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Amsterdam is the heart of the Netherlands and exudes both history, breathtaking architecture, and a buzzing modern scene. Top things to do in Amsterdam include marveling over the intricate canal system that weaves through the streets of old Holland and venturing into some of the world’s most interesting districts. But most definitely don’t miss out on the food. A wealth of experiences and tours are available to travelers to help them immerse themselves in Dutch cuisine and culture. Keep reading to discover some of the very best food and drink excursions in Amsterdam.
It’s cool enough to visit a distillery, but during this experience, you’ll not only get to see one of Amsterdam’s most innovative ones, but guests also get to jump in on the actual process. Get ready to taste some delicious botanical rum, while taking home your own personalized bottle. A bottle that you get to help create. This is one unique way to discover the craft booze scene.
Immerse into Amsterdam‘s chocolate scene, here at this humble local shop where the ingredients are single-origin sourced. The host not only lets guests taste the most indulgent smooth delicious treats of the city, but everyone will also learn about the culture and history of the area. It’s incredibly immersive for both the mind and the senses.
Sure, travelers can head to a restaurant and have a wonderful local experience. But having a chef prepare a meal for you in their own home far exceeds expectations. This experience will allow your taste buds to enjoy multiple courses created with authentic Dutch technique. With each course, a wine will be carefully selected to pair optimally with the flavors.
Along this tour, travelers will be taken beyond the tourist hotspots, and into the little culinary nooks of the city. Bypass the frustration of trying to find the very best, and let a local guide take you to well-known spots that true locals love. You’ll also get quick lessons on some of the most iconic foods of the Netherlands.
Explore one of Amsterdam’s most infamous neighborhoods, with a knowledgeable guide leading the way. You will become familiar with Chinatown, the risqué (but surprisingly safe) Red Light District, and other neighborhoods that are typically on sightseeing bucket lists. But this is also a food tour, and you will get to indulge in incredible Dutch cheese, and stroopwafels, which are thin, crispy delicacies that pair amazingly with coffee.
Maybe a walking tour isn’t your thing. Maybe a relaxing boat ride down the famous canals of Amsterdam will be what you are looking for. It’s the perfect romantic experience. While drifting in the wooden vessel, guests are served a variation of authentic cheese. Rich selections like Gouda are complemented with a drink.
If you were intrigued by the mentioning of stroopwafels, then you will love the idea of taking a class on how to make them. The hosts will show you all of the tricks to making this iconic treat turn out just like the traditional version. However, you will also be enjoying a heavenly pairing of dark beer during the process. Yes, beer and stroopwafels are soulmates, like peanut butter and jelly.
Not into traveling with a big group on a food tour? This experience gives the option of a private excursion. So just you and your family or friends will be along for the journey. A big benefit of traveling in a smaller group is that you’ll be able to ask more questions, and the host can provide undivided attention. Its likely guests will learn and hear more about foods and landmarks along the way.
This wouldn’t be a food and drink experience round up without an exclusive beer tour! Hop aboard the bus and enjoy socializing and stopping at breweries in Amsterdam. The city has a bustling vein of craft beer makers, and this is the best way to try some of the top ones. Get ready to taste authentic variations at three different stops.
They had us at “burgers and hotdogs”. We love that this foodie experience takes place on a boat. It’s so much fun to explore Amsterdam via the water, and guests will be treated to many sites along the 90-minute journey. Foodies get to dream up their own gourmet burger and hotdog, no matter how simple or complex! Burgers, hotdogs, cruising —yes, please!