It doesn’t matter if you go to Amsterdam to enjoy world-class museums, wander around the canals or to smoke some…anyway, it’s good to know where you can find the best dutch desserts Amsterdam has to offer.
We went to Amsterdam for a weekend city break, and while walking around the city, we tried some of the best traditional Dutch Desserts you can get there.
As usual, this will be the list of desserts you should definitely consider to try during your visit to Amsterdam, including what I believe are the best places where to get them.
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The first dessert you just can’t miss while you are visiting Amsterdam is Poffertjes or Dutch mini pancakes. They are made with yeast and buckwheat flour, baked in the special Poffertjes pan and have a light, spongy texture.
Poffertjes are particularly popular as street food during holidays, summer festivals and Christmas markets but one of the best you can find all year long in Amsterdam is at the Albert Cyup Market.
Luckily our hotel was very close to the market, so we decided to have Poffertjes for breakfast, and it was the best decision. 🙂
The most typical way how to eat poffertjes is with icing sugar and a piece of butter. Simple as that. As usual, there are many crazy toppings like devil’s jam (Nutella) and strawberries, marshmallows, smarties, etc.
Because the original poffertjes were so good, we tried the Nutella and strawberry topping as well.
However, I preferred the classic version as Nutella is just too sweet for me.
Since then, I tried poffertjes in London as well, but it’s just not the same. I believe the magic is in the flour.
Poffertjes - 3€ + 50p for toppings.
Recipes for Dutch apple pie go back to the Middle Ages. An early Dutch cookbook from 1514 documents a recipe for Appeltaerten.
The main ingredients for Dutch apple pie are apples, sugar, and cinnamon but it may also include ingredients such as raisins or almond paste and is usually served with a generous portion of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
During my research, I found out that the best apple pie you can get in Amsterdam should be at the restaurant Winkel 43 in the heart of the Jewish quarter. So we went there, and Apple pie was a blast!
It started raining while we were eating it (summer shower) and it was the best possible atmosphere for eating this delicious warm cake.
I tried some great Apple pies in other restaurants during our stay in Amsterdam, but with my hand on my heart, I can say that Winkel 43 apple pie was unbeatable. Period. End of sentence.
Apple Pie in Winkel 32 - 6.5€
A stroopwafel or "syrup waffle” is another very popular dessert in the Netherlands.
The stroopwafel was first made in Gouda either during the late 18th century or the early 19th century. One story ascribes the invention of the stroopwafel to the baker Gerard Kamphuisen who used leftovers breadcrumbs from his bakery which were sweetened with syrup.
In the 19th century, there were around 100 syrup waffle bakers in Gouda, which was the only city in which they were made until 1870.
They are made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle, and luckily, today you don’t need to travel to Gouda, but you can try fresh Stroopwafels in Amsterdam as well.
During my usual research, I found that one of the best Stroopwafels you can get in Amsterdam are again at the Albert Cyup Market from the stall called Original Stroopwafels. Unfortunately, during my visit, the owner of the stall was on holidays. What luck, right? But good for him 😄
My disappointment didn’t last very long because I went to the van Wonderen Stroopwafels and had a stroopwafel bonanza there.
Although, the place is a little bit too touristy and the toppings on the stroopwafels are accommodated for it (marshmallows, etc.), I found the stroopwafels there pretty tasty. A little bit overpriced, but very tasty.
I tried one at the Albert Cyup Market from the different stall I wrote about above, and van Wonderen ones were much much better.
4€ for the large size is quite a lot. However, it’s the prime location in the city, and the quality is definitely there. You can always go for the less greedy size than me.
The last iconic Dutch dessert is tom pouce. Tom Pouce is the local variety of the mille-feuille with two layers of puff pastry and the pink icing on top. For many years, however, the top layer has been orange on Koningsdag (King's Day).
Tompoes is a devil to eat, either by hand or with cutlery, without making an absolute mess. I mean, everything that resembles mille-feuille is always challenging to eat.
Apparently, the best place where to try the tompouce is at the Patisserie Holtkamp. Just don’t go there on Sunday. It seems like all bakers have their well-deserved rest on Sunday, and the only Tompouce you can get is from the supermarket. The bakery can also be closed during the summer for some time, similarly to the Original Stroopwafel stall, because the owners are on holidays.
The good thing about the Patisserie Holtkamp is that you can try many more amazing desserts there and also if you want something savory before your dessert, you can do a bitterballen takeaway.
At least I have one more reason to come back to Amsterdam. But it’s not like a need one. The city is just beautiful.
And, as usual, the map of all the places: