Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities and I was lucky enough to get to go again at the beginning of this month, courtesy of Mecca Bingo and P & O Ferries. One of my favourite things to do in any new city is find nice food and so I thought I’d write an Amsterdam Food Diary after my trip.
Pancakes at Het Karbeel
We missed breakfast on the boat as we had a bit of an alarm fail (we set it for 7:20 but at 7am our phones changed to 8am, so 7:20 never happened) so our first job once we’d got into the city was to find breakfast. We knew we wanted pancakes as I’d not done Amsterdam pancakes before, so when we saw Het Karbeel we headed inside. Then we saw the beautiful tabby cat (Simba) asleep on a chair, and we were sold.
I had a pancake with ice cream, cream and chocolate sauce, as well as a glass of apple juice. My pancake came with apple slices which was a nice touch, and it was delicious. Louise went for an oreo pancake and a glass of cola. Our breakfast came to around 30 euros-a little pricey, but a nice treat.
Noodles at Wok To Walk
After only eating half our breakfast to save space we were soon hungry again and when we spotted Wok To Walk we decided we wanted noodles. Wok To Walk aren’t just in Amsterdam but they’re a chain I’d never tried before so we headed inside. I had chicken, broccoli and cashew nuts in my noodles, with a yellow coconut curry sauce and egg. The noodles were really nice and really filling-in the end I ate about half, making sure I ate all the chicken and broccoli before admitting defeat. Our noodles cost us around 15 euros, for a really big portion of food.
Cheese Fries from a street stall
I always have to have cheese fries in Amsterdam. The fries are always crisps on the outside and fluffy in the middle, and you can choose from a selection of sauces but cheese sauce is the one for me. Lots of stalls sell the fries and I paid 3 and a half euros for my portion. They were so good, piping hot and very salty. I wish we could get fries that good here.
Cocktails at Hotel Old Quarter
Another place, another cat to befriend. This one was black and white and called Mickey, and he was sleeping in our booth. We called here for cocktails as we knew we didn’t have long until we needed to be back at the coach and we were ready for a rest. Cocktails were eight euros each and were pretty good (I had a Sex On The Beach and Louise had a Mojito) and this was a great place to sit and chill for a while.
Sweets from Jamin
I’ve walked past this shop before and resisted their vast selection of sweets but because Louise headed in, I did too. I filled my plastic cone with sweets I liked the look of and as luck would have it, the total came to two euros eighty, which I just about had in change. A perfect end to the day-though my sweets went into my suitcase and I ate them a few days later, at home.
Photo credit: Louise
Have you been trying different food in Amsterdam? What’s been the best thing you’ve had?