Nothing beats picking up a freshly baked loaf of bread, cake or pastry in the morning. Here’s a roundup of the best bakeries in Amsterdam that offer traditional and delicious Dutch baked goods, as well as other international delicacies.
One of the founders of Le Fournil de Sébastien hails from western France and was raised by a family of award-winning bakers. This heritage is well-represented at this bakery, which is renowned for its traditional homemade French bread and pastries. The bakery prepares its baked goods with the highest quality ingredients and never adds colourings or artificial seasonings to its dough, meaning that the baguettes, croissants and galettes are always perfectly crispy and delicious.
Rum Baba is an artisanal bakery and coffee roasters that is located in the heart of Amsterdam-Oost. Its freshly roasted coffee beans and superbly crafted pastries can be picked up directly from its store on Pretoriusstraat or sampled at the café, which is located on the same street. Their American-style cakes and pies are absolutely delicious and pair wonderfully with their aromatic espresso blends.
This trendy chain of grocery stores sell a large variety of delicious baked goods, including seasonal Dutch specialities such as gevulde speculaas – a crumbly, almond-filled cookie that is perfect alongside a frothy cappuccino. Every STACH around Amsterdam serves freshly baked pastries, such as croissants and pain au chocolats, as well as trickier cakes like meringues and macaroons, that are available together with fresh coffee to go. STACH also keeps its shelves lined with imported drinks and is one of the few places in Amsterdam that stocks Berlin’s favourite soda, Club Maté.
De Laatste Kruimel (meaning ‘the last crumb’ in Dutch) might be the best place in Amsterdam to pick up a quick and delicious lunch, due to its impressive selection of freshly baked quiches, pies and cakes. Tasty desserts, such as apple pie and bread pudding, are always available here, as well as classic lunchtime options such as sandwiches with cheese or meat, and savoury pastries. Although these delectable treats can be purchased to go, De Laatste Kruimel also has a small dining area where guests can relax with a coffee. This charming lunch room also has its very own terrace, which looks directly onto a narrow canal in central Amsterdam.
The open-plan layout at Bakhuys means that guests can watch bakers prepare bread and other pastries while enjoying a delicious breakfast or lunch at the bakery’s café. You’ll find many international favourites here and the bakery is well-known among locals for its baguettes, croissants and quiches. Bakhuys also prepares traditional Dutch loafs that are always made with freshest ingredients and the highest quality grains.
Though there are other spots that could claim the title, it is quite possible that Lanskroon makes the best stroopwafels in the entire city. As they are roughly the size of small plates, Lankroon’s stroopwafels are considerably larger than store-bought varieties and are filled with either sugar syrup, honey or coffee-caramel. What’s more, the stores makes many freshly baked delicacies, including croissants and German bread that can be ordered, then taken away or enjoyed alongside hot drinks inside Lanskroon’s delightful tearoom.
In order to make the freshest loafs possible, the bakers at Hartog’s Wholegrain Bakery and Milling grind grains into flour every day and prepare their bread according to time-honed techniques, that have been perfected over the past century. In fact, the bakery ranks among the longest-running establishment of its kind in Amsterdam – it was established in 1896. The bakery only uses wholemeal grains and makes bread that has a unique, slightly sweet flavour and distinctively crispy crust.