When it comes to eating in Amsterdam, the first thing you’ll notice as you wander the streets looking for a feed is the Febo stores. Inside are rows and rows of little windows with tasty treats like croquettes, chicken chunks and other stuff that probably wouldn’t get the Heart Foundation tick of approval. Still, they’re handy on the run or during a night out. Pop €1 into the slot and out comes your nosh.

You also can’t beat hooking into traditional stroop waffles made fresh by street vendors, while pickled herring is another Dutch delicacy well worth a try. If you’re not feeling too adventurous at breakfast, the old town and central squares are all filled with places serving English breakfasts and all the usual suspects to knock a hangover on the head or energise you for a day of sightseeing.

The Dutch also do amazing cheese, and top varieties include Gouda (mild and creamy), Edam (smooth) and Leiden (with cumin seeds).



The Dutch love their beer and Amsterdam is no exception. Heineken, Amstel and Grolsch are leading exports, though some tasty local beers are brewed as well. Don’t be surprised if your glass only comes three-quarters full though — it’s customary for bar staff to pour large beers with a large head.



The water is safe to drink in Amsterdam.