Best Street Food in Amsterdam

February 24, 2015 Dutchified 1 comment

Best Street Food in Amsterdam

As a resident of Amsterdam, I often get to show family and friends around town. The question of where to find the best street food in Amsterdam invariably comes up. While opinions may vary, below are some of my personal favourites.

EveryBobby and Dutchified
EveryBobby and Dutchified

Street food in Amsterdam is varied and delicious, though admittedly not very healthy. In the below video we explored some of Amsterdam’s best street food including haring, fresh warm stroopwafels, Febo, friet (Belgian fries) with peanut sauce (sate sauce) and poffertjes or Dutch mini pancakes.

We had Dutch local and fellow youTuber Robbert join us on this occasion. Link to EveryBobby.

Fish stalls and herring (haring)

Herring from a typical Amsterdam fish stall
Herring from a typical Amsterdam fish stall

Throughout Amsterdam you will find fish stalls selling a variety of fish. One of the specialities, which the Dutch love, is herring (haring). I’ve tried it before and not been totally convinced.

Haring from traditional Amsterdam fish stall

I have the feeling that It’s an acquired taste.

Freshly made stroopwafels

Freshly made stroopwafel at the Noordermarkt
Freshly made stroopwafel at the Noordermarkt

There are a number of markets throughout the city where you buy freshly made stroopwafels or syrup waffles. The main markets in Amsterdam are: Albert Cuyp, Ten Kate Market, Noordermarkt.

Fresh stroopwafel

A stroopwafel is a thin waffle treat, with a syrup centre which is second to none and made fresh they’re warm and delicious. I’m certainly not alone in thinking that it tastes better than haring.

Food in the Wall (Febo)

Febo De Lekkerste / Food in the wall
Febo De Lekkerste / Food in the wall

One of the strangest food shops / concepts that you are likely to encounter on the streets of Amsterdam is Febo De Lekkerste (the tastiest), jokingly referred to as “food in the wall”. The concept is to sell inexpensive fried snacks from vending machine styled walls. My sister found this to be an awesome concept. While they are unlikely to win any culinary awards, I would agree that the concept is novel and, like all fried things, the snacks are surprisingly satisfying.


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If you come to Amsterdam you’ve got to try the Febo. It’s cheap and cheerful, very tasty and very convenient. It’s such a cool concept. We had a delicious, though admittedly not very healthy, sate croquet. It’s just fried goodness.

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Best Belgian fries in Amsterdam

Declaring the best fries in Amsterdam will no doubt cause a considerable amount of debate. However, down a narrow street (Voetboogstraat 33) near the Kalvertoren there’s a place, called Vlaams Friteshuis Vleminckx that’s been making fries since 1957. So they have certainly stood the test of time.

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Irrespective of the weather, which is often cold and rainy in Amsterdam, there are always people queuing for these fries. So you know they are good. there are a variety of sauces and sizes that you can choose from. My favourite is the fries with peanut sauce (sate sauce). It’s just delicious. These chips (this is what we call fries in South Africa) are so good, you can even spot the pigeons eating stray chips from the floor….and rightly so, they really are tasty.

Dutch Mini Pancakes / Poffertjes

If you like pancakes then the Dutch mini pancakes are the thing for you. These little treats are called poffertjes. The best way to have them is served fresh and warm with melted butter and icing sugar. They’re are so good.

Poffertjes or Dutch mini pancakes
Poffertjes or Dutch mini pancakes

Transcript from the video:

Today we’re in Amsterdam. We’re going to check out the food scene., to find the best street food in Amsterdam. We’re going to look at some of the traditional things that you can find on the streets of Amsterdam. It’s a little bit rainy, but we’re hungry. Here we go!

Today I am joined by Dutch local and also YouTubber on IamEverybody. This is Robbert.

Throughout Amsterdam you will find fish stalls selling a variety of fish. One of the specialities, which the Dutch love, is haring. Today we’re going to try it. It’s an acquired taste, huh?

We’ve just had a look at stroopwafel or syrup waffle being made fresh. A stroopwafel, for those who don’t know is a Dutch treat second to none and made fresh they’re warm and delicious. I’m excited.
Oh, I like how you did that Robbert. With no fear.
It’s better than haring, right?

We’re at one of the Dutch institutions, it’s called Febo or food in the wall and here you can pick food out of the wall. It’s one of the strangest concepts here. It’s awesome! So we got a delicious sate croquet. It’s just fried goodness. If you come to Amsterdam you’ve got to try the Febo. It’s cheap and cheerful, very tasty and very convenient. It’s such a cool concept.

Down a narrow street near the Kalvertoren there’s a place that’s been making
fries since 1957. We’re going to grab a few now. It’s raining and people are queuing for the fries. So you know they are good. Robbert’s been kind to share with me. Usually people wouldn’t share their chips. I’m guessing. Oh Robbert, you are terrible. No you can’t feed me a chip. No thanks. I don’t want it on my nose. So my favourite is the fries with peanut sauce. It’s just delicious. These chips are so good, even the pigeons like it….and rightly so, they really are tasty.

If you like pancakes then the Dutch equivalent is the thing for you. These are called poffertjes. Are you not going to make it fresh? Oh dear! Oh no, no, these are from yesterday. Yeah, I see so. It’s fresh enough. We’re having some delicious poffertjes accompanied by Hare Krishna singing, so that’s really adding to the atmosphere. They’re sugary, they’re buttery, they’re are so good. Mmmm.

Lower. A little lower. We’ve eaten a hell of a lot. Probably more than we should have given that it’s just finished Christmas.

Do you want to saw something about how people can find you?
No! No, alright, alright, I’ll do it. Well if you want to see more videos about Amsterdam that I make, then you just go to youtube.com/IamEverybobby.

Ya! And I love Robberts videos they are well worth checking out. Definitely subscribe to his channel. You’re such a kiss ass. Indeed.

And that’s it for our tour of Amsterdam street food.

Thank you for watching. If you enjoyed this video don’t forget to like and subscribe and check out Robbert’s channel.

See you next time. Bye!

 

1 Comment on “Best Street Food in Amsterdam

  1. Haha, I’m Belgian so the “best belgian fries” thing is a bit eh in my eyes, we’re proud of our fries 😉 but what I do LOVE is Febo & freshly made stroopwafles!

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