In the Netherlands, cold weather calls for stamppot, a traditional carb-heavy dish that consists of mashed potatoes mixed with seasonal vegetables topped with sausage, meat (or veggie substitutes) and lashings of gravy. There are several spots around Amsterdam that serve this Dutch staple, including the following noteworthy restaurants.
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Moeders Restaurant is known for its traditional Dutch dishes | Courtesy of Moeders Restaurant
Every nook and cranny inside this cosy restaurant on Rozengracht features one (or more) framed photo of someone’s mum, creating a delightful shrine to mothers from around the world. This charming, generational theme extends to the restaurant’s menu, which centres around dishes inspired by time-honed family recipes, commonly enjoyed in the Netherlands. While there are some lighter dishes available at the restaurant, potential guests should expect hearty, filling options when they visit Moeders, including two varieties of stamppot, which are served with either sausage, meatballs and bacon or grilled veggies and melted feta cheese.
Located just behind Begijnhof, inside two renovated historical townhouses, this family-run restaurant offers a wide array of Dutch staples based on recipes that have been passed down between several generations of cooks. Aside from stews, premium cuts of meat and fresh fish, Tomaz also serves several varieties of stamppot paired with veggies, beef or veal. As a general rule, Tomaz only buys its ingredients from local merchants, in order to ensure that its dishes are fresh, tasty and authentically Dutch. What’s more, the restaurant keeps many local craft beers behind its bar alongside a sizeable selection of Dutch spirits like Jenever.
Restaurant Haesje Claes adds a dash of class to traditional Dutch cuisine and serves a refined selection of national staples inside a stunning 16th-century building that once housed an orphanage. There are many local delicacies on offer inside the restaurant, which have been perfected into haute cuisine-style dishes, including mussels boiled in white wine, smoked herring with pickled beetroot and, of course, generous portions of stamppot with all the trimmings. This tempting menu is available from midday until late at night, allowing patrons to sample traditional Dutch food anytime past lunch.
While other entries on this list offer one, or maybe two, types of stamppot, de Blauwe Hollander always has at least three varieties on its menu (plus one more during winter). The restaurant has perfected these potatoey-masterpieces over the course of 30 years and prepares its stamppot with several toppings, ranging from steak to meatballs. During the colder months of the year, de Blauwe Hollander also serves a popular kind of stamppot, known as ‘Boerenkool’, made from mashed potatoes mixed with kale and served with hefty smoked Dutch sausage.
This down to earth restaurant near Museumplein serves one of the largest selections of traditional Dutch dishes in Amsterdam, including stamppot with smoked sausage and meatballs. The restaurant welcomes groups of all sizes and takes larger reservations when arranged in advance. It also lies within walking distance from several of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, making it an ideal pitstop for anyone that’s headed south towards Museumplein for the day.