Great Apple Pie & more at Cafe Papeneiland, Amsterdam

The Dutch have a long-beloved tradition called bruine kroegs, or brown cafes. This is Dutch pub culture at its most traditional, and Cafe Papeneiland is one of the oldest and most typical of them all. In fact, it was first granted a liquor license in 1642, but was likely serving up drinks to patrons a…

Zero Waste Dining at Instock Restaurant, Amsterdam

In Amsterdam (and now in two other Dutch cities), it’s easy and lovely to eat a fine meal and also help the planet. At Instock Restaurant in the Oosterpark neighborhood just outside the historic canal belt, food waste is turned into creative cuisine. Think ugly but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables, one-day-old bread, bycatch fish,…

De Koffieschenkerij: Coffee and Cake in Amsterdam’s Oldest Church

De Koffieschenkerij—meaning the Coffee Parlor—is a not-quite-secret in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. You might think there are no secrets left in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. After all, everything’s right out there on display, for everyone to see and indulge in. But snugged up against an outer wall of the Oude Kerk, or Old…

Moeders – Authentic Dutch Food in the Heart of Amsterdam

It’s easy to eat well in Amsterdam. You can eat your way around the world, with every type of cuisine being offered. But oddly enough, one type of food is hard to find in Amsterdam—traditional Dutch food. Food like a Dutch mom or Oma would make for you in her home kitchen. Fortunately for Dutchies…

Jacketz in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

In Britain, what Yanks call a Baked Potato is known as a Jacket Potato. And that’s the name adopted by the Dutch creators of the popular Amsterdam eatery, Jacketz. Keeping things simple, the restaurant does one thing and does it very well. It fills its menu – and hungry diners’ bellies – with enormous baked…