Each of us has our own hobbies and interests that motivate us to spend our time in different ways and influences the ways we travel. But whatever drives your interest in exploring new places, it is safe to say that we are all united by one thing: the desire to try delicious food from many different cultures!

Amsterdam has a rich history that includes many foods unique to the city. Whether you are here for just a short time before or after your river cruise, or you have a longer visit planned, there are the two must-try staples of this city that even those with limited time should be sure not to miss.

The top two tasty treats of Amsterdam:


It may come as a surprise to you that one of the signature foods of Amsterdam is actually Indonesian, but rijsttafel is just that. Literally translating to “rice table” this dish is actually many different Indonesian dishes served with rice. The rice accompaniment and the fact that all these small plates are likely to cover the entire table is where the name comes from.

Rijsttafel originated during colonial times, when the Dutch held colonies in Indonesia. They would serve rijsttafel to guests as a way to show off the many incredible dishes coming out of this island nation. Since then, this tradition has migrated to the Dutch homeland and is the centerpiece of the menu at any Indonesian restaurant you’ll come across in Amsterdam. Although you’d be hard pressed to find one rijsttafel that features all the possible foods, you can be sure that you’ll experience a medley of delectable foods that will leave you full and wanting more.


This cross between a waffle and a cookie originated in the Dutch city of Gouda near the turn of the 19th century. It has now become ubiquitous as a street food in Amsterdam and for good reason – stroopwafels are incredibly delicious!

Stroopwafels are made on a waffle iron press. After they are cooked they are split down the middle and a caramel-like syrup, or “stroop”, is spread across the center before the sides are put back together, making a sweet sandwich. These treats can be ordered fresh all across Amerstdam, letting you enjoy them while the center is still hot and gooey. Another great way to have a stroopwafel is with coffee or tea. Before eating it, but let the stroopwafel sit atop your cup to warm it up.

Of course there many other wonderful culinary delights in this city, as well as countless other things to do there! If you would like help planning a trip to Amsterdam, reach out to me at any time.

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Kira GartnerKira Gartner is the owner of Blue Sky Destinations, a boutique travel agency specializing in river cruises, luxury expedition cruises and customized European vacations. For years she has helped curious travelers plan vacations that allow them to unwind, reconnect, and immerse themselves fully in a destination. Reach out to her for a free consultation - and let her start designing your dream vacation!