Satisfying Spots in Amsterdam to Try Dutch Favorites

Sightseeing can be tiring. What better way to re-energize yourself than with a bit of snacking throughout the day? Amsterdam is brimming with plenty of places to stop along the way for a quick break, providing the perfect opportunity to try a few Dutch fast food favorites.

The Albert Cuypmarkt is one of the best places to try typical Dutch treats. As you stroll down the Albert Cuypstraat, be sure to make a few food pit stops. The Vlaardingse Haringhandel, a herring stand, is located near the Ferdinand Bolstraat. Herring season starts in the late spring, but the fish is available year round. In the heart of the market, you’ll pass by sweet waffles, powdered sugar poffertjes (tiny pancakes) and mouthwatering stroopwafels. You also have plenty of opportunities to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, olives, cheeses and meats. Near the Van Woustraat, you’ll find even more delicious snacks: Spanish churros, Vietnamese loempias and fries.

The FEBO, known for its hole-in-the-wall vending machine concept, is the best establishment to try a kroket or frikadel. Fry lovers will definitely want to visit Vleminckx or Manneken Pis. Ijscuypje rotates its products seasonally. In the summer months, Ijscuypje serves creamy, delicious ice cream, and in the wintertime, stamppot, a Dutch classic made with mashed potatoes and vegetables. There are even a few hot dog stands scattered throughout the city. Amsterdam is a foodie’s paradise. Eet smakelijk!




Wok to Walk is a great place if you're searching for something fresh and filling. The concept is simple. You first must decide whether you want noodles or rice. You can choose from egg noodles, whole-wheat noodles, rice noodles, Udon noodles,...  Read More



Ijscuypje serves two Dutch favorites, depending on the season. In the summer months, you can stop by for a big scoop of your favorite ice cream. Perhaps you love the classics, such as vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate or mocha. Maybe you're feeling a...  Read More



The Dutch like their pancakes, but they may love their poffertjes even more. Poffertjes are tiny bite-sized pancakes covered with powdered sugar. Take a break from shopping at the Albert Cuypmarkt. Be sure to stop and enjoy these tasty...  Read More



Doner kebabs are delicious any time of day: for lunch, dinner or as a late-night, post-drinking snack. The Dutch love to eat this food on the run because it is quick, affordable and easy to eat. Doner kebabs are Turkish, but this type of food is...  Read More



Frens Haringhandel is a family-owned fish stand situated on the Koningsplein, right in the heart of Amsterdam. The business, which is owned and operated by the Frens family, has been around for quite a long time and has been in this location for...  Read More

Old City Centre/New Side


Manneken Pis on the Damrak is famous for its Flemish fries, actually made from Dutch potatoes. After one bite, you'll be in fry heaven. The schanulleke is a perfect snack size portion, while urbanus is better for lunch. The obelix is absolutely...  Read More



There is something comforting about fries. Between their salty exterior and warm, delicious inside, it is hard not to love this tasty snack. Fries are definitely a Dutch favorite. Therefore, fries are another food item you should add to your...  Read More

Vlaardingse Haringhandel
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Most people have heard about the Dutch and their herring. They picture people grabbing the herring by its tail, tilting their heads back and gobbling it up. Don't worry; you don't need to do that. Today, herring is usually served in slices. You...  Read More

Old City Centre/Old Side


You may have seen these establishments scattered around town, the ones with an open storefront and food in a wall. This is the FEBO, a Dutch staple. Here is how it works. First, you must decide what type of treat you would like to try. If you...  Read More

Original Stroopwafels Stand at the Albert Cuypmarkt
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If you only have time to try one treat off the street, make sure to order a fresh, homemade stroopwafel. This melt-in-your-mouth delicious Dutch specialty is a piece of heaven in food form. The stand is in the heart of the Albert Cuypmarkt, near...  Read More


Meet Jessica Lipowski

Jessica has fallen in love with the Netherlands. She moved in 2011, seizing an opportunity to live abroad, a long-time dream.

In May 2016, she published a non-fiction book, "Flavors of...  More About Jessica