Hallo! That’s Dutch for hello if you didn’t know (insert wink emoji)… Why Dutch? Well if you didn’t get the pun in the title I am introducing this blog in Dutch as I have recently gotten back from a short trip to Amsterdam; the capital of Holland. Yeah they speak Dutch there. I’ll now just give you 30 seconds to get the hilarious title! And despite going to Dam I can promise you I went completely innocently just for the experience and food. That’s right I ate 8 meals in 48 hours. No Cannabis or prostitutes were used or harmed for the making of this blog! I swear. So if you are not a smoker I promise there are tones of other things you can do in Dam but you should still at least pop into a cafe for the experience! From millions of museums to great food crawls and markets you wont be bored. You’ve got to remember though it is the capital so this place is not cheap! Think London prices. I definitely need to go again as there are so many more places I needed to try and go to (figures that this would be a place to have loads of options, you know, because people tend to be more hungry here…) but between us; Munira, Kesh, Was, Jav and I defiantly did this Adventure section proud. I avoided the obvious falafel shops (as they can get so boring especially as a vegan, if you are a new vegan you are probably thinking what? never! but if you’ve been in the game for as long as I have you will be incomplete agreement) and managed to find some great “normal” places.
Drum roll please…. here are my top places to grab some great free from food (All prices are in euro’s, I was too lazy to convert);
4. Maximus Halal Steakhouse. Ok I know what you are thinking… a steak house? great for veggies? But yes! Although the veggie options are minimal the Spaghetti Vegetariana served with salad was one of the best pasta dishes I have had! Full of fresh veg including, mushrooms, peppers, aubergines, courgettes etc it was so tasty! Pros Great place to eat as a group. Massive portion sizes. They bring out charging points which was an added bonus for my team of snappers. They put cheese on the side in a separate dish! Cons Although staff are friendly there was defiantly no communication with each other causing delays in food and mixing up items as two different people were serving us. Only suitable for vegetarians no other dietary requirements. Price 15.50
3. Coming in 3rd is Wok Inn. This is great for all dietary requirements they will cater to anyone you just have to ask! You pick a noodle base (this has basic veg included), pick a veg/meat/fish and then pick a sauce. I went for Egg noodles, broccoli and coconut curry sauce. You can then choose how much chilli, seasoning etc you want. One of the bests parts is they actually clean the Woks thoroughly in between every order (sounds standard, but trust me its not) and you can then watch them cook it! Pros great for everyone! Great for fast takeaway food. Completely made to how you want it. Very helpful staff. Cons Its very small so you may not got a seat if you wanted to dine in, although there is additional seating upstairs the stairs are SO STEEP. Its like climbing a ladder! (If you’ve been to Dam and you’ve been to Anne Frank’s house – I’d highly recommend it! just imagine walking into the attic… enough said.) Price 7.45
2. De Hummus House. Yep that’s right, a place dedicated to hummus. Just imagine a 20 min stroll from Dam square there is a place where you can have a massive bowl of hummus as a main meal and add mouth watering toppings. No you are not dreaming, this is not a drill, this place is real people! This is great for veggies and vegans and if you opt for a predesigned main then its great if you are gluten free too! So everything is cooked fresh and made on site including the pitta breads! This was truly an amazing place, just writing this is making me want to go there right now. So I started with Classic Hummus, this includes 2 home made pittas, pickles, garlic and lemon sauce and spicy sauce (the spicy sauce was amazing! defiantly our favourite). I then topped it with baked aubergine with tahini and herbs. IT WAS LUSH. Pros Massive portion I couldn’t even finish it. Great for everyone. Even hummus hater Was ate loads although he was very hungry… Beautifully presented. Cons The home made lemonade was so bitter/sour and they were very tight on the sugar water! Not great for groups to sit in. I couldn’t try all the toppings! sigh Price 9.49
1. So what could have possibly beaten the hummus house I hear you ask? CHIPS. Yes chips. These award winning triple cooked chips from Mannekenpis were the best chips I have ever tasted. So good we went there twice in 24 hours. And you’ll be pleased to know they cater for everyone right down to there amazing sauce options including a Vegan mayo! Both times I couldn’t even finish my portion and it was a small! So they are 100% worth the price and the other chip stops around Dam could not even compare. From the crispiness to the cut these were amazing. I would actually just go to Dam for these chips. Not joking. Pros EVERYTHING Cons NOTHING. Ah take me back! Price (with two sauces) 4.45
And uh day two of the chips…
Ok so that’s my top places! You also need to keep an eye out for some amazing junk much places! Crepe stations, crazy fanta flavours (I know typical British), Tony Benson’s Pancakes – mini fresh pancakes at their finest, Chocomel – enjoy hot or cold, so good that I brought it back as my Mum and Nathans prezzie, Samsum (halva) – great for all dietary requirements, crazy flavours and great for free samples! however super expensive! I would say do not get fooled by the hundreds of patisseries as they are over priced brought in stock which just tastes standard, sigh, although they do look amazing. So there you go! Free from in Dam? Not a problem! also super happy as I only put 1lb! Amsterdam is defiantly worth it, even if its just for the great food!