Food history of Amsterdam

Picture the canals of Amsterdam, filled with boats transporting barrels of beer, a herd of cattle moving through the streets on their way to market, a city square buzzing with the cries of fish vendors selling their wares, warehouses stocked with salted fish, wheat and cocoa beans, waiting to be shipped all around the world. The history of Amsterdam has a strong connection to food. Street names, gable stones and architecture remind us of its vibrant past, and the food we now eat can be viewed in an historical context. Join Charlotte on the Historical Food Tour of Amsterdam and discover the exciting commercial and culinary past of the city, and colonial influences on its cuisine. Experience recent developments in Dutch food culture and sample at least six local foods. Discover hidden cafes in the oldest area of Amsterdam.


  • Foodies
  • Food history enthousiasts
  • Likes to try new food
  • History of Amsterdam


Food history of Amsterdam

05:30End of tour
03:00Meet and greet at the Old Church in Amsterdam
03:45Start of the walking tour and different tastings
05:00Visit a brewery for more tastings and drinking

Description of the tour about the food history of Amsterdam

Tour by foot • 3:00 – 5:30 pm • Group size 2-10 • €87.50 pp

We meet up at the oldest building in the city, in the very center: the Old Church (Oude Kerk). We begin with a warming cup of coffee or tea in the charming cafe where I introduce you to the history of Amsterdam, cover the basics in Food History and refer to sources (old cookbooks, still life paintings). Next I will guide you through Amsterdam’s culinary past. At each stop, I will select a foodstuff to discuss in more detail: sugar, beer, fish, meat, chocolate… You will have the opportunity of tasting a good selection of typical Dutch food linked to Amsterdam’s past (sweets, herring, cheese, Indonesian treats, and more!).
We will end the tour at a brewery, where we will taste different beers and enjoy more snacks. You will have gained knowledge about the (food) history of the city, have your fill of tasty delights, and receive a list of good restaurants and cafes to enjoy during the rest of your stay in Amsterdam!


What Do You Get

  • Discover hidden café's
  • Knowledge about the food history of the Dutch
  • Typical Dutch snacks and drinks
  • Recommendations of restaurants and bars in Amsterdam

About Charlotte


by Alina Krasieva

I have a Masters in Food History and I often write about food in the Archaeology Magazine, as well as on my cooking blog for students. As much as I love visiting other countries and cities, my heart belongs to Amsterdam. I am always on the lookout for new restaurants, cafes and other good locations. Besides cooking, eating and history, I am crazy about travel, languages, music and books.

“I am passionate about food and history. Some years ago, I discovered that the combination of the two is even more thrilling!”

Charlotte is currently in the midst of working on her very own book and so her availability is more limited than usual. If you are interested in booking an experience with Charlotte on a day that is not listed, please send an email to and we will see if Charlotte has the time, as writing a book is no light task. We appreciate your understanding!

This Tour Includes:

  • A knowledgeable food guide
  • Good food tastings
  • Great conversation
  • Coffee or tea
  • Beer

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Oudekerksplein 27 1012 GX, Amsterdam

21 testimonials

  1. Claire McGuire says:

    This was an excellent quality tour and a unique way to experience the city of Amsterdam. Charlotte was extremely knowledgable, and curated the stops on the tour so that we were able to experience a wide variety of Dutch food types, as well as see some of the interesting and beautiful hidden architectural gems in the oldest part of Amsterdam. In a city with so many tourists and an overwhelming number of places to visit, it was so refreshing to have a chance to speak with a local and see her recommendations for exploring the city. Very highly recommended!

  2. Sara P says:

    I was very impressed by the experience. I loved the little cafe where we started the journey by first meeting our local tour guide Charlotte. She was so lovely and had a great way of presenting the food history of Amsterdam in a relatively short time. As someone who likes to experience cities on my own I found this tour to be a very helpfull and unique way of observing the surroundings and learning at the same time. My favourite part about the experience is that it’s kept in a small group so everyone can hear and taste everything. I do have to mention that the tour itself ended right on time but the last part, that is the beer tasting/hangout at the pub, goes past the 2,5hrs. That is just something to keep in mind in case you are on a tight schedule. For me that was not a problem at all and I really enjoyed that last bit aswell. I would recommend this tour to anyone that likes to experience things diferently! I went on my own and it was nice to meet new people and see Amsterdam from another prespective. I also think this could be a great idea for a gift.

    1. Thanks for letting us know how your experience went, Sara and we’d love to see you again soon!

  3. Anne Flynn says:

    I really and truly enjoyed myself on this tour. I have spent quite a lot of time in Amsterdam but was amazed by the hidden gems Charlotte showed us on our walk. I learned a great deal about the influence of Indonesian and Surinamese food in The Netherlands. I will definitely plan to try a Surinamese Restaurant soon. The walk was the perfect length and we stopped and snacked along the way. Perfect experience for foodies or history buffs, see Amsterdam through the eyes of a local…the best way!! Make sure to allow yourself so extra time to enjoy the last stop and savor the locally brewed beer. This tour is a great value for the price since all snacks/drinks are included.

    1. Hi Anne,
      Thank you for the feedback. It means a lot to us and we do agree…..the best way to experience a culture is through the eyes of a local!

  4. Janneke Boverhuis says:

    I had a very enjoyable afternoon with Charlotte and our group. Despite the fact that I am very familiar with Amsterdam, I saw and heard only new things! that was surprising experience! I’m impressed by Charlotte her knowledge and modest appearance. I can certainly recommend this tour!

    1. Hi Janneke, your feedback means a lot to us! We make an effort to find the unique gems in the Netherlands and are thrilled that you were able to enjoy these gems despite the fact that you know the city so well. We’d love to see you again in another one of our experiences!

  5. Mady Paternostre says:

    Wat een bijzondere ervaring deze wandeling met Charlotte. Het smaakt naar ‘meer’ en heeft mijn nieuwsgierigheid aangewakkert om meer te weten te komen over de eetgeschiedenis van Amsterdam. Zelf ben ik een culinair typje maar er blijkt nog zoveel leuks te weten te komen over onze maaltijden en eetgewoontes van weleer. Gedurende de experience deed ik mijn ogen dicht en kon me voorstellen hoe het ooit was. Dit komt zeker door de manier waarop Charlotte ons dit heeft voorgeschoteld. Bedankt!

    1. Bedankt voor jouw feedback, Mady! Het is verbazingwekkend wat we allemaal kunnen leren van Charlotte tijdens haar experience; we zijn blij dat je er zo van genoten hebt!

  6. Thank you Charlotte for the wonderful afternoon!!! I highly recommend this tour to everyone interested in food and history. The tour combines famous Dutch food with the history of Amsterdam. Why is Amsterdam built like it is? Why are the Dutch famous for their cheese and haring? On top of the nice food-stories Charlottes explains during the tour, you will visit beautiful places you will normally walk by. She will tell you all about the historical meanings of these places. I am sure nobody will regret doing a tour with Charlotte, it is great fun!

    1. Thanks for the feedback, Dorine. There’s a lot to Amsterdam than meets the eye and we’re thankful Charlotte has the knowledge to help us see more!

  7. Hannah says:

    My husband and I really enjoyed our food history tour with Charlotte. The food samples were delicious, of course, especially the artisanal chocolate! But the real highlight was learning about Amsterdam’s food history, ducking down alleys in the oldest part of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable and engaging guide who shared stories and pointed out hidden corners we would have never found on our own. Charlotte’s Master’s in Food History and gracious enthusiasm for Amsterdam’s unique history make this tour stand out from others that just focus on the eating. At the end of the tour, she shared a list of her favorite local food and drink establishments, a nice bonus. We highly recommend this tour – it was a highlight of our visit to Amsterdam!

    1. Thanks for your review, Hannah. We’re so proud to have amazing hosts like Charlotte on our team to make your experience memorable!

  8. Daan says:

    We had a very nice and interesting afternoon with Charlotte. Thanks!

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment, Daan. We’re happy you had a nice time.

  9. Yvonne & Kelvin says:

    Though the tour was a mere 2.5 hours, we had a great time with Charlotte, snacking on local delights and chatting about food culture. We learnt many things and she ignited my husband’s curiosity about our own Asian food heritage! Truly a unique local experience and worlds apart from large-scale commercial tours. Thank you Charlotte!

    1. Hi Yvonne and Kelvin. Thanks for joining Charlotte on her unique and delicious tour of the city. We’re thrilled you had a great time with us and hope to see you again soon!

  10. Melissa says:

    Charlotte was a wonderful guide and I learned a lot about the food culture in Amsterdam and the Netherlands I wouldn’t have otherwise. Having just moved to the Netherlands from Canada, it was a great way to learn a little more about the history of my new home. Although we had a number of tasty snacks, it was more about the cultural history and how food played a role in that, which I loved. Thanks for a great tour, Charlotte!

    1. Hi, Melissa. Welcome to the Netherlands; we’re thrilled you had a gezellig introduction to your new home!

  11. Martine says:

    Thanks Charlotte it was a pleasure to have this afternoon in your compagny. I was in the same group as Melissa and I also learned a lot. Charlotte is like a bowl of fresh air. The places she will bring you are so nice. A lovely day.
    She speaks french too ?.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Martine. We appreciate all our hosts do for us, especially when we hear how fantastic they’ve been with our travelers!

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