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.

A sunlit view of a canal in Amsterdam

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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. 


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. 


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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5th Aug, 2017
Bitterballen (perfect snack with a beer) and available in any cafe or pub, shrimp 'kroketten' by Holtkamp at the Vijzelgracht, liquorice (the national Dutch sweet), stroopwafels (waffles with golden syrup, see if you can pick up a fresh made one in the market), Indonesian food (Indonesia is to the Dutch what India is to the British) plenty of restaurants to be found all over the city, beers at the city brewery Troost. Just get a little outside the city centre and it gets so much more interesting!
30th Jun, 2017
Salt Herring is a must try! Pickled herring with gherkins and onion in a wholewheat or white bread roll. Tastes so much better than it sounds. Can be found all over the city, in little shacks beside the river or around the outside of the royal palace.
14th Jun, 2017
No mention of any of the brilliant Suriname cafes spread out all over the city.
11th Jun, 2017
Cheese tasting (with wine!) at Reypenaer Tasting Room. Loads of tasty cheese, knowledgeable staff and really great value for money given how much wine comes with the cheese!
11th Jun, 2017
FYI. The cheeseshop is called the Kaaskamer, not the Kasskamer. The correct typography for Ijscuypje is IJscuypje.
14th Jun, 2017
And what, if I may ask, is "cheeses hop" in your own post? Typos; we all make them.
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