Famous Dutch Food

Typical food in Amsterdam

When I travel, I am always excited to try famous local food. I love experiencing the real flavour of the local ingredients even if I am sometimes aware that is not so healthy. 

During my stay in Amsterdam I only tasted a few traditional food otherwise I sticked with my favourite salads. They looked lovely and freshly prepared, so I couldn’t resist. I also felt in love with fresh juices and smoothies in Amsterdam. The taste was incredible! They were almost everywhere in the supermarket so it wasn’t really hard to find it. Let’s have a look on some traditional Dutch food.


1. Gouda cheese

As you probably know Amsterdam is a paradise of cheese! There are a lot of local stores which are specialised on Gouda cheese with various flavours, styles and ages! They come in a variety of flavours such as green or red pesto, gouda with walnuts, cumin etc. You can taste them for free. 

2. Salami 

If you go to the grocery/supermarket you will notice that packs of tapas are quite common to see everywhere. They are originally a Spanish snack that contain cheese, salami and olives. However, Dutch people love it. It is an amazing quick snack that tastes great!

3. Patat 

What is Patat? It is just a different name for a French fries that are served in a paper cone. To make them unique you can choose from huge amount of sauces – approximately 20 flavours or even more!

I had a trouble to decide. I usually don’t eat fries but because it is that famous there I had to taste them. Some examples of the toppings (apart from mayonnaise or BBQ) is knoflook (garlic sauce), peanut sauce, mustard or curry. Interesting!


4. Poffertjes 

They looks like a fluffy pancakes. I didn’t get a chance to test them, however if you are looking for experimenting with something traditional, this is famous!

5. Bitterballen

A savoury deep fried meatballs, a favourite snack but again not healthy so not for me.


Pic by Sara Winter, Dreamstime

6. Waffles 

They are lovely decorated and probably more famous for Belgium. However, you will find them in many places around. They are covered with a toping such as strawberry, chocolate, Nutella or pistachio flavour. 

I have tried these waffles once but they were not warm as I expected! Apart from that, the cover was just solid and very sugary so I was a bit disappointed. Maybe just a wrong choice.



7. Slagroom Soetzen

Not sure if they are traditional dutch food but I bought them just to experiment. They were commonly seen in a shop. It is basically like a fluffy puff filled with whipped cream. Omg, but really tasty!!  

It was kind of addictive. Luckily I can control myself!

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