Is Dutch Food Really That Bad?



Dutch food has a reputation to be not the greatest. Together with British food it might be considered the worst food in Europe. And yes, it’s very hard to compete if you get compared to Italy, Spain, France etc. So, does Dutch food deserve it’s reputation? Yes.

Obviously food is a matter of taste but since this is my blog I’ll post my opinion. And Dutch food isn’t my taste. While there is a lot more Dutch food to be tried, so far it hasn’t impressed me much. Food was one of my favorite things from my trip to Amsterdam but the food wasn’t Dutch.

International Cuisine in Amsterdam

For some reason (maybe the Dutch just realised that their food is terrible) Amsterdam is full of restaurants that offer foreign cuisine. Dutch restaurants are way less common – which seems obvious after you try Dutch food.



This was probably my favorite thing about Amsterdam. If you know me, you know that I’m a big fan of Asian food and Indonesian is no exception. As you might know, Indonesia was a Dutch colony until they declared independence from the Netherlands in 1945. And this is still noticeable today. A lot of Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam serve a so called Rijsttafel. This is a dish containing many small Indonesian dishes. This is the perfect meal to try many different things. While the food that’s served is Indonesian, the idea of the Rijsttafel is Dutch.



I’m not sure that this is very common in Amsterdam (I’ve only seen one restaurant) but that was only more reason to give it a try. It was my first time eating Ethiopian and it was amazing. You don’t eat with fork and knife or chopsticks or any other tool besides your hands and pancakes. Tear a piece of pancake, grab whatever you want on your plate with it and done.

There Is Good Dutch Food

Yes, I don’t like Dutch food but there are exceptions as there is with everything in life. Bitterballen is no exception though.


Fries in a bag

Who doesn’t like fries? Fries are everywhere on the streets of Amsterdam. You can get them as a snack in a paper bag with a sauce like Frietsaus on top. Probably not the healthiest snack but soooo good…


Dutch Stroopwafels Dutch Stroopwafels

This was my favorite Dutch discovery. According to Wikipedia a Stroopwafel is

a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. And that’s basically all there is to it. Thin, sweet waffles with syrup in the middle. A really tasty, sweet snack. They go really well with coffee or tea too.


At this point I’d like to make two quick restaurant recommendations. I found both of these thanks to the Google Trips app which I already wrote about on my blog.

The Pancake Bakery

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They say that they have the best pancakes in Amsterdam. I have only tried one pancake place in Amsterdam but making better pancakes than these people do is going to be very hard. What you get here are huge pancakes with a great variety of toppings either salty or sweet.



Probably my favorite breakfast ever. Amazing omelettes with a ton of ingredients to choose from.

Although Dutch food has a bad reputation (which it deserves in my opinion) don’t expect to eat bad food in Amsterdam. The diversity of food in the city is incredible and I promise that you won’t get bored of trying out new things to eat.

I neglected to take any photos of the food in Amsterdam that’s why I have to use these CreativeCommons images. I’ll do better next time, I promise. Thanks to the people below for their photos.

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photo credit: Rod Waddington Lunch in Jinka via photopin (license)
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  1. Manuel Wenger

    That’s funny – I found Dutch food to be much better than French food (which was among the worst for me). Yep, tastes are tastes, I guess.

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