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What to Eat in Amsterdam on Your River Cruise

best places to eat amsterdamStopping in Amsterdam and wondering what to eat? Here’s a guide to the best eats on your port stop!

People who enjoy cruise vacations get excited about the opportunity to experience international cuisine. If you are going to Amsterdam, you will love experiencing the delicious Dutch cuisine this charming country has to offer. At we want to be sure you enjoy some of the most popular Dutch foods, so check out the following list.

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What To Eat In Amsterdam

The best places to eat in Amsterdam are everywhere, and many of them are close to your river cruise ports. There are restaurants and Amsterdam street food stalls offering delicious specialties all around the city. Whether your cruise begins or ends in Amsterdam, you’ll want to try these delicious Dutch specialties.

  • Broodje Haring is a raw herring specialty that is chopped into chunks and served topped out with onions and pickles. Toothpicks are used for picking up the chunks and eating. You can also get it in a roll for easier eating. You find food stalls within walking distance from your ship.
  • Poffertjes and Stroopwafels are sweet gastronomical delights that will have you collecting recipes. Poffertjes are yummy and puffy little bite-sized pancakes. They are topped with butter and powdered sugar. Enjoy variety buy trying ones stuffed with raisins or apples. You can also have jam or Nutella toppings. Most local markets have Poffertjes stands. Skip the packaged store versions of stroopwafels and go for the hot and fresh ones at the stands. Two thin waffle layers with syrup oozing out of the middle is a delicious taste treat.
  • Frites are not something scary. They are the Dutch style of French Fries. Served in a paper cone, Frites can be topped with mayonnaise (traditional Dutch), satay sauce (made from peanuts), and other delicious options. You can find frite stands at most markets plus at many takeout windows.
  • Oliebollen is another popular Dutch sweet treat and made during the holiday season. It’s a sweet ball of dough, deep-fried and served plain, or topped with powdered sugar, raisins, or apples. Oliebollen stands start appearing in mid-November and remain through the end of December. January first they are gone. It’s a tradition to eat Oliebollen on New Year’s eve, and the stands are found all over the city.
  • FEBO is a place to get quick premade and ready to eat food. Fresh cooked hot snacks are behind rows of little glass doors. Is probably not the healthiest option as most of snacks are deep-fried, but it is a delicious option. The most popular snack is kroketten (croquettes) which are a deep-fried salty and crunchy snack. FEBO outlets are located all over Amsterdam with one only a few minutes walk from the river cruise port.

A cruise to Amsterdam is an exciting experience, and here at, we’ve put together a list of upcoming cruises for you to look through. We hope you’ll find one that fits your vacation time table.

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