Traditional Dutch food is often characterised by rich, hearty dishes and strong, simple flavours. Culinary favourites include Gouda cheese, deep-fried kroketten and stamppot, a simple stew made with potatoes, vegetables and meat. Sweet options include pancakes, liquorice and stroopwafel, wafer-like waffles filled with caramel – a real taste of Amsterdam.
The city also offers a wealth of international restaurants and fantastic places to eat, from small cafés serving traditional Dutch pancakes and stroopwafels to Michelin-starred restaurants, gourmet food halls and markets. Indonesian food also has a long tradition in the city and is very popular, with many restaurants offering a South East Asian twist on classic dishes. Here, we reveal seven of the best foods to try in Amsterdam and the top places to try them.