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Amsterdam street food

John Stewart Mar 8, 2005 02:17 PM


I will be in Amsterdam next week and would appreciate any tips on inexpensive but outstanding street food of any ethnicity. Obviously, I would prefer sampling items that are indigenous to Amsterdam (I know only of the herring at the market) but would welcome all suggestions for cheap and tasty treats.

Many thanks,


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    galleygirl Mar 8, 2005 02:47 PM

    Herring, herring and more herring. Not just at the market, but at street stalls all over the city...Some also sell smoked eel, other marinatd seafood, seafood salads, and fried fish fillets...I had my favorites, but I never found a bad one! ;)

    Link: http://www.bistrodraw.com/Furniture.htm

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      Tolstyak Mar 10, 2005 10:47 AM

      Het Vlaamse Frietshuis on Voetboogstraat off the Spui has the best frites. The herring seller at Albert Cuyp Markt has the best Haring broodje.

      1. re: Tolstyak
        N Tocus Mar 13, 2005 02:12 AM

        I can't believe there's a thread on Amsterdam pick-up food and it doesn't mention the delicious broodjes and cups of hot soup that are all over town.

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          Maya Dec 14, 2006 11:51 PM

          Such as?

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      tattud_gurl Mar 8, 2005 03:57 PM

      FEBO. It's an automat, where you peer into the windows and choose what you want. They have burgers, chicken sandwiches, krokets, fries, that kind of thing. It's about 1Euro 50 for something. The food is made fresh by the kitchen workers behind the glass.
      They're everywhere. Not bad tasting, either.
      You have to try it, just to say you did.

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        srr Mar 9, 2005 10:44 AM

        I love FEBO!!! Great snacks when you've just left the coffeehouse. Try the croquettes, any of them

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          poncho Dec 26, 2006 10:27 PM

          I admit that you qualified your statement, but FEBO is gross. Try it sometime when you're not caned. I did once and it doesn't taste the same for me enow ven when leaving a coffeehouse.

          Maoz however, is always good. And I'm partial to the Frites in the van at the Albert Cuyp Market.

          But honestly, with all the lovely baked goods you can find to nibble on in some of the coffeeshops (even without additives), and tasty fruit juices, why eat street food unless it's 3am?

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        ScoobieSnack Mar 9, 2005 10:05 AM

        Frites and Falafel are my two favorites. MAOZ falafel are in a few differnt sections of the city and Frite stands are all over the place, the best one IMO is located at Vooteboogstraat.

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          Taralli Mar 9, 2005 10:26 AM

          I'm attaching my previous post re Amsterdam street food.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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            Hugh B Mar 9, 2005 01:39 PM

            Also at the Albert Kuypmarket is a stand selling fresh stroopwaffels -- two thin waffle-like wafers with a cinnamon-caramel mixture in the middle. They are spectacular. You can buy stroopwaffels all over Amsterdam, at bakeries, grocery stores, etc., but not made fresh in front of your eyes. Not to be missed!

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              vidia Mar 9, 2005 02:32 PM

              Second that. You put your piece of SW on top of a steaming mug of coffee/ tea/ whatever, and let the caramel melt a little, then you eat. Careful not to steam too long or the waffle part gets soggy!

              btw, I never ate these in Amsterdam, but you can get these in NYC and LA.

              1. re: vidia
                JOhnBoy Mar 10, 2005 02:15 PM

                Where can you get stroopwaffels in NY ?

                1. re: JOhnBoy
                  vidia Mar 10, 2005 05:41 PM

                  Johnboy, I did a google search and of all things, found the answer on...chowhound! I love this board!

                  Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                  1. re: vidia
                    JohnBoy Mar 11, 2005 12:54 PM

                    Thanks Vidia! The 'hound never ceases to amaze me! If I can ever assist you with resto's/food sources in Downtown Manhattan,Maryland or Delaware (the various places where I live),please don't hesitate to contact me. In the meantime,my mouth is watering for a stroopwafel! The last one I had was in one of the street markets in A-dam about 3 years ago after I had just exited from a coffeeshop! :-)

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              Bradbury Mar 10, 2005 01:54 PM

              If you're in town on Saturday morning, don't miss the boerenmarkt (farmer's market) on the plaza in front of Noorderkerk in the Jordaan. Great cheese, stuffed pancakes, worstjes, freshly juiced fruit, etc.

              There are usually some good herring and frites stands at the Cuypmarkt, but some mediocre ones too (it's a huge market) ... follow the locals.

              The Troostplein (south of the Cuypmarkt in de Pijp, near the Okura hotel) usually has some good stalls selling herring, broodjes, and occasionally poffertjes (fried puffs with butter and powdered sugar)

              The infamous Dutch krokets (such as you'll find at FEBO) are usually only good after enough controlled substances, but if you must eat krokets, go a bit upscale and get the special shrimp ones (garnalenkroketten) at Brasserie Joffers.

              Avoid eating anything in the Red Light District ...

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                jessejames Nov 14, 2006 12:09 AM

                Would love to hear an update on A'dam streetfood -- Love the fries, shwarma, stroepwaffels etc but haven't been there in 6 years...feeling I may get the munchies...dank u hounds

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                  jeanki Jan 6, 2007 10:05 PM

                  Just came back from there and there were plenty of street munchies. I had the aforementioned goodies like fries, raw herring sandwich (not my personal fave but worth a try), croquets (had one that had a curry-like meat filling). They do sweet foods really well in Amsterdam; also good were the New Years treat 'oliebollen', fried sweet dough balls with raisins, and waffles with cream and your choice of fruit or chocolate syrup poured over it. Their crepes (pannenkaeken or something like that) are great, more savory than French ones. Yum.

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                    SusanSDG Jan 6, 2007 11:15 PM

                    Frites, frites and then when you're hungry, more frites. Each stand is different, as are the sauces-you never knew there were so many varieties of mayonaisse!

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                      Jacey Jan 6, 2007 11:20 PM

                      There are a couple of falafel places called Maoz...not exactly street food but pretty cheap. They have an all-you-can eat salad bar that is really good, as well as fried eggplant. Btw, it's an all veggie place.

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                        risiebisi Mar 3, 2007 08:12 PM

                        sausage bread is always tasty and try the pannekoeken (sweet or savory) you won't in the states.

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                          jo alfro Dec 7, 2009 02:14 AM

                          Try the Asian streetfood in amsterdam ,they have a good meal...its a asian noodlebar..teppan fried noodle with asian BBQ crispy duck realy yaaami www.asianstreetfood.nl and pretty cheap near by the LEIDSEPLEIN

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