Netherlandish Nibbles: 7 Dutch Delicacies to Try in Amsterdam

Seek out these flavourful treats


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Amsterdam has established itself as a real foodie destination. Filled with fantastic eateries, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. To get a real flavour of Dutch cuisine while in Amsterdam, look no further than these delicious delicacies. Found across the city in markets and bakeries, theyโ€™ll make the perfect accompaniment to busy days of sightseeing.ย ย 

1. Poffertjes

Nothing beats these small, fluffy Dutch pancakes. Made with yeast and buckwheat flour, they resemble the diner staple of American pancakes. The name means โ€˜brothers,โ€™ and comes from a recipe developed by the Dutch catholic church many centuries ago. Theyโ€™re cooked in a special pan known as a poffertjespan to ensure perfect pancakes every time, and traditionally served with powdered sugar and butter, or syrup and advocaat. Thereโ€™s a savoury version too that comes with gouda cheese.
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bowl of Dutch pancakes coated in sugar

2. Kroket

These crispy treats are a ubiquitous sight in Amsterdam. Theyโ€™re similar to the French dish croquette, but with a unique Netherlands twist. Filled with either lamb or beef ragout, a form of stew, mixed with mashed potato, theyโ€™re then covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. The dish is thought to have been introduced during the Dutch colonial rule of Indonesia, where itโ€™s a popular snack. Perfect finger food, you can find it at one of the many fast food vending machines (FEBO) in the city.
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three Krokets3. Bitterballen

Swap the usual bar snack of crisps or peanuts for these Dutch staples. Much like the Kroket these deep fried delights contain a beef ragout, though here itโ€™s mixed with a gravy. They get their name from the bitter drinks they were often served alongside, but today go well with a cold pint. Thereโ€™s also vegetarian versions on offer, ensuring that anyone can stave off those evening munchies.
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a plate of bitterbalen with mustard dip4. Patatje Oorlog

Need some sustenance for a busy day of sightseeing? Grab a cone of the carb-filled Patatje Oorlog from one of Amsterdamโ€™s street vendors. The dish consists of crispy french fries topped with mayo, raw onions, and spicy satay sauce. The combination of flavours has made this a firm favourite amongst visitors to Amsterdam. Serve alongside a Kroket for the perfect street food snack.
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a cone of patatje oorlog5. Stroopwafel

In recent years these waffles have made their way into supermarkets in Amsterdam and beyond, but the best Stroopwafels are freshly baked. Consisting of two thin baked waffles joined with caramel, these are incredible moreish. Warm Stroopwafels have been a Dutch staple since the 18th century, and can now be found in many of Amsterdamโ€™s markets.
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a heart shaped stroopwafel

6. Bossche Bol

Craving something sweet? Look no further than the iconic Bossche Bol, which are chocolate glazed profiteroles. Theyโ€™re about the size of a tennis ball, and the combination of brittle chocolate and cream filling makes them a notoriously messy eat. The dish gets its name from the city of โ€˜s-Hertogenbosch, where it originated. Since the early 20th century it has become a national staple, and itโ€™s very easy to see why.
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a bossche bol cut in half7. Speculaas

If youโ€™re in Amsterdam during the festive season, youโ€™ll have no trouble finding these spiced biscuits. Theyโ€™re traditionally baked for St Nicholasโ€™s Day (5th December), and have intricate designs pressed onto them. Speculaas are crispy, and packed with flavour. Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are just some of the spices included in the recipe. Donโ€™t miss out of the smashed speculaas spreads also available.
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speculaas biscuits tied with string


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