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Eating Amsterdam with Eating Europe Food Tours

26/10/2015 | By

Get to know the food of Amsterdam, it’s stories and producers with Eating Amsterdam Food Tours

Eating Amsterdam, apple pie

The best apple pie in the world, with a US presidential seal of approval!

Napoleon Bonaparte said ‘an army marches on it’s stomach’ – and so does a food blogger. I’m seldom happier than when travelling with my mouth, getting to know a locale via it’s food and the folk who produce it. Food tours are a rapidly growing sector of local and international tourism and, if you pick the right one, you will have the opportunity to view a destination in an entire, fulfilling and filling, new light.

Cafe Papeneiland, Eating Amsterdam

Home of the best apple pie in the world, the charming interior of Amsterdam’s 400 year old Cafe Papeneiland.

Eating Amsterdam, Dutch poffertjes

Delicious poffertjes

I’ve been lucky enough to do a couple of Eating Europe’s sensational Eating Italy tours (find out more here and here) so when I was offered the opportunity to check out one of their Eating Amsterdam food tours I was dead keen.

This was my first visit to The Netherlands and Amsterdam and I had deliberately planned our recent Europe trip for late September/early October in the hopes that we’d miss out on the bulk of the tourist crowds. Unfortunately that was not to be, as the European shoulder season for tourists is now almost as popular as peak times. As a result Amsterdam was crowded and, at times, it’s charms were hard to see through the bustle of foot, bicycle and vehicle traffic, but our Eating Amsterdam tour took us away from most of that into the relatively quieter residential neighbourhood of  The Jordaan.

Fried plantain from Suriname, Eating Amsterdam

A traditional treat from Suriname – fried plantain with peanut sauce – sweet and delicious!

Eating Amsterdam, traditional Dutch smoked sausage

Traditional Dutch smoked sausages from Louman’s Butchers, who have been on the same site since 1890.

Louman's Butchers, Eating Amsterdam

The Jordaan is a 17th century quarter in Amsterdam whose name is believed to be derived from the French word for garden, jardin, and many of the streets and canals have botanical names. The area was once staunchly working class and a left-wing bastion but, once property prices began to rise in the 1960’s, many of the residents moved to less expensive districts. The Jordaan is now distinctly gentrified and home to galleries, boutiques and restaurants.

Eating Amsterdam's pickled herring

Almost as Dutch as wooden clogs – pickled herrings. I approached these with much caution, but was very pleasantly surprised by the taste and silky texture!

 

Eating Amsterdam, Dutch fried fish called Kibbeling

Kibbeling, another delicious tradition Dutch seafood treat.

 The Eating Amsterdam food tour takes us on a gentle 3-4 hour walk through the streets of The Jordaan, stopping at some of the historic and significant food spots, meeting the locals in their stores – some of whom have been running family businesses on the same site for generations. We enjoyed everything from the delicious, tiny Dutch pancake-like treat called poffertjes, the very traditional pickled herrings to some surprising snacks from the ex-Dutch colony of Surinam (formerly known as Dutch Guiana and a country I had to look up to locate) and the best apple pie in the world which has a written endorsement from President Bill Clinton! And cheese – of course.

Eating Amsterdam, Dutch cheese.

More cheese Eating Amsterdam

Eating Amsterdam, mature cheese

This sign actually means that this is a slightly more mature cheese!

Eating Europe run tours in Rome, London, Amsterdam and Prague. The tour guides are local food lovers, the groups are limited to small numbers and each tour will take you into a residential neighbourhood and the food stores and cafes where the locals shop and hang – not the tourists. I’ve loved all of their tours, as have the many friends to whom I’ve recommended them. If it’s a great food tour you’re looking for, Eating Europe are definitely your guys.

Lambs’ Ears and Honey was a guest of Eating Europe for her Eating Amsterdam tour.

 

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  1. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    26/10/2015

    That beef looks outstanding and whatever that is in the first photo? I want it. I’d love to take food holidays so fingers crossed one day I’ll be rich and famous. 🙂

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    26/10/2015

    Food tours are the only kinds of tours that I really enjoy! I would love to revisit Amsterdam and do it properly. We only had a few hours there!

  3. Helen | Grab Your Fork
    26/10/2015

    Would love to have proper poffertjes – am sure they’re a world apart from the ones served at food festivals here!

  4. Amanda
    27/10/2015

    Actually Helen, you might be surprised. I’ve only had them here in Adelaide, but there is not much difference in quality with the Dutch ones.

  5. Nagi@RecipeTinEats
    30/01/2016

    I can already feel the European vibe just by looking at your photos. I like the Apple Pie and Kibbeling. Hmm, yummy!

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