Want to try street food in Amsterdam? Here are the best places to go.
So you’re visiting Amsterdam for the first time. You’ve done the museums, the canals, and the coffee shops, and now you want to try some traditional Dutch delicacies. Well, look no further! The Dutch have some amazing street food on offer, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite foods and places to go to get them for you below. Keep reading for our recommendations on the BEST places to go for street food in Amsterdam!
1. Raw Herring
Raw herring is a classic Dutch delicacy…seriously, people have been eating raw herring for over 600 years. It may sound weird, but it’s definitely worth a try! Herring can be found year-round in Amsterdam, but herring season starts in late spring, so try it then for the freshest fish (the best time to have it is May-July!). The classic way to eat herring is by holding it by its tail and eating it straight…but if that sounds a bit too daunting, you can also try it in a sandwich. Order a broodje haring – a herring sandwich with onions, lemon juice, sliced pickles, and mayo. There are tons of spots where you’ll be able to find herring. We recommend the following places to go to get your herring fix:
- Frens Haringhandel, located in Koningsplein Square – this family fish shop has been around for decades! It’s definitely a favorite for both locals and tourists.
- Vlaardingse Haringhandel in Albert Cuypmarkt – Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the most popular street markets in Amsterdam, and you can find delicious pickled herring (among many other delicious Dutch treats!) here.
You can buy stroopwafels by the bag in grocery stores, or get them from cafes with your coffee, but the best stroopwafels are those that are bought from street vendors. Visit the Original Stroopwafels stand in the Albert Cuypmarkt and give this classic Dutch treat a try! Warm, gooey caramel sandwiched between two crispy waffles…if you get only one kind of street food in Amsterdam, make sure it’s this one!
Poffertjes are bite-sized buttery pancakes covered in powdered sugar…yum! You can find them all over the place (The Carousel Pancake House is famous for its poffertjes, and we definitely recommend visiting this unique restaurant to give them a try; it’s a great breakfast place!) in Amsterdam. If you’re in Albert Cuypmarkt, check out the Poffertjes stand. Grab a bag (or two) for yourself – you won’t want to share!
4. French Fries and Mayo
Thick-cut French fries are a classic Dutch street food. Trust us when we say that French fries are the perfect afternoon snack! When in Amsterdam, do as the Dutch do and dip your fries in mayonnaise (they’re also delicious with some caramelized onions) – or choose from a variety of different sauces that street vendors will carry, such as ketchup, mustard, tartar sauce, garlic sauce…endless options! It is so easy to find this street food in Amsterdam: there are tons of places to go to get your Dutch fries, but we recommend visiting Manneken Pis on the Damrak — their fries are made from Dutch potatoes!
5. Croquettes from a FEBO Vending Machine
FEBO, a chain of vending machines, are located all over Amsterdam. Inside these vending machines, you’ll find a variety of different hot foods: from fries with sauce to hamburgers and deep-friend cheese. Bonus: everything is quite inexpensive. They work just like your typical vending machine: simply insert your coins, and receive your hot food! It’s an odd concept for sure, but definitely, one worth trying! When in Rome (or Amsterdam), right? Looking for a typical Dutch snack? We recommend trying kroket (croquette): vegetables and meat covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Yum?!
6. Oliebollen – only at New Years!
If you’re visiting Amsterdam over Christmas and New Years, you’re in luck! You have to try oliebollen, a Dutch delicacy made only once a year! They’re best eaten while strolling through an Amsterdam Christmas market. What are oliebollen? Translated to “oil balls,” oliebollen are more delicious than they sound: they’re deep fried sweet dumplings smothered in powdered sugar. You can get them with fruit, or just have them plain – but one thing’s for sure, you have to try them!
So there you have it, our roundup of the best street food in Amsterdam. Looking for more places to go in Amsterdam to try local food? Chat with Gooster, your intelligent tourist buddy, and get the best recommendations of places to eat and tips for travelers! From the best street food in gourmet restaurants, Gooster will tailor its recommendations to whatever you’re in the mood for. So what are you waiting for? Chat with Gooster on Facebook Messenger today!
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