Amsterdam through British eyes

Eating Amsterdam Jordaan food tour


If I asked you to come up with a list of typically Dutch foods, how many of you could come up with. Five? Ten? The folks at Eating Amsterdam food tours have come up with even more, so when I went on their tour I was more than a little bit excited. Although I knew many of the foodstuffs that we were sampling on the tour, there were a few nice surprises along the way.

The tour takes in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam, which was traditionally a place where the lower classes lived from the 1600’s onwards, but around the 1970’s it became very gentrified. Now it is one of the most expensive areas to live in Amsterdam, but there are so many speciality shops that sell delicious food at good prices.

The tour started outside Cafe Papeneiland and included 12 delicious tastings at 7 different stops along the way. There was also a canal tour as well, which lasted around an hour (on a sunny day it is the best way to see Amsterdam). Some of my favourite things were the bitterballen, poffertjes and the cheese.

Annamaria, our tour guide was incredibly knowledgable about food, and you could tell it was something she was really passionate about. She told us about all of the places we were visiting, any interesting facts, and in many cases we met the owners and it was clear that she had a good relationship with them.

For EUR75 it isn’t a cheap tour, but it is one that is definitely worth it’s weight in gold – it’s 4 hours long, you get plenty of food, a canal tour, and some alcohol thrown in to boot. Here are some of my pictures from the tour (though not too many – I don’t want to give too much away if you’re planning on going)


Outside Cafe Papeneiland


Apple pie at Cafe Papeneiland


Dutch liquorice


Our boat and driver



Mmmm, poffertjes!

Practical information:

The tour runs from Tuesday through to Saturday all year round

It starts at 11am outside Cafe Papeneiland, which is a 10- 15 minute walk from Central Station and booking in advance is necessary

The tour takes around 4 hours and is done by a fluent English speaker

Thankyou to Eating Amsterdam food tours for inviting me on the tour free of charge. My opinions are, and always will be my own.



    • Hi Janine,

      The tour is 75 euro and includes an hour-long canal cruise as well. It is definitely worth it.


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