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Snert tastes about a billion times better than it sounds. This thick pea soup, handed down through generations, feels a bit like a hug from your granny. Hearty and healthy, snert is the perfect light lunch on a chilly winter day.
If soup isn’t enough to keep you going, grab an order of bitterballen. These are crispy deep-fried meatballs usually dipped in mustard served in every self-respecting Dutch bar.
The idea of raw herring makes many people want to run a mile, but the reality is much more tasty than you would imagine.
You’ll find haringhandels (herring carts) across the city, serving up raw herring in a small sandwich with onions and pickles. You’ll either love it or struggle to swallow it - there’s only one way to find out.
You could also try patatje oorlog, thick-cut Dutch fries smothered with peanut satay sauce, mayo and onions. It’s still bordering on strange, but is slightly less intimidating.
The Dutch do sweet stodge in delicious tooth-aching style.
Perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up, poffertjes are little pancake puffs of Dutch heaven topped with a dollop of butter, while stroopwafels are two waffles stuck together with caramel syrup.
Whatever you do, be sure to order appeltaart (apple pie) served with a big blob of slagroom (whipped cream). It’s the ultimate Dutch comfort food.
Indonesian restaurants are the Dutch equivalent of British curry houses. Indonesia was part of the Dutch East Indies until 1949 and the flavours of the islands made their way to the Netherlands in a big way.
Indonesian restaurants are a dime a dozen in Amsterdam, so you won’t have to go far to find one. Order a rijstaffel (rice table), a parade of small tapas-style dishes.
Beyond street snacks, sugar fixes and snert, Amsterdam is a city packed with endless gourmet options. If you’re after the ultimate gastronomic getaway, you’ll find at least 10 Michelin-starred restaurants on your doorstep, several offering cutting-edge cuisine against a dreamy canal backdrop.
Looking for post-dinner liveliness? Find out everything you need to know on our Amsterdam nightlife page.