5 Anti-Mainstream & Instagrammable Places to Eat You Gotta Explore in the Netherlands
My mom used to say that the way to win a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, I guess that wisdom applies to countries too. The Netherlands has won my heart through its delicacies. Not the mainstream harring, boerenkool, stampoot, or kibbeling you come across in regular articles or books, though (even though my love for kibbeling is eternal)… As a full-time student and part-time foodie, I proudly present you the ultimate taste-bud pleaser from the land of windmills!
1 Flammkuchen at the Café in de Blaauwe Hand (Nijmegen)
Located in the heart of Nijmegen city center, this little café is the oldest café in Europe! Venice has Café Florian which began to open in 1720, Paris is also famous with Café le Procope (1686). Café in de Blaauwehand, however, was established in 1542! It has a unique name and history behind the name as well. The name of the café literally means "café in the blue hand". In the past, many workers who worked in a fabric-dyeing factory in Nijmegen used to come to eat in this place after work. From all the colorings, the color blue was the most difficult to remove from their hands. When the workers with blue hands came there, it gave the idea to name the café "in de blaauwe hand".
So enough history lesson, the delicacy you gotta try here is the famous flammkuchen! It is a savory dish closely resembling a pizza, but with softer and lighter texture. You can choose which toppings you'd like to put on top of your flammkuchen such as cheese, ham, spinach, salmon, or to top it off with some jalapeño pepper and beef for some Mexican flavor! The good thing about this café is that they purchase the ingredients from local suppliers, ensuring organic quality and freshness in every dishes.
P.S. If you come here during winter time, enjoying a mug of chocomel met slagroom (hot chocolate with whipped cream) is also a good idea!
2. Red Velvet Cake at de Drie Graefjes (Amsterdam)
De Drie Graefjes Amsterdam is definitely a place to go for all of you sweet tooths! The red velvet cake is one of the famous ones in Holland with perfect thickness and just the right amount of sugar, making it tastes so moist and fluffy. They also have high-tea set if you would like to take instagrammable pictures with your fellas! Definitely worth to check out when you're in the neighborhood of Dam Square or Rokin in Amsterdam City Center.
3. Mini Burger with Mesmerizing View at A'dam Lookout Tower (Amsterdam)
Would you want to savor delicious treats while enjoying this view?
Also located in Amsterdam, the new establishment called A'dam Lookout, is an observation tower for those of you thrill-seekers who enjoy a nice ambiance with good food. With Europe's highest swing on top of the tower, you can feel the adrenaline rush while adoring Amsterdam's landscape like an eagle. After that, you can head to the restaurant to relax and try the toothsome mini burgers while having a drink or two. Here's another view from above to ensure you that spending a wee bit of money for this view is totally worth it!
4.Bossche Bollen at Jan de Groot Bakery ('s-Hertogenbosch)
Another unique delicacy originated from the province of North Brabant. Bossche Bollen is a little sugar bomb of cream covered in thin puff pastry and dipped in chocolate. The one from Jan de Groot bakery, however, is considered as the most famous and original one. It is basically one of the gems you can find in the heart of 's-Hertogenbosch. Heading straight from the Den Bosch's train station towards a dragon statue, the small bakery is just 5-7 minutes walk from the station. The picture down below shows you how and what to find in this precious little bakery!
5. Seafood, Drinks and Ice Cream at Scheveningen Strand (Den Haag)
Best to visit during summer, you have so many choices of good seafood, drinks, snacks and ice creams along the three kilometers of the Scheveningen Beach.
Enjoy some crispy fried calamari from the Blue Lagoon, or the soft banana ice cream from any ice cream stands along the beach! Scheveningen has so much to offer during sunny days! For those of you who can't wait to go there in the cold season, worry not! Because at night the restaurants also turn on the outdoor heater with fluffy couch pillows and warm blankets.
So here are some of the interesting places that are definitely instagrammable and have helped me fall in love more with Holland! Let me know if you guys have some other interesting culinary spots to go in the comment section down below. Stay tuned for more stories about the Netherlands, and see you next time!