If you feel are ready for a gastronomic spectacle in a Michelin-starred restaurant, Restaurant 212 is the place to go. This restaurant, located in the city centre, opened its doors in January 2018 and is owned by two chefs that used to cook at Bord’Eau (two […]
Located at a former car park in Amsterdam Noord, you can find this restaurant called Hangar. It has a very stylish interior with round shapes made from corrugated iron plates, which gives it an industrial but warm and cosy atmosphere. The chef already cooked at […]
I guess typical Dutch snacks can not be called healthy. But it is really worth it to try some of them:
Drop: liquorice, a candy flavoured with the extract of the roots of the liquorice plant. We just love that stuff.
Kroket: a croquette filled with meat. The best one is found at Patisserie Holtkamp, but traditionally we get them out of the machine at FEBO (named after the FErdinand BOlstraat, where the first FEBO was located and still is). Eat it with mustard!
Bitterballen: sphere-shaped croquettes filled with meat. We love to eat them dipped in mustard, while drinking beer in a bar. The art is not to put a whole bitterbal at once in your mouth as they are served freaking hot. Have a small bite, wait, blow and enjoy the rest 🙂
Stroopwafel: a waffle made of two thin layers of baked dough with caramel-filling inside. You can buy them in a supermarket but it is so much nicer to go to the Albert Cuypmarket and buy them freshly made.
Hagelslag: chocolate sprinkles we use as a sandwich topping.
Beschuit met muisjes: it is a Dutch tradition for parents to serve beschuit met muisjes (rusk with a topping of coloured aniseeds) when a baby is born. The aniseeds are blue and white when the baby is a boy, and pink and white when the baby is a girl.
Haring: eating herring is very popular in The Netherlands. Most people think we eat it raw, but it is a legal requirement to freeze the fish for at least 24 hours before consumption (to kill parasites). According to the owner of the herring stall at the Albert Cuyp market it is an old Jewish tradition to cut the fish into bite-sized pieces, that’s why the fish is sold this way in Amsterdam. It is garnished with onions, pickles and a cocktail stick with a small Dutch flag.
The best herring is called ‘Hollandse Nieuwe‘. It is the first herring of the season and it contains at least 16% fat. It is caught between mid May and the end of June. Traditionally, the first barrel of Hollandse Nieuwe is sold at an auction and the money goes to charity (sometimes its price goes up to € 90.000)
The best experience is to eat your herring at a herring stall, but you can go to fish shops as well. You can find herring stalls throughout the whole city of Amsterdam, but here are a few recommendations.
Oliebol: deep fried dough with raisins. These sphere-shaped sweet treats are traditionally eaten on New Year’s Eve, but during winter they are sold in mobile stalls as well. They are served with powdered sugar.
Poffertjes: batter treats that are very popular on summer festivals, but also during winter. They look like small pancakes and the best way to eat them is with powdered sugar and butter.
Kruidnoten: we eat these small sweets traditionally during our Sinterklaas festivity. They are made with the same ingredients as speculaas. Lots of Dutch people think they are called pepernoten, since these are also eaten during Sinterklaas.
Pepernoten: small sweats made of rye flower, sugar and anise, Pepernoten and kruidnoten are usually thrown in handfuls through rooms during Sinterklaas and kids will run around to collect them.
From November 30th until January 21st, Amsterdam Light Festival will illuminate the center of Amsterdam. It is an annual light art festival where you can see 35 artworks from various international artists in our streets and canals. All the light art installations are exclusively made for this festival. One […]
From November 15th to 26th, Amsterdam will transforms itself again into the international documentary capital of the world. IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) offers an alternative to mass entertainment and uniformity. The festival welcomes some 2.500 international documentary professionals during eleven days of films, industry events, panel […]
On November 4th, all museums in the city are open until 2 am. You can enjoy music, fashion, theatre, art and movies while having a drink. The event attracts about 26.000 visitors every year. One ticket gives you entrance to basically all (more than 50) museums. For more information: www.museumnacht.nl
By photographing the black lesbian and transgender community in South Africa, Zanele Muholi wants to portrait what living in a homophobic society looks like from an insider-position. At the exhibition (at Stedelijk Museum) you will see a series of transgenders as well as self-portraits in […]
In the city centre of Amsterdam you can visit our Royal Zoo Artis. It is the oldest zoo in The Netherlands and one of the oldest zoos of Europe. During summer they open every Saturday night and extra activities are being organised (concerts, workshops etc). To visit the zoo you have to buy a ticket but if you just want to sit down and relax you can go to Artisplein (a charming square, free access), grab a chair and watch the flamingos. More information: www.artis.nl