24 incredibly delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam

24 incredibly delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam that you must absolutely try!

Amsterdam is not known for its food cuisine but a unique culinary experience awaits any hungry traveller. From croquettes in a vending machine to an unending parade of rijsttafel at a high-end restaurant, Amsterdam’s food culture is simply beyond the humble stroopwafel and liquorice drops. Here are the Best 24 experiences of delicious Dutch culture food in Amsterdam that you must absolutely try!

Dutch Culture Food in Amsterdam

Savoury on-the-go food in Amsterdam

1 | Dutch chunky fries!

Food in Amsterdam | patatje oorlog
patatje oorlog – a classic Dutch favourite | Image: Heiko Werkman

The Dutch have many versions of fries or ‘patat’ as they call it, but the real “Dutch chunky fries” is no ordinary fries! This carb-heavy classic Dutch fastfood in Amsterdam is created with several unusual combination of ingredients which are not usually regarded as complementary to each other but strangely satisfying on a bed of Dutch Chunky Fries 🙂

Ask for a ‘patatje oorlog‘ for a heart-warming bed of chunky french-fries, topped with raw onions and mayonnaise plus the added “special ingredient” – spicy peanut satay sauce. This mélange might seem unbelievably strange to a non-Amsterdammer but the ingredients work surprisingly well together, piping hot, hearty, salty and spicy – a must-try at least once kind of food in Amsterdam.

If spicy peanut sauce are not to your taste buds, ask for ‘patat speciaale’ for a mix of curry ketchup, mayonnaise and raw onions.

This quick, hearty, classic Dutch dish comes traditionally served in a paper cone, which makes it perfect to fuel a hungry traveller on a day-long discovery of unmissable things to do in Amsterdam.

Best places to try this incredible feast, delicious chunky fries that are fresh and homemade are:

Grizzl Gelderlandplein, Willem van Weldammelaan, 9A 1082 KT Amsterdam

Frietboutique, Johannes Verhulststraat 107 (Amsterdam-Zuid)

2 | Bitterballen

bitterballen | food in Amsterdam
bitterballen – the ultimate in Dutch pub food

Bitterballen – the ultimate in Dutch pub food! They are deep-fried, crispy meatballs and traditionally served with mustard for dipping. The ‘bitterbal’ is made-up of a thick ragout, comprising a soft mixture of beef, beef broth, butter, thickening flour and spices. These are then coated in breadcrumbs and deep-fried. These tasty meatballs go very well with a pint or two of Dutch craft beer. You can find these in practically every drinking establishment in Amsterdam.

3 | Kroket

Food in Amsterdam | Krokets
food in Amsterdam | kroket served as sandwich

Kroket or croquettes, call them what you will but these are an institution in Dutch food – even available out of a vending machine in Amsterdam. The ‘kroket’ is a meat-filled sausage like roll coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. The original Dutch kroket is made from beef or veal ragout but there are several versions of it available these days. You can find them as chicken-satay, goulash, shrimps or a vegetarian version. Kroket are an ideal on-the-go snack and often they are served on white bread or hamburger buns along with some mustard.

In Amsterdam, you are never too far away from tasting a kroket – they are readily available from regular snack-bars, cafés, restaurants, or McDonalds. They are regularly on offer in FEBO, a fast-food chain that sells snacks via coin-operated vending machines.


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Dutch Fish | Food in Amsterdam

4 | Raw Herring

raw herring | food in Amsterdam
the art of eating raw herring like a local in Amsterdam
herring sandwich | food in Amsterdam
herring sandwich – raw herring, chopped raw onions and pickles

Take a day-off sushi and try these heavenly Dutch delicacy instead…well, heavenly for some!

Raw herring is a Dutch delicacy and tastes absolutely divine with raw onions and pickles. The best way to experience it is to eat it like a local – hang onto the herring by its tail, lower it vertically into your mouth and take huge bites of it!

Head to a haringhandels (specialised herring carts) which are dotted around Amsterdam city to try this classic Dutch delicacy, usually costs anything between €3.00 to €5.00. Alternatively, ask for a ‘broodje haring‘ (herring sandwich) and enjoy the fish inside a soft and crispy roll.

Best time to try raw herring is said to be between May and July when the herring is at its sweetest and best.

5 | Kibbeling/Lekkerbekje

Kibbeling and Lekkerbekje are battered deep-fried white fish, most commonly cod or whiting sourced from the North Sea.

Kibbeling comes battered in chunks whereas Lekkerbekje are not. Both are absolutely delicious, served piping hot by the street vendors with mayonnaise herb sauce and lemon.

Dutch Cheese | Food in Amsterdam

Amsterdam - Henri Willig
Amsterdam – Henri Willig | Image: georgina_daniel

Cheese is a big thing in Netherlands – they have been making kaas since 800 B.C. and was the second largest exporter in the world in 2019. Majority of Dutch kaas are semi-hard or hard cheeses with Gouda and Edam being the popular ones.

In Amsterdam, there is a kaas shop in every street, every corner and a few doors of each other. So, don’t go home without tasting some Edam, Gouda, Geitenkaas and Maasdammer.

Walk into a Henri Willig that is dotted around Amsterdam for a quick taste and guide to their wide selection of cheeses – from natural to smoked, herbs and garlic as well as chilli cheeses!

Next, visit the Reypenaer Tasting Room in Old Amsterdam for a professionally guided cheese tasting activity in a century-old warehouse.

Visit also Kaaskamer in Negen Straatjes (9 Streets) for cheeses from around Netherlands and the world.

If you want to learn more about the Dutch cheese, you could always venture out of Amsterdam a little and visit any of the top five cheese markets – Alkmaar, Edam, Hoorn, Gouda and Woerden. Here, you can witness how cheese merchants had conducted their business for the last six-hundred years.

The Dutch breakfast!

6 | Ontbijtkoek

Ontbijtkoek | food in Amsterdam

‘Ontbijtkoek’ literally translates to ‘breakfast cake’ though delicious at any time of the day with a scrumptious layer of butter. This Dutch and Flemish spiced cake, comes in loaves with the main ingredients consisting of rye and spiced with cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

Available in most hotels as breakfast item and you could buy them off a supermarket shelf.

7 | Hagelslag

hagleslag on white bread | food in Amsterdam
hagleslag on white bread | food in Amsterdam

Hagelslag is basically chocolate sprinkles on white bread with butter for breakfast – loved by both young and old! Found on breakfast tables in most hotels in Amsterdam.

8 | Pindakaas

Literally ‘peanut cheese’ but this is just peanut butter. The delicious creamy texture of pindakaas makes it more than just a spread. It is an essential breakfast item found on most breakfast tables in Amsterdam.

Desserts and sweet treats | Food in Amsterdam

9 | Dutch liquorice

Dutch liquorice | Food in Amsterdam
Dutch liquorice | Food in Amsterdam

The Dutch love their liquorice! Eating liquorice is sort of a national past-time here. Although the Dutch liquorice share many traits to similar sweets from around the world, the Dutch ‘drop’ is unlike the liquorice in other western countries. The ‘drop’ has a unique ingredient called salmiak that gives the ‘drop’ its distinctive salty taste. This unusual flavour gives the drop a subtle kick, balancing out the sweetness normally found in candies, giving ‘drop’ a moreish blend of flavours. The ‘drop’ comes in fun sizes, often in shapes of cut-up cylinders, smiley faces or cars. You can find them in every corner-shop, supermarkets, markets, candy-stores and gas stations.

10 | Stroopwafel

Amsterdam. Stroopwafel
Amsterdam.stroopwafel

Famous world-over as a popular pastry from the Netherlands as a sweet treat, but nothing beats the freshly baked off a market stall in Amsterdam! Stroopwafel, originated in Gouda, a little town south of Amsterdam in the late 18th or early 19th century is a popular cookie eaten best with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Discovered by a baker using leftovers and breadcrumbs back in the day, the stroopwafel is made of stiff batter comprising of flour, eggs, yeast, butter, milk and brown sugar. Two thin layers of the waffles are stuck together with a layer of syrup.

The best stroopwafels can be found at Albert Cuypmarkt (from “the Guy in Cuyp” Melly’s and Dappermarkt. You could also visit a tearoom, Lanskroon, located at Singel 385 (near ‘het Spui’), Amsterdam.

Read: Best places to eat stroopwafels in Amsterdam

11 | Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie - food in Amsterdam

The apple pie or appeltaart in Dutch is an impressive deep-dish apple-pie that is sold in every bakery and features in every cafe menu in Amsterdam. The apple-pie looks almost like a cake, infused with cinnamon, dotted with raisins and served with a generous scoop of whipped cream. Sometimes, the apple-pies are topped with chopped almonds. Apple pies are a popular comforting dessert in the Netherlands and the best in Amsterdam is said to be at Winkel 43, Jordaan neighbourhood.

12 | Bossche bol

Food in Amsterdam | bossche bol
bossche bol

The bossche bol is similar to the cream-filled, chocolate-glazed profiteroles but these are more circular in form, almost the size of a tennis ball, and completely covered in dark chocolate. The dessert originated in the city of Den Bosch in the early 20th century and had since, become a favourite national staple. You can find bossche bol in local cafes and eateries as a dessert option.


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13 | Pannenkoeken

Dutch pancake | Food in Amsterdam
Dutch pancake – a must try food in Amsterdam

Pannenkoeken is popular around the world and the Dutch version is rather large! Though large, they are thinner than the American pancake but thicker than the Frence crêpe. Dutch pancakes are made of flour, milk and eggs. They are available throughout the day and the Old Dutch Pancake House in Amsterdam Centrum does it light and crispy. You could have any toppings, from crispy bacon to fruits or simple syrup.

Read: Amsterdam in a Nutshell: 18 experiences in 48 hours

14 | Tompouce

Tompouce | Food in Amsterdam
Tompouce

Tompouce is a heavy dessert! It is a popular food in Amsterdam and is essentially a cream sandwich where the cream is infused between two slabs of pastries, topped with bubblegum pink icing. The pink icing on top of the rectangular shaped cream-filled puff pastry is replaced with orange icing during the occasion of King’s Day, to honour the House of Orange-Nassau, the Dutch royal family. It is available in all good bakeries across Amsterdam but you could try Patisserie Holtkamp.

15 | Poffertjes

food in Amsterdam

Poffertjes are a traditional Dutch treat. They are made of batter comprising of buckwheat flour and yeast, they look like mini pancakes but fluffier. They are typically served with a lump of butter and powdered sugar, readily available at restaurants and pancake house across Amsterdam. For best experience of fresh, hot buttery poffertjes, try them from a street market vendor during winter.

16 | Speculaas

speculaas | Food in Amsterdam
speculaas, winter cookies a favourite in Amsterdam during the festive season

If you are visiting Amsterdam in December, buy some freshly baked speculaas which are exceptionally popular among the Dutch during the festive period of Sinterklaasavond, the main gift-giving celebration in Netherlands. Speculaas are delicious, containing the aromatic festive spices of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, mixed with butter, flour and sugar into speculaas batter, then baked for their distinctive texture.

17 | Oliebollen

Oliebollen | Food in Amsterdam
Oliebollen – a special treat on New Year’s Eve in Netherlands

Oliebollen literally means ‘oil balls’ and is a traditional Dutch treat. They are deep fried sweet dumplings, sometimes containing fruit pieces, and dusted in powdered sugar, with taste similar to donuts. These small dumplings of wonder are usually served on New Year’s Eve. It is also a popular treat for Dutch families and are made at home during the winter months. You can buy them from the dozens of pop-up mobile vendors at the markets in Amsterdam during the holiday season.

The dough is made from flour, yeast, some salt, eggs, milk and baking powder.

18 | Boterkoek

Food in Amsterdam | Boterkoek

The Boterkoek/butter cake is an all-time favourite of the Dutch. It is dense, buttery and sweet. Contains hardly anything else except for butter, sugar and flour. Vanilla and lemon zest is added for light flavour. Available in all good patisseries across Amsterdam – Patisserie Holtkamp in Amsterdam is a great place to try.

19 | Spekkoek

spekkoek an Indonesian speacility | food in Amsterdam
Spekkoek, an Indonesian speciality | food in Amsterdam

Spekkoek is the delicious legacy of the former Dutch East Indies. A layered spiced cake, originated from Indonesia is a harmonious blend of Eastern and Western traditions that has found a top spot in Dutch cuisines. The firm textured cake is painstakingly layered, baked and brushed. Spekkoek is incredibly rich, made with flour, plenty of butter, yolk and spiced with cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and star-anise.

In Indonesia, Spekkoek is served as a holiday treat or as gifts during local festivities. In the Netherlands, you will find Spekkoek is a dessert served in rijsttafel.

Soups and Dishes

20 | Erwtensoep/Snert

Snert | food in Amsterdam
Snert – heartwarmingly delicious pea soup | food in Amsterdam

Erwtensoep or Snert is the Dutch version of pea soup. Rich, thick green stew of split peas, pork, celery, onions and leeks is heartwarmingly delicious and a favourite during the winter months.

Snert is traditionally eaten with slices of ‘rookworst‘ (smoked sausages) and rye bread. A good bowl of snert is best eaten the next day when flavours are all well-blended and the soup itself is so thick that a soup-spoon will stand vertical when placed in it!

Widely consumed across Netherlands, you will find street vendors in Amsterdam serving this delicious soup to ice-skaters on the frozen canals.

21 | Stamppot

stamppot - Dutch culture food in Amsterdam
stampport topped with rookworst | food in Amsterdam

Stamppot is an old-style traditional dish and the ultimate in Dutch comfort food. The dish is similar to bubble-and-squeak in England and traditionally consists of mashed potatoes, kale, onions, carrots and sauerkraut.

Stamppot is a winter-dish and enjoyed best with rookworst. Many restaurants in Amsterdam have this dish on their menu throughout the year.

22 | Rookworst

Rookworst is a popular Dutch smoked sausage and mostly eaten with ‘stamppot’ and an ingredient in ‘snert’. It is comparable to a hotdog and best eaten in a roll with onions and mustard. Widely available in supermarkets and hotdog street vendors.

23 | Surinamese Roti

food in Amsterdam

The one thing that you must absolutely try in a Surinamese dish is the ‘roti’. Roti is a flatbread and is the main part of a Surinamese dish, accompanied by several other components such as spicy curry, potatoes, beans and boiled eggs.

Surinamese restaurants as well as take-out joints in Amsterdam serve ‘roti’ accompanied by ‘sambal’, a super spicy condiment made from crushed chillies with a touch of salt.

Surinamese cuisine is part of Amsterdam’s heritage due to the Dutch colonialism and it is well worth exploring by a visit to a Surinamese restaurant or by being part of food tour in Amsterdam.

Read: 10 Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

24 | Enjoy a rijsttafel

rijsttafel | food in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a strong Indonesian influence and the food scene is ever so present throughout the city. No culinary experience in Amsterdam is ever complete without a visit to an Indonesian restaurant.

Rijsttafel (rice table) is an authentic Indish-Dutch experience where a large meal is served in an Indonesian restaurant. The meal features a medley of small dishes like egg rolls, satay, pickles, vegetables alongside a variety of rice dishes from all over the Indonesian islands. Rijsttafel was developed during the colonial era, giving the colonials a taste of Indonesian food from across the islands.


Practical tips when visiting Amsterdam

Plan ahead…

1 | Travelling to Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport by Air?

Travelling from/within Europe, use a budget airline for cheap fares and you reach Amsterdam direct and in comfort. Look-up EasyJet and Jet2 fares who are pretty good in this respect. Their offers on flight + hotels comes with great value for money choices along with assurances for peace of mind.

2 | Travelling from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam City Centre

You could get to Amsterdam city centre by either public transport, airport taxi or private door-to-door transfer. As for public transport, you have two choices – by rail and by bus. Read the Complete Guide to Public Transportation from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city and pre-book your tickets.

3 | Travelling by Train from/within Europe to Amsterdam Centraal Station

Travel touch-free and download your digital ticket immediately – If you are travelling by train to Amsterdam Centraal Station, buy your train ticket from Eurail that has an extensive partnership with European providers of rail services. Their offer on train tickets are competitive and one of the best for European travel. Click on the link below and do a search for your travels.

As well, you may want to look up Trainline who are also competitive in their train ticket pricing.

Upon arrival at Amsterdam Centraal Station, you could take a taxi or a tram to your neighbourhood/hotel. Read about the choices you have on public transport options.

4 | Places to Stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a popular city visited throughout the year and there is no end to the remarkable choices that unfolds once you start searching places to stay. Read the recommended Beautiful places to stay in Amsterdam and book your stay to secure a favourable price.

5 | Things to do

Amsterdam offers a multitude of things to do, from off-the-beaten path adventures, nightlife and incredible cruises along with fascinating food tours – there is not a moment to be bored in this city of freedom. Read about ideas for a 48-hour visit and the Unmissable 28 best things to do in Amsterdam.

You may also want to explore the outskirts of Amsterdam that has picturesque villages that you would absolutely love or visit Amsterdamse Bos, for a day of fun and relaxation.

6 | A road-trip in Netherlands while visiting Amsterdam?

You don’t really need a set of wheels if you are visiting Amsterdam as the city is compact, therefore easily walkable, public transport is good and the trains are excellent. However, if you are planning to explore Netherlands, then hiring a car is a great option. You could easily pick-up your car from Schiphol Airport or at Amsterdam Centraal. Travel Supermarket is best as it checks thousands of providers and brings you live availability. Click on the image below and secure your price.

7 | Travel Insurance

Finally…never leave home without travel insurance. World Nomads is highly recommended – their comprehensive cover, competitive pricing and their excellent customer response is second to none.

On a final note…

All though Netherlands is not well-known for its cuisine, nonetheless there is a rich heritage associated with the exciting, flavourful and “full of history” cuisines that reflect the people of this country. Visiting Amsterdam and trying any one of the 24 Dutch culture food mentioned in this article is an experience not to be missed.

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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

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52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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10 Important Practical travel information for Amsterdam

Practical travel information for Amsterdam

Amsterdam is celebrated for its canals and historical gabled houses which gives the city a small town feel. The city is compact and you could easily explore by foot or by bike. To truly experience the pulse of the remarkable cultural city, explore the backstreet cafés and visit the world renowned museums but above all, just chill! Amsterdam is a laid-back city and best discovered when unhurried. When visiting the Dutch capital, it is important to consider some important practical travel information for Amsterdam.

For example, depending on the purpose of your visit to Amsterdam and wider Netherlands. you may need to meet the entry requirements to the country. This may require you to apply for a Schengen Visa. Additionally, if you are travelling to Amsterdam from within Europe, you may want to take advantage of the cheap fares offered by Europe’s popular budget airlines. Alternatively, you may want to travel to Amsterdam by rail, and experience the scenic journey onboard comfortable coaches. Once you arrive at your destination for your city break, how would you get about? Where would you stay and more importantly, what activities would you do.

With so many things to consider and to plan ahead, I am sure you would append them all on a do-list! To support your travel plans to the city of freedom, this simple guide aims to offer you 10 practical travel information for Amsterdam to consider.

While we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

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1 | Visa & Legal entry requirements

Schengen Visa- Netherlands | practical travel information for Amsterdam

The Netherlands is party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that foreign nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland as well as some other countries (Luxembourg, Liechtenstein) are exempt from the visa requirement. You could check if you need a Schengen visa here.

However, for the majority of foreign nationals who wish to visit the Netherlands, will require a short stay Schengen visa. A short stay Schengen visa allows the foreign national to visit and stay in the Netherlands and/or any of the countries in the Schengen area for up to three months within a six month period. The visas have a validity of one, three and five years, depending on your visa and travel history. With a tourist short stay Schengen visa for the Netherlands means that you could also travel to other member countries in the Schengen area.

There are general required documents which you need to submit with your application when you apply for a tourist short stay Schengen visa. You could do so at the Dutch local embassy in your country of residence or you could do so online with a few clicks by using the services of iVisa.

iVisa is a leading independent company in the travel documentation industry and they are committed to making your online application for visas, health documentation and other travel requirements a breeze. With the ever-changing global health requirements, obtaining the right travel documents can be a huge hassle or just an annoying waste of time. Getting your travel documents in time is simple, reliable and fast – give them a go by navigating the link below:

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With entry to the Netherlands taken care of, you may be considering whether to travel by air, rail or car. Any one of these modes of transport is straight forward, because the Dutch capital is the largest city in the Netherlands and is well connected by air, rail and road. So, here is an overview of some of the practical travel information for Amsterdam which you may wish to consider when deciding on how to get to the city.

2 | Air Travel Information for Amsterdam

practical information for Amsterdam

The quickest and easiest way to travel to Amsterdam is by air. Sometimes, air travel to the Dutch capital is cheap as well.There are several budget airlines from UK to Amsterdam direct as well as various destinations from within Europe. Flights can be from as little as €30.00 to £100+ – so ensure you shop early and lock-in the low prices without compromises while travelling in comfort.

2.1 | Budget airlines to Amsterdam

As for the best on budget air travel to Amsterdam, you may want to look up EasyJet, Jet2 and On the Beach. There are great value for money offers and you can book well ahead of time and still enjoy favourable cancellation rights if your travel does not go according to plans.

For long haul flights. you may want to look into Opodo, a one-stop access to over 500 airlines, hotels, car hire and travel insurance – bringing the best in price to you.

Access all that Opodo has to offer via link below:

3 | Train Travel Information for Amsterdam

Amsterdam is easily reached by rail and a perfect base for exploring Netherlands. The city is strategically located on the European rail network which makes it a popular destination for UK travellers to Europe who wish to explore the continent by train.

Exploring Amsterdam by rail is made all the more easier by the excellent direct international rail connections to the city’s main rail hub, Centraal Station.

Centrall Station is located on the northern edge of the city, and is a key hub in the Dutch national rail network. At the very least, there are hourly departures to major cities across Netherlands.

3.1 | Amsterdam’s International Rail Connections

Best public transport from Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city
Amsterdam Centraal Station

Amsterdam’s excellent international rail connections include regular Thaly’s services to Brussels and Paris. These services to Brussels and Paris are timed to connect seamlessly with Eurostar services from London.

There are hourly Intercity (IC) services connecting Amsterdam to Antwerp, and Brussels with a stop at Rotterdam along the way. There are seven Intercity departures to Cologne and Frankfurt daily. There are IC trains to Berlin and Hanover as well that departs Amsterdam every two hours. A direct daytime train to Basel, Switzerland is also available.

Night trains out of Amsterdam are limited at the moment, however you could travel, departing Amsterdam early evening on a fast train to Düsseldorf. The train to Düsseldorf connects conveniently into direct overnight services to Munich, Innsbruck, Linz and Vienna.

3.2 | Travelling from London to Amsterdam by train | Train times, train price and best time to book

Fast trains from London to Amsterdam takes about 3 hours 45 minutes. There are direct and indirect trains on weekdays and weekends. The earliest trains to Amsterdam from London is generally scheduled for 7:00 in the morning and the last trains are usually around 5:30 p.m.

Train prices from London to Amsterdam varies depending on the class of travel and whether you are travelling peak or off-peak. Generally, train prices can be between €35.00 to €200.00.

To secure best prices for your travel is to book well in advance. Bookings for train journeys from London to Amsterdam generally open at least 6 months in advance. In some instances, you can book 9 months ahead of time as some tickets can be released early.

3.3 | Where to buy train tickets to Amsterdam

Buy your train tickets to Amsterdam from any starting point in Europe, such as Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin or any other city to suit your itinerary. When you have selected your city of travel, then look no further than Eurail and Trainline. Both are global providers of train passes/tickets for all rail journeys.

Eurail partners with European rail networks to bring you the best in train travels by offering an all-in-one train ticket with flexibility for most European train networks. With Eurail passes, you can experience borderless. Select the best to suit your itinerary by clicking the link below. Book well in advance to secure best value tickets.

If a train travel pass is not what you are looking for, then go to Trainline for best offers on point-to-point travel on UK and European rail fares.

4 | Upon arrival in Amsterdam

Amsterdam train

Depending upon your mode of travel, either by air or by train, you will then need to get to your accommodation either in the city centre or on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Here is an overview of how to get to Amsterdam city centre from Schiphol Airport or Amsterdam Centraal Station. Please also read detail articles on transportation (links provided below) in Amsterdam so you are informed and buy the best transport tickets to suit your itinerary.

4.1 | From Schiphol Airport to Amsterdam city centre

If you are travelling by air, you would arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)., the main hub for Netherlands. There are several ways to reach Amsterdam city centre from Schiphol Airport. You could select from either private transfer or via public transport.

Amsterdam boasts a comprehensive train network and you could reach Amsterdam Centraal in 15 minutes or if you take the bus/shuttle, you will reach Amsterdam city in 35-40 minutes.

Read both the detail guide listed below to be fully informed of your choices and the best ways to get to your destination in Amsterdam city by buying the correct ticket.

4.2 | Arriving at and travelling from Amsterdam Centraal Station

Travelling by train means that you shall be arriving at Amsterdam Centraal Station and from here it is easy to hop onto a taxi or tram to get to your accommodation.

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With legal entry and transportation sorted, you are surely considering on a place to stay. Below is a quick overview of places to stay with detailed guide to navigate to.

5 | Where to Stay in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Amstel Hotel

Amsterdam has a multitude of places to stay at for unique experiences. From canal boathouses to high-end spa at the edge of a forest, Amsterdam is a city that boasts beautiful places to stay for timeless memories. Take a look at this carefully selected hotels and book a stay ahead of time to lock-in the low price.

However, should you need more choices, take a look at the incredible selection to suit all budgets offered by Booking.

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Beyond a place to stay in Amsterdam, you would want to explore the city and here are some suggestions for you.

6 | Things to do in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

There are a great many things to do in Amsterdam, both the popular touristy activities and off-the-beaten-path. From canal cruises, world-class art galleries to visiting the market, eating the original Gouda stroopwafels and indulging in the Amsterdam’s street-food scene – you have plenty to do from the moment you arrive!

For an easy short visit on the slow-side, take a look at what you could do in a weekend or 48 hours. You may also want to do some of the extraordinary things suggested in the Unmissable 28 best things to do in Amsterdam. A longer stay will be a great way to explore the surrounds and you are covered here as well > Read:

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Ouderkerk aan de Amstel - Amsterdam

Consider purchasing the public and regional transport ticket when exploring the outskirts of Amsterdam. On the other hand, these beautiful villages are best explored by a two-wheeler which you can easily rent when in Amsterdam > Learn all about how to Rent a bike in Amsterdam Green City

Finally, you can’t visit the City of Canals without experiencing a canal cruise! There are canal cruises throughout the day in all kinds of boats – open-top, glass-top, semi-open-top or you could hire your own boat and go for a spin! Some cruises come with food and drink, with buffet-style meals where you can eat all the pancakes you wish! However, the best awaits those who embark on an evening cruise along these historic canals – a private boat for a romantic evening or to capture simple moments of the fresh colours of those rays against the timeless architecture along the waters.

7 | How to explore/discover Amsterdam

practical travel information for Amsterdam

Another piece of practical travel information for Amsterdam to consider is how to explore the city and discover its hidden gems for timeless memories. You could opt for a little adventure and explore the city by yourself , join a guided small group tour or do both for the ultimate experience.

7.1 | Exploring Amsterdam independently

Exploring the Dutch capital by yourself is doable as the cultural city is compact and easily walkable. Tourism is highly welcome and offers multitude of information on how to get around and best tickets to purchase.

Visit the official tourist information office – the I Amsterdam Visitor Centre in the heart of town for information, trails and maps to support your independent visit. You could also prepare for your trip by purchasing the great value for money all encompassing city card that gives you free access to museums and attractions (more on this sightseer card below on #8).

I Amsterdam Visitor Centre,

Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam Centrum should be the starting point for any one seeking to explore on your own as this is where the main attractions are located. Popular attractions are conveniently signposted and you can get to the trilogy of culture (Rijkmuseum, Van Gogh and Stedelijk), palace and the old town within a few minutes walk. Take the tram or the bus to get to the Jewish Quarter if you need to.

Pro tip: Highly recommended that you purchase the Iamsterdam city card, an all encompassing best value sightseer pass – the card gives you free access to local transportation as well. More on this below.

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Discover the city like a local and explore the Green City by bike. Amsterdam has cycle lanes on both sides and easily navigable. It is a city where the number of bikes outnumber its residents and you will feel very much at home if you opt for this mode of discovery. However, just look-out for some other crazy cyclists!

7.2 | Exploring Amsterdam by joining a tour group

Exploring Amsterdam by joining a small group guided tour is highly encouraged. With a guided tour, you get an overview of the city and you learn so much more from an experienced local guide than any tour guide books may offer. After obtaining an overview, you could always return to a spot of interest to explore deeper, at your own pace. You will feel confident to get around the city as you become familiar with the surroundings. An invaluable tour group to undertake is the food walking tour in Amsterdam.

The food walking tour in Amsterdam is of great value where you explore while you eat! This tour is an opportunity for you to stroll through the heart of the city, get a feel of its culture, have a taste of the different kind of Dutch food, learn about the city’s history, and end the tour at a pub over a platter of cheese! All of these in an extraordinary two hours with a local tour guide. Afterwards, return to places that captured your interests to explore further 🙂

Learn more and book the best food walking tour in Amsterdam

8 | Best value sightseer pass

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with Iamsterdam city card. The Iamsterdam city card is an all encompassing sightseer pass where you can enjoy free entrance to many of the city’s top museums and attractions. One free canal cruise is included and up to  25% discount offers at a host of restaurants and cafés. The card includes unlimited free transportation in the city for the duration of the pass.

Save time and money on a card for use over 1, 2, 3 or 4 days to suit your itinerary.

Learn more about Iamsterdam card and its benefits before buying one for your trip >>

9 | A road-trip around Netherlands?

Planning a road trip around Netherlands and you need a set of wheels? Well, best value does not come any better than Travel Supermarket!

Travel Supermarket is a price comparison site for people in the UK which offers all the comparison tools travellers need when they’re planning their holiday and want to find the very best one for them. Travel Supermarket finds the best and cheapest value of car hire for the length of your itinerary in real time. You know what is available and you select what best suits your individual needs. Ensure you book and lock-in the best value without delay.

For non-UK residents, Opodo offers a selection from which you could choose to suit your requirements.

10 | Travel Insurance

As has so often been said – Never leave home without travel insurance! We don’t expect unfortunate events when we travel but it is always good to be one-step ahead. Buy your travel insurance and ensure you have the correct cover for your journey.

World Nomads is highly recommended as it is designed by travellers for travellers to cover trip essentials. You can buy and claim on the go. Their cover is comprehensive and you could select one that best suits your itinerary.

Learn more about World Nomads >>


While travelling to Amsterdam takes you to new surroundings where experiences can boost your feeling of being rewarded, it is important to allocate some time to consider the practical travel information for Amsterdam so you are fully informed and do not experience any last-minute hurdles.

The 10 practical travel information for Amsterdam is curated to give you most of what is needed but it is by no means an exhaustive list. If anything has gone amiss, do let us know in comments below. As well, if this list on travel information for Amsterdam has been useful to you in planning your trip, use the links embedded in this article and related articles to book your flight, train, place to stay, activities to do and buy the value for money Iamsterdam City Card to access attractions. Your support is invaluable and greatly appreciated.

Have a great time in Amsterdam 🙂

Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
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Amsterdam Coat of Arms

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

Explore Amsterdam with the superb value I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card

I Amsterdam City Card
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Experience the very best of Amsterdam with the official I Amsterdam City Card. With this official city card, you could visit world-class museums and attractions for free. Enjoy unlimited access to Amsterdam’s public transport, and one free canal cruise.

The I Amsterdam City Card is available to purchase online with options of 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hours to best suit your itinerary. You do save on quite a few Euros when attraction hopping and dining. In some instances, you also get priority access, thus avoiding the long queues and saving time.

What to expect when you purchase the great value I Amsterdam City Card | Where to Use the I Amsterdam City Card

The great value I Amsterdam City Card includes:

1 | Free admission to 60 museums and attractions in Amsterdam;

Here is a list encompassing the popular sights in Amsterdam:

AMSTERDAM CITY

Allard Pierson Museum;

Amsterdam Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum;

Amsterdam Museum;

Amsterdam Pipe Museum;

ARTIS Royal Zoo;

Cromhouthuis Biblical Museum;

Cobra Museum;

Amstelveen EYE Filmmuseum;

Foam – Fotografiemuseum;

Amsterdam Geelvinck Piano[la] Museum;

Hermitage Amsterdam;

Portrait Gallery of the Golden Age – Hermitage;

Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage;

National Holocaust Memorial – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

National Holocaust Museum Jewish Cutural Quarter;

Hortus Botanicus – Botanical Garden;

Huis Marseille – Museum for Photography;

Jewish Historical Museum – Jewish Cultural Quarter;

Klederdracht Museum – Dutch Costume Museum; 

ARTIS –Micropia  De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam;

Oude Kerk;

Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder – Our Lord in the Attic;

Multatuli Huis – Multatuli Museum;

Portuguese Synagogue – Jewish Cultural Quarter; 

Museum Het Rembrandthuis – Rembrandt House Museum;

Het Scheepvaartmuseum – The National Maritime Museum;

Museum Het Schip – Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture;

Rijksmuseum; 

Science Center NEMO;

Stadsarchief Amsterdam – City Archives;

Stedelijk Museum;

Amsterdam Tassenmuseum Hendrikje – Museum of Bags and Purses;

Museum Tot Zover – Funeral Museum;

Tropenmuseum;

Van Gogh Museum;

Museum Van Loon;

Verzetsmuseum – Dutch Resistance Museum;

Museum Willet-Holthuysen;

Amsterdam ArenA Stadium Tours;

Amsterdam Tulip Museum;

Het Grachtenhuis – Museum of the Canals;

Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum;

Woonbootmuseum – Houseboat Museum;

A’DAM Lookout (entrance with I Amsterdam City Card until 6:00 PM).

2 | Unlimited free rides on the city transport system;

Amsterdam city transport system is run by GVB (Gemeente Vervoerbedrijf Amsterdam) and you can enjoy unlimited free rides on the city’s trams, buses, metro and ferry services for the duration of the validity of your card;

3 | Access to free and discounted admission to attractions outside of Amsterdam city centre:

Use your City Card for sites in Haarlem, Zaanse Schans, Volendam and more…

ATTRACTIONS IN ZAANSE SCHANS:

1 | Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience;

2 | Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery);

3 | Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House;

4 | Tsar Peter House, Zaandam;

5 | Mill Museum;

6 | Zaan Time Museum;

7 | Sawmill;

8 | Dyestuff Mill;

9 | De Zoeker Oliemolen (Oil Mill);

10 | De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill);

11 | Windmill Cruise;

ATTRACTIONS IN HAARLEM:

1 | Frans Hals Museum;

2 | Teylers Museum;

3 | Free Canal Cruise.

ATTRACTIONS IN VOLENDAM/MARKEN:

1 | Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry);

2 | Volendams Museum.

ATTRACTION IN ENKHUIZEN:

1 | Zuiderzee Museum

ATTRACTION IN MUIDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot

ATTRACTION IN NAARDEN:

1 | Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting 

And places such as Laren and Lelystad.

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4 | Take advantage of 25% discount offers at a host of restaurants and cafés:

1 | Blue Amsterdam;

2 | De Koffieschenkerij – Coffee bar at the back of the Oude Kerk ;

3 | The Pancake Bakery;

4 | Pancakes Amsterdam;

5 | Restaurant IJ-kantine;

6 | Restaurant-Café In de Waag;

7 | Restaurant Pasta e Basta;

8 | Restaurant Wagamama – Noodle restaurant;

9 | Bourgondisch Lifestyle Amsterdam; 

10 | Reypenaer Proeflokaal – Cheese tasting.

5 | Go on a free canal cruise and see Amsterdam as it’s meant to be seen!

Enjoy one free canal cruise with any of the following canal cruise providers:

1 | Blue Boat Company;

2 | Canal Company Canal Cruise;

3 | Gray Line The #1 Canal Cruise;

4 | Lovers Canal Cruises;

5 | Amsterdam Circle Line B.V.

6 | Explore Amsterdam by bike or boat with discount rates:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following bike and boat rentals:

1 | Hop-on hop-off boat;

2 | Pedal boat;

3 | Bicycle rental & Bike Tours;

4 | Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself. 

Read >> Rent a bike in Amsterdam Green City

7 | Discover Dutch icons, such as beer, diamonds, cheese, and windmills:

Enjoy 25% discount on the following experiences:

1 | The Amsterdam Dungeon;

2 | Amsterdam Icebar XtraCold (18+);

3 | Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise;

4 | Heineken Experience (18+);

5 | De Hollandsche Manege – Dutch Equestrian School Museum;

6 | House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+);

7 | Het Kattenkabinet – The Cat Cabinet;

8 | Madame Tussauds Amsterdam;

9 | Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets;

10 | Museumphoto;

11 | THIS IS HOLLAND;

12 | Body Worlds;

13 | Moco Museum;

14 | Hop on Hop off Holland: Cheese, Windmills & Villages.

8 | Enjoy 25% discount on music and stage:

Enjoy an evening of Jazz, comedy at the theatre or Opera – all at 25% discount!

1 | Bimhuis – Jazz;

2 | Boom Chicago – English improv comedy theatre;

3 | Het Concertgebouw – The Concertgebouw;

4 | Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ – Contemporary music;

5 | Nationale Opera & Ballet – Dutch National Opera & Ballet.

Recommended Highlights where I Amsterdam City Card can be used

With the myriad of things to do which are made possible with the I Amsterdam City Card, the following activities are highly recommended:

1 | Explore the surrounds of Amsterdam City – Zaanse Schans

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explore Zaanse Schans with I Amsterdam City Card

The I Amsterdam City Card takes you further afield! You could visit Zaanse Schans, located to the north of Amsterdam, which is a popular destination and one that should top your list of places to visit.

Go on a trip from Amsterdam to Zaanse Schans and spend a day or most of a day exploring this neighbourhood. Zaanse Schans is home to historic windmills, distinctive wooden houses and Zaanse Museum which houses interactive exhibits on chocolate making.

Zaanse Schans is a fun destination for all ages and its easily reached by car or public transport. Get the train from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Koog-Zaandijk – the journey takes 15 minutes. Disembark, and continue your journey on foot for about 10 minutes .

Other nearby attractions which you may like to explore:

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Amsterdam Bos Netherlands
Amsterdam Uithoorn

2 | Heineken Experience

The Heineken Experience tells the story of the world famous Dutch beer and is located at Heineken’s first built brewery in Amsterdam city centre. The brewery was built in 1864 and Heineken is one the three largest producers of beer in the world. Learn all about the rich and successful behind-the-scene journey of this remarkable ultimate Amsterdam beer on a self-guided immersive experience.

You need to book a time-slot for your visit and you can do so after purchasing your I Amsterdam card. Fill in the city card voucher code and book your preferred time slot. Ensure your city card is valid at the time of your visit.

Book time-slot via >> iamsterdam.com/timeslot

Address: Heineken Experience,
Stadhouderskade 78,
1072 AE AMSTERDAM

3 | Visit world class museums

Explore the Dutch capital’s rich heritage in arts and visit the world renowned galleries for free with the I Amsterdam City Card. The city is never short on the number of museums dotted around the capital and you are sure to stumble upon one as you explore the city. However, the most famous of the museums are Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum that showcase the stories of the city and of the legends themselves.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Rijksmuseum: Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam.

Open every day: 9 am – 5 pm

Van Gogh Museum: Museumplein 6
1071 DJ Amsterdam

June 5 – 30, 2021:

  • Closed on Mondays.
  • Tuesday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

July 1 – September 12, 2021:

  • Open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

September 13 – 30, 2021:

  • Monday to Friday: open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

Visit > 28 Unmissable best things to do in Amsterdam for inspiring ideas to explore the Dutch capital.

Superb value in the I Amsterdam City Card

As you can observe from the above list, there are so many attractions and venues available where you can save time and money with the I Amsterdam City Card. It is indeed a city card/pass of superb value which should not be overlooked as just ‘another’ city card! The only issue you may have is to have enough time to enjoy them all for a full, all-round experience of one of the world’s best cultural cities.

If you are still not convinced of the I Amsterdam City Card’s superb value, below is a simple illustration on the savings you could make:

Attraction Entrance costs (adults – over 18)Entrance costs (child – under 18)Entrance costs with I Amsterdam City Card
Heineken Experience
€ 19.50

Free
Rijksmuseum€ 20.00FreeFree
Van Gogh Museum€ 19.00FreeFree
Zaanse Museum (Visit the Zaans Museum at the Zaanse Schans)€ 12.504-17 > €6.50

Under 4 > Free
Free
Zaanse Schans Museums (Visit the Weaver’s House and the Cooperage)€ 2.00 per museum4-17 > €1.00

Under 4 > Free
Free
GVB 1-hour ticket€ 3.20Unlimited Free rides
Table illustrating the savings an adult could make with the I Amsterdam City Card when visiting popular attractions and/or when taking the GVB city transport.

Order I Amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam by selecting the best option from 24-, 48-, 72-, 96- and 120- hour card to suit your trip.

5 options on I Amsterdam City Card

Duration
Price (€)
24 hours 65
48 hours85
72 hours 105
96 hours120
120 hours 130
Options on the I Amsterdam City Card – From 24 hours to 120 hours

Order your I Amsterdam City Card

Important information to know before you go

1 | There are no special children’s rate for the I Amsterdam City Card;

2 | The I Amsterdam City Card best pre-ordered online;

3 | Visits to attractions are accessible by prior booking and selecting a time-slot. You must book a time-slot before your visit. You will need your I Amsterdam City Card voucher code to input for free access.

Book time-slot >> amsterdam.com/timeslot

4 | Please be aware of the following exclusions:

i | The I Amsterdam City Card is not valid on transport outside Amsterdam and NS train travel;

ii | The I Amsterdam City Card is not valid on trains or buses operated by Connexxion, Arriva and EBS.


The I Amsterdam City Card certainly gives you a unique way to explore Amsterdam with access to major highlights, cruise, transport and dining options. Above all, you save money while you explore this wonderful city.

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Quick facts on Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam on world map
52° 22′ 40.6416” N and 4° 53′ 49.4520” E
Amsterdam flag
Amsterdam flag
Amsterdam Coat of Arms
Amsterdam Coat of Arms

City: Capital of Netherlands

Population: 1,149,000

Mayor: Femke Halsema (since 2018)

Zone: Central European Time Zone | Central European Summer Time

Elevation: -2m (-7ft) – Dam Square

Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)

Train Station: Amsterdam Centraal Station

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Best Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Get to know the wonderful multicultural city of the Dutch capital by tasting some of the best local bites while on a 2-hour private food walking tour in Amsterdam. Enjoy the variety of delicious snacks while you experience many of the historical sights along the way through the heart of the city. Your local guide will share his knowledge about Amsterdam’s food traditions and culture, the influences of the many different cultures that make up the unique Dutch cuisines in Amsterdam.

What to expect on private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Amsterdam | Food walking tour in Amsterdam

In this private food walking tour in Amsterdam with a local, you will sample some of the best in Amsterdam’s street foods and go to hip cafés. Stroll through the beautiful district of Pijp and taste an authentic stroopwafel, plus so much more…

1 | Walking tour through the heart of Amsterdam;

2 | Visit vendors, restaurants and Albert Cuyp market;

3 | Discover one of Amsterdam’s most vibrant districts – the picturesque Pijp area where hip cafés sit next to local bars, creating a unique vibe of the old and new;

4 | Sample the variety of delicious Dutch snacks and some amazing bites in the local eateries;

5 | 7 food tastings per participant;

6 | Enjoy the delicious authentic stroopwafel prepared by an Amsterdammer;

7 | Learn about Amsterdam’s food culture and traditions from your knowledgeable tour guide;

8 | See and learn about the historical sights along the way;

9 | Visit the best fishmongers in Amsterdam and end the tour at a beer café where you will be served a cheese platter!

The private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam includes the following:

Food tasting7 food tastings per participant;

Duration: Two hours

Live tour guide: English | Dutch

Instant confirmation.

Mobile ticketing: Download on your mobile device or print your voucher.

Private group: Number of participants is limited.

Free cancellation: Cancel up to 24 hours before the activity commences for a full-refund.

Tour is not suitable for:

People with mobility impairments.

Wheelchair users.

Important information for participants of private Food Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Involves lots of walking – please use comfortable shoes;

Summer activity: Bring a sun hat.

Autumn/Spring: Bring along a light jacket/coat and an umbrella.

Covid-19 precautions: Participants are advised to bring and wear mask at all times except when tasting food.

*Tour offered by our Trusted Partner – Get Your Guide


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10 best typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

Best Typical Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam

Get to know the vibrant city of freedom from a beautiful culinary perspective which is beyond Gouda cheese and stroopwafels – Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

The Dutch food culture is unique, encompassing the many diverse and dynamic population in Netherlands, a legacy of its colonial times. The rich food culture of the Netherlands is best experienced in Amsterdam, an international city with a highly diverse population of 180 background, where the Suriname community has a high presence. Its no surprise that Amsterdam is known for its Surinamese cuisine, a relatively unknown Caribbean food that is worth exploring when visiting the Dutch capital. It is hard to define Surinamese cuisine but it is often listed alongside Javanese (Indonesian) cuisine because of its strong influence on Surinamese kitchen.

This guide on Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam aims to give you an overview of Surinamese unique melting-pot cuisine and a suggestion on the best ten must-try Surinamese food to seek out when on a city-break in Amsterdam.

Whilst we work hard to be accurate, and provide the best information possible, we also encourage you to please always check before heading out.

Surinamese cuisine in AMSTERDAM

An overview of Suriname’s diverse cuisine culture

The Surinamese cuisine is extensive and much influenced by the international and cross-cultural food brought by the people from all over the world who settled in Suriname.

About Suriname and its culinary history

Suriname is the smallest independent South American country, once a colony of the Dutch imperialism. It has a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean and a shortest coastline in South America. Although it is a small country, Suriname is a highly diverse country in biodiversity and is the largest exporter of bauxite in the world.

The population embrace Amerindians, along with settlers from Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, the Suriname culture is diverse, dynamic and strongly influenced by people from the Netherlands, Portugal, Indonesia, China, India and Africa. Since the population of Suriname are from many countries, this resulted in creating an extensive combination of food.

Surinamese kitchen

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

The Surinamese kitchen is both rich and interesting, quite different to the rest of the South American cuisine. Influenced by the many groups and each group was influenced by each other’s cuisine culture, dishes and spices. Blending the cooking methods, various spices from all over the world with the indigenous fruit and vegetables, creating a unique melting-pot cuisine, spawning many dishes. All of these together became modern Surinamese cuisine. Therefore, when tasting any one of the 10 must-try Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam, you may find that the dish is a combination of Javanese, Chinese, Indian and more – all on one plate!

Suriname’s traditional food

Rice and Roti are staple in Surinamese cuisine | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Rice and Roti are staple in Surinamese cuisine | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Suriname is both coastal and tropical. Fruits and plants along with seafood, especially shrimp are in abundance and feature highly in Surinamese cuisine. While rice and roti are staple, fruits such as coconuts, plantain and plants such as tayer (a tropical flowering plant that produces an edible, starchy corn) and cassava are essential accompaniments in their daily meals. Other basic ingredients include lentils, potatoes and sweet potatoes.

Beef and chicken are a large part of Suriname’s food production and naturally form an important part of their diet. Along with these, salted meat and stockfish (called bakkeljauw, dried unsalted fish) are prominent in Surinamese cooking. Vegetables such as aubergines, okra and yardlong beans are all essential in a Surinamese kitchen. When a little spice is needed, the Surinamese turn to Madame Janette peppers for that extra kick.

Madame Jeanette peppers | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Madame Janette peppers, a Suriname origin

While Suriname’s cuisine features colourful recipes, the only true national dish is rice and chicken.

So, what are the best typical Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam to seek out?

Surinamese Cuisine in Amsterdam |10 typical dishes

The Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam is extensive and here are the must-try 10 best typical Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

1 | Roti

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Roti grilled wholemeal flatbread | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Roti, grilled wholemeal flatbread is an Indian contribution to the Surinamese cuisine and this is a staple dish served alongside rice with chicken curry.

The Indonesian version of Roti is grilled flatbread, served with chicken masala, potatoes and vegetables. You place the chicken, potatoes and vegetables on the flatbread, roll them up and enjoy! No cutleries required 🙂

For a simple roti meal, ask for Roti Kippenbout – its roti and chicken curry.

2 | Pom

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam | Pom
Pom

Pom is a festive tayer root dish. Known as ‘Pomtajet’ in Suriname, Pom was introduced by the Portuguese-Jewish landowners as a potato casserole, from the Portuguese potato based dish, pomme de terre. When potato became expensive, it was replaced with tayer root.

The Pom dish includes chicken and shredded tayer root and citrus baked in the oven.

3 | Mixed rice | Moksi alesi

‘Moksi alesi’ or mixed rice is a popular rice dish made with salted meat, fish or shrimp and vegetables.

4 | Bami

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Bami is a typical dish found in Indonesia and introduced to Suriname by the Javanese settlers. Bami or ‘bakmi‘ is a type of spicy Indonesian egg noodles stir-fried with meat and vegetables. It is also known as ‘mie goreng’.

*a popular dish in Malaysia, available all day.

5 | Gado-gado

gado gado | surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
gado-gado

Brought to Suriname by the Javanese settlers, gado-gado is an Indonesian vegetarian dish made up of blanched or steamed vegetables and hard-boiled eggs, boiled potato, fried tofu, tempeh* and lontong**. This mish-mash of vegetables is then topped with spicy delicious peanut sauce.

*tempeh – a traditional Javanese soy product made from fermented soybeans.

**lontong – compressed rice cake wrapped in banana leaf.

6 | Bakabana

bakabana | pisang goreng | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
Bakabana also known as pisang goreng

Bakabana is a Surinamese dish that has an Indonesian origin. These delicious little treat are made with ripe plantain, battered and deep-fried, served with a generous amount of spicy peanut sauce on the side. It is popular in restaurants as well as from street vendors.

*Also known as “pisang goreng” in Malaysia and a popular snack for afternoon tea-time.

7 | Goedangan

goedangan Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
goedangan

Goedangan is a refreshing Surinamese salad typically arranged on a platter. The vegetables consists of blanched green cabbage, green beans, bean sprouts, and garnish with hard-boiled eggs, cucumber slices and fresh shredded coconut. The salad dressing is made from a combination of coconut milk, yoghurt, lime juice, brown sugar and chilli peppers.

8 | Surinamese Pie/Pastei

The Surinamese pie is a Creole-style chicken pot pie. Brought to Suriname by the Jewish settlers and is a common meal.

9 | Bojo cake

bojo cake. surinamese cuisine. amsterdam
bojo cake

*You could also try this bojo cake when in Malaysia, usually available as a treat for afternoon tea.

The bojo cake is a delicious slice of heaven! This Surinamese dish is a dessert made with coconut and cassava. Usually served at celebratory events.

10 | Broodje Pom

boodje pom.surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

This is Pom (#2 above) served in a bread roll – best on-the-go dish.


Other dishes commonly on the menu are:

Moksi meti – roasted pork and chicken stewed with kousenband, or green beans served with a choice of white rice, or Indonesian style stir-fried noodles, bami goreng or Indonesian style fried rice, nasi goreng.

Bara – spicy, herby doughnut dipped in sauce or topped with your favourite topping.

Pindasoep – spicy peanut soup.

Her Heri – Stew of cassava, sweet potato, plantain and salted cod.


Where to eat Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

If you are looking for high-end restaurants or fine-dining specifically dedicated to catering for Surinamese cuisine, you will be disappointed. However, you will find a selection of popular Surinamese dishes served as part of an extensive menu at high-end hotels and restaurants. There are many eateries and hole-in-the wall dotted around the city that offer a good selection of Surinamese dishes. One of the best ways to get to know the Surinamese cuisine is to try some of the best-loved typical Surinamese dishes at some of the popular authentic Surinamese eateries in Amsterdam.

Here is our selection of the best places to experience authentic Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

1 | Lalla Rookh

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Lalla Rookh in Amsterdam comes highly recommended by the locals for the best Roti and accompanying dishes in town. There are both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. They also serve the Surinamese soda, Fernandes for an all-round Surinamese experience.

Located near Oosterpark in the east of Amsterdam.

Address: Wijttenbachstraat 290, 1093 JK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12 pm to 10 pm

2 | Warung Spang Makandra

Warung Spang Makandra has been serving up quality Surinamese/Javanese food since 1978. They don’t take reservations, so there might be a wait during peak times. Conveniently located near De Pijp’s Albert Cuyp Market.

Address: Gerard Doustraat 39, Amsterdam. Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-10 pm; Sun: 1pm-10pm

3 | Sranang Makmur

Another authentic Surinamese/Javanese eatery is Sranang Makmur near Dappermarkt in Oost.

Address: Wyttenbachstraat 14.
1093JB  Amsterdam

4 | Roopram Roti

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Rotiroll Chicken | Roopram Roti | Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam

Roopram Roti serves authentic roti rolled up in masala chicken and vegetables. This is a popular eatery and often with a long queue. A good selection of Surinamese roti rolls are offered.

Address: Roopram van Woutstraat 37, Amsterdam

5 | Swieti Sranang

Swieti Sranang is a great place to grab food on-the-go. A tiny take-away that specialises in authentic Surinamese sandwiches, snacks, roti and nasi (rice) specialities. The satay is highly recommended.

Address: Brouwersgracht 125, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Mon-Fri: 12pm – 9pm; Closed Sat & Sun

6 | Tokoman

Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam
© Tokoman

Tokoman specialises in traditional Surinamese dishes serving sandwiches, rice and noodles with meat and vegetables.

Address: Waterlooplein 327, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Mon-Sun: 11am – 7pm

7 | Albina

This simple restaurant takes its name from a little town in Suriname, serving up a combination of traditional Surinamese dishes and Chinese food. Albina is popular for the thin noodles with meat and vegetables. Try also gado-gado, a vegetable dish with peanut sauce.

Address: Albert Cuypstraat 69, Amsterdam
Opening times: 
Tue-Sun: 10:30am-10 pm; Closed: Monday


On a final note…

The capital of Netherlands has a long and interesting history such as the Golden Age canals, gabled houses, world renowned museums along with the freedom tag associated with the city. Amsterdam prides itself for its diverse population, rich cuisines and its affluent cultural life as well, that makes it a unique European city to visit at anytime during the year. This capital city offers a multitude of things to do, both on the best-of-the-beaten track or off-the-beaten track and a comprehensive transport system for convenient travel from the airport as well as around the city.

Added to this are the variety of cuisines that reflect the multi-faceted society of the city where the Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam is well worth trying. Sincerely hope that this guide will inspire you to seek out some of the Surinamese dishes for an authentic experience of the Surinamese cuisine in Amsterdam.

Have a great time exploring Amsterdam 🙂

xoxo

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Ouderkerk aan de Amstel-A picturesque village on the edge of Amsterdam

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel – a picturesque village on the edge of Amsterdam for tranquility and best views of riverside living

Take a day out of the hustle and bustle of the city of Amsterdam and head to the peaceful, picturesque village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel for a taste of the glorious Dutch countryside. A slower pace of life, herons, ducks, swans and birdsong awaits visitors at this quaint historic riverside village.

Located about nine kilometres south of the city of Amsterdam, on the bank of the Ouderkerkerplas lake, the enchanting village is connected to the Dutch capital by river Amstel. Ouderkerk aan de Amstel dates back to the twelfth century and is known for its neogothic Roman Catholic church, parish houses and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Netherlands while offering also majestic views and a slice of Dutch riverside living.

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Ouderkerk, Amsterdam

Things to do in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel  |  Amsterdam
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

Aside from the tranquility, majestic views, and the wildlife, the village is popular for its windmill, De Zwaan, a Catholic church, Sint Urbanuskerk Ouderkerk, and a Jewish cemetery,  Beth Haim. In the summer months, the Ouderkerkerplas lake is a great place for swimming.

De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel | Amsterdam
De Zwaan, Ouderkerk aan de Amstel | Amsterdam

The De Zwaan in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel is a historic, octagonal mill and its original construction dates back to 1638. The mill stood still for a long time and in disrepair. It underwent extensive repairs in 1950 from the substantial money donated by the De Zwaan family in Amsterdam. In return, the De Zwaan family received the mill as a weekend residence and the family name to the mill.

Sint Urbanuskerk Ouderkerk