaas)

You will see cheese shops and stalls everywhere throughout the city – try some out! The Netherlands is the largest cheese exporter in the world for very good reason.

Dutch Cheese Shop in Amsterdam

10. Hagelslag

Slag is not often a word associated with food in the English language, Dutch Hagelslag is kind of like chocolate sprinkles and is often served in-between bread or on toast.

When I first moved to Amsterdam, I couldn’t work out why supermarkets had SHELVES of variations of the stuff, and really didn’t know what or why there was so much of it. However, it’s good for all the same reasons Nutella is good – it works. So try it.

Dutch Hagelslag

And to summarise the best Dutch foods to try in Amsterdam…

  1. Bitterballen
  2. Stroopwafel
  3. Oliebollen
  4. Raw Herring
  5. Kibbeling
  6. Dutch fries
  7. Kroket
  8. Poftertjes
  9. Cheese
  10. Hagelslag