Food

Dutch cuisine

What is typically Dutch about Dutch cuisine? The fact that it is not Dutch. There are 180 nationalities in Amsterdam, more than in any other country in the world, and this is reflected in the wide variety of catering establishments. Many restaurants serve a mixture of dishes from different countries. There are, however, some restaurants that have specialized in Dutch cuisine where you can order steak, herring, mussels and potatoes for instance.

Vegetarian/vegan

Also typically Dutch: the large number of people who always or regularly eat vegetarian dishes. This is why almost every restaurant will have one or more dishes on its menu without meat or fish. There is also a growing number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants. Your Little Blackbook collected  8 must visit vegetarian restaurants.

Booking is recommended and a tip of up to 10% is customary (a service fee is usually not included in the cheque).The website Iens.nl contains information and customer reviews for thousands of restaurants in Amsterdam and other cities in the Netherlands.

“De aardappeleters” Vincent van Gogh,1885. Image by the Van Gogh Museum.

Cafés

There are also cafés in every shape and size, from trendy bars to grand cafés. The traditional Dutch pubs are well known for their friendly atmosphere. Some have existed in the same location for hundreds of years. Often many types of draught beer can be ordered in these pubs, or you can try the typically Dutch ‘jenever’ (Dutch gin). If you are lucky (or unlucky, depending on what you like) they will be playing typical Dutch folk music.

Not to be missed

Typical Dutch snacks obtainable on practically every street corner, most either sweet or greasy or a combination of the bitterbaltwo, but not to be missed. In November chocolate letters will be on sale everywhere: a chocolate bar in the form of a letter, sometimes decorated and filled like a praline. It is a fun, Dutch delicacy that is traditionally sold around the time of Sinterklaas celebrations in the Netherlands.


Eating with a view of Amsterdam is possible in the EYE film museum and restaurant. Take the free ferry (Buiksloterweg direction) behind Central Station, cross the IJ canal (pronounced as ‘eye’) and you can enjoy lunch or dinner with a view across the water and perhaps watch a film or take in an exhibition.

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