When researching for fun things to do over a long weekend with my best friend in Amsterdam, different tours kept popping up. There were walking tours, brewery tours, canal tours, you name it. One that caught my eye, especially after hearing some friends rave about it, was the Amsterdam Food Tour. I mean, what’s not to love, food, drinks, history all at once? Sign me up.
Full disclosure, I reached out to Eating Amsterdam about a potential visit and they offered me a discounted ticket in exchange for this blog post. This post also contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission but the price doesn’t change for you. All opinions are my own.
There are several different tour options and I went with the most popular, the Jordaan Food and Canal Tour on my final day in Amsterdam. My friend had to take an early flight back to the States, so I hit it up alone. Tours are available from Tuesday – Saturday, departing at 10:30 AM and lasting about 4 hours. I ended up leaving around 3:30 because I was having so much fun!
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I arrived at the meeting spot around 10:10 AM just to make sure I would be able to find the spot. Amsterdam Food Tours sends you all the information you need in your confirmation email and in an email the day before. Our tour guide, Rene, arrived promptly at 10:30 and we got started right away.
Actually, the first stop is the meeting spot, Cafe Papenieland, where we introduced ourselves to the group, drank coffee (several people ordered Irish coffee) and learned some history of Amsterdam. The highlight of the first spot is the apple pie. Now, I am not an apple pie person but I appreciated this pie. And the whipped cream was amazing. I mean, just look at those layers! And the whipped cream was to die.
Next, we started walking, which was welcomed after eating a piece of pie. We stopped along the way to our next destination to talk about house boats, the interesting laws restaurants must abide by and other interesting Amsterdam facts. Rene was so knowledgeable and took the time to answer all of our questions, like, how big is a house boat? Quite big actually, about 200 square meters or 2,000 square feet.
Our next little tasting was at a local butcher where we tried cold, smoked beef sausage, grilled sausage, semi-dried sausage with cloves and smoked pork ham. The smoked ham was my favorite because it tastes just like prosciutto. I should point out that everything is ready and waiting for you at each stop. You can really tell that the company has built relationships with the locations and have a great rapport.
We continued to walk throughout the Jordaan district, which is so beautiful and has quite a history. Rene talked about how one of the streets used to be a canal but was built over because residents continued to fight each other and even started to fight with the police.
Our next stop brought us to a local Indonesian restaurant where the owner was right there presenting the food to us. She had chicken satay with peanut sauce and fried onions and prawn crackers and pickled root vegetables all ready for us. I actually quite liked this one, too, and I’m not a fan of food that’s on the spicy side. It was so cool to be in this small shop and get to experience food that I would never order myself.
Our next stop was a fish market store. A couple had done the tour before (so it’s perfect for repeats!) and said that this stop was his favorite, so I had high expectations. The workers at Urger Viswinkel had everything set out for us already. We tried brined herring, an Amsterdam specialty, deep fried cod and tulip vodka. The cod was the best fried fish I’ve ever had in my life and I definitely went back for second…and thirds!
Everyone loved this stop and we then made our way to the canal tour part of the day. That’s right, not only does the Amsterdam Food Tour include food and walking, it also includes about 45 minutes of a canal tour.
We hopped on “The Tourist,” which is a beautiful boat where our captain took us all around the canals of Amsterdam, giving us tidbits of history as we went through the Red Light District, the university section, through the Jordaan and back. We had some deep fried balls of veal and some beer while on board. It was a great time to sit and chat with others, ask other Amsterdam questions and to really see Amsterdam as it’s meant to be seen, from the water.
Once we docked, we headed to the last stop of the day, Cafe de Prins, where we had poffertjes (the little pancakes) and more drinks. I ordered a Heineken because when in Amsterdam. Oh my goodness, these little pancakes are amazing!! I could have eaten three plates of these and were the perfect end to the day.
Again, there was a big table ready for us and we all chatted, exchanging travel stories and really just had fun! It was hard to leave because I was having so much fun but all good things must come to an end and we all said our goodbyes and continued on with vacation.
Overall, I think this tour is the perfect way to explore and experience Amsterdam. You get to taste the food that makes Amsterdam so great, you get to learn about the history of a trendy area and get a canal cruise. The price includes all the food, drinks and the cruise. It’s definitely worth the money for sure. There are other locations throughout Europe, like London, Prague and Florence, and I absolutely want to do it again!
Thank you to Eating Amsterdam for letting me get to experience your amazing Amsterdam Food Tour at a discounted price. It was a great time!