Cruising around the canals can be hard work — when you’re in a time crunch to get to your evening canal tour down by the water, run by a kiosk and grab something to go. These are all classic items you see around Amsterdam and definitely hit the spot if you’re in the mood to indludge a bit.
Stroopwafel is one of those things you just have to try in Amsterdam. There are little carts everywhere and they are such a delicious treat when you need a snack in between museum hopping. A stroopwafel is essentially two very thin, crispy waffles smothered in a thick coat of caramel. The Original Stroopwafel stand can be found at the Amsterdam Albert Cyupmarkt and will only cost you $1.75. Order one and watch as they coat your perfect crispy waffles with melty caramel. Yes, your fingers will get sticky and that is totally okay. If you love them so much, you can actually buy prepackaged Stroopwafels to take home with you (but make sure you experience them fresh too!) Some carts even sell them as ice cream sandwiches which is an extra special treat.
Cheese, cheese, & more cheese
There is definitely no shortage of cheese in Amsterdam. You’ll find yourself popping into every single Henri Willig Cheese and More shop that you see to have a few bites of cheese during your stroll through the canals. The best part? You can even order it online once you’re back in the States in case you’re missing a taste of Amsterdam. We highly recommend the Herb & Garlic, Green Pesto, Pepper, Red Chili Peppers, and the Goat Honey Thyme topped with a bit of honeycomb. Yum! Or stop by the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store to do a bit of cheese tasting and buy some to take home with you. You’ll get to try an assortment of cheeses with a bit of fig, grapes, and wine so you get the full experience.
Dutch / Belgian Style Fries
There is nothing better on a chilly day than grabbing a cone of perfect, crispy fries from a shop like Vleminckx de Sausmeester . This is a fan favorite in Amsterdam (and we definitely understand the hype over these fries after trying them). Try them with one of the twenty-five different sauces they have to offer — we personally like it with the classic Frites Sauce or the other fan favorite, Zaanse mayonnaise. Vita’s Friet has great fries as well that have a nice crisp and crunch to them. Finally, stop by Manneken Pis. Another personal favorite of ours. Their largest size, Obelix, is could be your lunch and dinner. Again, this stall has over twenty sauces to choose from. And they’re open later in the evening so stop by after having a few beers to try their famous fries with their equally famous “fritessaus”. You will be so happy you stopped by.
These little fluffy dutch pancakes made of yeast and buckwheat flour are another popular dutch treat you can find on the streets in Amsterdam. They’re typically served by kiosks coated in a thick layer of powdered sugar and butter (similar to how they serve beignets in the French Quarter in New Orleans + butter!) Grab some to try for yourself at Amsterdamse Poffertjes located at the Amsterdam Albert Cyupmarkt or stop by Carousel Pancake House or The Pancake Bakery.
Kibbeling / Lekkerbek
Battered and fried white fish. Usually you’ll find kibbeling made from Cod and sold in little containers with different dipping sauces like a garlic sauce or mayo remoulade. You can stroll the canals and indulge in these crispy little bites (that have the perfect amount of grease). Try these from Volendammer Vishandel P. Bond & Zonen , a local fish monger that you can locate near Noordermarkt or stop by a restaurant like The Seafood Bar van Baerlestraat.
These ground meat croquettes are usually served with mustard and can be found all around Amsterdam. These are a personal favorite and absolutely hit the spot if you’re a bit hungry and need a delicious snack. If you’re on the go, try De Bitterballen Brigade.
Croquettes and Cheese Soufflés From A FEBO Vending Machine
Now, vending machine food doesn’t always sound appetizing. Discover the beauty of vending machine croquettes and cheese souffles at FEBO. The Cheese soufflés (kaassoufflé) come with aged gouda that has been breaded, battered, and deep fried. When you bite into them, there’s a great contrast between the crispy outer shell and gooey inside. Try a Veal croquette (kalfskroket), Saté croquette (satekroket), or Beef croquette (rundvleeskroket). If you’re going to get one of these we’d recommend the Veal croquette. The combination of the meat and potato is balanced nicely with these guys. You can find these all over Amsterdam.
Craving comfort food? Stamppot is going to be your new favorite thing. Mashed potatoes, seasonal veggies, sausage meat loaded on top of your creamy base, and finally coated in rich gravy. This one is more of a sit down kind of experience. Stop by a restaurant like Moeders Amsterdam to try their Stamppot which they explain is “The real Dutch ‘stamppot’ of mashed potatoes with vegetables served with a sausage of butcher Louman, a meatball, and bacon”. Who could pass that up on a chilly day?