A Taste of Holland

Visiting Holland and in search of the best cheese shop, chocolate heaven, coffee place, pastry chef, fish monger, bakery or delicatessen? Visit one of these culinary treats and you will be rewarded!
Print this list and make your own culinary journey through one of the Dutch cities. Enjoy!


BakeryBakken met Passie
‘Baking with Passion in the Heart of the old Amsterdam quarter ‘De Pijp”
They sell San Francisco sourdough and many more variations in the artisanal bread department
You can also have lunch here
Albert Cuypstraat 51
1072 CM Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20-6701376

BakeryHartog’s Volkoren
‘Whole wheat bread for the soul’
Real bakeries like this are rapidly disappearing unfortunately. They have a nice book called ‘’ (only in Dutch) so you can try and bake their famous bread yourself.
Ruyschstraat 56
(corner of Wibautstraat)
1091 CE Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 665 12 95

The queen’s favorite bakery, exquisite pastries, world famous ‘kroketten’.
Vijzelgracht 15
1017 HM Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 624 87 57

BakeryDe Bakkerswinkel
Breakfast, lunch, High Tea and Parties. Bread is made by wonderful Dutch baker The Vlaamsch Broodhuis. Cakes and scones are made on location.
3 different stores in Amsterdam
-Warmoesstraat 69, Amsterdam City Centre – T. +31 (0) 20 489 8000
-Roelof Hartstraat 68, Amsterdam South T. +31 (0) 20 662 3594
-Polonceaukade 1, Westergasfabriek area, Amsterdam West T. +31 (0) 20 688 0632
There’s also a Bakkerswinkel in the city of Utrecht, the town of Zoetermeer and in the little Frysian town of Makkum, famous for it’s ceramics.

Bread & DelicatessenVlaamsch Broodhuis
Artisanal bread, patisserie, organic jams, cheeses, olives etc. Sit down for sandwich and coffee or take out.
Haarlemmerstraat 108
1013 EW Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 528 64 30

Cake & BakeshopDe Taart van mijn Tante
Outrageous cake and coffee shop.
There is also a Bed & Breakfast called ‘Cake under my pillow’.
Ferdinand Bolstraat 10
1072 LJ Amsterdam
T + 31 (0) 20 7764600

Candy Papa Bubble
‘Turn your dreams into sweet reality’
In this candy shop you can watch the bubble people make the most colourful candy out of sugar, water and glucose. Also in Tokyo and Barcelona. Taste, smell and experience endless colours and flavours.
Haarlemmerdijk 70
1013 JE Amsterdam

Cheese De Kaaskamer
Runstraat 7
1016 GJ Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 6233483

Chocolate Unlimited Delicious
‘Good chocolate in one bite’
The best bonbons in Holland. Try the tomato balsamico piment one.
Haarlemmerstraat 122
1013 EX Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 622 48 29

Delicatessen Caulils
One of the best deli’s in Amsterdam. You can get a picknick basket for two with chilled Pouilly Fumé Favray, wild salmon and lobster…or some homemade soup.
Haarlemmerstraat 115
1013 EM Amsterdam
T +31 20 412 00 27

FishFrank’s Smokehouse
The best wild salmon (MSC certificate), smoked to perfection by Frank Heyn
(and he smokes lots of other fish, and meat and cheese too)
Wittenburgergracht 303
1018 ZL Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 6700774

Food design & LunchshopProef Amsterdam
Be inspired:The location is special, the food is special (watch the owner experimenting during weekends) and the presentation is different.
Gosschalklaan 12
1014 DC Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 68 22 656

Kitchen Equipment Duikelman Amsterdam
Looking for exotic kitchen gadgets, applicances and all kinds of luxury kitchen ware? Try Duikelman!
Ferdinand Bolstraat 68-68A
1072 LM Amsterdam
T + 31 (0) 20-671.22.30
(Closed on Monday)

Oil, Vinegar & MustardMeeuwig & Zn
From homemade sherry orange vinegar to the best Mayonnaises
Haarlemmerstraat 70
1013 ET Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 6265286

Tea & DelicatessenTea in the City
They sell the wonderful teas of Betjeman & Barton. Taste samples in the T-bar.
Jacob Obrechtstraat 19
1071 KD Amsterdam
T +31 (0) 20 4710333


Cake & BakeshopDe Taartarchitecten
Pie, chocolate and desserts.
Vasteland 64
3011 BN Rotterdam
T +31 (0) 010 506 16 09

Cake & BakeshopKoekela
Homemade Cakes & Pies, Cookies & Muffins, also to go
Nieuwe Binnenweg 97a
3014 GG Rotterdam
T +31 (0)10 436 47 74

Food design & LunchshopProef Rotterdam
Experience breakfast, lunch or teatime presented in a different way. Be inspired by the food design of owner Marije Vogelzang.
Mariniersweg 259 (front of store / Pannekoekstraat 120 (back of store)
3011 NM Rotterdam
T +31 (0) 10 280 72 97

Kitchen Equipment Kookpunt Rotterdam
They almost ‘own’ the square with different shops
Noordplein 29-41
3035 EC Rotterdam
T +31 (0) 10-443 10 77


Cheese Kaasspecialist
Fred. Hendriklaan 99
2582 BW Den Haag
T +31 (0) 70 354 95 38

ChocolateG. de Graaff
This cigar shop also sells amazing chocolate as a leftover from the colonial days (80% cocoa solids, no sugar) and something called a ‘hemelse reep’ (heavenly bar) which you have to taste if you are a chocoholic of the milk variety. Delicious! Sometimes sold out because very popular…
Heulstraat 27
2514 ER Den Haag
T +31 (0) 70 3633000

ChocolateKoek & Chocolade
This shop sells wonderful dried fruit and nuts, dipped in dark chocolate, hand made chocolates and macarons made by chocolatière Anne-Claire Vermeer and pies made by Jos van Velzen, former pastry chef of the Amstel Hotel. Can also be found in Utrecht and Laren (Chocolate Atelier)
Frederikstraat 13
2514 LA Den Haag
T +31 (0) 70 3608782

Kitchen Equipment DOK Cookware
This collaboration between three well known Dutch cookware shops (Duikelman, Oldenhof and Kookpunt), located in the beautiful old ‘passage’, has absolutely anything to satisfy the demanding amateur cook. Winner of the 2009 award for innovative store concepts.
Passage 19
2511 AB Den Haag
T +31 (0) 70 3469696

Kitchen Equipment En Garde
Prinsenstraat 6
2513 CB The Hague
T +31 (0) 70 364 73 52

TeaBetjeman & Barton
Tea to your taste
The original store can still be found in Paris
but this shop has everything your heart desires when it comes to tea.
Denneweg 25c
2514 CC The Hague
T +31 (0) 70 36 23 435

Organic VegetablesGaia
Organic vegetable store that also sells so called ‘forgotten’ vegetables
(old varieties that get a new lease of life/ are rediscovered and valued).
Aert van der Goesstraat 35-37
2582 AJ The Hague
T +31 (0) 70 354 28 27

WineWijnkoperij De Gouden Ton
‘De Gouden Ton’ can be found in seven cities in our country, but The Hague was the first one in the early 80’s. This beautiful little shop is packed and stacked with the most excellent wine (all own import) and the extensive and enthusiastic advice is for free.
Denneweg 81
2514 CE The Hague
T +31 (0) 70 3469216


Bread & DelicatessenCrust & Crumbs
Artisanal bread, patisserie, organic jams, cheeses, olives etc. Sit down for sandwich and coffee or take out.
Nachtegaalstraat 54
3581 AL Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30 231 61 53

BakeryDe Bakkerswinkel
Breakfast, lunch, High Tea and Parties. Bread is made by wonderful Dutch baker The Vlaamsch Broodhuis. Cakes and scones are made on location.
Wittevrouwenstraat 2
3512 CT Utrecht
T. +31 (0) 30 266 7999
There are also 3 Bakkerswinkels in the city of Amsterdam, one in the town of Zoetermeer and one in the little Frysian town of Makkum, famous for it’s ceramics.

Cake & Bake shopDe Tafel van 18
Tearoom and pie shop that sells extensive collection of pie decorating material. Also pie workshops.
Pie Store: Burgemeester Reigerstraat 33, Utrecht
Open Tuesday-Saturday 9.00- 17.30
Tearoom: Burgemeester Reigerstaart 31, Utrecht
Open Friday & Saturday: 9.00- 17.30
Sunday 11.00- 17.00
T +31 (0) 30 251 45 92

Chocolate & PatisserieBond & Smolders
Sit down for some coffee and cake and take some ‘Domkoekjes’ (cookies) to go.
Lijnmarkt 9
3511 KE Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30 – 2310913

ChocolateKoek & Chocolade
This shop sells wonderful dried fruit and nuts, dipped in dark chocolate, hand made chocolates and macarons made by chocolatière Anne-Claire Vermeer and pies made by Jos van Velzen, former pastry chef of the Amstel Hotel. Can also be found in The Hague and Laren (Chocolate Atelier)
Nobelstraat 215
3512 EM Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30 2304232

Kitchen Equipment Paul van Dillen
This beautiful store full of cooking utensils, cookbooks and coffee, dates back to 1889.
Vredenburg 22
3511 BB Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30-2312227

Organic FoodRio de Bio
Organic store with a modern look and feel. Always something new to discover here.
Adelaarstraat 48
3514 CG Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30-272 33 23

Tea & DelicatessenTea in the City
They sell the wonderful teas of Betjeman & Barton. Taste samples in the T-bar.
Nachtegaalstraat 17
3581 AB Utrecht
T +31 (0) 30 2145610


Amsterdam, Noordermarkt, Saturday, 10.00-16.00
Amsterdam, Nieuwmarkt, Saturday, 10.00-16.00
Delft, Bloemenmarkt, Thursday, 9.00-14.00
The Hague, Rondom de Kerk, Wednesday, 11.00-18.00
Leiden, Vismarkt, Wednesday, 10.00-17.00
Maastricht, Wijcker Brugstraat, Thursday, 13.00-18.00
Utrecht, Vredenburg, Friday, 10.00-18.00


You will find the most unique places to stay – from small charming hotels to luxury bed & breakfasts at Lots of them with culinary possibilities. Room prices starting from less then 80 euros. You can check vacancies online.

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12 Responses to A Taste of Holland

  1. Marieke says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Yes I’ve heard of it and I am going to check it out very soon myself!



  2. Patricia Gabriel says:

    Hi Marieke,

    I’m sure you’ve heard of this new French bakery in Amsterdam:
    It was very busy and they had a large assortment of bread. A bit more expensive than most bakeries, but worth it!

    They just opened a branch in Hilversum.

    Happy Holidays!

  3. Marieke says:

    Hello Sandra,

    Yes, I am curious to read it.



  4. sandra avital says:

    Oh thank you soooooooo much, Marieke, it helps me alot!!
    It’s so kind of you to take the time to answer my questions.
    I’m beginning to understand the traditions of bread in Holland. I’m hoping to write an article about it, could i submit it to you, I would very much appreciate to have an “authentic” advice
    Thanks again


  5. Marieke says:

    Hello Sandra,

    Your friend is right for the most part. The majority of people in Holland eat these sort of pre-sliced brown and white breads and soft (white)rolls, either from the supermarket or the bakery. 90% of these bakeries in Holland get their flour from the same supplier. There is diversity in types of bread (like the tijgerbrood, al kinds of breads with seeds and nuts, multi-grain etc, but it’s all the same quality of flour and made in great quantities in factories). This bread is not all bad, but especially the very cheap bread is more like chewing gum than bread and forget about the crunchy crust. But the good news is that there is also another (much smaller obviously) ‘movement’ of bakers (the ones I mention in the list for example) that bake unbelievably good breads the artisanal way. Better quality ingredients, stone floors, longer proving times etc. so lots more taste. Like with other food items like coffee, chocolate etc. it’s a very specific group of quality seeking people who visit these places and appreciate the quality enough to pay more.
    The good news is also that Holland is small and densely populated so good bread does not have to be far away.

    I think this story is the same in many countries.

    Another and also more positive way of looking at bread and baking in Holland is the historical perspective. We have all kind of (regional) specialities that we could and should be proud of and that are delicious).

    I am thinking of the Friese Suikerbrood (Frysian Sugar Loaf)
    The staple slice of whole wheat bread with cheese (bruine boterham met kaas)can be very nice when fresh and of good quality
    Kruidkoek (spice cake)
    Kerstbrood (Christmas bread with almond paste)

    Please let me know if I can answer any specific question you might have.


  6. sandra avital says:

    Hello Marieke
    I’m actually working on a book project about breads from all over the world and I would appreciate if you could help me with the traditions of bread in Holland. A few months ago, a friend of mine spent a few days in Holland and he told me that most of the breads there were molded, black or white and mostly bought in supermarkets. He told me about Tijerbrood, knipbruinn, poempen licht.. but he never told me about the wonderful artisan breads as shown on the links you kindly gave here. Could you please help me??
    Thank you so much


  7. Marieke says:

    Hello MYC,

    You can try the places that sell bread made by Menno ‘t Hoen. He uses the real French flour. His bread is sold at the Organic Market, location Eendrachtsplein held every Tuesday. Also at Z&M delicatessen, Veerhaven 13.

    For more information and addresses check out these sites:


  8. MYC says:

    Hello. Where can I find french baguette in Rotterdam? De Taartarchitecten doesn’t make baguette. Thank you

  9. Eliza says:

    Thank you very much for this list. I’m planning a trip to Holland and it’s really great to have it.

  10. Paula says:

    Binnenkort gaan we in Amersfoort van start. Als lunchroom/stadscafe gecombineerd met een klein bed and breakfast met 4 schitterende kamers middenin het centrum, precies tegenover de St. Joriskerk.
    We gaan ons specialiseren in thee/koffie/broodjes/soepen/salades van een hoge kwaliteit. Vers en biologisch (brood van de bakker op de Zuidsingel!). Je hoeft dus straks niet meer te zoeken als je iets wilt hebben in Amersfoort. Ook gaan we Australian Homemade Icecream aanbieden!
    Kom langs en kom genieten.
    Paula Pauline en Lisette

  11. Marieke says:

    Hello Patricia,

    I am not that familiar with Amersfoort myself. I can give you the following information (but I haven’t checked it out myself I have to say):

    Artisanal Bakery in the city centre, bakes bread on stone floor:
    Bakkerij Boersma
    Zuidsingel 60
    3811HD Amersfoort
    Tel: 033-4720571

    Maybe this one for your baguette:
    Déli café français
    Varkensmarkt 3
    3811LD Amersfoort
    Tel: 033-4638769

    Cheap cooking nicknack’s/gifts
    Dille & Kamille Amersfoort
    Krommestraat 36
    3811CC Amersfoort
    Tel: 033-4618766

    Big store with lots of cooking utensils
    Oldenhof Kookkado
    Langestraat 77
    3811AC Amersfoort
    Tel: 033-4759582

    Turkish Bakery with Baklava’s and Turkish pizza
    Umut Baklava
    Zuidsingel 65
    3811HD Amersfoort
    Tel: 033-4779662

    Mercuur’s Patisserie & Delicatessen
    Leusderweg 149

    Have Fun!


    PS: There is also a culinary Museum in Amersfoort called ‘Culinair Museum Mariënhof’ located at the Kleine Haag 2. It’s open every day except on Mondays.

  12. Patricia Gabriel says:

    Wow! This list is great. I can’t wait to visit these places. Do you know of any food shops/bakeries in Amersfoort that is worth mentioning? I’m not having luck finding a really good baguette.