While the crispy stroopwafel treat may be a famous delicacy from the Netherlands, Amsterdam is redefining the classic waffle, with an increase in the number of cool new eateries offering the snack. Stroopwafels, traditionally composed of two thin waffles with caramel sauce spread in the middle, are a top edible souvenir from Amsterdam, with plenty of bakeries and market stalls selling the renowned dessert. Belgian waffles have also made a big impact on Amsterdam’s dessert scene and many of the city’s top pancake houses offer the dish. Here, you can discover the best places to enjoy waffles in Amsterdam. Whether you are looking for traditional stroopwafels or Korean, American or Belgian waffles, our guide is sure to inspire.
The Happy Pig
The Happy Pig offers an impressive selection of Belgian sugar waffles alongside its classic pancake menu. Made from 80% organic ingredients, it’s a great way to indulge in the dessert. Topping options are vast and range from chocolate hazelnut sauce to home-made French salted butter caramel sauce, ham or whipped cream. Space inside is limited but waffles are best eaten on the go!
The Happy Pig, Rosmarijnsteeg 12, 1012 RP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 737 0206
Staring at Jacob
Those looking for an American brunch bar in the heart of Amsterdam should head to Staring at Jacob. The menu specialises in reinventing cult brunch classics, with dishes such as French toast with banana bread, seasonal fruits and meringue, and okonomiyaki Japanese pancakes with cabbage and Kewpie mayo. The brunch bar also offers the Rasco, a special waffle topped with fried chicken, scrambled egg, maple syrup and butter.
Staring at Jacob, Jacob Van Lennepkade 215, 1054 ZP Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 223 7498
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels has reinvented the traditional stroopwafel, recreating the Dutch speciality with exciting sweet twists. The gourmet destination makes the waffles fresh on-site and guests are able to choose from a variety of tempting toppings, from Oreo to M&Ms, marshmallows to pistachios. With hot drinks also available, this is a great place to refuel after a day exploring the city.
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels, Kalverstraat 190, 1012 XH Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 2132 9751
Located in the Amsterdam Oost area, Eastside is a cool neighbourhood spot frequented by locals who want their brunch fix. The restaurant is also popular with those looking to try its famous chicken and waffles, a tempting combination of deep-fried boneless chicken thigh on top of Belgian waffles, topped with a fried egg and maple syrup. With butter also on the side, this is the perfect daytime treat for those who explored Amsterdam’s nightlife the evening before.
Eastside, Sumatrastraat 47, 1094 LN Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 341 3308
Venture a short way from central Dam Square and you’ll find Cut Throat barbers and cafe. Offering a slightly unusual combination of world-class barber shop and quality barista-made coffee, the place also makes some of the best waffles in the city. The New Zealand-style brunch hotspot offers a decadent revival of both sweet and savoury waffles. Choose a classic dish of southern-style fried chicken and cheddar waffles, with apple and celery slaw and maple syrup drizzle or, for a seriously indulgent sweet take, opt for the Red Velvet. With southern-style chicken, streaky bacon and caramelised banana served on a red velvet waffle with maple caramel sauce, this is a far cry from a simple waffle and sauce.
Cut Throat, Beursplein 5, 1012 JV Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 2534 3769