Holidaying in Amsterdam? What foods should you try? It is not often that my husband and I are able to go on holiday by ourselves without the children. Luckily, both of my children were on a school camp for a few days so we decided to book ourselves a quick city break to Amsterdam. As it was a short holiday, I did some research for the foods to try before heading there. In this technological world and easy access to Google maps, I managed to pinpoint a few recommended places with ease.
The Avocado Show
The first restaurant we went to was the Avocado Show. Last year, I saw their promotional video way before their shop was even opened and I absolutely love their concept. I like avocado but I can take it or leave it unlike Mr C who is a big fan of the fruit and would it eat every day if he could.
After reading reviews about their waiting time, we decided to get there early. We got there for opening time at 8.30am and we were the first customers! The place is very easy to find and not far from the tram stop. As we were quite early, we decided to have a photo outside the shop. It is not hard to miss with a big avocado and lots of mini ones on their window sills!
The place is very well decorated with plenty of seating. My husband ordered the Cat Sandwich which is chicken avocado truffle stacked with greens on a thick slice of bread. It was quite a big dish and absolutely delicious! We were very impressed. It is well presented and looks so appetising!
I ordered the Avo Rose which is an avocado rose served with hummus on a toast. I love that they decorated it with edible flowers and the overall presentation looked gorgeous. The serving was a bit smaller than Mr C’s Cat Sandwich, perhaps more like a starter than a main. If we ever go back though, I would definitely order it again. I also ordered a cup of tea which is served along with a cube of avocado cake. I couldn’t really taste much avocado in the cake. It was more chocolaty than anything else which is not a bad thing!
It was quite pricey but I think it was worth it. If you’re a fan of avocado, why not swing by if you’re in Amsterdam?
The next food stop was Winkel 43 where we had the most delicious Apple Cake. It had a delicious cinnamon crust all over and tasty apple with sultanas inside. This was recommended by our friend and I am glad we managed to try it. This shop was not so easy to access and not very near any museums. It took us about 20 minutes to walk to the place. The place is quite small but with plenty of outdoor tables and the staff were very helpful. Mr C had a steak dish which was very well cooked and delicious.
This delicious apple cake has inspired me to learn to make one. So watch this space!
Carousel Pancake House
Another food you have to try is poffertjes! Carousel Pancake House is not far from the Heineken Experience. The place is slightly dated for my liking but their pancakes were gorgeous. I had the mixed fruit poffertjes which were so fluffy and buttery.
Mr C had the banana pancake which were also equally delicious!
Amsterdam Cheese Museum
The museum is just below the shop where they have a variety of cheeses to try! Mr C is a big fan of cheese and he spent half an hour browsing around and trying them all. He didn’t even get to the museum! There are so many flavours of cheese and it was so hard to choose. Of course, we didn’t leave the shop empty handed! The cheese were shrink wrapped plastic and they will last for a long time and are suitable to be placed in hand luggage.
During our trip, we also tried a lot of other snacks and foods but I won’t go into too much detail. So I am going to leave you with lots of foodie photos instead! Do check out my post on Keukenhof.