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.
Description of the tour about the food history of Amsterdam
Tour by foot • 3:00 – 5:30 pm • Group size 2-10 • €85.00 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!
Following her studies in History and French, Charlotte Kleyn gained her Masters in Food History. She writes articles on the history of food for the Archaeology Magazine, Delicious (a new kind of Food Magazine), and the Parool (an Amsterdam-based daily newspaper). She also conducts research for TV-programs. Charlotte is currently writing a book based on the historic cookbooks in the Amsterdam University Library, together with her father Onno Kleyn, one of the most well-known culinary journalists of the Netherlands.
Beside 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!”