What will we eat in Amsterdam?  Good question and not one that I had a ready answer to.  That was how we came to spend our first morning in wandering around the Jordaan area on an Eating Amsterdam Food Tour.

Amsterdam Food Tour

We started off in a typical brown bar, the Café de Prins on the Prinsengracht Canal.  Our guide introduced us to our fellow tour members over a cup of coffee and a plate of poffertjes.  Poffertjes are tiny round pancakes served with syrup, they were so tasty that we returned to Café de Prins later for another plateful and devoted a fair amount of time for searching for a pan in which to make them at home.

The Jordaan is a pretty area to the west of the Prinsengracht home to many Amsterdamers and away from the main tourist haunts.  Given that there is so much water in the Netherlands, it is only natural that fish appears on the menu.  First of all we tried brined herring eaten with chopped onions and gherkin, I wasn’t sure how the teens would take to this but they liked it so much that they came back for seconds and thirds.  The grown ups in the party washed the herring down with a shot of tulip vodka.  Yes, you did read that correctly, tulip vodka: it was very smooth and round in a strong vodkaery way.

Beer is the alcoholic drink of choice in the Netherlands.  We visited a bar for a glass of craft beer accompanied by bitterballen.  Bitterballen look like mini scotch eggs and are eaten dipped in mustard.  Before you bite in beware, the contents are very, very hot.  In fact, when you bite in you release a jet of steam. To be honest I’m not sure that even without burning my tongue bitterballen are something that I would rush back to try again.

Dutch cheese is famous the world over, we stopped to sample some that were a world away from the red rinded Edam that you can buy in British supermarkets.  My own favourite was laced with cumin seeds.  Next stop was for sausages, cold sausages and hot ones.  Not like the British banger but more along frankfurter lines but delicious nevertheless.

Our final stop was in another brown bar for a slice of Dutch Apple Pie.  When I make apple pie, I stew the fruit first but here the apples were sliced and then baked at the same time as the pastry.  Now I’m home, finding a recipe is top of my to do list.

Taking an Amsterdam Food Tour was the ideal way to spend our first morning, we ate so much that none of us needed to eat again that day, not bad when you have two permanently hungry teens in tow.  Afterwards we went for a canal cruise to rest our weary legs and to slowly digest all that fantastic food.


  • Eating Amsterdam Tours depart Tuesday – Saturday at 11am
  • Tours last around three hours
  • Cost: Adult €79, 13-17 year olds €69, child €45
  • You need to book
  • Wear comfortable shoes, you cover a lot of ground
  • Come hungry, there is lots of food

DISCLAIMER: Eating Europe gave me my Amsterdam Food Tour but my husband and children paid for their tours.  I have previously been on their Brick Lane Food Tour which you can read about here.



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  1. September 8, 2017 / 11:05 am

    All the cheese! Yum 🙂

    • September 12, 2017 / 8:42 am

      I’m converted to food Tours now, a brilliant way to discover a new place

  2. September 11, 2017 / 11:14 am

    Great to read that you and your family enjoyed our local food, Catherine! I do think the tour is very expensive, but we Dutch are known to be cheap, haha. And of course everything touristy is expensive in Amsterdam… #MondayEscapes

    • September 12, 2017 / 8:45 am

      When you factor in the fact that it is both a tour and a huge meal it doesn’t look so expensive, we didn’t eat for the rest of the day as we were so stuffed.

  3. September 11, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    I really want to do a food tour. It seems like a great way to get to know the local cuisine. I think the cheese sounds the most appealing out of all the food you mentioned because, really, you can never have too much cheese. #MondayEscapes

    • September 12, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Cheese is always a winner!

  4. September 14, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Yum! Love that the kids liked the herring. I would love to try the tulip vodka but I am always tempted by poffertjes! Thanks for joining #FarawayFiles

  5. afamilydayout
    September 14, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I’d forgotten all about Poffertjes until you mentioned them here. We ate plenty of them when we visited Amsterdam a few years ago. Didn’t taste any tulip vodka though, and not sure I’d want to! #farawayfiles

    • September 14, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      It was surprisingly smooth!

  6. September 15, 2017 / 12:45 am

    What a fun tour! We also had apple pie in Amsterdam, and while my husband enjoyed it quite a bit I wasn’t sure… I loved the cheese and the bitterballen though I can do without the mustard. Overall I thought the food in Amsterdam was pretty good! I really liked the Jordaan Neighborhood! #farawayfiles

  7. September 15, 2017 / 1:49 am

    I’ve always wanted to do a food tour, not sure why we haven’t yet. Looks like you did yours properly with a shot of vodka! #farawayfiles

  8. Ruth
    September 15, 2017 / 4:17 am

    You reminded me that I have not done a food tour in quite some time. I need to do one ASAP. I have heard about the Jordaan in Amsterdam. Seems like a neighborhood ideal for those who want to eat like kings and queens. #FarawayFiles

    • September 15, 2017 / 10:56 pm

      Food tours are such a good way of discovering a new place

  9. September 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    Sounds like fun, I’d love to try a food tour, it might even encourage my kids to be more adventurous in their eating habits.. Those bitterballen sound interesting!

    • September 15, 2017 / 10:49 pm

      Interesting is the word, I need to work on my technique for eating them!

  10. Clare Thomson
    September 18, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    Yum! I’m always up for a food tour and think it’s a fabulous option for hungry teenagers. My kids love their food so I can see them really enjoying this – especially the pancakes! Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

    • September 19, 2017 / 4:07 pm

      Cultural and teen friendly, what could be better?!

  11. September 21, 2017 / 9:18 am

    YUM! Super fun way to get kids to try things a bit outside their box. I’ve tried Dutch herrings and love them – but I think I’ve been Scandi conditioned to that! As for the apple pie – we don’t pre cook our apples either. About that time of year to dust off the fall apple recipes – thanks for the reminder! Thanks for sharing this yummy post with #FarawayFiles, Erin

  12. November 28, 2017 / 11:19 am

    I wish I’d done this when I went to Amsterdam, sounds like a fun way of exploring Amsterdam’s foodie side! My dishes of choice there were…chips and waffles! Although we did have some amazing pancakes too! #citytripping

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Who can resist chips and waffles?

  13. November 28, 2017 / 12:42 pm

    One of these days I’d love to try a food tour when we travel. They sound like a great way to get to know the food culture. The food in Amsterdam sounds amazing. I especially love the idea of the Dutch Apple Pie. #citytripping

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      We are converts to the food tour now

  14. November 28, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    We live in Delft and get up to Amsterdam every now and again. This food tour looks great. We love doing food tours when we are traveling so I need to go check this one out! #CityTripping

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      We visited Delft and loved it

  15. November 28, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I love food walking tours – they’re one of my favourite things to do in a city: exploring, getting to discover more of the culture and history through the food, an insider to question AND lots to eat. The cumin cheese sounds amazing, although I can definitely live without herrings in almost any form. But tulip vodka is now on my list to try one day. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

    • November 28, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      We thought the teens would recoil from the herring …. all goes to slow that teens are full of surprises!

  16. November 29, 2017 / 5:41 pm

    We really enjoyed the food in Amsterdam and also had apple pie! I had no idea it was thing there, but my husband was so happy because pie is his favorite! #citytripping

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