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Jan 14, 2014 11:14 AM

Amsterdam - Dining Alone

I'm thinking of a day trip to Amsterdam from London, while my husband has some meetings in London. I am looking for a fun/authentic food experience. Any thoughts? In addition to the one lunch, I'd love to do some other food ralated tastings like a chese tasting, or anything that is local and unique to Amsterdam. Any thoughts?

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  1. For a cheese tasting, just go to a cheese shop or a cheese seller at one of the local markets. Both will let you taste cheeses, though it would not be nice to taste and leave without buying something.

    If you do a search here for Amsterdam here, you'll find a list of recommendations I gave another user several months ago. Those recommendations are still valid.

    1. Ditto what ThomasvanDale commented below: if you do a search on Amsterdam on this board, you will find plenty of recommendations to help your search and fine tune what you mean by 'fun/authentic'. That means different things to different people. Some people may consider McDonald's to be fun/authentic food experience, but others may find that not to be the case. Maybe if you describe what "authentic" food experience you are seeking, it may help others to provide you a definitive answer.

      Because Amsterdam is such a cosmo. city with an eclectic mix of different cultures, 'authentic' depends on what you want to experience specifically. My Amsterdam friends took me to Indian, Thai and Indonesian - all considered authentic and frequented by those nationalities in Amsterdam. However, I would be lying if I said that the food was as good as what I have had in those respective countries. But then the experience of eating in a restaurant is more than just the food, it's also the ambiance, the service, etc.

      I don't remember being impressed with cheese shops in Amsterdam. Most of the cheese shops around the city seem to sell large wheels of gouda, not my favorite in terms of cheese. But if you are a fan of gouda, you may love it. For me, the cheese selection sold in the various supermarkets did not impress me like the shops in France or Italy.

      Another good source that I found during my recent trip to Amsterdam is If you peruse her site, you may stumble upon a restaurant review that fits your criteria. Good luck!

      1. Hi there,

        I'll be doing a similar trip - did you end up going? If so, do you have any recommendations? Thank you!

        1. I would recommend Puri Mas for Indonesian food and for cheese tasting... both out of this world!