The 3 Restaurants You Need to Visit in Amsterdam
The 3 Restaurants You Need to Visit in Amsterdam. Food … I figure I’d start this series of European-style blog posts with food. Everyone’s gotta eat! And I don’t know about you, but a good rumpsteak is better than buying shoes.
No. No. No. I take that back. NOTHING is better than buying shoes. In life, it goes: 1) Shoes 2) Rumpsteaks 😉
One of my favorite parts of visiting another country is immersing myself in the culture. I mean — you have no choice once your on the plane … haha! And to feel like a local, you have to eat, sleep, drink and be merry like a local. Notice eating is step 1.
Let me preface with: I only went to 3 food-spots while I was in Amsterdam. I was in the country for work — on site to LIVE social media my client’s conference: #WEAmsterdam; and I was fed breakfast and lunch each day at the hotel.
But! The three spots, along with the meals served during my work-days, gave me a great indication of what a typical food-day-in-the-life is like for those that reside in “The Dam.”
A few things I noticed:
- They love bread. And they’re much more trusting with knives over there! Every morning for breakfast there was an entire wall (ENTIRE WALL) filled with choices. The best was their version of French bread. A large, bread-cutting knife laid out next to the warmed loaf — and you, the guest, was given liberty of cutting your portion off.
- The Dutch LOVE mayonnaise with French fries. French fry stands are EVERYWHERE. And if you ask for ketchup, they look at you funny. So don’t, cause I’m trying to teach you how to be cool here … ask for mayonnaise or nothing at all!
- Stroopwaffles are a thing. What’s a Stroopwaffle? It’s basically two fried waffles deliciously melded together by cinnamon-y icing. Jealous? YA — me too.
Let’s get to the meals:
- The first meal outside of the hotel I are was a burger. Same kind of burger you’d find here … except, it comes with a side salad with 1000 Island-esque dressing.
- The second restaurant outing I went to a place called De Haven Van Texel. >> Side bar: Have you ever been to Europe? If not, DO sometime in your life. It’s gorgeous, effortless and quaint in the most beautiful way. The roads are brick and the doors are miniature, tables and chairs tightly (yet perfectly) packed next to one another. Okay, back to the second foodie experience at De Haven Van Texel. Enter through the double doors, past the bar — you can sit yourself in the back room that over looks the canal. Order yourself a rumpsteak and call it a night.
Q: What’s a rumpsteak?
A: Not so shockingly, it’s a piece of meat cut from the rump of a cow.
- The last and final spot I recommend you try is a little bar called Café Tloojse. Get the butter balls (fried balls filled with a meat sauce that tastes like cream of mushroom soup).
OH! Also, also! Get a hot dog! If you’re into that sort of thing 😉 The typical fixings differ from the beloved Chicago dogs — Amsterdam hot dogs are garnished with relish, crispy onions, sauerkraut (omg LOVE) and mustard.