Forget about the calories and treat yourself to a plate of 'POFFERTJES' small, fluffy pancakes with lots of butter and powder sugar...the Dutch have been loving this since the 1800's. Enjoy it with some freshly brewed coffees or teas at a former canal house alongside the Prinsengracht
The French call it 'charcuterie' , the Dutch say 'worst en vleeswaren' and for the best, like OSSENWORST, we have to be at Slagerij Louman. This family run butcher shop, with Mr Frans Louman now in charge, has been in business since 1890 and is world famous in Amsterdam for its' Ossenworst, Rookvlees, Grillworst and Kruidnagelworst. You are going to taste it all!
Our food heroes Michel and Jorrit are members of a fishmonger family that started its' first fish shop in the 1920's so they really knows their fish. Eat their HERRING and KIBBELING (fried cod pieces) and you will want to come back to this place over and over again. Not to forget, we also have a special drink for you made from something that is very Dutch..
You might have had your GOUDA CHEESES at home but we are pretty sure we will still amaze you with our cheese tasting. Because we will serve you the true farmhouse Gouda cheeses from small local producers that are so good the Dutch keep most of it to themselves. Have your shopping bag ready to buy some more on the tour, Jan-Willem and Onki will be happy to serve you!
Meet Opa Tiel, owner of the most beautiful 'bruine café' in Amsterdam located in a 450 years old building. When he started his café 52 years ago his grandmother gave him her recipe that is still being used today for a homemade APPELTAART that made Bill Clinton come back for it twice!
Crafted beer and snacks
If you say BITTERBALLEN you also say BIER.. This classic combination of hot, savoury, breaded meat ragout balls and a local crafted beer can be best enjoyed at Restaurant Boca's , a favourite hang out for locals who like to have a relaxed and 'gezellige' atmosphere. Fair change you will go back to this place to enjoy their platters of delicious food to share with your friends and family!
The Dutch ruled the seas in the 17th century and their merchant ships brought back spices like cinnamon, glove and nutmeg that are still widely used in traditional Dutch food. Our food culture is also influenced by the cuisine of former colonies such as Indonesia and Suriname. Take a pick from the Dutch-Indonesian 'RIJSTTAFEL' with Sate Ajam (grilled chicken skewer), Peanut sauce, Kroepoek and Ajar.
The Dutch love their cookies and the STROOPWAFEL is the ultimate classic one. It all started in the Dutch town of Gouda (yes, like the cheese) around a 150 years ago and they can be found everywhere. But be aware they come in many varieties and qualities, we will make sure you will have the best ones and learn you a trick how to enjoy them even more.
THE ALL DUTCH FOOD & HISTORY TOUR
This is the tour to choose if you want to find out everything there is to know about Amsterdam and Dutch cuisine. At no less than 8 food stops we will treat you to all the classics, including herring, Gouda cheese, bitterballen and authentic Dutch apple pie (appeltaart) and we will add a little spice from the east with a taste of the Indonesian ‘rijsttafel’. Take your pick of the locally brewed artisan beers or you might want to try one of the many Dutch ‘jenevers’ (gins). We will tell you about Amsterdam’s early beginnings and how, in the 17th century, this city was able to expand to one of the most powerful and, without a doubt, most beautiful cities of the world. It will come as no surprise to you that our food history was significantly influenced by this development. We will stay clear of the crowded inner-city and show you the beauty and tranquility of the 17th-century Jordaan with it’s quant houses, many colorful flower baskets and tree-shaded canals. But amidst all this glorious history we do not forget to show you the splendor of present-day Amsterdam. We will introduce you and your fellow to its local residents and our ‘food heroes’, the small local businesses who provide us with their superb food. Our guides will take the time to answer all your questions and give you the best tips on the most beautiful places to visit and which restaurants the locals frequent. Also with our ‘After Tour Guide’ with over 70 food and drink recommendations you will be sorted for the rest of your stay in our magnificent city.
“The Amsterdam food tour was an amazing way to experience the food and culture in an informative, relaxed and fun way.”BreanneUnited States
“Wow - what an incredible tour! Our only regret is that we didn’t do it on our first day as we would have been far more knowledgeable about Amsterdam.”DeanneCanada
“Fabulous tour! It was so well done, took you to some amazing local places, really gave you a feel for the community and culture of the area and the people.”LizbethUnited States
“The food was great, the tour was great and I couldn't imagine going to Amsterdam without this tour. ”MatthewUnited States
“This tour deserves all the praise its gets. Its a wonderful introduction to Amsterdam and the Dutch food. Really really great.”LornaEngland
MEET OUR TOUR GUIDES
He knows much about many things. A history buff, who knows and loves his food like no other and he's a private chef as well, just for the fun of it.
This man is synonymous with Amsterdam. He is an art historian and artist, who knows everything there is to know about cheese making and living the good life.
Chef to Michelin-starred restaurants, this guide with Indonesian roots is our culinary conscience with an enviable amount of talent.
You'll be hard pressed to find an Amsterdam restaurant that this socially committed chef hasn't cooked in.
Historian and storyteller par excellence. If he doesn't know, we are in trouble.