Amsterdam is an amazing city with so many foodie experiences, from the delicious Amsterdam Foodhallen to The Avocado Show and speciality Indonesian restaurants, there is something for everyone. But one thing Amsterdam does incredible well is dessert! Think baked apples, an abundance of cinnamon and plenty of caramel. If you’re not drooling already then check out our top 5 Dutch desserts, I can guarantee there is something to get everyone’s taste buds tingling!
Stroopwafels are a Dutch classic and our favourite Dutch cookie! They are made from thin waffles stuffed with caramel, but the Stroopwafels at Van Wonderen go the extra mile. They are coated in chocolate and topped with delicious toppings including:
- Crushed Hazelnut
- Kletskop (a Dutch almond cookie)
They are made fresh to order, served warm and in our opinion are one of the most satisfying Dutch desserts available! They are also seriously Instagramable. The icing on the cake is that Van Wonderen Stroopwafels is located in the 9 streets, our favourite area and a place you have to visit whilst your in Amsterdam.
- Apple Tart
Great apple tart can be found all over Amsterdam and Winkle 43 is famous for making this Dutch speciality to perfection! They are located next to the Noordemarket, an organic food market, so you can hit two foodie spots at once. There is always a que out the door but trust us it’s worth the wait …
The bakers here will often work overtime and continue working into the night, especially to make sure they have enough tarts to feed the hungry weekend crowd. Their apple tart is made with super buttery pastry, plenty of apple and a good helping of sultanas and cinnamon, we recommend you have it with a good dollop of whipped cream and a cappuccino.
- Miniature Tarts – Petit Gateau
Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city with a range of cultures and influences and the next sweet treat on our list celebrates just that.
Petit Gateau is a family run French patisserie, and they make the most incredible miniature tarts, a trip to Amsterdam isn’t complete with out trying one! They have a few stores in the city but we visited their stand at the Amsterdam Food Hallen, a great place to sample some of the best food in the city for dinner or lunch. They have 2 other stores in the city, Haarlemmerstraat 80 and Bethovenstraat 90. If you really love pastry, you can even attend pastry making classes at their flagship Haarlemmerstraat store.
As you probably already know the Dutch are famous for their pancakes (pannekoeken) and a thin savoury pancake is perfect for lunch. But don’t miss out on another Dutch speciality, poffertjes!
Poffertjes are best describes as baby pancake puffs, they are soft and fluffy and best served in the traditional way, with lashings of powdered sugar and a few good dollops of butter.
There are plenty of good places to get poffertjes across the city including Noordemarkt on Saturdays or the Albert Cuypmarkt, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. But we loved the Poffertjes at De Vier Pilaren, a traditional Dutch Pancake house located near the east side of Vondel Park
- Chilli Hot Chocolate – Chocolatl
Amsterdam can be a cold city and one of the best ways to warm up is with a chilli hot chocolate, now before you think I’m mad chilli seriously enhances the flavour of the chocolate and needs to be on your must try list!
Chocolatl is one of our favourite places for several reasons, not only is it a great chocolate shop with a knowledgeable owner, but you also get to create your very own hot chocolate. The owner will give you a selection of some of the best chocolate from across the world to sample, you then get to pick which strength chilli you would like, and he will recommend what he think works best. Believe me just trust him… he knows his chocolate!