Seven Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

Hungry in Amsterdam? One of my most popular posts reveals how to eat like a local in the Dutch capital. Eet smakelijk!

UnClogged in Amsterdam

The Milkmaid (Johannes Vermeer, circa 1658); art that looks good enough to eat.The Milkmaid (Johannes Vermeer, circa 1658); art that looks good enough to eat.

“Why are there no Dutch restaurants in foreign cities?” asks the Boom Chicagocomic. We all know the answer. It’s the same reason there’s no Dutch Town in China. Or virtually anywhere. Unless you count Solvang, a touristy Danish village on the California coast with a replica of a Dutch windmill.

Let’s just say, Holland is not renowned for haute cuisine. Some blame it on the weather—long stretches of gray calling for warm comfort food, not salads and smoothies. Combine a cool, changeable climate with Dutch pragmatism and what you sometimes get is bland, stodgy fare—ironic when you consider Holland ruled the spice trade for 100 years in its 17th century heyday.

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