Hotel The Exchange: fashion hotel in central Amsterdam - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1012 LL, Netherlands

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE

HOTEL THE EXCHANGE X MISS MAY

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We all know the feeling of strolling around a new city looking for the perfect spot to eat. When visiting, it’s sometimes hard to find the local gems between the tourist traps.

Worry not and look no further! We teamed up with our favourite foodie – the super sweet Miss May – to create 3 food guides with all the best places to eat in Amsterdam. And because we wanted to spare your legs, each location is located within just 15 minutes walking distance of Hotel The Exchange.

Read on for the first two guides, November and October, and stay tuned for the December guide!

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE NOVEMBER

TYPICAL DUTCH

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The Dutch are not particularly known for their cuisine, but there are definitely some dishes that we do better than anyone else. From the famous Dutch herring to sweet, oozing stroopwafels; there are some things you just HAVE to try to get that full Dutch experience in Amsterdam.

For this November guide, we sent out Miss May to discover the delights of Dutch cuisine, in locations just minutes away from Hotel The Exchange.

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // BREAKFAST // CAFE STOCK

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MISS MAY: "It’s a great idea to start off the day at Hotel The Exchange’s Café STOCK. Grab a nice cup of tea or coffee and enjoy some sun in the outdoor seating area. I love Café STOCK, as it’s located on the world renown street in Amsterdam - Damrak street, which is bustling all day long. For something delicious and Dutch, we ordered Café STOCK’s pancakes with ham and cheese. The combination, is just perfect. I had to try the sweet version with a squeeze of fresh lemon and syrup. It tasted just as yum as the savoury ones!"

Amsterdam Food Guide // Café STOCK // Damrak 50h

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AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // LUNCH // STUBBE'S HARING

MISS MAY: "Now, care to join me on a typical Dutch foodie adventure? First stop, we’re going to try some Dutch raw fish (and it has nothing to do with sushi!). Stubbe's Haring is only 7 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. It’s hard to miss the fish stall as you will see many locals surrounding the food vendor, on the Singel Canal. This is a typical Dutch street food. I found out it’s an old Dutch tradition dating back 600 years! My favourite has got to be the raw herring served in a bun, complete with onions and pickles. It’s called a broodje haring."

"For the brave and adventurous, I would highly recommend eating like a Dutchman where you’ll eat the raw herring ‘straight up’ by holding it by its tail and slowly eat it. Stubbe Haring's raw fish was strangely delicious! Soft in texture and it smells fresh and salty. This place is a local (and also a tourist) hotspot, so make sure you don’t arrive too late in the evening, as the fish stalls selling raw Herrings normally close early."

Amsterdam food guide // Stubbe's Haring // Singel Haarlingersluis

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AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // SNACK // VAN WONDEREN STROOPWAFELS

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MISS MAY: "For those who have never heard of Stroopwafels before, it is to-die-for! It is basically a yummy Dutch waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough. The middle is spread with creamy and buttery caramel syrup. Stroopwafel, when translated into English simply means “Molasses Waffles”. These Dutch cookies are best when fresh and I’m taking you to the yummiest in town - Van Wonderen Stroopwafels. It is a mouthful to pronounce, isn’t it? Van Wonderen Stroopwafels is just 11 minutes away from Hotel The Exchange. This Dutch dessert place is heaven! The large cookies are made fresh to order with all sorts of colourful toppings - mini marshmallows and M&Ms are my favourites. What I loved about these fresh Stroopwafels is that, it is not too sweet. I can have two of them, anytime!" 

Amsterdam Food Guide // Van Wonderen Stroopwafels // Kalverstraat 190

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COMING SOON

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // DECEMBER

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Click here for the full November blogpost by Miss May.

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE OCTOBER

QUICK & COMFY

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Autumn has come to Amsterdam. After months of summery salads, October just calls for comfort food. We’re thinking take-away cookies, quiches to-go and juicy burgers.

This month’s guide is all about quick and comfy. Perfect for those who’ve jam-packed their stay with museum visits and canal tours and need a time-efficient yet yummy place to eat, or for the hungover party animals that prefer to stay in bed but need to get out for a fast bite to still their hunger. These places are just minutes away from Hotel The Exchange and serve some of the best comfort food in town!

AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // BREAKFAST // CAFE STOCK

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MISS MAY
: "Café STOCK is just next to the Hotel The Exchange, smacked in the middle of the busy Damrak street. Pop over from Central Station. It’s a great spot for people watching. I love Café STOCK’s quirky interior of hand illustrated wallpaper and simple furnishing. We started off our day with a delicious spread of apple pie, chocolate cake and muffins. The chocolate cake is rich and oozing with dark chocolate. It goes perfectly well with a hot cup of tea."

Amsterdam Food Guide // Café STOCK // Damrak 50h

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AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // SNACK // MELLY'S COOKIE BAR

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MISS MAY: "Melly’s Cookie Bar is a great place to grab a quick espresso coffee, and a light snack (cookies, of course). It has a cute mint green colour interior with loads of natural lighting too. Melly’s has a good selection of cookies, my personal favourite is the Double Chocolate. It's just a 5-minute walk from Hotel The Exchange, through narrow and quirky lanes to Melly’s, away from the hustle and bustle of the Damrak. It’s a perfect stopover if you need a quick snack to recharge."

Amsterdam Food Guide // Melly's Cookie Bar // Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 137

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AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // LUNCH // DE LAATSTE KRUIMEL

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MISS MAY: "De Laatste Kruimel (in Dutch, it means ’The Last Crumb’) is only 10 minutes walk away from Hotel The Exchange. The apple pie, goats cheese quiche and courgette cake with lemon curd are all to-die-for! It’s true to its word, we ate every last crumb of the delicious treats. My favourite has got to be the courgette cake (courgette is also known as zucchini to some). Mouth-watering from the moment I had my first bite. This place is a local (and also a tourist) favourite, so be prepared to stand in line or wait for a table. Small and narrow, I’m surprised how many people De Laatste Kruimel could squeeze in sometimes."

Amsterdam Food Guide // De Laatste Kruimel // Langebrugsteeg 4

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AMSTERDAM FOOD GUIDE // DINNER // CUT THROAT BARBER

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MISS MAY: "Just two streets away from Hotel The Exchange, it takes only 4 minutes to pop over the Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar. This bar also doubles up as a barber shop, great for men who are looking for hipster haircut and a shave. We’re here at Cut Throat Barber Bar to try their famous Chicken ‘n Red Velvet Waffles. It does not disappoint. On top of that, we also ordered Surf ‘n Turf burger and Spiked Shakes. The Spiked Shakes comes in three yummy milkshake flavours, and we went for Chocolate and Strawberry milkshakes, with a dash of Vodka in it. Cheers to our first night in Amsterdam!"

Amsterdam Food Guide // Cut Throat Barber Brunch & Bar // Beursplein 5

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Click here for the full October blogpost by Miss May.

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