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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Amsterdam is complete without tasting the traditional Amsterdam food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Amsterdam to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses

  • Boerenkoolstamppot: potatoes, kale and succulent smoked sausage.
  • Dutch Rabbit: rabbit, salt, pepper, butter, water, onion, bouquet garni.
  • Fricassee: stewed dish typically made with poultry, cooked in white gravy.
  • Hachee: traditional Dutch stew based on diced meat, fish or bird, and vegetables.
  • Hete bliksem: boiled potatoes and green apples, served with "stroop" (syrup) or tossed with diced speck.
  • Hutspot: dish of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots and onions.
  • Jachtschotel: potatoes, meat, onion, butter, apples, breadcrumbs, pepper and ground cloves.
  • Slavinken: beef and pork wrapped in bacon, and cooked in butter or vegetable oil.
  • Stamppot: traditional Dutch dish made from a combination of potatoes mashed with one or several other vegetables, sometimes also with bacon.
  • Vijfschaft: a dish made with beans, vegetable and sausage.
  • Zomerse stoofschotel: summer stew made with baby carrots, green beans, celery, potatoes and cheese.


Fast food

  • Kaassouflé: fried puff pastry dough with a small amount of cheese in the center.
  • Kibbeling: small chunks of battered white fish.
  • Kroket: deep-fried meat ragout covered in breadcrumbs.

Street food

  • Herring & Herb Relish: made with chopped herring and onions, olive oil and parsley.
  • Oliebol: variety of deep-fried dumpling, made from flour, eggs, yeast, milk, baking powder and usually sultanas, currants, raisins or apple pieces.
  • Patat Oorlog: dutch fries with mayonnaise and peanut sauce.
  • Stroopwafel: a waffle made from two thin layers of baked batter with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Anijsmelk: aniseed milk.
  • Hot chocolate: heated beverage typically consisting of shaved chocolate, melted chocolate buds or cocoa powder, heated milk or water, and sugar.
  • Koffie verkeerd: the Dutch version of a "Café au Lait".
  • Slemp: milk, tea, cinnamon, cloves, saffron, sugar.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Advocaat: rich and creamy liqueur made from eggs, sugar and brandy.
  • Amstel: a Dutch beer.
  • Beerenburg: a Dutch drink, made by adding herbs to jenever, with about 30% alcohol.
  • Boerenmeisjes: brandied apricots.
  • Citroenpunch: rum, arak or cognac, sugar, water, lemon peel, lemons.
  • Grolsch: a famous beer in the Netherlands.
  • Heineken: 5% abv pale lager.
  • Hippocras: wine mixed with sugar and spices, most notably cinnamon, and possibly heated.
  • Jenever: juniper-flavored and strongly alcoholic traditional liquor of the Netherlands.

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