Food History of Amsterdam

About this experience

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

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.

Experience description

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!

For whom?

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

This tour includes:

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

What 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

Location

The Old Church (Oude Kerk), De Koffieschenkerij

Oudekerksplein 27
1012 GX, Amsterdam

About Charlotte

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 sjoukje@adutchexperience.com and we will see if Charlotte has the time, as writing a book is no light task. We appreciate your understanding!

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To make sure this experience meets your preferences and expectations, we would like to make a personalized offer. Please contact us to book this exclusive experience. We will set a suitable date in consultation with you and the host.

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