Amsterdam is known for its picturesque canals, tolerant culture, and “coffee shops”. Did you also know there are several Dutch treats that are quite famous as well? After researching the best desserts in Amsterdam...and trying every single one of them...I narrowed the list down to the TOP 5 Amsterdam desserts. Make a stop for a quick treat between the sights and decide for yourself which wins first place!
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Best desserts in Amsterdam - TOP 5
1. Winkel 43 - Dutch apple pie
The Dutch are known for their apple pie and Winkel 43 is one of the best I have ever had! Dare I say it might even beat my grandmother’s recipe? Thankfully I don’t live here otherwise I’d be in trouble having daily access to this famous pie shop.
I loved that the crust was soft as many apple pies end up with a harder, flaky crust. The apples were fresh and gave the pie the perfect combination of sweet and tart. It wasn’t overly sweet, and I appreciated that the recipe doesn’t overdo the sugar or cinnamon.
Basically, Winkel 43 knows their stuff when it comes to Dutch apple pie and easily makes the list of the best desserts in Amsterdam. Do yourself a favor and go early in your trip because you will probably want to go back at least once before you leave.
2. Original Stroopwafels or Van Wonderen Stroopwafels
I must be Dutch because I became addicted to stroopwafels during my visit to the Netherlands. The stroopwafel is one of the most popular desserts in Amsterdam as it was invented here. Original Stroopwafels sells the original recipe and has several shops selling these throughout town.
If you aren’t close to an Original Stroopwafels shop, Van Wonderen is another good option that makes stroopwafels with fun (and very Instagramable) toppings. Put these little disk treats on top of your steaming coffee to melt the caramel center and enjoy. If you want an Amsterdam dessert that won't fill you up this is perfect since the disk size is just slightly bigger than the top of a coffee cup.
3. Van stapele – warm out of the oven chocolate cookies
I’m not really a cookie person, but oh my were these cookies the definition of homemade, straight out of the oven goodness! The shop is tiny and the line is always out the door. Don’t worry, it goes fast and is evidence Van Stapele should be on the list of the best desserts in Amsterdam.
The constant demand ensures you will get a freshly baked cookie (or 7, which was the limit for that day) that is still warm and gooey. It’s a dark chocolate cookie with a big chunk of white chocolate melted in the middle, aka pure bliss.
4. Banketbakkerij Van Der Linde – ice cream
This Amsterdam dessert is so good you might want to buy two cones, like Jake! When an ice cream shop sells one flavor of ice cream and the line is consistently out the door you know it must be good! Don’t let the line scare you as the employees scoop your ice cream cone in the blink of an eye.
I really enjoyed the flavor because it was simple and not too sweet. I would describe the flavor as being similar to a super creamy and flavorful whipped cream. It’s a steal at 1.20 euros for a cone! Make sure to bring cash. This is one of the best desserts in Amsterdam to enjoy on a hot day. This ice cream shop is also conveniently located by many popular tourist sights.
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5. Sweet bob amsterdam – brazilian brigadeiros
This bite sized sweet has nothing to do with Amsterdam and yet it’s the #1 dessert on TripAdvisor. A brigadeiro is the Brazilian version of a chocolate truffle. The flavors change daily and you can find anything from salted caramel, pistachio, and coffee to tiramisu and lemon pie. Sweet Bob is a quick 3 minute walk from Winkel 43, so if you haven’t hit sugar overload yet stop by and pick a flavor. This is one of the best desserts in Amsterdam if you want something to-go and is delicious with a hot coffee or espresso.
I hope you get to try all 5 of the BEST desserts in Amsterdam. I would consider booking a trip back to the Netherlands just to get my sweeth tooth fix with these treats. If you can only fit one Amsterdam dessert in I would definitely lean towards the Winkel 43 apple pie.
Which do you think are the best desserts in Amsterdam? Let me know in the comments below!
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