The Sweet Side of Dutch Life: Food

To say that I have a sweet tooth would be an understatement. In my mind dessert, brunch and crepes are all separate food groups that each deserve their own attention. While traveling throughout Europe, Amsterdam was one city that delivered in terms of satisfying my sweet tooth, and just one of many reasons that I fell in love with the city. Whether or not you’re a dessert-lover, many of the foods I loved are traditional Dutch dishes that warrant a taste while visiting. Here’s 5 sweet Dutch treats that can make any trip to Amsterdam or the Netherlands that much better:


Dutch Pancakes

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Dutch pancakes are one of the dishes you absolutely have to try while in Amsterdam or elsewhere in the Netherlands. Much different than American pancakes, Dutch pancakes are extremely thin, much more similar to crepes. You can eat them plain with some sugar, powdered sugar or butter, you can order them with different fruits baked in (like the banana pancake above) or even get a savory version.



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Poffertjes are a specific type of Dutch pancake with a much different feel than the larger, thinner version. This sweet dish is more spongy and light than American pancakes as well as significantly smaller. A small medallion shaped food, they are traditionally served with powdered sugar and butter. I would highly recommend the poffertjes, they were absolutely fantastic.


Small Traditional Pancakes filled with Raisin and Apple

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These small traditional pancakes reminded me more of their American cousin. However, packed with apples and raisins they were denser and heavier. I also really loved this dish and would highly recommend it. These pancakes were served with a side of sweet raspberry sauce.

The 3 above pancake dishes are all from the popular Pancakes! Amsterdam restaurant. Pancakes! has a wide variety of pancake dishes in traditional Dutch style as well as styles from all around the world. If you’re looking to try any sort of Dutch Pancakes while in Amsterdam I absolutely suggest Pancakes!



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Besides trying any sort of Dutch pancake, another must in terms of traditional Dutch food is the stroopwafel. Two thin, waffle like sides sandwich a sticky, caramel filling. You can find the stroopwafel in all sizes, accompanying coffee and tea, as well as sold individually on the street and in stores.


Dutch Apple Pie

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In my opinion, any food with the location in it’s name has to be eaten while visiting. Once it dawned on me that of course Dutch Apple Pie must be Dutch, I was on the hunt for the best in Amsterdam. The consensus on the internet was that Winkel 43 had the best Dutch Apple Pie in town and so that’s where I headed. The slices are big and the crust is very cakey, make sure you save lots of room.

My time in Amsterdam was wonderful and these sweet, traditional dishes only elevated that experience. If you make it out to the Netherlands make sure you try at least 1, you won’t regreat it.


Any other sweet Dutch foods you would add to the list?


  4 comments for “The Sweet Side of Dutch Life: Food

  1. Madison Fraser
    September 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Morgan! I just wanted to let you know that we featured your blog on HerCampus NYU’s list of top student bloggers. Thanks for all the amazing content – keep it up! 🙂

    Here’s the link to the article:

    • Morgan Noll
      September 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

      Hi Madison! Thanks so much for the feature and the link! Super excited about the article. I really appreciate the support! 🙂

  2. November 26, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hey Morgan! I, too, have a sweet tooth. So this post is right up my alley! And one of my favorite sweet treats is lots of syrup, with pancakes. Or maybe it’s the other way around (as such, one of my favorite places to eat here in the states is IHOP). At any rate, the Poffertjes are now at the top of my list of treats to try. So I will definitely do as you suggested and stop by Pancakes!

    Now I’ll have to do some research to find out if they have anything along the lines of a Dutch carrot cake or pumpkin bars.

    I’ll be visiting the city next year, so it’s reassuring to know that my taste buds will not be disappointed. And as I read more posts about Amsterdam, my desire to go only intensifies.

    • Morgan Noll
      November 26, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Hi Jay! Glad to connect with a fellow traveler AND sweet tooth! So happy you enjoyed the post and find it useful! I am also a sucker for any kind of sweet breakfast food. I’m sure you will not be disappointed by the poffertjes! You’ll have to let me know how you like them! Great to hear you’ll be stopping by Pancakes! as well, you may end up returning there more than once like me. Your trip to Amsterdam should be wonderful! In addition to the food it’s a beautiful city and culture. Cheers!

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