Brushing off its retro image of hippy-frequented coffee shops, Amsterdam is starting to become one of the most interesting foodie cities in Europe. Just wander around the city streets and you’ll see hipster cafes, wine bars, pop up ventures, innovative restaurants and mouthwatering options that’ll satisfy any gastronome.
From the Foodhallen indoor market, which is perfect for street food, to the De Pijp food quarter where you’ll be spoiled with cafes and boutique restaurants, there’s a place for every cuisine in Amsterdam. Not to mention the flurry of Michelin star awarded restaurants. Here, you can fine dine, market dine and street eat all in the same weekend.
Starting our stay with a visit to the Saturday farmers’ market on Noordermarkt, my boyfriend was very happy to find Nutella smothered waffles (we always have a jar in our cupboard). We then took a wander to walk off the waffles but ended up in a cafe terrace beside the water with yet more food. That said, we did manage to save some space for fine dining in the evening.
Of all of Amsterdam’s Michelin starred restaurants, Bord’eau gets my vote for its out of this world cuisine – they call it molecular gastronomy, think Heston Blumenthal style creations that’ll challenge your senses and have you glad you made the trip. Many say the famed signature apple dessert is worth travelling for, and I concur… A masterpiece of marinated apple balls, puff pastry, an apple core made from sorbet and a blown sugar apple shaped exterior, it’s one of those dishes that looks too good to eat but you won’t even think about that once you’ve started to devour it.
Any fellow cheese fiends will appreciate a visit to the De Kaaskamer cheese shop. An emporium stacked high with Netherland’s very best in fromage (or kaas as the Dutch say), they’ll have you cheese-overloaded on samples but will also vacuum pack your fave for the journey home.