A sunlit view of a canal in Amsterdam

5 foodie things to do in Amsterdam

Try out these fun foodie activities to get a true taste of Amsterdam. The Dutch capital city is perfect for a short break with friends.

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Amsterdam is famous for many things, but a thriving restaurant scene has never been one of them. That’s all beginning to change, however, as the city looks to move beyond its hippy image and, led by a new wave of creative young Dutch chefs, establish itself among the great foodie capitals of Europe.

5 foodie things to do

Puccini Bomboni

Puccini Bomboni (various locations) sells incredible handmade chocolates. They don’t come cheap but are well worth a splurge. Look out for unusual flavours such as rhubarb, tea and tamarind. They also do a range of sugar-free chocs. 

De Kaaskamer

De Kasskamer

This is a cheese-lover’s dream in the heart of a city that loves its cheese. The shelves are stacked high with the best that the Netherlands has to offer. Try a few samples before making a choice and they will vacuum-pack your chosen cheese for transport home. 

Foodhallen

Foodhallen

This is an indoor market in the De Hallen cultural centre. Foodhallen is the place to go for the city’s best street-food vendors, serving everything from dim sum and fish to wood-fired pizzas and tacos.

De Pijp

One of Amsterdam’s hippest areas, De Pijp is home to many organic cafes and cute boutiques making it a great place to wander. It’s also where you’ll find the Albert Cuyp Market, the largest outdoor market in the city boasting many stalls with fresh and cooked food. 

IJscuypje 

Serving freshly made, artisanal Dutch ice cream with all natural ingredients, IJscuypje (various locations) is an Amsterdam institution. During winter they switch to a traditional warming menu of Dutch mashed potato stew with peas & gravy, so check before making a special trip. 

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