Dutch Foods You Should Try In The Netherlands

Tom Coggins

Combining Northern European staples with New World flavours, the Netherlands has developed a unique cuisine that is known for its hearty meals, and diverse snacks. These culinary delights can be enjoyed with a local beer, or creamy Dutch latte. Here are some of the tastiest dishes you can find in the Netherlands; all of which are available throughout the country thanks to many up and coming Dutch chefs.

Mussels And French Fries

As a maritime nation, it is unsurprising that a large part of Dutch cuisine revolves around seafood and although the freshest mussels are found in coastal towns, these shellfish are sold in many parts of the Netherlands. Served in a seemingly bottomless pot, mussels are cooked in a variety of sauces and eaten with thick, Dutch fries. While restaurants provide knifes and forks, many people prefer the mussel’s shells to cutlery, using them as makeshift pincers to pick up fries and dip them in mayonnaise.

Mussels and Fries

Saté

Saté and Kebabs

Bitterballen

These deep-fried meatballs are traditionally enjoyed among friends alongside a round of beers. Greasy and delicious, bitterballen are usually dipped in a mild mustard and eaten with your hands or a toothpick. Most pubs serve them as a snack.

Bitterballen

Roti

A dish with a unique history, roti was originally invented in India and then travelled across the Atlantic to the Dutch colony of Surinaam. There it was combined with local spices and flavours and transported to the Netherlands by South-American immigrants. Centred around a flatbread, from which it derives its name, roti is usually accompanied with curried yard-beans and a colonially influenced chicken masala. Rich and colourful, roti can be found in many of the Surinamese restaurants that populate the Netherlands.

Roti and Chicken Massala

Stamppot

Much like the rest of Northern Europe, the Dutch love potatoes and many of their staple dishes are based around this versatile vegetable. A national favourite, stamppot is made by mashing potatoes together with one or two seasonal vegetables. Sausages or bacon are then placed on top of the mashed ingredients and covered with cheese, making a filling meal which is especially enjoyable during cold or wet weather. Most traditional restaurants serve stamppot and it can easily be adjusted to meet vegetarian needs.

Stamppot

Pickled Herring

A common, summer-time snack, raw herring is sold throughout the Netherlands from small street side kiosks. Pickled in brine, the herring is served cold and is somewhat sweeter than might be expected. It can be eaten alongside bread, onions and pickles, or you can try it the Dutch way by pinching the fish at its tail, then letting it hover over your mouth as you take small upward bites.

Pickled Herring Kiosk

Tompoes

Tompoes is a cream-filled dessert held together by two long pieces of puff pastry and topped with pink icing. This creamy treat is eaten with tea or coffee and sold in bakeries and supermarkets throughout the Netherlands. People have a hard time deciding how to consume tompoes, with some preferring to cut it into smaller manageable portions while others take large bites from of one of its ends, often expelling cream out of the other.

Tompoes

Frikandel

Another deep-fried speciality, frikandel is a long, spicy sausage that can be eaten by itself or with french fries. Anyone looking for novelty should purchase it from one of the Nertherlands’ infamous vending machine cafes. Cutting out the middle man, these cafes serve food from clusters of microwave-sized boxes, with customers inserting coins to retrieve their orders.

A Vending Machine Cafe Serving Frikandel

Stroopwafels

Stroopwafels are a Dutch take on a Belgian classic. These thin, flat waffles are filled with sugar syrup and melt delicately when dipped into coffee. Many markets across the Netherlands sell freshly baked stroopwafels and cafes often serve them alongside hot drinks.

Stroopwafels
landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article