24 hours of food in Amsterdam
We just got back from Amsterdam, and we miss it already. While most people go to Holland’s capital city for its herbs and women, we actually wanted to try its food – and we were not disappointed. Here are 4 stops we absolutely recommend.
Lunch: Balthazar Keuzen
Tasting menus seem to be a trend in Amsterdam. With its black and white checkered kitchen floor and vintage bar on wheels, this cute homey joint makes quite the romantic date spot. Food here is delicious and comes in 3 courses – including a sharing platter to start with. What we found particularly impressive (other than the fact that it was yummy) was that there’s only one chef preparing it all. #Respect
Right between the Dam and Anne Frank’s house, lies this delicious Gouda shop called Reypenaer. Head there for a tasting, which includes 2 Goat’s cheeses and 4 Cow Goudas all aged from 3 to 18 months paired with a few drinks. You can either book a one-hour tasting for 15 euros or (if they happen to be fully booked) ask for a mini tasting with a glass of port for 5 euros.
The Dutch love their raw brined herring and Amsterdam – located right by the North Sea – is the best place to try one. There are stalls all over town, but the best places to buy a herring include the family-run Stubbe’s Haring on the Singel Haarlingersluis near Centraal Station. Have it in a sandwich with pickles or by itself: they are fresh and delicious.
Dinner: Kaagman & Kortekaas
This delicious restaurant serves 3 types of tasting menus. Diners can choose between 3, 4 or 5 dishes, depending on whether they’d like an extra starter, cheese and/or dessert. Their cheeseboard is incredible and the dessert we had (black olives and pistachio crumble served with an olive oil cake, burrata ice cream with chunks of burrata, raspberries, raspberry ice cream and finally a balsamic dressing) was one of the best we’ve ever had – so really, we recommend going for 5 dishes. But we’re ogres so maybe stick to 3.
FYI: We truly believe that this place deserve a star (and we’re not referring to a sticker)