Dutch cuisine isn’t exactly something people talk about. Italian food, absolutely. Spanish food, most definitely. Chinese food, uhh duh! But Dutch food doesn’t typically rank high in the Michelin world. Of course, being the food loving traveler that I am, I sought out to find the best street foods in Amsterdam.
1. Vlaamse Frites
Sober or hungover… everyone loves Belgian style fries stacked in a cone and smothered in sauce. The best Vallamse Frites in Amsterdam are at Vlaams Friteshuis VleminckX. They are known as the sausmeesters “sauce masters” for their 25 varieties of homemade sauces. Traditional Belgian style mayo, curry, Hawaiian, even pickle sauce! VleminckX always serves their frites in a cone, and no, you may not get your sauce on the side.
Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx Voetboogstraat, 33
Pojjertjes are caught somewhere between a beignet, a pancake, a crepe and heaven smothered in powdered sugar. Need I say more? Just search for the sweet scent of sugar and you’re sure to find em. The best I’ve had are waiting for you at Albert Cuyp Market.
High kids, get ready for your new favorite cookie. Stroopwafels are to Amsterdam what the Oreo is to America. A crisp waffle cookie split in two and glued back together with a caramel-esque syrup. They sell them by the dozen in the supermarket, but the best ones are served warm and made to order at the Albert Cuyp Market. Just look for the red and white checkered flag.
After downing a few Belgian style tripels I advise popping a few bitterballen in your mouth before embarrassing yourself on the bike ride home. What’s a bitterballen you ask? It’s a deep fried and somehow creamy mystery meatball served with a spicy mustard dipping sauce at practically every drinking establishment in the city. Sincere apologies for this terrible photo, too many tripels.
5. Croquettes from FEBO
America’s got the drive-thru fast food scene on lock, but Amsterdam’s made for walkers and bikers so it only makes sense that they would have a hole-in-the-wall stocked with fresh eats around the clock. The croquettes may not be the most tasty on the planet but they sure are satisfying. Best part is you don’t even have to talk to anyone to get your food. Go up to the glass windows, insert a few coins and boom – fresh food fast.
Definitely the least friendly item on the list. Raw herring is a Dutch specialty. Beginners usually opt for the “Broodje Herring” or herring on bread served with pickles and onions, but true herring lovers order theirs straight up and start at the tail.
7. Cheese, please
Cheese is a way of life in Holland. You can’t wander the streets without passing a stinky cheese shop or two. Be sure to try the Gouda and the Maasdammer and pop your head inside the famous Old Amsterdam Cheese Shop or the Cheese Museum for some tasty free samples.
All these sweet and salty street foods have me thinking… Amsterdam’s got the munchies. Did I miss one of your favorite street foods in Amsterdam? Tell me about it in the comments below!